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. bibek

    Slap in the face.. McCain!!!!

    Words words words.. and most of the time you don't even know what you are talking about!!!

    You're not fooling us this time!

    Obama '08

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. McCain's too old and too risky

    McCain is an empty suit that panders to everybody. He's all talk. He'll say or flip-flop on anything to get elected. How can he be trusted?

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. DC Steve

    LOL...this is great!!! Now lets see what the great panderer does about this!

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Nate

    We should have NATO enforce a no fly zone over Georgia.

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Jon

    Where's Obama???? Oh yeah he'd rather be windsurfing?

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Democrat

    If McCain gets elected our country will never recover. We need a leader who knows when to use diplomacy, not one who thinks war is the first and only response. McCain wants to fight with every country that does not agree with us. And why would Georgia expect America to step in and help out? Because the Bush administration has encouraged them and led them to believe we would. PLEASE DEAR GOD have the repugs leave office before they destroy what we hold dear! Our lives!

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Kurt

    Come on McCain he called your bluff! Now what are you going to do!? I'm sure your results will be no surprise...

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. George

    McCain and Bush have no moral authority on this issue. They invaded Iraq under false pretenses. The U.S. isn't going to do a darn thing against Russia. It's all bluster! Hell when McCain first heard Russia invaded Georgia, he went to Atlanta.

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. JA Cook

    McCain has simply highlighted our weakness and his.

    We can't even put troops into Afghanistan to finish the job there because 38 days after 9/11 (on David Letterman), McCain was already more interested in Iraq.

    Shock and Awe? More like aw, shucks!

    The Russians know we've become an overextended paper tiger.

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Edward

    RIght on, Sam! My question is why the headlines tout words like "Obama's lack of experience with Georgia" rather than "McCain wants to recreate Cold War danger with Russia"...

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Lisa

    What an idiot!! He is pathetic. I hate to hear his name. All he wants to do is fight!!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. mary, texas

    don't worry president saakashvili,

    when mccain is president, he will declare war on russia, to go with his war on iraq, iran, afghanistan, pakistan, north korea, north vietnam, and anyone else that displeases him.

    August 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Pat

    Well John...get on your jet ski and help your pal out!

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

    No problem... McWar would also send the troups to Georgia, to fight against Russia! Have fun – welcome to the next Cold War!

    August 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Len in Washington

    Well he really stepped in it now, didn't he?

    You're not the President, SENATOR McCain. You overstepped your bounds yesterday and now the Georgian President is calling you on it.
    Is this what you plan on as POTUS?

    John McCain: A foreign policy of "Open Mouth, Insert Foot?"

    August 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. JohnnyG

    That’s hilarious. I love how the Geogian president called McCain out on his empty rhetoric. God, I'm SO SICK of hearing the republicans use emotional manipulation as a tool to win elections. McCain is a disgrace.

    August 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Gee, a Republican being called out by a foreign leader.

    Reminds me of how Kim Jung Il called "Jet-Pilot" out, and "Jet-Pilot" flinched!

    The world is on to you, John McCain!

    August 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Ty in Missouri

    I find this interesting, when John McCain gave a press opportunity on this matter, he pronounced the Georgian Presidents name incorrectly three times. Instead of occupying all his time to slam Obama, he should be more concerned with people feeling he is really unaware of the situation. Is he trying to underscore the current president, to act like a geriatric Maverick? Probably so. Very sad.

    August 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Watermann

    Please, fellow Americans, wake up or grow up. Here in Germany we can do nothing but laugh about the way senator McCain is talking about his foreign policy credentials. That is just the same wording as your sitting President is going to use. If you don`t want to spend the coming years in a "splendid isolation" like the English some hundred years ago, then try a change of your politics. The real world needs strong diplomacy, constructive talks, good judgement and acceptance of other nations and not banning Russia or China from international summits. What do you think these two nations are?

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Dick/NH

    Why was the Georgian president attacking the area in dispute LAST WEEK??? Did he actually think that Putin (still the REAL leader) would not retaliate? Or did he think the U.S. would come to his aid ?
    Maybe the "wrinkly white-haired guy" would lead the charge on his jet-ski?
    BTW, "wrinkly white-haired guy" , it was very presumptuous of you to speak for "all Americans"….let me make it clear that YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Tired of W, OH

    McCain is all talk. He's trying to sound presidential, but he will be exposed for the fraud that he is. It's very presumptuous and arrogant for him to be pretending that he's already POTUS.

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Michael

    Be careful McCain.. you aren't president yet! Don't make empty promises that you currently have no power to follow up on.

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Jan Ill.

    Words from American citizen to any foreign country, WE have our own problems that are in desperate need of our full attention here {and here is the whole problem} SIRS. War belongs to men, of greed and no conscience.

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. William, from Cali!

    "Just words" is the best he's going to get from McCain or Obama................."Deeds, from these guys", Well he's going to have to get in line, for those; maybe after 1/20/2009.............if he can wait, that long!

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Dameun Strange

    Now who is all words, McInSane?

    August 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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