January 25th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain: I won't be a 'rubber stamp' for Obama

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who faced a long, bruising campaign against President Obama, has taken on a new role in the Obama administration: "Loyal opposition."

McCain defined his role as, "[To] help and work together where I can, and stand up for the principles and the party and the philosophy that I campaigned on and have stood for for many years," to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

McCain, who has long championed bipartisanship in Washington, said while it's important for Americans to come together, it doesn't mean "that as the loyal opposition that I or my party will be a rubber stamp."

But the former Republican presidential candidate said he can use his experience to help Obama with a long-standing problem besides the economy.

"I think I can help in devising a strategy for Afghanistan. The hard truth is that the Afghan war has deteriorated," he said.

McCain's comments come amid recent U.S. bombings targeting al Qaeda in the Waziristan area of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. The rocky terrain has long been seen as a haven for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda operatives.

soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. Soccer Nana

    "Ann Smith January 25th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

    I am sick to death of Bush bashing and the gooey love that you all have for Barak Hussein Osama Obama. You people are a bunch of sick puppies (perfect for the Obama mania that is going around). I didn't vote for Obama, dont like Obama and never will like Obama. I like and have always liked George Bush, and I won't be scared off by a bunch of mindless, ignorant people."

    I see you have had your dose of rush limbaugh, sean hannity, and ann coulter kool aid today! LOL What is your favorite flavor? Hmmm, let me see: oxy-lush dumbaugh, spawn insanity, anal coultergeist.

    The mindless, ignorant people are filling your "I-don't-think-for-myself head full of misinformation and heat. Stop drinking the kool aid and read and think for your self.

    January 25, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. lynn

    To Annie, Atlanta

    Very well said. Thank You!!!

    January 25, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. newz4i

    I wonder what McCain is seeing from his front porches????

    January 25, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Tony - Boston, MA

    McCain should focus on smoking out the Democrats who are simply anti-Republicans and expose their hypocrisy to America. This would include Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. (And until he actually shows any sort of commitment to bipartisanship, Barack Obama). These hateful bigots should have no part in the shaping of America's laws. Bipartisanship is impossible if they have any sort of power, which isn't a good sign when I just named the speaker of the house, the senate majority leader, and the president of the United States.

    January 25, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Jane

    The gov cannnot be all one sided. I think McCain has it correct with the loyal oppositon role. If we all thought the same, we would not have democracy. Obama was elected president by the majority of the vote, however there is a percentage of voters who did not vote for him that have the right to have their say. This seems to be something that the people of today had forgotten about Bush. He was elected by the majority of the people. If everyone thought the same or had no saying we would be in a dictatorship or socialist environment.

    January 25, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Mike

    Bush was a ends to a means for neoconservatives. Cheney and his lot ruined this country to no end. Go 10.6 billion dollar debt!!

    And to all the people ranting about B. Hussein Obama or whatever name you call him these days; if he isnt going to fix our country nobody can. If you arent going to be a part of the solution and add to the problem then pipe down and be quiet because nobody is going to want to hear the neo-con bill for a LONG time

    January 25, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. abdul S

    Glad that the American people have elected a President who is intelligent and smart. It does not matter whether you get along or not with the rebuilding America. It is President Obama time with the majority of Americans behind him in every step in the way.

    January 25, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Janet

    Americans like to label people: left wing, right wing, fat, skinny...McCain is a victim of labelazation, but, even I voted for "that one", I have to admit that John a patriot of this country even he has some issues ( and who doesn't?) with this smart and cute black president.

    January 25, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Svanbasten

    No one wants you or your ideas for a rubber stamp – clearly with your outdated view of the world – America has moved on, Sir under a new Captain who is focused on ALL AMERICANS and not on petty bi partisan fights.

    Consider being a judge and rubber stamp Dancing with the Stars...

    Fade Away for good, McPain....

    January 25, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. 1nation

    We should all consider the goodwill exhibited by both President Obama and Senator McCain. If we don't come together, no one wins. Partisan tactics and divisiveness prolong our current state. As one unified nation, Americans can accomplish anything. It's time!

