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. susie

    McCain needs to stand up for Palin.

    November 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. suzyku

    I will NEVER respect this man again! He showed his true (lack of) character and integrity and ethics!

    November 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Polly

    Tremend18- I have to admit that I tend to feel Obama had some help "buying" his way into the White House- whether out of desperation of a body of people or other reasons. But, if any funding came from outside of the United States, that could be concerning. I'm happy for the black community because America worked for them, and proved herself true. If one people are oppressed, while others prosper, then it is a divided country, but America is supposed to be open to all to achieve their full potential.

    November 7, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. KJL

    Why is it that the nastiest comments about Obama are full of spelling mistakes and have lousy syntax?

    November 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. david

    john mcain still wants to fight with obama over taxes?he still doesnt get it even after the people of ameriva spoke and gave obama a clear mandate! tou wont make another term voted into office and the rest of your repubulican cronies wont be voted in next time either,wake up!

    November 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Arthur James

    Some people are not simply satisfied with victory. Everyone else must be diminished or destroyed.

    Quit kicking this fine man.

    And that goes for Sarah Palin, too.

    November 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Bridg

    Oh my, can someone make him disappear, please? I wish he was from Alaska.

    November 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Nj in FL

    When the military draft comes back and it will, because we don't have enough military to protect us from all the other countries who would rather see Americans dead, we'll see who takes their words back about Senator McCain. He came so close to giving his life for us americans.
    I believe, that the majority who post comments here are very young and don't know the first thing about what happened during the VietNam war.
    God Bless all that served and to the families that lost our many soldiers.
    Whether you voted Democrat or Republican give Senator McCain the respect that he so deserves.
    I'm sure that many of you had fathers, uncles and grandfathers that served our country. How would you feel, knowing that spoiled brats were talking about them that way?
    Think about it!

    November 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. karley

    Bill writes:
    "Hate to see people speak poorly of McCain now that this campaign is over. Disagree with him all you want, but you can't decry his love for his country. He has spent his entire life proving his love for his country. You have to respect that."

    Maybe you forgot when John McCain and Sarah Palin questioned the patriotism of everyone that did not support them? They didn't respect us throughout that entire campaign. In fact, they did more to to erode the progress of unity and patriotism than any other modern figures. Do unto others...

    November 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Polly

    Let's hope for the best. At least John McCain is still in the Senate. He should have been Commander in Chief, but it didn't work out that way and I believe he did run an honest campaign.

    November 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    McCain call Palin and tell that Alaskan Hillbilly to buy Trig some shoes. It's horrible the way she wags him around in Alaska with no shoes on. She has sweats on or a coat and he doesn't.

    November 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. br

    now the game is over stop blame one another give Macain a break he did all the best he can ,you know when you go to fight you got two chances win or lost let's start working to rebuild america.

    November 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. SHELLI1313

    Let the womenizer, adulterer, lier, racist, bigot, skinhead, women hater go back to the people that made him and the people that promoted RACISM, BIGOTRY, HATRED AND PICKED A VP THAT WAS A BLANK SLATE THAT HAD SOME DOTS IN IT.

    November 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Anita of georgia

    John McCain, all though I was disappointed in the hateful campaign he ran, he made me believe he would do anything to win. After Obama won President elected, and John McCain came out to address his supporters, I once again saw the John McCain of 2000. The man that was known for his honesty and intregrity. The True American Hero, all of us remembered. I wish him nothing but the best in the future.

    November 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Mike, Vancouver

    Any individual who has abount 48,000,000 people vote for him deserves some respect for that deed. However, there was onemajor item that stood out in John McCain's campaign that he highly criticized Senator Obama for. That was judgement.

    McCain's judgement was highlighted more and more as the general election progressed to the point where hit was visibly very poor.

    It appeared to me that he used judgement appropriate for 20 to 30 years back when he gained his POW status. That judgement is like using an abacus rather than a computer.

    There was no way he could compete on the same level as Obama simply because the skillsets were different.

    Just like all of the lies that the McCain campaign used throughout the election process, id believe he was duped very strategically by Senator Obama by not accepting public funds.

    That was an extremely stragtegic choice that Senator McCMain failed to see, and he complained later that Obama lied to him to Wolf Bilitzer in their interview on CNN. It was not an attack on McCain's character, rather it was it seems to have been under the radar until Sept. when McCain had only a finite amount of funds available.

    Funny, isn't it "tit for tat" in hard fought elections.

    November 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. DSW

    McCain ran a terrible campaign.
    Chose a terrible running mate. Infact he should actually apoligize to the country for putting us at such risk.
    He should hang his head in shame!

    November 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Jaye

    I cannot look at him. He lost my respect and the respect of many when he slimed and slandered his way across the United States trying to win this election. He shamed himself and our country.

    November 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Hilary

    Well, someone's got to keep fighting for big business and the rich, I guess.

    November 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. julio

    Good luck to you sir. You have done nothing more than to serve your country.

    November 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. ChicoSez

    the idea that McCain ran a divisive campaign and Obama ran a positive campaign isrevisionist history at its worst. Obama ran far more negative ads than McCain did and he called Sen mcCain every name in the book as well. Telling crowds that McCain is confused and probably is too old for the job is as good as saying McCain is senile. Whuch a lot of Obamabots have said. But thats positive campaigning. Ypu tried to destroy Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and anyone else who stood in Obama's way. And you did it with negative personal attacks. But thats OK because it was Obama doing it and Obama can do no wrong.

    November 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Truth Hurts from Liberty Island ; )

    0h yeah, that one ..!

    "We've got him where we wanted..!.."

    Rings a bell anyone ???No, then try this other quote :

    "On Nov 4th, God will decide, what's best for America...."

    November 7, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. TJ

    "The next lion of the Senate"? These people still have not gotten the message from their colossal lost.

    We do not like McCain. We like him less after this campaign and we detest the current Republican Party. He put our country at grave risk with his choice of VP candidate.

    He has lost credibility and so has his party.

    November 7, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Sue in MI

    I find it so interesting that the McCain supporters are still calling Obama out on 'socialism" when Palin admits and is proud of her socialist Alaska. They tax the successful oil companies, they ALL own the resources, so they ALL share the wealth via a hefty check each year. This year she even made it better by adding $1200 to each resident, working or not, no age limit, just a government check. Isn't this what you've all been whining about that Obama would do? But you love her and her radical, hate America husband.

    November 7, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Abe Abdalla

    I belive when McCain's senate term is over he will not run for reelection. I also belive Barack Obama will be one of the best presidents ever. I'm 13 years old and I follwed every step from this campaign. I went to the Iowa Cauces and General Election with my dad.

    P.S. I watched election coverage on CNN

    November 7, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. frances

    McCain, a true American hero. Obama will never be the man that McCain
    is. Great to hear that he will be fighting that tax plan!

    November 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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