November 7th, 2008
03:24 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain to return to the Senate next week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="John McCain is set to return to the Senate next week."](CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain will return to the Senate next week to participate in the lame duck session, his chief of staff Mark Buse tells CNN.

Buse calls McCain “eager” to get back to work in the Senate, saying they talked about focusing specifically on Iraq, Afghanistan and the struggling economy.

McCain is now at his home near Sedona, Arizona, where he went the morning after the election.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, among McCain’s close friends who were with him at his creek-side cabin this week, tells CNN that McCain is of course disappointed with the election’s outcome.

“He put his heart in it. It didn’t turn out the way he liked,” Graham said.

However, Graham also says McCain is a “duty bound guy who won’t go A.W.O.L. from his duties in the Senate.” Graham insists McCain is determined to fight President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan, but is also eager to “find common ground” on other big issues.

Graham reiterated what he told CNN election night, that he hopes McCain will become the next “lion” of the Senate who works across the aisle to find compromise on key legislation.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. IowaMom

    While I did not vote for McCain, I do wish him well.

    November 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    I'll never look at John McCain the same, after the way he ran his campaign. He used us against each other, employing fear and hatred as weapons. He is a disgrace.

    November 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    I wish him well, but, please have him leave his "bicker bag" behind.

    November 7, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Kimberly

    Jelousey, racism, hatred, narcissism and bitterness is a malignant sickness of the soul. I want to send some get-well soon cards out to MCcain and Palin before they think of serving the American people with wholeness of the heart. Praying for you both!

    November 7, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    I just hope McCain doesn't sit around and sulk like he did after the 2000 campaign- after all it was he who stooped to campaigning in the dirt. Palin was his fault, the dirty campaigning was his fault, his erratic behavior and policies were his fault. The only thing that was not his fault was the brilliant, above the sewer campaign that Obama ran! I have to wonder if he realizes how much respect he threw away with the american electoric?

    November 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Barbara

    I thinkJohn should get back to work and move on. The people have spoken, Obama is our new president and the republican haters need to stop the madness and rally around the new administration to undo what Bush and his cronies have created. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

    John McCain made his bed now he has to just move on. Life is too short for any of us to look back on what could have been. Unfortunately John ran a bad campaign and chose the worst person he could as a running mate. I wonder is he secretly did not really want to inherit the Bush leftover mess.

    November 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Polly

    I think we should go back to spanking so our children will grow up to show respect and be polite to others despite their age and skin color.

    November 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. tennisguypitt

    I like the thought of John McCain and Barack Obama working together on pieces of legislation.

    Give McCain a break! I'm a fairly moderate Democrat who did not really like his plans but I always wanted him to do well! Stop being jerks.

    November 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    In my view, Senator McCain will have a long road ahead of him in order to re-establish his credibility as a leader. Sadly, his disgraceful campaign alienated many of his former supporters and left a bad taste in the mouths of many Americans.

    But. . .this said. . .I wish him well and hope that he will be able to help the new administration solve the huge problems our nation faces.

    November 7, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Matt

    Well, one thign we know for sure: Kleenex is going to do well this quarter with all the crying the Republican bloggers are doing. Lose like you've got a pair for crying out loud.

    November 7, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Even mentioning McCain in the same light as Ted Kennedy is a slight, in my mind. Its not about tenure in the Senate - it's about results. And when it comes to results-based legislation, McCain doesn't have but a small fraction of what Ted Kennedy has accomplished for his nation.

    November 7, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Rather than "fighting Obama on the tax plan" McCain should be doing his famous Reaching Across the Aisle trick to find common ground on getting this country back on track.

    November 7, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Matt

    Republicans – "Divide and Conquer." They view themselves as conquering the American people once every 4 years.

    Democrats – "Unite and Prosper." They view themselves as bringing the country together to seek progress and prosperity.

    Is last Tuesday any wonder?

    November 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Listen up people

    McCain is a good man and a war hero. Obama has done nothing!!

    Obama will not fix anything – the economy will most likely fix itself and he will try and take the credit. He needs to figure out first who he "owes" in this election and then he can figure out his cabinet. One thing for sure, he will not be running the Country – other "smart" people will be doing it for him.

    November 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Mike T. Vaughn

    Who cares if he returns? Just make sure he brings his Depends, and Geritol so not to stain the he stained his campaign

    November 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. rh

    Senator McCain represented the GOP very well and as expected...GRUMPPY OLD PEOPLE!!

    November 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Pat in Cali

    Thank goodness Palin is back in Alaska.

    Pundits, get real. We all know that the campaign leaks are probably true. Look at her interviews with Gibson and Couric. She came across as not qualified.

    November 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. no more four

    Niki, New Jersey November 7th, 2008 5:32 pm ET


    November 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. KLEE

    Ok – the right Senator is returning to the Senate.

    Let's work together – and get this country straightened out in the next few years.

    Thank you.

    November 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Concerned in Mississippi

    I did not vote for McCain but I respect him as a person. He did an honorable thing in serving this country. For that he deserves our gratitude. I have been reading the posts on since after the election. The comments have ranged from inspirational to down right frightening. I think to myself.... What is the hatred all about? I live in Mississippi and since the election results, minorities have been put on alert about reliation plots of the KKK and other hate groups. This should be a time when the nation starts the healing process that has lasted through racisim. Minority children can't even feel safe in saying that they are happy about the new president. I am fed up with bigotry, racisim, sexism, and down right stupidity. All bigots should be ashamed! All racists should be ashamed! How dare any of them make others feel unsafe or afraid. Stop the bickering! Stop the fighting! Start the healing now before it is too late!

    November 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. malclave

    "Senator McCain, you ran the most nasty and vile campaign in history. "

    With the exception of the Democratic 2008 campaign, of course.

    November 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Melissa

    Hopefully he's learned not to divide people in times of trial.

    November 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Olivia

    McCain have a true supporter in Palin.

    Heard on the news tonight that Palin was invited by OPRAH......LARRY KING......BARBARA come on their show.

    IS THAT FOR REAL??????????
    They already LOOK BAD......they are exposed.
    Did Obama ask them to do this? Amends after the election is won?

    TURN THEM DOWN....DOWN......Sarah.
    Two are very old and and therefore limited. The other is exposed. are young and beautiful and they can't take that from you.

    November 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. no more four

    "End of America"

    SHAME ON YOU. Vile.

    November 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Georgia for Obama

    McCain need to move to Alaska and take Palin job as governor
    see McCain what happen in the election the American people do not need people to bring our country apart

    Bye Bye mccain/Palin

    November 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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