January 7th, 2009
11:47 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain to launch new PAC

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WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Arizona Senator John McCain is adopting a major 2008 campaign slogan for a new political action committee designed to support not only his own planned re-election run in two years, but help him put his stamp on the rebuilding of the Republican Party.

The formation of the “Country First” PAC is to be announced Wednesday, two sources familiar with the plans tell CNN.

One of the sources called it the “first official step” of the GOP Senator’s re-election campaign. McCain made it clear not long after losing the presidential election that he intended to seek re-election to the Senate in 2010.

The second source said that in addition to supporting his own political ambitions, “Country First” would be a financial vehicle to help McCain “help define the future of the GOP by recruiting candidates and driving the agenda.”

Filed under: GOP • John McCain • Senate
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. stuart smalley is the next senator from Minnesota

    More like the "Me First" PAC.

    January 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican

    If the name is going to be 'Country First"...doesn't that disqualify any republicans from being in it?

    January 7, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Jeff in Illinois

    Stuart just summed the whole thing up completely.

    January 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Just Go Back To The Senate ... Please

    You would think that after selecting Palin, John would drop this "Country First" illusion.

    January 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Proud American

    More like "IDIOTS FIRST". Good Lord those people are STUPID. Republicans if you really, really loved your country GO AWAY.

    January 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Newport News, VA

    Here we go again. I guess he didn't pay much attention to Arizona's votes as they came in on election night. Senator, you almost lost in your home state. Give it up. I'm tired of seeing you old guys. That goes for Harry Reid and the rest of the senior citizes in Washington. Sen. Warner of VA knew when his time was up, when are the rest of you geezers going to realize it.

    January 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Al, NY NY

    I bet he'll recruit the Lipstick Fido from Alaska to join in and do recruiting...you betcha. Actually she may not since he's not Republican enough for her and her flat-earth, creationist ideology

    January 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. JD in Moraga

    ...from Merriam-Webster:

    Main Entry: fas·cism
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
    Date: 1921

    1. often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual

    "Country First" indeed.

    January 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Concerned citizen

    John take up golfing or fishing!Please don't make a fool of yourself anymore.
    Wonder if he will take Sarah along?

    January 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Kathy

    McCain wouldn't know country first if it hit him in the face.

    Collects Social Security despite being extremely wealthy – GIVE IT BACK!!

    Gets free medical care off the government – And called Obama a socialist

    January 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. vahe

    go home mccain let the new generation rule the country.... old people

    January 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Victor

    The MaC is truly back

    January 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Objective thinking

    Ignorant remark from "Proud American" in 3... 2... 1...

    January 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. c from stl

    I feel bad for John McCain. Even though I was a Barack Obama supporter, it saddened me to see his campaign crash and burn after picking Sarah Palin as his VP.

    January 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Laverne

    Oh Please, did not work for you the first time so let it go. The only thing that will help the republican party is if scandal continue to follow the democratic party.

    January 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Indigo

    Give me a break. Anyone that would pick Sarah Palin for running mate certainly does not put country first.

    January 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Newport News, VA

    God First, Country Second.......That has a better ring to it John.

    January 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Talk about never learning from past mistakes. "Country First" – sort of implies that only the GOP and McCain give a damn about America, doesn't it? I was insulted by the slogan during the campaign, still think it reflects the kind of partisan, slap-you approach to politics. The GOP will never rise again until it understands that the majority (no, clearly not all) of voters are sick and tired of nasty, divisive politics played out by affluent white folks with little interest in the hard core issues of ordinary, diverse Americans.
    Stupid is as stupid does....

    January 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Steve in Arizona

    If it were truly a new Republican PAC, it would be "Money First".

    January 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. You gotta be kiddin'

    John McCain didn't put "Country First" during the 08 election. What a hypocrite he is. Barack Obama knows how to put country first he showed when he campaigned.

    January 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Jim

    these should be the first orders of business for "Country First"

    – make Norm Coleman stop his lawsuit
    – convince the wealthy that there is more to the Country and the world
    than just their pocketbooks
    – stop slanderous campaigne tactics
    – stop letting ideological differences divide the country, the more
    people govern by their ideologies the more people that don't agree
    lose their freedom

    January 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Donna

    It didn't work the first time around... time to come up with something new.

    January 7, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    "Country First" – a losing campaign slogan with way too many bad moves attached to it – does he REALLY think folks will rally to it now? He's got to win back the moderate, independent voters that were repulsed by Palin and and McCain campaign tactics. This slogan won't do it – actions speak louder than words Senator McCain – get in your Senate seat and work cooperatively with Obama to turn this country back to prosperity.

    January 7, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. CanIcallyouJoe

    Well, I suppose "Country First" is more convincing than "It was fun to cheat on my handicapped wife, then leave her for money" or "The Keating Five really isn't a big deal, right?" or "Folks, let me tell you, Bomb Iran and Gorilla jokes".

    I heard he actually had a tough choice between that and "Shortest Skirt Gets to Be My Running Mate".

    Go home, Johnny Boy.

    January 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Pam

    We need term limits on members of Congress. And Supreme Court justices.

    January 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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