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. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    This guy couldn't even recruit a decent VP candidate for his own once-in-a-lifetime nomination for president, and he really had no cogent agenda of which to speak. So, what's changed? And, he can tank that "Country First" crap. We didn't buy it last time, either.

    January 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. JJ12345

    NW January 7th, 2009 1:16 pm ET

    Just retire, dude…
    Is that based on age or what? How about Kennedy, should he retire?

    January 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I think the whole "country first" thing went out the window the minute he tabbed Sarah Palin to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. It was a great theme, but it turns out it didn't mean a thing.

    January 7, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. carol

    We already did "COUNTRY FIRST" by electing Barack Obama as our new President thanks all the same.

    January 7, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Andie

    Dear John, Can you just give us a break so we see where the country is heading first. Where is the plumber by the way?

    January 7, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Slim Pickins

    But will he mean "Country First" . He didn't mean it the first time during the campaign.

    I want the "MaC" truly back .. in Arizona in an old folks home where he can relax and widdle.

    January 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Proud to be American

    Country First – what a great concept. It's not one that anyone in Washington seems to know – neither the Right nor the Left. It's all about putting parties first and americans second.

    January 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    Great idea. Let someone who lost put his mark on the republican party. Who comes up with these ideas? It must be a Democrat.

    January 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Gene Car

    Governor Palin and independents? I find it curious that Governor Palin was elected Governor, and according to a recent Daily Kos poll, would be elected again by a larger majority, in a State where there is a relatively higher proportion of Independent voters (43%) than elsewhere. And she enjoys a high favourabilty rating among those independents. Clearly, the notion that she cannot attract the middle is questionable. Obviously, we do not yet have a complete or accurate profile of Palin. Alaskans presumably,do.

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Franky

    You know, I haven't hardly heard of Senator MCCain that much, especially after the election. And I gotta say, it seems like a good idea. Problem might be though whether he can not only own his agenda but bring others as well, especially for Conservatives. Plus, people respect Senator McCain, he'll have his own troops and mission to follow, we'll see if he can attract and adopt this slogan for weeks to come...

    But then again, the Cards are in the playoffs in like a hundred years! Arizona got good things going on for now...Senator McCain is feeling it, huh Senator? Come on Senator McCain, you know...

    January 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. America

    He lost the election. The country is not interested. If we had liked his message he would have been president.

    Give it up, it's over.

    January 7, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Mell

    So many of you need to let go of your anger. The election is over and most of us have moved on and are looking toward the future – whether our candidate won or not. McCain is a good man. He's served his country well over the years. Whether he is re-elected to the Senate is between him and the voters of Arizona – the rest of you have nothing to say about it. I wish McCain well with his new endeavor – I hope the new PAC helps to encourage community-oriented folks with good ideas to step forward and get involved in politics.

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Vern

    John need to go somewhere and relax! The last "Country First" slogan didn't work so why try it again?!

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Karen - Missouri

    How creative. Just use the same ole' slogan. Is McCain THAT tired? Why doesn't he just retire and go back to his ranch and write a barbeque recipe book?

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    I don't have any beefs with John McCain.
    But I'm not too crazy about the "Country First" slogan.
    It sounds more like his musical preference than a slogan! 🙂

    January 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. suzyku

    The man doesn't have a clue what country first means anymore, he proved that over and over and over during his disastrous run for President against Obama! This man, McCain has shown it's "mccain first".

    January 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. riiiiiiight

    Sorry, John. Picking Palin killed the "Country First" illusion.

    January 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Ken

    Oh John!!! You're such a wild and wacky Maverick – Kinda like Noah!!

    January 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. PatC

    McCain, Do the honorable thing that Bob Dole did. Retire. Thanks for your years of Service now go away and start Viagra commercials.

    January 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Patrick

    He's the best senator ever. He was completely cleared in the Keating 5 scandal just type it in google and you can verify that for yourself in about 20 seconds. It's funny before he ran for President he had a higher approval rating among democrats than republicans and then everything flip flopped b/c people are so partisan they have to hate the other party. He should become independent and then everyone can hate him while he continues to make our country a better place.

    January 7, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Robbin

    Country First....hmmm thats original

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Ghost

    I will change my registration to republican right now just to vote for Palin in the primaries in '12. C'mon gang, admit it. Bringing her into the game last year made the whole campaign the funniest since that Robin Williams flick. I mean, how do you run for a political office, screw that, the vice presidency, and can't name one significant Supreme Court ruling? How do you not even know what your job description is? Please believe, we are not afraid.

    As for Johnny Dangerously, I guess he still has to try. I almost feel bad for him. Almost.

    January 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. MaryanneAZ

    McCain may have a surprise in store in 2010. Arizona is slowly moving in a Democrat direction, and we've learned a lot about how to organize and register new voters. McCain is not going to win a Senate re-election in a cakewalk this time. He is used to running unopposed and counts on his name recognition. This time he will carry the baggage of his very public campaign and the braying and dividing his VP choice did in his name. He has a lot to live down and explain. I will not be surprised if he loses his Senate seat this time around. Mayor Gordon of Phoenix may be looking for the next rung in his resume by then. Gordon would have Napolitano and other Dems to rally around him for the seat.

    January 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    McCain's campaign thoroughly disgraced the concept, as honored by him, of country first. The Palin choice proves that. This is bunk.

    January 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Page Turner

    “Country First” would be a financial vehicle to help McCain “help define the future of the GOP by recruiting candidates and driving the agenda.”

    And where exactly will they drive their agenda? Off a cliff? They can't turn any further right than they did in the '08 election and look how that turned out!

    January 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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