August 2nd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama's ideal role for McCain? Loyal Opposition

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TITUSVILLE, Florida (CNN) –- The last week has left little doubt that the presidential campaign has taken a turn for the negative though John McCain and Barack Obama still insist they respect each other. But would McCain have a role in an Obama administration?

“You're setting me up to get in trouble,” Obama told a Florida supporter who asked him during a townhall meeting if McCain and his stalwart surrogate, Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, would gets jobs in a Democratic White House.

“I would have [McCain] serve in the role of loyal opposition, in the minority,” Obama told the crowd after initially stumbling over a few words, searching for an appropriate answer.

“There's an important function to be served there,” he added, “I mean it's important to have an opposition that is keeping you on your toes and giving you a hard time and calling you out if you're not doing what you say you’re going to do. That's part of what is good about democracy.”

Obama declined to mention whether he sees former Democratic colleague Lieberman as part of the opposition as well.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Endurance

    Opposition is a good for both candidates.

    August 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Christine

    There are five articles on this Ticker about Obama. Talk about media bias.

    August 2, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    If elected, Obama will be the cluless president ever in US history. Probably same or worse that Bush and Carter. This guy is just bluff. I wouldn't be surprise if he gets elected. Bush was elected twice and we are in a hole, but the hole will only get deeper.

    August 2, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Dem in FL

    God....Stupid Democrats. HOW they chose this guy is beyond me. We are screwed either way now. Hillary was our only chance at redemption and healing in this country.

    August 2, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Texan Cowboys

    Both liberman and McBush are old dudes they need to retired and go around the world enjoy life while they still can. lol... We love them both and we will give them jobs in the whitehouse when they come back from taking a long vacation in mesebotamianuts.

    August 2, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. kevin - Jacksonville FL

    A role for Mccain in an Obama administration, maybe the capitol dogcatcher but he too old for that.

    August 2, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. sharon

    If B.O. doesn't have a teleprompter.......he can't cut it!

    August 2, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. NSmith, New York, NY

    CNN, I'm an Obama supporter. But, please. Stop posting these lame no-story stories. You didn't need to post Obama's statement here, it's pointless, and doesn't enrich my political knowledge in any way. Talk to me about how McCain, contrary to your previous report, as been against off shore drilling, and his shift on key issues, merely to pander. Obama's shift, while being a shift, is banked on compromised, not pandering.

    August 2, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Jan Illinois

    BO you have not won yet!!! You need Hillary, Do the right thing.

    August 2, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. John in Iowa

    Please Osama, McCain would never accept any position with you.

    August 2, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. suzyku

    Obama may respect mccain but I sure don't! He's gotten nastier by the minute, the new bush/karl rove only older and more forgetful! He's NOT fit to run this country!

    August 2, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    They'll definitely be in the minority – we're all voting the rascals out.

    Shame on the republicans – shame on rove's protege – shame on bush – shame on mccain.

    After all the blasphemy and the low road tactics, even I (a republican) will vote for Barack Obama.

    August 2, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. newsnut

    Win or lose, B.Hussein O. has job. McCain's ideal role for B.Hussein O. Loyal opposition.. Do you now get the picture, Two bit Journalist.

    August 2, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. paul, nyc ny

    Mr Obama's ego would never allow him to have McCain in any role in his administration unless it served his overall image. Like Hillary who he has to court to win her legion of followers (until of course he wins ... a maybe there) he would drop her like a hot potato. With McCain the same fate would not be the case because Obama would only give lip service to that idea until he won. Slowly Mr Obama is realizing that NEW POLITICS means he has to "LOOK LIKE" his is being bipartisan.


    August 2, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Griff

    Never Mind CCN... When your Savior Obama, as let you down...
    You can always send for Ben... Ben Evolent... Will Bail you out...

    August 2, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. McCain's real job???

    John McCain has not voted in the US Senate since April 8th. Maybe he forgot was his actual job title is.

    August 2, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. E. de Leon

    Thats kind of illogical and unreasonable question, another media hype, and its not even worthy of news. Sad to say but its 'dumb'. McCain 08. HRC 2012!

    August 2, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Kurt C.

    Why won't you debate McCain? Scared?

    August 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Mary

    Really??? Today's poll has McCain leading after Obama's latest flip-flop on oil drilling. Maybe John McCain will consider the role of "loyal opposition" for Obama.

    August 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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