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. jean in MN

    Maybe next time they will actually put the country first, rather than just rely on a slogan and smoke and mirrors.

    January 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. dr.mimi de la cruz





    January 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. DJ

    Well, that's a nice slogan – but John, seriously. I think the people will see you for who you are ... an opportunistic leech who shape-shifts to fit whatever persona or position (no matter how reprehensible) he THINKS people want to see. Leadership? Next, please.

    January 7, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Fernandez

    Mr. McCain
    Respect your service to this Country, I think it is time to hang it up and for Arizona to pick a new Senator.

    January 7, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Don in Albuquerque

    Give it up. You were and still are a failure!! You no longer serve the needs of the American People.

    January 7, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Angel

    NOAH WRITES..."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."

    HUH?! Does republican men even allow women in the same room w/them to speak?!

    January 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. jean in MN

    Here's a better slogan for them: "I've suffered for my country. Now it's your turn!" –John McCain with apologies to Monty Python's "Protest Song"

    January 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Mari

    COUNTRY FIRST???? REALLY?????????? Let's see, McCain and his campaign did everything possible to DIVIDE our Nation! Remember Palin's comments about "the real America" she implied that there is another America that is not "so patriotic"!

    How IS DIVIDING your Country, causing fear and division, PUTTING YOUR COUNTRY FIRST????????????

    Senator McCain, it is time that you retire. Your campaign was one of the most vile and hateful I have ever seen in my 55 years of life!

    January 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. California Gold

    The Republicans need much more than slogans, old white men and Sarah Palin.

    January 7, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Old dude needs to give it up. If his Presidential campaign was any indication of how he could, or would, "rebuild" the Republican party, that's a stamp that belongs in a collection somewhere, not one with any part of or plan for the so-called "future" of the party.

    January 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. NW

    Just retire, dude...

    January 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Mick in Mesa

    Maybe John-boy will have luck at purging the GOP of the neocon plantation types and evangelical nut jobs using this approach.
    For the country's best interests lets hope so...

    January 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Ex-Republican

    Noah January 7th, 2009 12:49 pm ET
    I guess as long as you are in a uniform, committing treason is honorable. As long as you were a POW, Keating Five is honorable. As long as you crash five planes, then leaving your disabled wife is honorable.

    The man has no honor, he lost it while in uniform. He sold out his fellow country men to save his hide. That's not honor, that's straight out cowardism.

    January 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. dave

    Oh, John. How clever to form a PAC for your re-election bid. It's what campaign finance reform was all about, huh?

    January 7, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Will someone please tell McCain words mean nothing; it's all about action. Country First my behind. Where was country first when he picked Sarah Palin vp, to step in should something happen to him?

    January 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Noah – Wow are you a Idiot.

    January 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. geecee827

    McCain has reared his head again?? John, didn't you get a clue from the election? We don't want you (and certainly didn't want Sarah) running (or I should say "ruining" this country). How can he say "Country First: when he picked her for V.P.??? Is he kidding? He ran the most inept, comical campaign in recent political history. The "Joe The Plumber" schtick was just too over the top. Why does McCain want to continue to embarrass himself?

    January 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Jan

    Kathy–Obama IS a socialist-thinking politician–did you not hear his comments to Joe The Plumber? Pure socialism,

    January 7, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. RJ, Phoenix

    Steve in AZ.
    "Money First" goes to the Dems.
    Look how much money they spent buying the presidency.
    Obama spent nearly 5 times as much as McCain yet barely won 53% of the popular vote.

    January 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. J.P..

    Really, honestly, McCain... give it up.

    If I wanted to vote for a liberal, I'd have voted for Birth-Certificate Barry (multiple times... like his supporters did).

    January 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. chuck


    January 7, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Tired of W, OH

    I was wondering how long it would be before Noah and his infinite wisdom chimed in with the usual all-libs-are-mentally-inferior-to-my-supreme-intellect self-gratifying drivel. Got news for you, Noah. Just because someone does not agree with your views does not make them less intelligent. This way of thinking has been the downfall of the Republican party.

    January 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    Kathy, I agree. And don't forget about that Naval Pension, too. Also.

    January 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. geecee827

    Please, John, don't say "Country First" when you picked Sarah Palin as your V.P.!! You were not putting the Country first when you made that call, for certain. And the "Joe The Plumber" schtick was just too much. You lost man, we didn't want you and we didn't want Sarah. What makes you think you have a chance at running (or I should say "ruining") this Country? You had the most inept, comical, foolish campaing in modern American history. It was absolutely laughable. John, just retire. Do yourself a favor (and the Country if you really believe it should come first) and retire quietly – and enjoy your 7 homes and 12 cars of however many there are.

    January 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain is one old man that needs to climb under a rock and stay there. His "Country First" mess is nothing more than a lie and the real truth of who he really is has been covered up. John McCain has always put "Self First".

    January 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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