August 13th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Georgian president to McCain: Move 'from words to deeds'


Watch the entire interview with President Saakashvili.

(CNN) – Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday called for John McCain and other American leaders to do more for Georgia in their response to the conflict in his country.

“Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say, ‘We are all Georgians now,’” Saakashvili said on CNN’s American Morning. “Well, very nice, you know, very cheering for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from this. From words to deeds.”

McCain told a crowd in Pennsylvania yesterday that he had called Saakashvili to express solidarity with the people of Georgia, saying: “Today, we are all Georgians.”

McCain’s foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann told reporters on the campaign plane Tuesday that McCain’s remark “obviously meant a lot to Saakashvili personally, but more importantly the message it conveyed to the Georgian people in this really, time of unprecedented national emergency.” Scheunemann said McCain and Saakashvili are friends who have speaking daily throughout the crisis.

But Saakashvili said action is more important than rhetoric in the face of “brutal” and “deliberate” Russian violence. He urged the United States to take the lead in installing an international peacekeeping force.

“We should realize what is at stake here for Americans,” he said. “America is losing the whole region.”

“What Americans should do know, first of all, clearly make known their intentions,” he said.

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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Kudos to the Georgian president for underlining the empty rhetoric spewing from Mccain over the past few days. He seems delighted in this war. He's a ghoul who will use the suffering of innocent civilians to further his election day goals. This is a new milennium and the saber rattling riculousness will do us and our children no good. Especially with a nuclear and seeming cold blooded country like Russia.

    Obama we cant wait till you return rested and ready to put this rabid dog of a pseudo republican to bed.

    August 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. wes

    Another war ahead... a little bird told me so...

    August 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Ovitshio Branco from Connecticut

    this is my prediction

    Mc War same McBush will die soon before the election and we will have peace with Obama the


    August 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. mayahh

    A huge SHUMACK in the face, whoops..

    August 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. F. Preyear

    The Georgian President is calling John McCain out! I thought that they are supposed to be such good friends and what McCain said meant soooo much. LOL

    August 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Rosemarie

    It seems to me that Americans are always waging war or want to back war. Too bad they don't like taking care of their fighting men when they return home. This is so shameful! I don't understand why these young men volunteer to join the military. Oh yea, they are poor, minority and looking for an education that they can't afford otherwise. Americans, wake up and see the big picture. It's time to join forces to bring lasting peace to the world. Forger Warmonger John McCain and VOTE OBAMA!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Shari, NY

    Hup, two, three, four!

    August 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    did not know that McCain is the President!

    August 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Everything McCain touches turns to crap. I've never seen a less effective presence on the national scene.

    Even his lame attempt to sound supportive and tough has been turned back around on him. He can't even take Obama's total absence from the media and use it to his advantage.

    I think he would probably lose (or loose, if you prefer) to a cardboard cutout of Obama.

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Ernest in MD

    So, is McCain the Us President now... Isn't he too presumptious? What power does he have? Will he ask president Bush to sent troops in Georgia? Not thinkable. So why talk? Who wants to fight Russia? I think this will only show the american people why McCain is just a BLATTANT OPPORTUNIST.

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. JJ

    Now it's time for McCain to put his money where his mouth is. He talks as though "he's the best person to handle this situation" so the Georgian President has now told him to step up to the plate. Enough talk, they need action.

    So McCain, since you are the best qualified person to handle this, what are you planning on doing???? WE WANT ANSWERS!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. jengelberger

    I think a rule should be made: If you vote for McCain to be President then you should also have to enlist in the military. It is obvious that if this guy becomes president the United States will be involved in countless wars and conflicts that could have been easily avoided and handled in a diplomatic manner that would not end the lives of thousands of young men and women. Let's try to be the ones who are not responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent citizens of other countries and the deaths of so many in our own military.

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Karen-phoenix

    The Bush administration has soooo crippled our country we can not come to the defense of anyone!!! Yes McCain you speak empty words and always have. The US is broke finnancially and emotionally. We have NO army left. It is going to take Obama working 24/7 to get us back to some kind of reasonable state. AND McCain can not even work 3 or 4 full days a week! Out with old and in with the new. AND MCCAIN, NO DRAFT!!!! I will make sure my grandkids go to Canada before you do that!!! Go Obama!!

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Chuck

    McWar is sounding more and more like Dr. Strange Love!

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Sharon

    McCain Urged it go to The UN Security Council.

    McCain urge halt to fighting in Georgia and to convene an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to resolve the crisis.

    Get the information out and discuss, work on ways to ending this.

    August 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Linda from Prescott AZ

    McCain's statement was theatrics, a good sound bite for one of his hateful commercials.

    August 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Alie

    Exactly. McCain is all words and no deeds. 25 years in Washington and what has he done? He'll say anything.

    August 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. IsMcCainPresidentnow?

    Where are all the Republicans screaming about McCain acting like a President already? That is all we heard out of you while Senator Obama was in Europe so, let's hear it. Also Mr. McCain I am NOT a Georgian today ,or yesterday, or tomorrow, I am an American always. Also CNN why do you never mention that McCains advisor Scheunemman was a PAID LOBBYIST for Georgia up until a few months ago? Show some integrity.

    August 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. g

    I wonder if McWar has a short man's complex? He has to be macho like Chavez. And Lieberman his other shorty sidekick. A guy who never served in the Armed Forces talks big too. And the neocons, never fought a day. They talk big. War is not something to use to score political points, especially if behind all of it some deep rooting little man's complex.

    August 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. D R

    This old angry man needs to retire. Shooting your mouth off like that while running for president isn't the brightest thing to do! Calling Putin a man of little integrity! Calling him many names! That's just what we need, another country hating us, this time it's a super power!

    August 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Dem

    Now is NOT the time for confrontation. Bringing out our guns will encourage them to bring out theirs. We CAN"T afford this right now.

    If McCain were president, would he do anything else other than send all of our troops into another WAR like his experience tells him? Probably not, he has no experience in anything other than war war WAR!

    August 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Sue/PA

    That fact that the Georgian President insuates that McCain can actually do anything to help them is at the very least laughable. There is nothing remotely funny about this conflict.

    Has McCain givien them a "wink and a nod" prior to this conflict? His advisor is a lobbist for Georgia..........questions questions questions..........................CNN SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING THIS......BE HONEST WITH THE PUBLIC.............we deserve at least that, after 8 yrs of bold lieing.

    August 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Independent voter

    well mccain?

    just words?

    August 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Danny

    Yes, Mr. McWar. That's the only thing he talks about -and he thinks he knows about this subject because he was a war prisoner. He has chaired any important committee or anything related to Security or anything like that. Not all baseball players can mane a baseball team. So, just because he fought "one war" decades ago doesn't mean he "knows how to win wars" -by winning them. This is -he is- so stupid.

    August 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Bill MA.

    The republicans, and Hillary's Hysterical Hens now have their chance to really help McCain. You think he is the answer to solve America's problems this year. You can't, or won't vote for Obama. Grow up, or sign up. Join McCain's army now. After all, he has the experience.

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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