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

McCain to launch new PAC

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.country.first.jpg caption="Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain will announce Wednesday the formation of the Country First PAC."]
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. Zachary Kirkpatrick

    Notice the implicit suggestion in the slogan "Country First," that opponents of McCain are by definition, putting something else "ahead" of "their country," and of course showing that McCain certainly doesn't seek reelection for his own benefit but to help us all. Orwell would certainly be amused. I'm just not sure that anyone really believes either of these.

    January 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Dave

    Even though I voted for him, the last thing the conservative republicans need is a R.I.N.O. setting the agenda.

    January 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. max

    the picture says it all ... a party run by mental midgets ...

    January 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Randyman

    McCain must have changed his first name to "Country."

    January 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. PA

    It's "Alaska & John First" now last – John.
    The "Country First" never existed.

    January 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Beverly

    Kaye in Jacksonville said it ALL. THANK YOU KAYE.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. MAngeline

    Bad choice of slogan for him after choosing Sarah for his running mate. She definitely was not a "Country First" choice–unless he has stupid and narrowminded as his guidelines.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Randyman

    He needs to go hunting with Cheney.

    January 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Noah

    Can I Call You Joe- You are intellectually bankrupt. Obama has been involved intimately with far shadier individuals than McCain. McCain is an honorable man who, unlike your pink commie self, has worn the uniform of this country and served honorably. I see that liberals are still afraid of Sarah Palin to this day, which greatly intrigues me. Liberals do not accept any woman who has not gained her position by either riding the coattails of her husband or by relying completely on the government for help.

    January 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. 30m-PA-voted Clinton then McCain

    McCain is my president-elect. Not Obama.

    January 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Sanity first

    Do you think if John were a Democrat the comments might be different?

    January 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. John, Brooklyn, New York

    McCain's slogan was devisive from the outset and it is a poor decision to continue to use it.

    "Country First" evokes John McCain's Vietnam War POW status and, by association, implies that those who support his campaign (or his new PAC) are equally patriotic. However, conversely, it also implies that those who do not support the campaign or the PAC – let alone fail to make donations to it – are, by contrast unpatriotic and don't put country first.

    It was a failed campaign in the fall and it continues to be a poorly designed, poorly reasoned, and, ultimately, unsuccessful slogan for his PAC.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. PG

    "Country last-McCain First" a much better slogan.

    January 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. bsmith171

    mccain should be deported to mexico. take bush with him.

    January 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Texas Observer

    He really believes he can good things for the country. Problem is that he is
    1. Not very bright or capable anymore, and
    2. Not willing to be principled to get there. Too much compromises!

    I will acknowledge his tenacity, though. This is an attempt to convince the public that he indeed is a person with integrity, despite the way he campaigned. I don't think he will acheive that end. The country is moving in a different direction than the simplistic slogan of 'Country First'.

    January 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    Color me cynical. "Country First" got dragged through the mud a few two many times during the recent campaign for me to think of it as anything but a divisive and hypocritical political ploy. Maybe McCain should think about "A Fresh Start" instead.

    January 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Realist.

    If I hear country first one more time, I am going to puick. Should have been looser first.

    January 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Achai Kamau

    Maybe McCain really means it this time. His entire campaign, which condoned threats against the life of a US Senator, was entirely Party First and McCain First.

    January 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Kansas Voter

    John McCain activly worked to get the bid criteria changed on the "American Tanker" program so the French firm Airbus would win. He wrote the Air Force and asked that the carrying capacity of the aircraft, when not used as a tanker, be used for half of the qualifications. Tanker aircraft are used in their freighter configuration far less than ten per cent of the time. He also requested that infrastructure requirements not be counted in the bid process. The Airbus aircraft would be able to use far fewer airfields than the Boeing aircraft without significant and expensive alterations. Thanks to John McCains meddling in the Air Force Tanker bid the Airbus wrongly won. This cost the United States 45,000 high paying jobs. And when the bid award was overturned, McCain caused the whole project to be rebid at enormous expense to the American people.

    I don't know if we can afford any more of his help for America. "Country First" my rear end.

    January 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. mb

    mccain needs to retire and keep up with cindy.

    January 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Cori from Colorado

    Country First is a losing slogan, as the world witnessed. Try coming up with something that works, and don't cross paths with Palin, you'll surely lose again.

    January 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Robin

    John McCain has my support.

    January 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. awesome

    that is awesome! its 2009 and you called that guy a pinko! oh how well you represent republicans all over this fair nation. very accurate.

    ANYWAY – i'm glad that you and the rest of the neocon-soon-to-be-regional-majority-and-then-minority-god-willing red staters haven't caught on yet: we WANT palin to be the next leader of the party. i know i do. i can't wait to see what happens when the repubs put her at the top of the ticket again and REAL, thinking conservatives wash their hands of the whole situation. it is going to be fantastic.

    what party do you think will replace the GOP in our two party system? whigs? green? libertarian? all of them? that would be awesome.

    January 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Al, NY NY

    Noah January 7th, 2009 12:49 pm ET
    Can I Call You Joe- You are intellectually bankrupt. Obama has been involved intimately with far shadier individuals than McCain. McCain is an honorable man who, unlike your pink commie self, has worn the uniform of this country and served honorably. I see that liberals are still afraid of Sarah Palin to this day, which greatly intrigues me. Liberals do not accept any woman who has not gained her position by either riding the coattails of her husband or by relying completely on the government for help.
    ----------–

    A very interesting set of comments....So McCain did NOT leave his wife for the Botox barbie and her $?? He didn't get involved in a group that had at the head of it a Nazi sympathizer? And what pray tell is a "pink commie"? I guess Archie Bunker still lives in the minds of some. As for Fido PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make her the candidate in 2012. I cannot stress how much we DO want her to be there. All this crap from the righties about being afraid is a load of you know what. She is a cancer on politics and the beating she and JM took was mainly of her design.

    January 7, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Dave, Central Illinois

    You hateful Libs don't understand anything but "me first" and that explains your politics and your comments. Obama and McCain have put the election behind them, why don't you. McCain sacrificed more for his country in one minute than most of you hateful clowns have in your lives.

    January 7, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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