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. Give me a break!

    I don't believe President Obama is looking for (or needs) a rubber stamp from ANYONE – especially McCain. The country overwhelmingly sent him a message – "fix America." In four days, he has accomplished a few of his promises. But greater things lie ahead and they will take ALL of us coming together to get it done. As a Republican who voted for Obama – come on, people! Stop bickering – look at the crap we're in – and help to be the SOLUTION to our problems...not another source of them.

    January 25, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Greg

    McCain is 1% of the Senate... no more, no less. I couldn't care less what John McCain says of advocates. Thank goodness he lost the election of we would be in even more dire circumstances than we find ourselves in. The best service John can do is generally keep his trap shut.

    January 25, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Moe, NY

    McCain, do us all a favor and just go away if you can't lend a helping hand. You never had a plan for the economy, why should we think you do now? You just want to divide....stop the nonsense and get to work.

    January 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Cal

    Don Judson... Clinton... longest economic expansion... I don't think I can reason with someone who thinks Clinton and Gore invented the Internet, Computers, and Technology.

    January 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Janine

    Your on the right track McCain. "Loyal opposition" is actually the benefit of bipartisanship. I wish you would have showed everyone that side of you during the election. And it didn't help that you have supporters like Ann Smith that bash people for not agreeing with her opinions. So to the McCain supporters that were constantly nasty, pat yourself on the backs. You helped make the election of Obama happen.

    January 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Dave

    To Ann Smith:
    Of course you will not be "scared off by a bunch of mindless ignorant people"!!!
    As a Bush supporter, you are one of them!!!!

    January 25, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. qwambo

    Dear Ann Smith, You have to be an airhead to still like George Wanker Bush. What planet are you from????

    January 25, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Susanne

    just looking at McCain makes me sick. I knew that he would brown nose Obama, the guy never wanted to be President. The only good thing was Sarah Palin, all the idiot liberals were scared to death of her. Not smart enough, sure you dumb bells Obama is smarter!!!
    What has he done before entering the White House? Yes, he talked a lot but said nothing at all! The Emperor has no clothes, pretty soon you too will see it too.

    January 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. ralph

    Welcome back, Senator. We missed you.

    Let's hope he can help Obama with Afghanistan.

    January 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Amy PA/CA

    Ann Smith you are funny and luckily in the minority since President Obama won the election. Also, it should be noted, that our Presidents name is Barack Hussein Obama and YOUR ignorance shows by using the name Osama.

    January 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. badger

    He's going to stay with the philosophy and principles from his campaign. Apparently he hasn't learn a thing, seeing he lost the election. So why would you want his advise or anything else from him. The President was elected to change how things were done and find a way to get out of the mess GEB and the repugs got us into.
    Now the repugs have all the answers and are looking out for the average citizen. I say Bull.

    January 25, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I can't keep count of how many times during the campaign I heard where Sen McCain "reached across the aisles" or broke with his own party and went against them as part of he and Palin's pitch. All it seems to have gotten him is for self proclaimed GOP leader Rush Limbaugh to declare him to no be a REAL Republican along with Colin Powell among others. I have even seen some here from the right say that McCain is not one of them. Well other than picking Sarah Palin and promoting "Joe the Plumber" who turned on him in the end, McCain to me has little to absolve himself for. If he is against some of Pres Obama's plans well he should go against him. Despite some of the far right satirical claims of calling Obama the Messiah and a savior, he even admits he's going to make mistakes and when he does McCain has every right to call him on it.

    January 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Countdown until we get a real President

    I just cannot wait to read your posts once you realize the mistake that was made on Nov 4 for electing the wrong guy. Once Obama continues to run this country into the ground, maybe then you will wake up. I am all for giving him a chance, but you don't seem to realize that the Democrats have been running Congress since 2006, and look at what has happened. Since 2006, foreclosures are up 225%. Sorry Obama/Democrat lovers, you can't blame Bush anymore.

    January 25, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Lauren

    You people really show brilliance. All most of you can say, is go away, call him names, slam his integrity.

    I did not vote for Obama, but that does not mean I am goignt o slam him or insult him.

    It only goes to show, how certain people can not constuct a smart comment about anyone else but the chosen one.

    January 25, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. marlene

    If Senator McCain really wants to help govern, he should just do it and not hand the media another "headline". Republicans, that are left in Congress, should get it together.

    January 25, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Georgie from Ohio

    Obama will need ALL the Help He Can Get!!!! After all ,Obama HAS NO Experience. And Lets Face it Folks, The Presidency, especially in these Hard Times, Should be occuppied by Experience. But we get Obama "Present"., for the next 4 Long years.Thank Goodness for the Likes Of Hillary & McCain Who WILL Use Their Experience To Try To Help America & Obama. Hope is nice, but it doesn't defeat the enemy or pay the bills.

    January 25, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Lauren

    I only wish Obama would listen to John McCain about the stupidity of forcing tax payers to support murder, which is exactly what abortion is.

    How can America put people to death and in prison for murdering adults yet allow adults to murder the children in a pregnant woman? What is the difference? Murder is murder.

    And now, thanks to the country's first biracial president, we are paying people to kill those babies in other country's too. How sickening! It makes me think the people who said he was the devil incarnate might actually be right.

    January 25, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Rosalind Johnson

    The Republican have learned nothing from this election. Americans are sick and tired of the sniping and partisan entrenchment. The "mess" that we are in is the fault of the Bush administration. When George Bush came into office, there was a huge SURPLUS and our nation enjoyed the respect of the world.

    In eight years, he, along with his Republican Friends, plunged us into huge deficit and an unnecessary war that is costing billions per month and our national reputation is in tatters and the Constitution has been shredded. Don't you think that you have done enough?

    Republicans, Stop the obstruction and work for America!

    Roz Johnson

    January 25, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. troubled

    It is not Obama who is running this country. It is the Clinton Team.
    Thank God for them.

    January 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. ridersonthestorm

    All you people talk about Obama like he is Jesus Christ. He's a bright man and has some great ideas, but don't think just because he is in office everything is going to "change" back to a status of superiority.

    January 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. lollipop

    To sandee in orttland. Term limits----there goes the VP. He has been in office for 36 years. Learn your history so we can all understand what you want.

    January 25, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. TM in CO

    Nobody should expect rubber stamping, nor should they expect President Obama to be perfect and get his way all of the time. He said it himself, he will make mistakes along the way. It would be great to see our government become one of bipartisan unity. Both sides working for the greater good of the whole country and not just a few special interests. I for one am hoping that is one of the campaign promises that Obama keeps. This country could use some healing unity.

    January 25, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. ceepee

    To Turn About is Fair Play–The first attack on the World Trade Center occurred in '93 with Bill at the helm.

    January 25, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Griff

    When this man is Elected your Leader... Your Commander in Chief... I will believe in Democracy... You will never Dictate to me....
    Obama is just another Mou!!! It did "China", no Good.... John McCain..... John McCain..... John McCain.... Is your Choice... But then I have no Voice..

    January 25, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. ran

    It was okay for Bush. Once again the Republicans just do not get it. Obama is trying to get this country out of the past 8 yrs. of rubber stamping by the Republicans. People we must make the elected officials work for all of us and not allow the kind of out and out lying by people like House Rep. Baeiner on this morning talk show. We can stop this kind of obstructionism if we demand that our elected officials are there for us.

    January 25, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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