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.

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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. waaahwaaah

    LOL please, who cares...."McCain would be a better president than Obama"...shut up already.

    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Dan

    Like in the aftermath of 9/11, here is an opportunity for statesmanship, this time for John McCain. He can go back to work for the American people and have a significant, positive impact, if he so chooses. In whatever he chooses, he can always be proud of the life he has led and the contributions he has made.

    So far Barak Obama hasn't made any presidential mistakes, so he has my full support. I am eagerly looking forward to the future if we can be brought together again to work towards common goals.

    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. sabuc in Atlanta


    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. mark

    There's only one "lion of the senate" his name's TED KENNEDY 🙂

    November 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Jumbo Joe From NYC

    Hats off to that age we all saw his energy. i am sure now we will see old McCain which is straight talker....i am sure he will be
    very much helpful to OBAMA.

    November 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. John Q. Cynic

    I used to like McCain, today I don't care for the guy. I read his bio, and the voters of Arizona should see what kind of a man he really is. He's a creep, and just because he was a crappy pilot who got captured by the North Vietnamese, doesn't get him the title of hero, he's a creep.

    November 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Brian

    I 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.

    Then again, these are the people who elected a man who has merely spent the last two years talking about his love for his country. Hope he can back it up as well as McCain has throughout his career.

    11/4/08 – All I can do now is "hope".

    November 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. anonymous

    Yea, McCain, get you butt back to work and keep NOBAMA in line – though I don't think that's possible after his loose cannon choice in Rahm! That man is going to get the US in serious trouble if his foul mouth isn't quelled. And you people thought McCain meant war? Watch out for Rahm!

    November 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Hunie

    It's so sad that some of you losers can't get your head out from out your behinds. Although I am not a John McCain supporter, I respect the fact that he loves this country, in his own way, just like the rest of us Americans...AND Obama. If we are One Nation...why can't we be One People and respect who the Country elected. And for the idiot who said that Obama will bankrupt the Country...look at the economy now and looks who's running it. For that kind of statement to be made, makes you look like non other than a stupid racist. Get a life and grow up.

    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Someday a Blue ND

    John McCain is a good and honorable man, and probably one of the best to ever walk the halls of the Senate. It's become easy for us Dems to forget that. If the GOP is to ever rebuild itself into something again, it will need people like John McCain, Dick Luger, Colin Powell, and those like them to reshape the Republican party into more then just frothing at the mouth morality police

    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |

    Obama better not tax me or I'm just going to have to pull back on my spending on charitable contributions, employment and employee benefits.

    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Scott Grey

    "Why should McCain fight Obama on his tax plan? I thought the voters of the country had spoken. Obama has a mandate"

    Hey, Josh, Obama has no mandate. Look at the popular vote. I voted for the man, but he has no mandate. Be careful with those words, Bush used them as well, and he destroyed his party in the process. Republicans might be a minority, but they are a large minority.

    Also, McCain represents his state in the senate, not the country. Perhaps the majority of Arizonans disagree with Obama's tax plan and wish to fight it. Obama's tax plan was the reason I voted for him, but McCain has every fight whatever legislation he does not agree with, in fact, we all have that right.

    November 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Joe

    I really have to say McCain did well in his campaign. He didn't even spend half as much money as Obama and Obama still only got 52% of the vote.

    November 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Cynthia a conservative voter

    McCain is washed up. He is old. America spoke. He almost lost Arizona. He should retire. He looks like a real old man. We don't need anymore of his personal attacks. McCain should take a vacation to Alaska. Maybe he wants to keep away from the snake up there. (Palin)

    November 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Jaynie

    He's going to have a hard time. His reputation is sullied by the divisive and hateful campaign he ran. He has angered moderates by courting conservatives on the campaign trail. He has angered conservatives because he has been moderate on things like immigration. He has angered democrats because of the lies he told. He has angered republicans because he has turned against their issues at important times.

    The problem with being a 'maverick' is that it doesn't build bridges. It burns them. It's one thing to stick up for what you believe. It's entirely another to disregard the value of building coalitions at a whim.

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. bill

    Listen to yourselves. You folks have been, starting with your fight with Hillary, the most vile, hate filled group I have ever seen. I pray its the ability to hide behind a keyboard that allows you to say these things. And I suspect many of you are too young to realize whats coming down the pike in the next year. But listen up.

    1) You have no idea what a harsh campaign is. McCain not only called Rev Wright out of bounds but repeatedly called out people that would (Gasp) use Baracks middle name. He had his bones broken rather than betray his country so you can probably survive being called out on redistribution of wealth being a socialist policy.

    2) Think for yourself, stop trading your self over to all things Barack because he is not Bush. We have no idea who he is and the policies of unity really mean (unified opinion) with no room for dissent. Do not allow this swing left to break the tehter of our founding principles.

    Take a breath, leave Lieberman, McCain and Palin alone, they ran on what they believed was best for the country, She is the most popular Governor of any of the 50 States. What have any of you been in charge of who dare are calling her out. If you really want a scare, ask yourself how blind a bunch of party zealots have to be to have Al Franken represent them.

    I usually dont get emotional, but we are in for one heck of a ride, one that Ive gone through before. Its miserable, its scary, and we can only pull out of it together. You can not unify from an extreme.

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Ken in Florida

    The country needs him now more than ever. We are probably going to face a period of intense divisiveness, just as toxic as the demagoguery of the Bush reign, but of a different kind. McCain is a person who can help bridge that gap and start the healing, if he is willing to take on the task. If the "old" McCain so many knew and once respected can reemerge from the ashes of the campaign, return to the Senate, and make a sincere effort to once again reach across the aisle, he will help this country move forward. He has the opportunity to regain our respect and admiration. Let's hope that he will demonstrate by his actions that "country first" is more than just a campaign slogan to him.

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. The Enforcer

    Loose the rancor and dishonorable behavior that characterized your campaign sir !

    You can rebuild your reputation. How do you want your great grandchildren to remember you when they read about you in the history books?

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    November 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    John Mccain will always be the best man.
    Obama cheated his way into the white house and the thought of his wife dirting the place up makes me want to puke.

    November 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Charles Atlanta

    Well. This election is ALL about Obama – people either vote for him or vote against him. McCain is irrelevant....

    November 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    To: Waaahwaaah


    November 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. republicans hate america


    November 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Bit


    You need some rest. Get some.

    November 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Back for how long? Will McCain's return be less than 24 hours like he suspended his campaign to go to Washington to pitch a fit that didn't work and finally he retreated to his office and closed the door. It didn't work then and it sure won't work this time. Wish I were a fly on the wall.

    November 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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