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

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

McCain says his new role after a bruising election is that of loyal opposition.

McCain says his new role after a bruising election is that of loyal opposition.

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. Will, USA

    Mccain is still obviously still extremely envious of Obama. And so much so, he looks for every opportunity to play monday morning quarterback on Obama's decision making. Mccain is a loser, and always will be know as a loser. Nothing will change that.

    To whoever wrote that second comment: Barack Obama is the realest president this country has had since Bill Clinton was in office.... So do like your buddy Mccain and put your country first by supporting your commander in chief.

    January 25, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. TCM

    we lost with either candidate; Obama or McCain. The only upside is McCain's actually done something for the country...however, he's no maverick...retire, John.

    January 25, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Ed Word

    Countdown until we get a real President –

    First the Dems have to clean up the mess Cheney and his puppet left.

    January 25, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Al, California

    How can I seriously listen him when he is still saying that Palin is important for GOP. First they should figure out whether GOP continues to be a party of extremists or will shift back to moderate conservatism.

    January 25, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Angie

    Yes it is sad but the majority of America was fooled by a silver tounged smooth talker. I didnt vote for Obama dont trust him and never will. I am soooooooooooooo sick of all the Bush bashing. I think he was a great president. He wasnt perfect as is noone certainly NOT obama like we will unfortunatly find out probably a lot sooner than we want to. He is not a messiah and he is NOT gonna save america. The greedy american people trying to live above what they could afford is why the economy collapsed not because of Bush. the next thing you know he will blamed for natural disasters such as tornados and floods i mean come on people. Let me remind you there is a senate , congress and house of representatives. which if you remember was more democrat than republican.

    January 25, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Ron, NYC

    The Republicans had control of both houses including the presidency and the supreme court from 2000-2006. They rubber-stamped everything Bush/Cheney/Rove pushed at them. They hardly even acknowledged the democrats. The democrats now have comfortable majorities in both houses. If republicans, including McCain want to be obstructionist, then the democrats should just go ahead with their agenda, in total disregard of the republicans.

    January 25, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Linda

    Same old man ..different day!

    January 25, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Jean

    Obama is not in charge.

    January 25, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Kay

    Please, Mr. McCain, who cares what you think? You are not the voice of the people, never have been and never will be. Without your family name, you would not be where you are. Everyone talks about your heroism, well in my book you are not a hero. There were thousands of men who were more of a hero than you will ever be. WWI and WWII, Koren, Vietnam heroes. These men have practically all been forgotten not becuase they were not heroes but because their name was not McCain. You have your father and grandfather to thank for your recognition not your heroics. Sorry but my heart goes out to the men and their families who are TRUE HEROES.

    January 25, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Commonwealth VA

    He'd better NOT be a rubber stamp! Absolutely question things and offer alternatives. That's how things get done.

    Difference this time around is THIS President is willing to listen to everyone's point of view and not toss out an idea just because it isn't his.

    January 25, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Humored In Texas

    Personal to Lauren:

    Ironically, when polled, 88% of Pro-Lifers favor the death penalty!

    Now spin that for me without waiting for Rush or Hannity to give you your speaking points!

    January 25, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Big Tom

    McCain will definately rubber stamp everything. He never had the intestinal fortitude to fight the opposing party. His lackluster style and inability to take on Obama cost him the election. Maybe he still believes that Obama can walk on water and end all the world's problems.

    January 25, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. another ann smith

    Poor Ann Smith, go get a life... seriously!!!!!!!!!!.. you pathetic thing..funny!!!!

    January 25, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain should go to jail for bringing Sugarskirt Palin into the American conscience.

    Even he doesn't like her. (But would NEVER admit it!)

    Thanks McCain! Buffoon!

    January 25, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. I. Cantbelieve

    For Lauren: When folks don't want to fund healthcare or education then PLEASE be grateful for every aborted child you won't be burdened with... Wouldn't want to WASTE tax $ on people, would we?

    January 25, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Jean

    We better start stocking up on can goods and other necessities needed to get us through the next decade.

    Read the Forgotten Man.

    This guy and his advisers don't have a clue.


    January 25, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. elsie

    I don't think we have to worry about McCain being a "rubber stamp" for Obama. So far this year the Senate has had 14 votes. McCain voted NO on 11 of them in lockstep with most of the other Republicans.
    " Country First " Mr McCain ? Not so much.

    January 25, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Nevada Mom

    To Lauren who had this to say:

    "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."

    You are completely misinformed. Your ignorance far outshines any kind of point you were trying to make here.

    Luckily, most people will dismiss your comments as those from some kooky hick in where-evers-ville.

    January 25, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Idealist

    If I had agreed with McCain's policies, I would have voted for him (actually I still wouldn't have voted for him.... not with barracuda palin waiting in the wings).

    My point being, let's tone down the 'bipartisanship politics' -I did not vote for the conservative agenda – the last 8 years has been the worst in my life – NO MORE!!!

    January 25, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. LF Oneto - VA

    Well Senator McCain, President Obama does not expect you or any other Senator to "rubber stamp" anything he proposes; just do what you believe is right for the country (unlike your selection for VP). Unfortunately, you knowledge of economics is only matched by your computer expertise.

    January 25, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. JAE

    Ann Smith:

    January 25, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. elsie

    Lauren, please tell us how many children you have adopted.

    January 25, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. payback

    i would like to leave my comment. but, it's been said i protest too much.......but anyway. john mccain, can you say, i lost, i lost......and the republicans. can you say, we lost, we lost.........do you know why? because your "rubber stamped" all of bushes policies................that's why we are in the bind, that we are currently in.....i know, your don't want President Obama, to succeed.. because your party will disapear.....stop, hating on the new president......the whole world is watching..............

    January 25, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. GarynOklahoma

    People of principle can disagree. I support Senator McCain in his position as loyal opposition and wish him success as a voice of principle.

    He is probably one of the very few in Washington with character. I hope President Obama will appreciate and benefit from his input.

    January 25, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Wil, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    This is just typical "sour grapes" obstructionist, behavior by the Republicans. Since the game won't be played their way, they want to take their ball and go home. The only problem with that is that they dropped the ball a long time ago. This is nothing new. The Republicans opposed everything done by FDR (Social Security, Labor Reform, Child labor laws, etc.,) Truman and all of the other Democratic presidents that we've had. If they want to play it this way, just wait until the next election!

    January 25, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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