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. The truth hurts

    Another new world order believer.

    March 26, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Haley Rodman Clemson

    Imagine that, we should work with our allies instead of sitting down for tea with men who have sworn to destroy us. Are you listening Barack? This is foreign relations 101.

    March 26, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. PPP

    That's a complete contradiction of what he had done for the last 6 years. He supported going to war without regard to what allies have said and even now our allies have pulled out while McCain demands we stay. Our allies are smarter than him and therefore he needs to get advice from them because his independent judgment has been so horrible.

    March 26, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Walter

    News flash for you, Methuselah. We haven't got any more allies. Your good buddy George took care of that. And as long as Republicans are in charge, we aren't going to be able to repair the damage.

    March 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. yolanda Rollins

    Los Angeles is a great place.

    March 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. kim portland, oregon

    then why are you for going into iran?!!?!? mccain actually spread the LIES about iran having an al qaeda connection, just so they can get us into another war. SOUND FAMILIAR FOLKS?!!?!?!?!?

    none of these other democracies he CLAIMS he will meet with will approve of his wanting to invade iran, just like they didnt approve our illegal invasion of iraq FOR THE SAME LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    mccain = MORE EXPENSIVE WAR!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. kathleen "a typical white person" for OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    This man is crazed. "OUR GREAT POWER" meaning him.
    Desperate and dumb. "We need to advance our values and
    defend "our shared" interest." We need to listen to the views
    and respect the collective will of our DEMOCRATIC allies.
    Does this mean he knows the Democrats ideas appeal
    to the voters, but vote for him and he will decifer what he
    will and will not use from the Democratic Party????????????
    Oh, my God!!!!! What an ugly monster we have here.

    McCain sounds like he is trying to trick us into voting for him
    and he will consider Democratic ideas. Yeah, right?????

    Vote for McCain and you can kiss your Social Security GOODBYE
    along with Unemployment and Medicare. Employers will NOT
    be obligated to pay benefits. He said, the Employers can give
    the guy a raise so the employee can pay for his own Health Care.

    Taxes for the Rich to be made Permanant on Day 1 and an additional
    2 billion in tax breaks will be added.

    For us fools out here, this is it. If we vote McCain, kiss democracy
    as we know it goodbye.

    Fox news trashes obama everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    Wow! Image that!!

    A global pact of the worlds democracies working "to advance our values and defend our shared interests". In effect, an anti-UN.

    John McCain is indeed a man of vision..

    March 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Alex H

    I think when you say "advance our values" you mean "impose our values". And when you say "defend our shared interests" you mean "take oil that doesn't belong to us".

    March 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Shawn - Ga

    To all you who like to call him McSame and so forth, today you are just now starting to see what will be an increasingly obvious gap in differences between this great man and the currant administration. I still believe that history will paint this time in a different more positive light than most believe. However having said that I am not for a second naive enough to think that Mr. Bush didn't make mistakes and rush to actions.

    I am truly proud to be an American and work hard to support my wife and children in this great country. I am tired and long past annoyed at the infighting and wasted majority of the congress by the left.

    March 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Mike

    Yep, just as soon as you can figure out who the al queda is.

    March 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Mary

    Sorry, did I miss something?...What foreign policy vision?????

    March 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Walter

    Wonder why CNN continues to cover this guy's blathering while giving us "short attention-span theater" on the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

    People over there are dying, and this guy is just dying to keep them there.

    March 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Alex H: I salute you because you are so right. That's the speech of a wolf in sheeps clothing and a theif in the night.

    March 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Grif

    They'll let you down again. John...
    If you mean, as to the hostilities in the middle east.

    France! Will for sure.... They have so much history...

    March 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Whiskey

    in regards to defecting democrats article that is closed for comment...............................................all the rats are jumpin ship

    March 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. @americans

    to late mcbush, u should have said this to g dubya before the iraq war!

    March 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    Dear Kathleen,
    In his speech on foreign policy, Senator McCain was referring to democratic countries not the Democratic party. The irony of this year's election is that it will be John who delivers on Senator Obama's message of transcending partisan politics in service to a greater cause.

    March 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. jd

    There is no Policy-Just same old stuff. It is a continuation of Bush's War. Obama/ Edwards 08

    March 26, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Bayou Joe

    Love ya John. America is still the leader of the Free World. Not France, England or Germany. See if you can get them to pay for their own defense and protection of their oil resources. Maybe then we can bring our boys home with honor.

    March 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. kim portland, oregon

    uncle sam, transcending partisan politics!?!?!? most democrats do not support the occupation in iraq, invading iran, being surrounded by lobbyists, maintaining the tax cuts for the rich, outsourcing jobs, corporate welfare, and all the other insane, destructive things mccain supports.

    and you must know that those democratic countries do not support bush, our failed invasion of iraq, our planned invasion of iran which will also fail.

    what do you believe is his "greater cause"?

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Uncle Sam

    Dear Kim,
    But Democrats do generally support John's positions on comprehensive immigration reform, campaign finance reform, global warming, torture, treatment of prisoners, gang of 14, stem cell research, bipartisanship ,etc. And I think they would also support his views of international cooperation, a comprehensive approach to dealing with terrorism, improving our image in the world by living up to our ideals, etc. The greater cause of which I speak is our ability to love one another – even Republicans.

    March 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Grif

    They're even closing ranks today...

    You'll never get a Guard Of Honour, reception....

    They still think!! They Rule!!!! Somewhere on this Planet..

    March 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    What allies, the whole world litteraly wants the US to elect Obama or Hillary, there isn't one country in this world that would take insane McCain over Hillary or Obama.

    Get real, we can't bomb ourselves into other countries hearts.

    March 26, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Paris

    John McCain doesn’t play politics with everything like democrats do.
    He is a man of principal and this is so refreshing.

    March 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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