May 7th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Voter tells McCain his temper is 'something of concern'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain stumps in Michigan on Wednesday."]

ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan (CNN) - What temper? John McCain parried away a question Wednesday about his supposedly hot-headed demeanor by talking up his long bipartisan record in the United States Senate.

“If I had some problem as such has been described, my friends, I would not have been able to work with Joe Lieberman and Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy and all the other members on the other side of the aisle,” McCain said, responding to a Republican voter who described McCain’s temper as “something of concern.”

The voter read McCain a quote from Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who said in January that “the thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine.”

“He is erratic,” Cochran told the Boston Globe. “He is hotheaded. He loses his temper."

“I am familiar with the quote,” McCain cracked, as the questioner recounted Cochran’s comments.

McCain then confirmed he does get angry - about pork barrel spending.

“Well, I will confess to you my friend, that I get angry,” he explained. “I got angry when I saw a guy named Abramoff that ripped of Native Americans for millions and millions and millions of dollars that ended up putting him in federal prison.”

“I get angry when I see 233 million of your tax dollars going to an island, to a bridge on an island with 50 people on it,” he said. “I get angry when I see corruption to the point when we have former members of Congress residing in federal prison.

“And you know something? The American people are angry too, and they’re not going to take it any more.”

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Who cares!!!!! Old man insane McCain ain't gonna win anyway.

    May 7, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. bigben

    Rather put up with his temper than Obama's stupidity

    May 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Food for thought- Do we really want angry Gramp in the White House???

    May 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Stacy Clarks

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ***if you are a TRUE DEMOCRAT, then re-post this on every blog*****

    Clinton Supporter——-> Do you appreciate the MEDIA calling you dumb Americans?!?!?

    Obama Supporters——–> Do you appreciate the MEDIA calling you elitist snobs? and dumb young kids?

    That is EXACTLY what they are doing with all this "titles" and exit polling categories.


    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Johnny Be Good

    Hey Clinton NEws only took you guys like 15 minutes to close down that ariticle. I wonder why you did that. Not something you really want to advertise due to her stunning loss yesterday

    John...thanks for your service and taking one for the GOP team!!!

    May 7, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Minnesota for Barack

    I would love to see his temper when he realizes a young black junior senator is beating this "experienced" senator in national match-up polls. That'd be a sight.

    May 7, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Toby

    I'm supposed to believe that McCain has a the temperment of Sonny Corleone because of earmarks, .6% of federal spending?

    May 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Phoenician, AZ

    "The American people are angry" (c) McCane - WOW!! W H A T ?!!
    I cannot believe this! What an ELITIST, CONDESCENDING piece of garbage this McCane is!

    LOL 🙂

    May 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Franky

    Hmmmmm, this is interesting..............yep, I'm still waiting for that moment when it comes.

    May 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. J.Onofre -CA

    McCain is senile and Clinton is delusional.

    The Force is with Obama.

    May 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Nelda

    John McCain has displayed his bad temper on many occasions. Like when he was overheard calling his wife a ****. Maybe he misspoke, who cares he is an old kook set in his ways and we will be lucky if he does knock out a leader from another country if he is given a chance.

    May 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. USAF Sr. Airman

    We don't need a hothead like him in control of the Big Red Nuke button.

    May 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. fafa

    Common Mccain. Waiting to sou get angry at the presidential Debate.
    Until I see you get angry myselfwont beleif all anybody is saying.

    May 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Poor John McCain, he would have been a good president but W. took over and now McCain is damaged-goods.

    May 7, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Karl Rove, Crawford Texas

    Mccain reminds me alot of the grandpa from King of the Hill

    May 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. fullbodytransplant

    Anybody familiar with the candy called "Warheads"?

    That's John McCain on the wrapper.

    May 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. dbacchus

    Aha. "Smart" move, McCain:
    How dares Sen. Obama to call American people "bitter"?! They aren't bitter! They are ANGRY!! Just like me.


    May 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    "then McCain threw a chair at the voter"

    May 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Venus

    Get ready Mc Cain!

    It's you and Obama!

    May 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. proud army and navy mom

    you are righ mccain. we the american people are not going to take your lies and flip-flops anymore. Bring our troops home now!

    May 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. mitchell from arkansaw

    we are not your friends.and we don't need a president with a hothead ,during a time of war.cooler heads will prevail.what we don't need is another warmonger.

    May 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. sue

    Riady has been telling business contacts in Jakarta that he expects Clinton to accept, even though the U.S. president has been dogged by allegations that Riady funneled illegal foreign donations to Clinton's 1992 and 1996 election campaigns," states the Intelligence section of the Review's edition dated Oct. 12, 2000.
    Could this be where the better part of her funds come from. Google in
    Lippo Group. REal eye opener.

    May 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Frank Z

    Wow bad temper, adulterer, liar, flip flopper

    sounds awesome!

    May 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Brian

    What this story fails to mention is that after the event, McCain blew steam out his ears, ripped off the voter's head and ate it.

    May 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. jeremy

    it would have been hilarious if he would have started screaming at the person who asked the question.

    tempers and access to the red button don't mix.

    May 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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