August 12th, 2008
03:52 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain: 'Today we are all Georgians'

YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Although Russia has apparently agreed to cease military action in Georgia, John McCain accused Moscow Tuesday of continuing to attack, saying that “possibly thousands” of civilians have been wounded or killed.

“President Medvedev stated that he has halted the offensive,” McCain said, “but reports indicate Russian military forces have continued attacks in some areas, and the situation remains fluid and dangerous.”

“Today the killing goes on, and the aggression goes on,” he said.

McCain spoke for seven minutes about the situation in Georgia at the beginning of a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania, praising the country’s “long and remarkable” history and its commitment to Western values. He said he spoke to Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili earlier in the day.

“He wanted me to say thanks to you, and give you his heartfelt thanks, for the support of the American people for this tiny little democracy far away from the United States of America,” McCain said. “And I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, ‘Today we are all Georgians.’”

The presumptive GOP nominee appeared to allude to past calamities in Europe while describing the crisis.

“My friends, we learned a great cost of the price of allowing aggression against free nations to go unchecked,” he said.

He continued his call for humanitarian aid to be airlifted to the country and for international peacekeeping forces to be sent to the two separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Jon from Indiana

    McCain is correct in saying Russian aggression cannot go unchecked. Georgia is a democratically elected government who has had its sovereignty thrown aside by a government sliding towards authoritarianism. Why wouldn't any American support Georgia in their time of need? Are we pro-democracy or not? McCain has made a decision on this issue, unlike Obama who called for restraint on both sides. I guess the Georgian army should lay down their arms while Russian tanks charge closer to their capital. McCain is living in the real world, where no one holds hands and sings Kumbaya, as some other candidates apparently believe.

    August 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Lesley

    McCain is continuing to stoke the fires of unrest in this conflict to garner points for the election. He's distorting the facts for his own political purposes. It has already been reported that there were some outbursts after the announcement of a cease fire but that those were dealt with. He is not the president and yet is voicing policy as if he were. And Americans are not so transparent as to mistake his saber rattling for nothing more than an effort to gain political points. He is verbally continuing the conflict after Russia has called for a cease fire. He is more dangerous than Putin. How can anyone say Obama doesn't know what's going on. You people are repeating McCain campaign rhetoric without even listening to what he's saying. You're programmed like robots. Obama learns the facts first before he jumps, McCain fires first and then learns the facts second. He has no diplomatic expertise or geopolitical acumen. You can see that diplomacy worked through the efforts of the French prez. Learn to think for yourselves. Do you really want this hothead in the WH?

    August 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Bryan

    I just say to Mcshame. Watch Nicolas Sarkozy en see what diplomacy can do.

    August 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Shrikeback

    What I find amusing in these comments is the unabashed Ageism
    that is being displayed by alleged liberals. Clearly if you don't vote
    for McCain, you're an anti-elderly bigot.

    The best thing about this identity politics is that old people decide the election. They vote 4 times as much as the young. So, the people who get all anti-old are only helping the old guy get elected.

    August 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Former Republican for OBAMA







    August 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Not McSame

    If Obama would had said this crap about us all being Georgians everyone would have been saying he's not American enough. It's true Obama gets more coverage but it's mostly negative coverage. I can't afford to leave things the same so for me the choice is easy.

    Obama / 08

    August 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. No McCain

    What a stupid non-sense comment: "Today we are all georgians". McCain, we all know that you would like to return to the cold war era – this is the only way yur war/fear-mongering politic can succeed. Fortunatley, we Americans dont want the cold war anymore- WE DECIDED FOR CHANGE!!!

    August 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Carrie Stewart from Maryland

    Are we Americans not paying attention to "Warrior McCain"? Can't we all see that this man is tasting blood----the blood of our loved ones who will fight a McCain War (ala Bush War). Isn't it interesting that neither Bush nor McCain will send a majority of their loved ones to fight these conflicts? Do they (McCain/Bush) think America will even be around if these conflicts persist. Other major powers are not afraid of America who is now weakend and beaten down by the greedy, self-interested traitors calling themselves leaders and so-called free-traders. America needs Obama to keep a sound and measured head and controlled rhetoric, for this country can not fight another conflict. We need to rebuild America's weakened areas (trade, military, infrastructures, overall economy).

    I am sick to my stomach, for I love this country of ours. We can't let another mental midget back into office.

    Plenty Concerned in Maryland

    August 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. prairieguy

    Gee...when did Busie die and McShame become President???

    We only have ONE have to win before you can be one...and this idiot declared Obama was acting presumptous and Presidential before being elected....sounds like the kettle know the rest!!!!!1

    August 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Sandy

    I live ATL Georgia OF THE U.S. what the heck is He talking about, I know nothing of this other country other than it not being in the U.S.

    August 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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