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. Brian

    can't help but think he is trying to salvage his ruined reputation after the 08 election. nice to see he wont be a rubber stamp though, like he was for bush all this time, maybe if that was different he would have had a better chance of winning.

    January 25, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Keith

    I am glad to see that someone is challenging President Obama and not just "rubber stamping" everything that comes out of the White House. The disagreement should lead to an open dialogue on how to best resolve the issues facing the economy and actually get some bipartisan efforts moving. That is what we need to have happen.

    January 25, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Fed Up!!

    Obama, you need to get tougher with the Republicans!!

    Stop meeting with them.

    Americans voted for you because their economic policies are all wrong for America!!

    No more trickle down policies!! Remember the bottom up policy you campaigned on!!

    January 25, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. David/Florida

    Senile McCain, You and Boehner and McConnel, STAY OUT oF the NEW Way America does business now.
    You Guys and Dummie Busch did not know how to run anything then, so don't interfere now. Our great new President will do a great Job, just wait and see. It's enough already with all the complaints of the Repugs. ENOUGH!!!!!

    January 25, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    John McCain is not a WIZZARD on the economy! Remember his quote "the economy is fundamentally sound" he said this as the market was down 300+ points. Go home Mr. McCain and enjoy your wife's money!

    January 25, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. JS

    I have lost all of the respect I once had for McCain. He just needs to join the Democratic Party and be done with it. He needs to retire.

    January 25, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Considering McCain was wrong on:

    The Economy
    The War in Iraq (police action)
    The Surge (Hamilton Baker recommendation)
    The War in Afganistan (police action)
    and the list goes on....

    Who would want or need his ok.

    Should Obama work with the Republicans, yes, because the culture needs to be changed in American politics, but remember, it's the republicans who need to come to the center and work for the Country also.

    So a word of advice for the republicans, leave your sef-rightous self-pity behind and join the 21st century renewal of American ideals and values.

    January 25, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. NC

    It should have been President McCain.........Its just to bad America didn't think...

    January 25, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Tiff of lithia springs

    Who cares, he should have figured out that when we didn't vote him in office Obama didn't need his cotton pickin' approval anyway!

    January 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Ed


    January 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. mojo3

    Mccain's got jokes! Does he really BELIEVE Obama will need him to
    come to the rescue with anything?

    "Rubber stamp." Please give me a break. Methinks his memory has slipped and is focused on BUSH!!!!

    January 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. alvino

    Whatever John's gut feeling may be, he will be fine if he votes the opposite way. (some of the choices he made were lousy: suspend the campaign because the economy cratered, choose a pretty republican as vp. instead of of going with someone who had knowledge of gov't. or foreign experience)

    I never was sure what McCain stood for, but he has to be elected in 2010, so this is a good talking point for our loveable little maverick.

    January 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. judy

    McCain only rubberstamped Bush!!

    January 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Nick

    Well, it would be awkward if you voted with the current President all the time as you did with the OTHER ONE...

    I guess THAT ONE can deal with your loyal opposition. It should go without saying anyway. You're not EVERYBODY's poodle, right?

    January 25, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Steve

    Good for him, Obama can't fix this mess.

    January 25, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Nakita

    Thank goodness McCain is taking a stand. Obama is ready to go off the deep end with wasteful spending. I hope Republicans continue to push for tax cuts for small business instead of more spending by politically minded lawmakers. Capacity for human achievement resides in individuals, not government agencies.

    p.s. anyone find it ironic that obama created a new federal program the sole purpose of which is to curtail frivolous federal programs?

    January 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Jerry

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

    Sorry McCain but Clinton, Gates, Mullen, and Holbrook have that under control.

    You were part of the problem to begin with by advocating the police action in Iraq which took Bush's eye off Afganistan in the first place.

    January 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Wow, I thought John McCain fix our economy. I seem to remember he suspended his campaign to fixz the problem. So much John for working with president, and you wonder why the american people rejected you. Go away your a loser and no one really cares what you think.

    January 25, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Doyle

    Republicans and Democrats alike are all rubber stamps. They act exactly the same. Both of their addictions to bailouts are spreading a disease that won't go away until the entire country overdoses on their megalomania. None of them should get a paycheck until the employment numbers start rising. Rewarding their failures is nothing but pure insanity. Wakeup Americans, these politicians are at the bottom of the food chain.

    January 25, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. tony

    Maybe if we got rid of some of the attorneys in the house and senate we could get something done

    January 25, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Griff

    A'way-to-go, John... The "Real Man of the Moment"...

    January 25, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. C W

    I hope no one is a rubber stamp for Obama, but I also hope every member of Congress and the Senate acts like an adult and puts the welfare of our country ahead of their own political aspirations.

    With our country facing monumental challenges, the last thing we need right now in Washington is a bunch of partisan bickering for the sake of bickering.

    I'm TIRED of all these politicians playing games with our future! They are our PUBLIC SERVANTS, our EMPLOYEES, and they should be putting our welfare ahead of theirs!

    And if they don't – every constituent will remember how their egos trumped our country's safety and prosperity – and we'll VOTE THEM OUT so fast it'll make their heads spin!!!!!

    January 25, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. clifford

    Be careful about criticizing John McCain on voting with President Bush 90% of the time because some of that support was in the form of trying to reestablish credibility for the Housing Revitalization Act which were Democratic proposals that destroyed our economy!!! And much of the other 90% helped with the fight against terrorism !!

    January 25, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. alvino

    I wish McCain (and the rest of his republican colleagues) had not been a rubber stamp for "W."

    I am sure John will be happy to take his orders from Mitch McConnell.

    January 25, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. L J, Ohio

    The Dems are trying to hard to distance themselves from the Bush administration that they're only adding to the bi-partisan ideal that has become our country. President Bush is out and President Obama is in. Everyone just needs to get with the program and work towards a better future economically, defensively, and more pride in our great country. Is that really too optimistic?

    January 25, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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