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. pat C.

    after the stupid blunder mccain made selecting palin i am sure he has no credibility left anywhere! i would not trust one thing he says. i am like the person above me...he is to old and should leave new beginnings to new people. he will forever be tainted and thought of as to old to make good decisions. palin ruined his career for life as well as the republican party in most peoples eyes. our country rose above such ugly bashing politics and voted in fresh air and a young bright intelliegent man to bring us out of the republican gutter.
    we the people spoke loud and clear!!

    January 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. robert williams

    It's time for this outstanding American warrior-politician to enjoy the peace and tranquility retirement offers and leave the vicissitudes of public life to that enthusiastic, younger generation who await their turn to participate in the daily challenges of serving the nation.

    January 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Thanks

    That's really great news... for Democrats.

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. ga.

    sorry mccain, but you are one of the big cracks in the republican party, you could have said no to palin, if you are so smart then you had to know she was not qualified, but you let the charade go on and on, knowing better, that's not putting country first, no more republicans, no more john mccain.

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The RNC needs to revise its platform before it can choose an appropriate leader. The RNC has an 18th century mentality, which ignores all the advances in science, technology, environmental awareness, diversity appreciation and social justice. The RNC "creed" of "Me first, you never" has no place in today's world.

    The RNC is like a small fundamentalist church asking why it has so few members, when the solution is obvious...move into the current millenium!

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Lorraine Hynes

    For Pete's sake, McCain, take the hint. You will never be elected to serve as President of the United States. You are weak and wishy-washy and, let's face it, you actually thought Palin could add anything to the position of VP and take over if you died.

    By 2012 people will be saying 'John who?'

    January 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Out of all the Elephants, McCain is probably qualified to host something like this. He's never been afraid to do the right thing. He tripped while campaigning for Prez, but that's part of life.

    January 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Proud American

    This Idiot should take a course on "how to pick a running mate." What's really sad is these IDIOTS are paid with taxpayer money.

    January 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Steve

    The people of Arizona should be wise to this so called Senator.
    I am sure somebody will make his 64% Not Voting in 110th Congress
    a campaign issue which they should.

    January 7, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    Can someone explain to me, why PACs are legal? And just how does a PAC help the American Citizen? PAC are special interest groups designed to surpress the freedom and liberty of the Americasn Citizen.

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Trust

    What a load of bull. Country first and republicans hate half of the country. Only if you look and thing like them then they say you are an american. I served but they dont love me.

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Ignorant remark from "Proud American" in 3… 2… 1…
    GOOD MORNING LITTLE IDIOT. Has your mom let you out of the basement today?

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. P. D.

    McCain is way off on this one. Is this what the Republicans want? Another old, rich, white guy teling everyone he knows what it is like to be you? Give me a break!

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Maggie from Virginia

    I wonder why McCain hasn't come to the defense of Palin in recent days. You would think he would take some responsibility, since he's the one that got her and her family into this.

    January 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Luis Maldonado

    Who cares!

    January 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Mesa Mick

    Atta boy Sen. McCain. Time for some of that reform you preach about to take place in your own party.
    Perhaps your efforts will finally bring the GOP into the 21st century and once and for all put those plantation neocon evangleical repthugs into the dustbin of failed political movements.

    Good Luck Senator, and here's hoping you can effect the necessary change...

    January 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    McCain was somehow named as the "Person of the Year in Arizona." Not bad for someone who has been running for President since the late 90s and done nothing for this state. The choice was made by the Arizona Republic newspaper of course.

    January 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    Coutry FIRST as in:
    Interrupting his campaign for an utterly useless trip to Washington, as if the Nation needed his economic savy??

    Country FIRST as in:
    Choosing a running mate not because of her political savy, purely because by chhosing a woman, McCain tried to divert voters attention from the buzz about Obama's choice of running mate?

    McCain ought to be somewhat quiet for several months and take a deep breath whilst in one of his numerous mansions (to many to count).

    January 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. karen-phoenix

    As a former 40 year long republican who voted for Obama I will give republicans some advice! NO MORE rich, spoiled boys. You need someone who has worked his/her way up from the working class. He must be highly educated(no less than a masters degree) and worked to rebuild the middle class through jobs and national health care. AND NO MORE OIL!!!

    January 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. walt

    if mccain decides to, and is able to, lead the GOP away from the defiantly anti-intellectual and anti-freedom planks it's recently adopted then i'm 100% behind him.

    January 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Go back to Arizona you senile old fart!

    I can't believe that he can fool people into believing that he cares more about this country than his own political future. He has got to be the most selfish polititian I have ever seen (and that's saying something since Blagojevich).

    January 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. boered1

    Hmm campaign finance reform.. guess I do not get politicians ...

    however since he is a republican we will no hear from all those who say he is doing a wonderful thing and ll those who say he is doing somethig terrible and should not run at all and he is a blight on society


    January 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. David

    John try another slogan that one don't work.

    January 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. shoegazer

    Ah,maybe"no country for old men"would be a better choice.

    January 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Edward

    So the man who claimed he wanted to fight special interests as President is now going to create a special interest PAC?

    January 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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