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. Simmy

    TKW-New Mexico,

    You are so right! When will they realize that it's a new day? President Obama's advisors need to get on the good foot and push back against those Republican bullies. They are empty wagons making a lot of noise. Those who are honestly making valid points should be listened to. Those like McCain, who is still brooding),and others, need to be taken with a grain of salt.

    January 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Allen

    John: The time to get tough with the democrats was back in March. Everyone knows you practically handed the election to Obama on a silver platter. Sarah Palin was tougher than you (and probably would have won the election if it had not been for you), so cut out the tough guy talk. You're just making yourself into an even bigger joke than you already are.

    January 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Susan in NC

    Annie in Atlanta, I couldn't agree with you more! Amen and Amen! None of us expect Sen. McCain or any other Senator, be they Democrat or Republican or Independent, to be a "rubber stamp" for President Obama's recommendations or policies. I don't think President Obama expects that either. However, I would recommend that Sen. McCain and others keep in mind the "will of we, the people" expressed through our November voting. As Annie said so well, "nasty partisan politics" are OVER in America!

    January 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Tariq

    McCain's experience is more like experience on what NOT to do.

    Let me guess, McCain is going to come up with a "surge" for Afghanistan...well he couldn't hear Obama saying that ages ago because McCain was too busy barking about Iraq.

    What really bothers me about McCain and Republicans is that they had 6 long years controlling the white house and the senate, then two more years of Republican presidency under Bush to fix anything...NOW all of a sudden they want to get involved??!

    January 25, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Southern Princess

    Why is it okay to spend a trillion dollars in Iraq, a trillion dollars for the banks; but, spend 500 billion to stimulate the economy and whoa, the american economy is coming to an end. I can't stand republicans that thiniks like that bonehead Boehner.

    January 25, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Joe the Troll

    Now that there is no longer a Republican in the White House, these guys figure out how NOT to rubber stamp. It seems that the only way to get people to stop voting for these clowns is to make college mandatory.

    January 25, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Uncle Sam

    I for one am glad America has John McCain.

    January 25, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Greg

    Hear, hear! It's good to see the old Maverick returning after the divisive partisan we had for so many months.

    Welcome back, Senator.

    January 25, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Cynthia in MI

    Is he going to reveal his plan for capturing Bin Laden? Just whisper it in our ears.

    January 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. renee

    Go away, little man....

    January 25, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Mike

    To McSame (and all politicians – Republican and Democrat) "bipartisian" means you agree with me. There is not now and hasn't been for 25 years or so and "bipartisianship" in this country.
    Obama will not be as successful as he can be because of Congress. The republicans have already started their delaying tactics (Hillary – even though other Republicans were successful in stopping that – and the Attorney General – Republicans succeeding in holding his confirmation up because they don't like he said torture is torture and against the law)
    To say Pelosi, Franks and Reid. or McConnell, Bohner etc want bipartisianship is laughable.

    January 25, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Ann Smith

    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.

    January 25, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. G

    Enough already when are you guys going to get back to work? Who cares even without Mccain's vote Obama is going to get what he wants. Yeah let's ask the guy who did not know how to run a campaign at ALL for some advice. Am sure he knows what to do lol. Republicans are giving advice now? Yeah because we all know how good they have been at it for 8 years. Didn't speak up when Bush was in power no they were to busy saying everyone else was unamerican and treated the democrats like crap. Now they want the democracts to treat them nicely and fairly oh no you can't have a stimulus plan you guys should slow down. Why is it when the republicans won by one state in 2004 they had a mandate now Obama wins 365 electoral votes but he has to compromise? I say no deal tough luck!

    January 25, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Tom

    You can be loyal opposition as much as you'd like, John. Meanwhile, we Democrats, the WINNERS, will be running this country, cleaning up the piss poor job GW and Dick did to us.

    January 25, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. The Real Issue

    McCain reminds me of actor Richard Dreyfus in the movie " The President"**The President may want the Republicans...but he does not need them everytime. Americans will be monitoring their voting activities because if they are not voting for Americans, they will be removed from office at election time.

    January 25, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. gregory james

    o o are ot te oe geet it fool.....go go go awa please......

    January 25, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Central Scruitinizer

    I want to like McCain and I think he does have the countries best interest in mind, but Im really having trouble forgiving him for PALIN. Hopefully it will come to light that he was a puppett and he really didnt want that emptyheaded jiggling jughead anywhere near the WH.

    January 25, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Gail

    it'll be a looooooooooong time before any Republican is put in power again. Better get with the New World.

    January 25, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. katiec

    What your article did not mention that Mccain stated he still supports tax cuts for the rich. You know, trickle down economy that does not work.
    The republicans are campaigning against the stimulous package and for Obama to fail. Appears they are using there same ole politics. They evidently have a hard time accepting that we voted for change.
    Do not expect a rubber stamp on everything but do expect them, for once, to put our country and us first. The time of egos, postering, finger pointing and party are past. The old way does not work and our survival is at stake.

    January 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. billy-bayou

    It is always a pleasure to see that the Bush hating, socialists are out there sucking up to the obama, and that includes, one Senator John McCain. I wait for the day that the news arrives that one of you will have made it to your place of fame,under the obamas desk just as Monica did for the wonderful bill Clinton

    January 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. joseph

    If Palin were president, I wonder how she would be reacting to this current crisis we are in? Maybe she'd be asking Joe the plumber for advice or Sara the stenographer for guidance.

    January 25, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Sarta

    McCain & Palin – it is time to disappear into the sunset. take Cindy too.

    January 25, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Don Judson

    Republicans are opposing the stimulus package the way that not one voted for Clinton's 1993 Plan, which ushered in the longest economic expansion in our history. After the last eight years of Bush/Republican profligate spending they've no standing to talk about the wisdom of restoring the economy to what is was before they ruined the country. Look at the elections results – we won and you lost – do you think Karl Rove would play nice?

    January 25, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Adriano Parrotta

    I am having a really hard time understanding people that say "Democrats are the party of hate". I remember video's of hate filled GOP rallies during the campaign. Did Rush Limbaugh or Fox news plant this seed? Truly a severe case of double speak from the Republican camp.

    January 25, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. suzyku

    The problems is that McCain is irrelevant! He has already stated that he doesn't understand the economy! He has already shown this country that he has bad judgment, no character and isn't too bright. He has proven that he puts politics first over country, that he represents the politics of the past and therefore whatever he says just doesn't matter!

    January 25, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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