    January 25, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Jane

    If the ego were any bigger.......

    January 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. facts are facts

    Unfortunately politics is politics and they take precedence over the welfare of the nation and that is how it has always been and how it will always be. Anything else is political rhetoric regardless of what party spouts it.

    The Republicans have the rich man's ideology and will continue to govern or oppose in this direction and much of the public has been brainwashed over the years to buy this trickle down policy.

    Unfettered capitalism and free trade have landed the U.S. in it's present condition and weakened much of the rest of the world in it's wake.

    If the GOP doesn't change it's ideology and opposes change from the Bush policies and the public doesn't react accordingly things will get a lot worse.

    January 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. al starkey

    Now the election is over and a democrat is in control. wow what a deal no rubber stamping. who even asked if he would. john you lost fair and square and now the democrats are in control and now your say ing if it isnt your way you dont want to play. well boooohoo the sandbox is full of democrats and were not letting you do as you please so i say go home and quit crying.

    January 25, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Elsee in CA

    That's OK, John. We understand how taxing it must be for a senior citizen to be a rubber stamp for the right wing.

    January 25, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. George

    I'm sure his rubber stamp is worn out from the Bush years. What we need are new creative ideas, not partisan obstruction. As Wolf Blitzer stated so well, where was John Boehner when Bush was spending our money so wildly??

    January 25, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    Dear Ann Smith– I feel your pain(to quote someone else you probably didn't like). You feel about President Obama the way I did about W. Bush but cheer up it could be worse. Just think of how upset you would be if McCain had won the election and the Supreme Court stepped in and gave it to Obama. Now that would really hurt, woundn't it?

    January 25, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. bsmith171

    McLoser is a very, very dumb man.
    he's like joe biden, jr.

    January 25, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Flo

    President Obama did say after the primary when asked by a reporter If he won the election what role if any does he see McCain playing, and he answer was McCain would be a "loyal opposition" to his administration. I guess he had it right back in August.

    McCain is trying to appease both Democrats and Republicans, he desperately want to be the hero again. Good luck with that McCain.

    January 25, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Jay

    Just to let you all know Republicans have 41 seats in the senate, maybe even 42 with the Minnesota recount, which means that Senate Republicans can filibuster any law President Obama tries to push through the legislative bodies. So, while Democrats might be the absolute winners of the House and White House, they still need the approval of Republican senators, like John McCain, in order to ram through the stimulus package, etc.

    January 25, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Case

    As an Obama voter who also loves McCain, anyone who knows McCain knows he is not a rubber stamp for anybody. Neither is Obama that is the change they brought in a great election.

    January 25, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Ignored in GA

    Dear Ann Smith, are you real? Sounds like you've been hitting the communion wine too heavy. Must be all the confessions you need to make.

    January 25, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Perusing-Through


    The extreme Right is desperately trying to sow the seeds of division by identifying and "alienating Republicans" who might lend bipartisan support to Obama-Biden efforts to find pragmatic (and non-ideological) solutions to the disasters "Bush-Cheney-Rove" left behind. This is a slick strategy employed by extreme Right GOP supporters like Chris Wallace, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Faux News.

    January 25, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Betty

    No one expects him to be a "rubber stamp" the same way President Obama would not be one for him if he had won. Senator McCain had better remember that we are all in this together and if the President fails, the country fails. Therefore, if you can't say anything constructive, don't say anything.

    January 25, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. George Washington

    Oh, Really ?

    January 25, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. stormerF

    To bad all you bed wetting,cry baby,liberal Democrats,Haven't a clue. Obama's Stimulis package is full of PORK for the States that have over spent on Social programs for Illegals. States that are planning on cutting State workers Pay and benefits,States that are predominately run by Democrats. There are a few states that are not asking for a Bailout,One comes to mind that the Governor has already frozen pay and perks for all government employees including HER. Yes you guessed it ,Sara Palin is a Better Executive manager than most State Governors are . Sorry you all are so Afraid of her,and believed the lies and inuendos pushed as Truth by the Mainstream Media.

    January 25, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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