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. Chris, Orlando

    How is this news?

    It's time for the Democrats to shut up and deliver on all of their promises.

    They have the power...I am waiting for the miracles.

    January 25, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Joy

    He won't rubberstamp everything? Well, of course not. Was this McCain's way of getting attention? What a waste of time.

    January 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Rhonda Davis

    Last I check McWar lost.

    The american people picked Obama and change.

    McBush and more of the same old rep. crap

    January 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Gail

    Like you rubber stamped everything Bush did? Humm.. give me a break. You still don't get it.

    January 25, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. kaz

    It just goes to show that Mccain puts country first as always.
    Obama is not stupid and either are most american people. He knows that John mccain has more foregin policy experience then him and Hillary combined.

    January 25, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    There was a blog one day last week in which a man , Katon Dawson,
    I presume, a member of Congress claimed that "he was going to be Obama's worst nightmare." This was said before any legislation was discussed and he had already decided that whatever the subject was, he was against it. Party loyalty is admirable but carried to an extreme it becomes an absurdity. Love of country trumps love of party.

    January 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. steve

    To the Rush Limbaughs of the republican party who "Hope that the new president fails" . You are not different from Osama bin laden who wished an economic collapse during Bush years.
    If my little aunt who is just 7 yr was sad and dissapointed that somebody (Rush) would wish that President fails, it tells you that they world is evolving and would no longer be ruled by hatred in this country.

    January 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Rhonda Davis

    Is McShame hoping to be Palin's vp choice? Seems he is running away to the right side. Can he not stay away rom the party games? SHAME.

    No way'

    No how

    No McCain

    as hillary said!

    January 25, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. johay

    He is not the commander and chief. But an old washed up politician who cannot be trusted. He is not bipartisan unless it's for furtherance of his own interest. If I was Obama I would watch him. He's no good.

    January 25, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Even the term "loyal opposition" is an oxymoron on a play of words. So Mr. McCain, does that mean you are loyal to the Repugnican Party and as such, you will oppose EVERYTHING Obama puts to your party's vote unless it's military-related? So you will oppose his economic plan that will help those of us who don't have 7 houses and a bank account with over 8 digits then.. It's posturing like this that make me so glad you and that radical bimbo lost and that there were more intelligent Americans that voted than stupid ones.

    January 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. J. Dean


    January 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Gil

    We would hope that he would continue to vote as a republican and to make suggestions which we've been told Obama will be open to. That is a far cry from what bush gave us?

    January 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. john

    he better shut up and help obama

    January 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. pat C.

    mccain out of all the repubs should know what "we the people" want and need right now since we DID NOT vote for him or his loony running mate. it is time for mccain to step up to the plate and undo the harm he has done for the past eight years. the republicans can not come up with one plan but yet want to stand in the way of president obama and this is a disgrace to our government.
    come together as a team or get out of office republicans!!

    January 25, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Change in American

    McCain and Palin is sorry loser now the trueth comes out and now McCain showing his true color. Obama dont need you McCain we the American people have faith in Obama.

    January 25, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Angie in Pa

    Mccain last I checked you have no clue about the Economy and havent an Idea in the world what to do about it ,Including your Pathetic Republican party. I recall when you suspended your Pathetic Campaign to ride off to Washington to help Bail out your wealthy Ceo Buddies No problem Being a rubber stamp for Bush well one thing is for sure THANK GOD YOU AND YOUR BIMBO VP LOST MY FRIEND!!!

    January 25, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Mark

    Oh NO! McCain would never"rubber-stamp" Obama's policies.

    He only rubber stamps the policies of Bush by voting with him 90% of the time.

    Don't give me that BS about "Loyal opposition". There is only one entity you're loyal to, McCain, the lobbyists and business conections which made you one fo the richest Senators in US History.

    January 25, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Meka

    McCain is still CONFUSED!

    January 25, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Sarge in Florida

    Just goes to show you how 2 faced the Republicans are..They claim they CARE about Americans going to work and not losing their jobs. But when it comes down to the REAL deal they will back out and cry and whine like a bunch of SNOBS that they are..The Republicans will NEVER be Loyal to the people of this country if their isn't any money in it for them..John get the HELL out of office and take some of your dead beat friends with you. Isn't it ironic that when Bush had control of the first $350 billions that they didn't even care about how that money will be spent. Now that it's up to the Obama team to spread the rest of the money they NOW DEMAND accountability!!! And people did you know that AIG CEO redecorated his office at a cost of $1.2 million dollars...Give them more money I say and see what they do to the bathrooms..Then invite Larry Craig to check them out and make sure you can't see between the stalls.

    January 25, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. doc mitch Rev Wright

    John McCain, loyal opposition is appropriate as long as your intentions are to form better policy decisions and move the country forward. If you wish to derail progress to in an effort to support Limpballs hopes that Obama fails then you deserve historical irrelevance and disdain. As it stands, your decision making and maverickism is why you have already achieved your limits at being relevant. As a concerned citizen and taxpayer I offer you to keep the following in mind:

    1. The light of your legacy is dimming try to be a part of the solution.

    2. You will never be POTUS swallow the blue pill and take a nap.

    3. Accept your lot in life, Senator McCain your Chickens...have come home...to ROOOOOOOOSSSSST.

    January 25, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. 30m-PA-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    There's MY president.

    January 25, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Brady

    I wouldn't expect him to be a rubber stamp. McCain should vote on what he believes, not on what is popular or what the American public wants. He should vote based on what he believes and on what is best for his constituents.

    January 25, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Maggie SC

    It is good we still have Sen McCain to even out the diferences that Pre Obama and his administration try to foist upon the America people. Pres Obams still yest has a long way to go to prove himself to the americn people. It is not easy task for this little known politician's rise to power as the president of the US. I was hoping he would not be a puppet and make wise choices for our country. he has undone Pre Bush's atempt to not allow our tax dollars go to abortion ckinics here and abroad. For that reason itself has made me look beyond and between the words of all Pres Obams i beginning to do. I do not feel that we the people of the United States of America should fund abortin for all who want it. They shoulld have to pay for theri mistakes themselves, not all of us.

    January 25, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. 30m-PA-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    Mick in Mesa,

    You know that 90% number was not true. Your president is a big liar.

    January 25, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Steve

    Ah yes, and the Dem's during that 2000-06 time period were totally bi-partisan, right? One can respect the office of the President, support the notion of strengthening America, but disagree on the policies which the President, or any elected official for that matter, tried to put into place. And when that disagreement occurrs, its important to voice that opposition. At least in this sense conservatives in America will still be PROUD to be Americans, no matter whether our guy is in office or not.

    January 25, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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