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. Mike

    ABG, It's tough for Obama to have an opinion, he barely has a thought!

    No leadership qualities.

    No Obama, No Experience, No Presidency.

    If Obama is the nominee, McCain will mop the floor up with him.

    April 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Z. Ahmed

    If boycotting makes sense because of Tibetan independence and justice, then it should go both ways. The way this current administration of the United States has alienated this country and flat out lied to the general public, the majority of the world should boycott us when the Olympics come here. We are a bunch of hypocrites to think we have any say on freedom when we are ruining just that in Iraq by camouflaging our efforts with scare tactics. All in the name of oil, greed and power. We should be ashamed, God forgive us.

    April 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Obama will be President

    Bush will do what his handlers tell him....he hasn't had an original thought in 7 years, which is sad, because maybe he would have guessed better than Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice and friends.

    April 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Ric

    There is only one option left!! Democrats for Mc Cain!!
    Obama = racist church, anti American. Vote for a hero!! Not a racist, anti American. Democrats for Mc Cain!!!

    April 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Terry in Fl

    Too bad I have to vote for this man but at least he is falling in line with Hillary on some issues. Hard to get the word out on these boards because every pro obama comment geting printed in length and every pro Hillary comment gets canned. So..ok. I guess CNN is really pulling for McCain because they are sure trying hard to squash Hillary's support. Hmmm..I think I'll just look for another news site that is not so biased. Tired of wasting my breath here just to have it sensored.

    April 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    When was the last time McCain was correct on anything...

    ....I know I cant think of it either.

    April 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Lenore

    I wish Hillary would boycott politics.

    April 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Marie-Lynn

    Oh boy what a comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Tejano

    Vig and Dave. Go fly a kite made in China.

    April 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Dori in AZ

    I agree that the Olympics should not be a political platform in itself. The games are the one area in our lives where the world seems to come together more than not. The best of the world and the worst of the world. And, everywhere in between....

    That doesn't change the facts about China. The horrible facts that need to be addressed on the political and economic fronts. China has far too much power over the United States. It hasn't taken it from us. We have given it. Okay, SOLD it.... And, the reality is that they are poisoning us – not just with tainted pet food and dangerous toys for our children!

    So, saying Bush should keep his options open is no opinion at all. Sen. McCain, f you don't have one, just admit you don't have one. That you don't know what, in your opinion, would be best. And, quit trying to convince us that you're the best one for the presidency!

    Si se puede! Obama 2008!

    April 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Rose - Baltimore, MD


    Obama has alredy weighed in on this, check other news web sites like ABC news and Fox news. In a nut shell, what he said is that, we need to be careful on how wee react on this because we cannot not bite the hand that feeds us. After getting into the iraq war we went broke and had to borrow money from China. We are in no position to dictate terms to china. We are indebted to them big time.

    ABG do not display your ignorance here, get educated. Read other news medias as well.

    April 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. BTW

    McCain probably just can't remember what he said before.

    April 9, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Gracie

    I honestly FAIL to see how McCain's comments become a Sen. Obama issue? Why is his name even being brought up here? I don't recall it being written anywhere that Sen. Obama has to comment on everything and anything. That MAY be the problem with the other two candidates, they DON'T know when to shut up!!!

    I really don't get you Clinton supporters, you come off very bitter and vicious as if Sen. Obama is the one speaking for Sen. McCain here.
    Get a grip. Talk about juvenile.

    I guess since Sen. Clinton's lead margin is slipping big time in PA, you all have nothing better to do but throw blame at Sen. Obama rather than directing your banter at YOUR OWN CANDIDATE. She is the one who keeps shooting her own foot. Funny that huh?

    Geeezzzz.... get your comments in order.

    April 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Billy Bob

    Warmongel to the rescue of his bosom buddie Bush. See I knew McCain subscribed to the Bush'ed weekly!

    April 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. KOR

    Another chance for Obama to show some leadership-and another failure. He had a chance to show some leadership on resolving the voting controversy with the DNC, but he didn't. If I had a dollar for everytime Obama waited for Hillary to take and stand and then said, "Me, too!" I could afford to buy an election, too.

    The "Hope Fund" an Obama political action committee (PAC), has paid more than $694,000 to Democratic "super-delegates." As of this week, of the 81elected officials who are "super-delegates" supporting Obama, 40 percent had received cash contributions. 52 of his super-delegate members are not currently serving elected officials and therefore don't have a current campaign committee into which they can legally deposit checks.

    While none of this is technically illegal, it doesn't mean it's ethical either.
    The Clinton camp is also playing the payola scam. HILLPAC, Clinton's PAC, and her campaign committee have paid $195,500 to super-delegates. 12 percent of the 109 super-delegates who have said they will support her have received campaign cash.

    April 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. RFP

    Keeping your options open...? How about if somebody commits to something and sticks to it for once?

    April 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    IF China didn't own us, Mr. Bush could go and speak his mind to
    the Chinese and still stand by the Olympians, but Bush has no
    callateral. You know? How can you be harsh to a country who
    owns your country?

    April 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Angus McDugan

    It is so hard to send a strong message to China when we owe them some much money (debt). We would have a hard time if they called in a trillion dollar loan.

    April 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. demo crazy

    CNN you dont publish any of my comments, specially if they have soemthign to do with Clinton and her lies

    April 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Inflict

    How deos "Chinese inflicted on the Tibetans and protestors around the world"?

    It is each country now dealing with those protestors, not Chinese government.

    Did Chinese government do anything in Paris and SF?

    April 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Richard

    John McBush should keep his mouth shut. The more he speaks the less he is liked.

    April 9, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Huh?

    How does an article about McCain and Bush get all the Obamaniacs and Hillaridiots talking about their candidates?

    Hillary made a statement a few days ago. Today, boys and girls, we're talking about McCain's statement.

    I'm not sure why McCain is giving Bush advice. Bush hasn't listened to anyone for 7 1/2 years. Why would he start, now? His approval rating is off the chart (low) and he only has a few more months to sit in the chair his daddy warmed up for him. He's beyond being a lame duck. I am sure he couldn't care less about what McCain or anyone else for that matter thinks.

    April 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Barnie

    How can you expect Bush and McCain to care about the suffering of people in Tibet and Darfur (The Chinese support the murderous regime in Sudan) if they don't care about the suffering of American service men and women in Iraq? LOL

    April 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Tim

    Lol. I like how the Clintonistas come in here and act like Obama needs to say the exact same thing she did or else he doesnt have "leadership". Clinton only made a comment for political gain, nothing else.

    As if skipping the Olympic opening ceremony actually meant anything. You are such sheep.

    April 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Wisconsin for Obama

    ABG, Obama takes his time and chooses his words. He thinks before he speaks, that is wisdom.

    April 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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