April 9th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain: Bush should 'keep his options open' on Olympics

The McCain campaign has weighed in on Hillary Clinton's call for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of this year's Olympic Games in Beijing.

"Senator McCain believes the President should evaluate the situation as it evolves, and ought to keep his options open," Brooke Buchanan, McCain's traveling press secretary, told CNN. "He continues to condemn the brutal oppression that the Chinese inflicted on the Tibetans and protestors around the world."

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Dave in DC

    WOW. That's a BOLD statement. He may regret taking such a strong stand down the road.

    April 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. HP Boston

    OH GOD the blind leading the blind. Bush has no more options!

    April 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    What Option are you talking about Mccain, do you want him to go to war with china, he does not need your advice for that he is worst than you when it comes to war. Both of you are a warmonger.

    April 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. ABG

    Does Obama have an opinion or is he waiting to see what President Bush does before weighing in on the subject?

    I have yet to see any sign of strong leadership qualities from Barach Obama. He wants everyone to like him, a style that always backfires.

    If he is the Democratic nominee, the Republicans will hammer this point home.

    April 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. dave

    come on, mccain, join both Obama and HRC and others in Congress for the US to break diplomatic relations with the blood soaked, genocidal so called Peoples Republic of China.... and by law
    have the USA re-establish diplomatic relations with the Free People of the Free Republic of China on Taiwan (formosa)... help to correct the huge error that Dick Nixon made in the 70s by breaking US diplomatic relations with the Republic of China and creating diplomatic relations with the bloody Mao dictatorship on the mainland, which has killed tens of millions of people..... something that all freedom loving Americans can join you in supporting!

    April 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Vig

    George Bush and China. Both human rights violators.

    April 9, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Some Guy

    Future statements form McCain

    "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Tibet"

    "Al Queda is training in Tibet"

    to Dali Lama "Sit down you little jerk"

    April 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. John Smith

    Obama should NOT have anything to do with this administration. When did Bush ever listen to anyone but himself. Grow up people and understand Obama's need for silence on this matter. Bush should have listened when Obama told him NOT to go to war!!!

    April 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Chuck in Oregon

    For once I agree with McCain. I might add that he should go. Bush should not use the Olympics as a political tool. If he has a position (I hope he does have a negative position, but knowing Bush there is no telling) he must weigh in and he must make it in person.

    April 9, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Ethel

    The the narrowing of Hillary's lead in PA, I've read variously is the $109 million the Clintons EARNED since 2001. Bill's speech making fees, Obama gets fees for speaking, too, even before he decided to run for president. The Clintons' published books' fees also accounted for some of their income. Ann Coulter's books pay her royalties as well. Where ever did you geniuses think the voters are affected by the earnings of the Clintons. Look how Bush and Cheney are earning their millions or is it billions, due to oil prices. Hillary is losing points because the media is on her back, in her pocket and probably up her butt looking for something to hit her with. Meanwhile Obama is kept under wraps for fear he will take a misstep and ruin all the plans his public relations masters have for him. Who cares if the Clintons disagree. Anyone know any married couple that didn't disagree? Why I know of couples where one is for Hillary and one for McCain, Carville and Matalin, the Tysons, she for Hillary he for Obama. Married couples don't have to agree on everything. And if Obama couldn't control Power with her monster remark, how can Hillary control Penn's action. How about a little civility now.

    April 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Claudia

    McCain is soooo out of touch. Human rights in China are way past evolving so this isn't about options, he makes absolutely no sense.

    April 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. debbie

    I support OBAMA and for once (only) I agree with MCCain (I can't believe it)


    obama 08'

    Mc Cain retire and enjoy life with your rich wife........

    Obama can handle this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Chuck in Oregon

    This is of ABG, your not paying attention, Obama has made his positon know already. However he chose not to make a political grand stand out of it.

    April 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. mep

    Like China will give Bush a choice...Dream on McCain...China owns us thanks to Mr. Bush and if they say be there he will be...Where on earth does McCain live????

    April 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. CJ

    Obama's pair are shriveled up! If he talked right now he'd have a squeaky voice!

    April 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. jw

    MCcain will be elected President.
    Obama will be selling used cars on the south side of Chicago
    and all will be well
    The Business of America is business and war is good for business.
    And of course McCain was not tortured That why they called it the
    Hanoi Hilton. finest koniac and cuban cigars and dede maou
    strip dancer every nite You leftist are so pathetically weak and
    inferior to the norm, sad yet true.
    Who cares about the words racism,bigots,indifference.
    tolerance ect exct
    those words are just words leftist bleeding heart liberals use
    to ge welfare
    if wanting people to quit having children out of wedlock [70%]
    quit selling drugs,quit robbing,raping and murdering innocent people and go to school and get an education and be a responsible citizen. If that is racism
    I am a proud racist

    April 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Connie, Tennessee

    ABG; Obama has said the Olympics should not be a political platform. Who cares whether Bush goes or not. Let the athletics compete.

    April 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Lenore

    I wonder how many things Hillary Clinton owns that were "Made in China" Perhaps the boycott should start there and not with innocent athletes. To boycott the opening ceremonies would be a slap in the face to all the young men and women that worked so hard to get honor of representing their country.

    April 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Ifeanyi Azubike Houston Texas

    What did they say? Can't politicians ever stand up for something like say to Bush, "DON'T GO". Shoudn't we demand that those seeking public office must be able to speak in plain language. I am with Hillary on this one and expect that the other candidates will be able to follow her example on just this count.

    April 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. joseph

    we better be nice to china considering they own the US.

    April 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Gobama

    Should China boycott the US over UNPROVOKED invasion and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and TORTURE BY AMERICANS?

    Senator Obama is AGAIN 'showing good' judgment.

    The way to deal with China (OF ONE BILLION MORE CITIZENS THAN USA) is THOUGHTFULLY & DELIBERATELY, not by being the world's regular bully!

    The Tibetans are the ones who DELIBERATELY created this furor time.
    And they did so to force the hands of other nations, whether we like it or not.


    And China continues to get wealthier while holding a boat load of US dollars, even as the US gets POORER!

    April 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. EBC

    Okay Sen. McCain...

    But how about YOU start learning the difference between the Sunnis, Shiias and the Kurds. I think old age mind-set is starting to become more and more a problem when you repeatedly kept getting these groups mixed up during your questioning of Gen. Patreas.

    I'll can certainly understand when you misspoke the first time, but then you seem to keep getting your foreign comments confused. I'm starting to question if your age is preventing you from making concise and accurate political statements as a Presidential candidate as well as a possible Commander-in-Chief. If AGE is a factor, then that's a serious problem because YOU will eventually have to LEAN heavily on other people because you can't accurately state the facts when it comes to our foreign and economic policies.

    Make me kinda say hummmmm, I'm NOT so sure you are capable of holding the Presidential office if these fumbles are any indications.

    April 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Dave

    If that headline is correct, McCain is already double speaking. I don't like that.

    April 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Syndy /from Wisconsin

    Are you kidding? I don't think he can trust her. I believe she will undermine him every step of the way.

    April 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Stacy Clarks,

    ABG: He has talked about it....people get ur facts right!!!! such silliness on this blog!

    Secondly, I think it is disingenuos for McCain to tell Bush to keep his options open to attend the ceremony hosted by a country commiitting grave human rights injustice, while he is talking about peace and freedom in Iraq!!!


    DEMOCRATS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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