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. wow

    It really amaze me how those who did not support Obama are on blogs saying you guys stop with the insults, your candidate won, and you should be ashame and then turn around and call Obama supporters Freaks and say things like "Obama is going to fail",
    blah blah blah?
    The insults should stop on both sides, You think?

    November 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Dixie AZ

    Yeah, John, since you have the right answer for everything - be sure to fight Obama on the economy. I remember you saying you didn't know much about it. Were I you, I might find it wise to cooperate.

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. republicans hate america

    Bill- You are an idiot have you been paying attention at all what has been happening the last 8 years? Whatever is to come will still be the mess that was caused by the GOP period!!

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Mccain Is Going To Fight Obama On Tax Policy? . . . John Mccain . . . The Problem To All Our Solutions!

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Charles Atlanta

    He lost to Bush twice – first is the 2000 primary, and this year he lost beause of Bush's low approval rating...

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Billy J , TX-

    I am glad to see McCain going back to where he has, and can do the most good. He was a pretty good senator 'as conservatives go' over these last 30 yrs. I have always liked the original 'goldwater' version of McCain. This last year has done a lot of damage to his rep. Hopefully he can get back on track in the senate.

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Polly

    "Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city."

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Lou in Tempe

    I am going to stop reading the comments. I am ashamed of how we treat one another here. Our politicians run wild because we are too busy cutting each other down. Regardless of who you voted for we need to bring civility back if we are ever going to compromise on the issues

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Dixie AZ

    The end of America by Obama. You are lower than whale poop.

    November 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. AC

    I agree with Bill on John McCain being a good, decent and honorable man.

    Howvever, talk about extremes Bill, that's how I would qualify your rants. Hopefully the MAJORITY of our fellow Americans are of a more modern way of thinking. I would say the only thing "scary " would be your and others' close minded, archaic and ignorant perspectives.

    Grow up already, this is 2008, 1808.

    November 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Paulette

    Go have an Affair John!!

    November 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. AC

    In response to end of america, two words: Ignorant idiot

    November 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. The smart Guy

    Joe.... Yeah Joe.. he didn't b/c the GOP and major corporations spent money on his behalf so they could ensure he would get into office and jobs would still be able to go overseas without challenges. Yeah, real American alright. He placed Americans under the bus for political gain.

    November 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. T FROM AZ

    TO: Dixie and Republicans Hate America. Im from ARIZONA and I VOTED TO BARACK OBAMA!. Can't we all just move forward and stop the hating and bashing. Give him the chance to prove you wrong.

    Dixie AZ November 7th, 2008 4:45 pm ET
    The end of America by Obama. You are lower than whale poop.

    republicans hate america November 7th, 2008 4:40 pm ET

    November 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. SD

    While I'm glad McCain didn't win the election, I actually feel bad for him. He looks so broken and upset. I hope he finds peace.

    November 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Fred

    I hope Sen McCain improves his "missed vote" ratio. That really hurt his cause, imo. Working is voting on all issues.

    November 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Jamaica Nice

    I heard John is still talking about Bill Ayers!

    November 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Robert

    That's right... Obama cheated which is why he won in a landslide. Give me a break. We have put up with your moronic politics of the right for 8 years. It's our turn now; get used to it.

    November 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is my Saviour

    He has the hands of a reptile

    November 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Whiners

    November 7th, 2008 4:38 pm ET

    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.


    To this poster who knows who he is. What do you know about this lady's sanitary habits? Have you been hanging with them at their place? If so the dirt you saw must have been the puke let out when you found that you were no match for them. You are nothing but an uneducated bigot and sshould get ready to stew in your self inflicted misery for at least four years while us mutts have a plan to help build a wrecked country.

    November 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Bridgette-PA

    If he REALLY cared about Sarah Palin, he would speak with the media to defend her. Let's wait and see. It will show you whether he's a real maverick or not.

    November 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Prez O

    Can he even "reach across the aisle" with his stompy decrepid short hands? IHis remaining years will be best spent retiring in one of his seven homes sitting on his porch drinking prune juice while arguing with Cindy on forgetting to take her pills.

    November 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Karen, Arkansas

    DIxie...Please be nice...We are sending John back to you and AZ.

    November 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Tremend18

    HEY END OF AMERICA – Obama Cheated his way to the White House? Last I checked he won a total of 364 electoral vote and close to 10 million more votes than McRage, that's hardly cheating dont you think....all of you Obamahaters, QUIT CRYING!!!!!!!

    Dirty up the White House, you bigot you.....

    November 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Thank you for your service to our country Senator McCain.......I only wish you had become the Republican nominee in the 2000 Presidential Election......our country would be much better today!!

    You also could have picked a much better running mate!!

    I hope you continue to work in the Senate for our country as Senator Kerry has done after losing the 2004 Presidential election.

    November 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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