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."

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  1. MD

    How pathetic is Hillary Clinton! She is thanking British PM, Brwon, for not going to the opening ceremony. The man NEVER had any plans to go to the opening ceremony, even before the Tibet situation arose. She just shoots off her mouth, and tries to make brownie points with Brown (no pun intended). She is so uninformed, it's scary.

    As for McCain, stop straddling the fence. Either suggest that Bush should go or not go, or keep your mouth shut. "Keeping his option open means let's see what is the popular thing to do." McCain reminds me of an old tree in the wind.

    April 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    How wishy-washy for Senator McCain to say such a thing.

    Is this the moral leadership we can expect of him should be become president?

    Considering what we have heard from John McCain in the last two weeks, he is coming on as "Bush-Lite."

    April 9, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Hermione

    To Wisconsin for Obama –

    You're absolutely right. Obama does think before he speaks. Unfortunately, the only things he can think of to say are just empty words completely void of substance or significance. I guess that's how it goes when you're nothing but a pep rally leader and not an actual qualified presidential candidate.

    Hillary or McCain '08

    April 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Ponder this

    Angus McDugan.....in my mind you are exactly right........Bush does'nt show up then the Chinese are like pay me and pay me now......thats what I see in the future.....call me Cleo

    April 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. C. J.

    Where is the United Nations on all these world problems?????? No McCain fan but think hes right about keeping options open. George might as well go give him something to do.

    April 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. True voice

    I am a professor in a major US University. I have to say that the majority view on China in this country is biased. About half of our Ph.D. students in our Department are from China and most of them are polite, hard-working and are doing great – good citizens by any standards. Most students I talked to love their country and are proud that the Olympics will be hosted in China. Indeed, China, like any other countries, has some problems, perhaps including the approach in Tibet. But some people in Tibet were robbing the shops and destroying public facilities and the police stopped the violent riot – isn't that the right thing to do for any government? I hope people should get to know the truth before they express their views. Go talk to people from China or people who have visited China, you will find that the truth is much different than what most people perceived.

    April 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Does McCain remember which one is Tibet and which one is China?

    April 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    People, we owe China our souls. Don't you get it!!!! You think your are rich? Well you are not because there is NO security left in our Banks
    our Investments, You better be more than a little bit rich. Get your money and stash it under the mattress. Bush let the Chinese buy us. They have owned interest in the banks. Mattel could not even talk back. to China.
    Bush Cannot speak up to them. Are they buying our foreclosed homes? He can go to the Olympics but he cannot speak up to them,
    The money you will be receiving for "stimuli" to the economy, some
    2 Billion Dollars, is borrowed. And we will pay interest on it.
    The rich can rob this country of all that is good, sell it and move. Our
    country is in the biggest crises it has ever been in and we are wanting
    to put "Bonnie and Clyde, Bill and Hillary in power.They are just like
    the two Bush's and McCain.. Anybody in the Bush's cabinet is of questional character. And we get excited when McCain plays with 20 names to be possible V.P. And Condeleeza. It is all games. And, stupid us, we believe liars.
    we fall for it.

    Obama or NO One for 2008

    April 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Lenore

    Every time the U.S. gets involved with matters in another country we get accused of wanting to be The World Police. Now people are looking to the U.S. to do something about the situations in Tibet and Darfur. Make up your minds people.

    April 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Marty

    This is a non-issue. No sitting President has ever attended an Olympic opening ceremony outside the USA. If Pres. Bush decides not to go, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary. It would be extraordinary if he did go. This is not a big deal. Move on.

    April 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. John Smith

    When did BUSH ever listen to anyone? If so, we would not have been at war today!!

    April 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Peter

    Obama still has not taken a position – pro or con! What a man!

    April 9, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Patrick

    McCain has been a leader on human rights if you look at his record. I believe he would have taken action in the recent crackdown on democracy in Burma. Of course once someone actually tries to do something for human rights, like remove the oppressing regime from power, they are suddenly a war mongerer and the war is "illegal." Democrats have to choose, it's either OK to go to war to protect human rights or its not. Sometimes diplomacy doesn't work believe it or not.

