March 26th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Allies key to McCain's foreign policy vision


Watch portions of McCain's speech Wednesday.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain emphasized collaboration with democratic allies in a foreign policy speech Wednesday.

"Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said. "We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies."

McCain called on the world's democracies to form a new global pact "to advance our values and defend our shared interests" when he addressed the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, California.

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  1. An Agnostic Democrat

    The "key" to McCain's foreign policy is to make sure Joe Lieberman is by his side to prompt him with the correct answer.

    March 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. DJ, LA, CA

    Welcome to Los Angeles Mr. McCain...however your perception of creating a new world order and mending ties with our "friends" and allies is badly misguided.

    The issue is that most of our NATO allies and other liberal democracies around the world are completely opposed to continued occupation of Iraq. Not to mention the majority of Americans whom feel it's not worth the tremendous financial costs.

    Until you figure-out how to distance yourself from Bush/Cheney...those relationships with allies will continue to be strained and our reputation around the world further damaged.

    March 26, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA


    If you sell out everthing you stand for you are NOT a man of principles.

    March 26, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Helen, NY

    John, I strongly believe now that there is nobody other than yourself in the presidential race who can come closer to you. Keep it up. Howard Dean suddenly jumped in to criticize you. These are the dirty tricks of democrats like Howard Dean who was discarded by American people in hte last election.

    March 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Gail

    Your've got to be kidding. Is this guy for real. His he still running for president? That's the problem we have been doing what we want for a very long time. It is time to fall in line and do the right thing.

    March 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. LionHeart (Ft Worth)

    Is that why John McCain supports the war in Iraq even though he doesn't even know who we're fighting? Refreshing? Ummmm.

    March 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Nando, Florida

    Our Foreign Policy in the Middle east has Been for the last 30yrs Do whatever looks good to Isreal while we sell weapons to there enemies???

    March 26, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Nobillary Andobama

    judging by the fact my rational but contrarian posts are being ignored by historically left leaning CNN and this mugwump Darth Vadick keeps getting plenty of air time......The ultra-liberal CNN moderator must be working today.

    Thanks for your bias CNN!

    March 26, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Keith

    "McCain called on the world's democracies to form a new global pact 'to advance our values and defend our shared interests' " – Sounds a lot like "One World Government" to me. And here I was under the impression that Republicans were against that sort of thing.

    Just goes to show you, if you want to be a Republican, be a Libertarian.

    March 26, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. kathleen "a typical white person" for OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    Nobody likes Bush. Nobody likes Republicans that robbed them.
    John, you don't even make sense reading your que cards.Talk about
    the economy? No John you don't get the economy and your words will
    never make a believer out of MOST AMERICANS. Go sit in the corner
    with Hillary, John.

    March 26, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Christian, Tampa FL

    I'm very glad to hear this. I'm definitely not going to vote for McCain, but it makes me feel better to know that our next President, whether Obama or McCain, will try to be more diplomatic than Bush.

    March 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. d

    The majority of our Allies have turned and run the other way. Who does this man think our Allies really are??

    March 26, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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