    April 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Ted Stout

    "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."

    Let's see.. . run-on sentences, failure to use caps when needed, and agreement problems. Illiteracy, thou bane of the ignorant blogger, thou dpst rear thine ugly head once again.

    Carry on.

    April 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Israel

    President Bush should seperate politics from reality. We borrow so much money from the Chinese on a daily basis. The President needs to show respect for our atheletes!!!!

    April 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Zoinks

    this guy is clueless. heads of state don't even attend opening ceremonies anyway. Hillary likewise has no clue. nor does Pelosi. the whole lot of them should all shut up until they really want to do something about China. but that would mean seriously pissing off their corporate masters.

    April 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. mike,Iowa

    why do we have to ruin the last pure thing we had in this world. The olympics is the only place you can have people from all around the world and actually not be at war with each other. No china should not take away peoples human rights but why use the olympics to protest it. why boycott it? If were going to be so against what china does then why the hell do we even deal with them?

    April 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Marine Dad

    McCain is right...the olympics should not be political its a world athletic event not a time for polictical posturing. China sucks for what they are doing to Tibet...if all of you bleeding hearts want to do something there are other means check out the various websites but leave the olympics out of it ,do you remember the Russian boycott all that happened was we hurt our own athletes...I think the people in africa need a little more help than Tibet does right now!

    April 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Dan

    Forget about politics for a moment. What about the athletes? Our athletes. Would they appreciate having the Unites States President present during the Olympic opening ceremonies? (Don't get hung up on the fact that it's W all you haters.) If I were one of the athletes I would really enjoy participating in a sporting event that draws leading government officials from both my own county and the majority of the worlds other countries. I would not enjoy being part of an event that the rest of the world is politicizing.

    I don't like what the Chineese government has been, is doing, or will probably continue to do but an athletes attendance is intended to be an endorsement of the host countries policies. The athletes attend to compete with the best from all over the world. The fact that the event is in China has nothing to do with the individual athletes preferences.

    April 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Canada

    If the Olympics were to be held in the USA, would we expect all the leaders of the nations which disapprove of USA involvement in Iraq to boycott the opening ceremonies?

    Thus, the Golden Rule applies.

    April 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Jimbo

    Know how a candidate has taken the lead in the national conscience? About four posts into this thread, and we are talking about Obama and not Macs opinion on the opening ceremonies at the Olympics. And why are we even going to the Olympics in China, for crying out loud. Those sorry bastards are the worst human rights violators in the world. Or maybe not. Hail to the torturer in Chief.

    April 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Mark

    Ok, Hillary's face has been on CNN's homepage for the past three days. I'm sick of looking at her. Secondarily, nothing is going to happen regarding Tibet. If people really want to make a statement they should stop buying Chinese products. But we all know that won't happen because everyone loves their iPods and whatnot. The protests mean nothing. Everyone has always know that China has a terrible human rights policy. Maybe we should just go to war with them like we've done with everyone else we don't agree with. I'm sure McCain would love to drop some more bombs on innocent people.

    April 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Wow, some people need to really get a life. I'm amazed by the personal attacks voiced on this and other posts about the candidates. Especially the Obama haters. You guys, don't get upset because he's connected to the public in a way no other candidate has in decades. Anybody that truly knows anything about politics knows that the president cannot do anything without the congress. Obama's major strength is how he connects with people. This is going to be valuable in helping to bring back respect and goodwill to the U.S. Bush has damaged the reputation of the U.S. in ways that will be hard to repair. In the next administration, you are going to need a people person to help bring the congress together and deal with other world leaders. Do you really think McCain is that person? Hillary? Yes, he doesn't have as much experience as those two, but then neither one of them has ever ran a state or government either.

    April 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Ratgurl

    Hey Georgie,

    Go to China. And STAY there.

    April 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Wow, really going out on a limb there Johnny!

    Obama/Nunn in 08

    April 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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