February 2nd, 2009
09:41 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain says he'd vote against current stimulus bill


Watch McCain discuss the stimulus bill on American Morning Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain says he'd vote against the bill backed by President Obama to pump up the economy.

The former GOP presidential nominee said Monday on CNN's "American Morning" that he's working with a group of fellow Republican senators to come up with an alternative package that emphasizes payroll tax cuts, incentives for people to stay in their homes, and an end to the stimulus spending when the economy begins to recover.

Related: Senators work for bipartisan support on stimulus

The Senate is expected to begin debate Monday on a nearly $900 billion stimulus plan. An $819 billion dollar version of the bill passed the House of Representatives last week without a single Republican vote. All 177 GOP House members voted against the legislation, saying it was too heavy on spending and too thin on tax cuts.

McCain's hungry for more tax cuts in the bill, saying "we would like too to see more incentives such as a $15,000 tax credit for home ownership. We would like to see elimination of these policy changes which have nothing to do with jobs, we want the stimulus package to focus on jobs."

And McCain says that some provisions in the current bill, crafted by Congressional Democrats, need to go, adding that "many of the policy changes they put in have nothing to do with stimulating the economy."

The senator from Arizona also called for serious negations with the Democrats who run the Senate, saying that '"we are clearly prepared to sit down, discuss, negotiate, a try to get a stimulus package that will create jobs. We all know how tough the economy is. It's been rammed through the Senate so far, we need to seriously negotiate. We haven't done that yet. We can do it, though."

More: McCain says Democrats need to 'seriously negotiate'

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  1. Angela

    I do believe during the campaign McCain stated the economy with
    just fine?

    In case John doesn't know, trickle down does not work. Also, we have had to listen and do what his party wanted for 8 years. And yes, we are so much better off?

    I do believe we have listened to them way too long. Their advise is no good. It is time for them and their ilk to admit they terrible mistakes.

    February 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Ben

    President Obama should ignore Repubs and all the nonsense of bipartisant, Repubs don't know anything like bipartisan, they know politics as usual

    February 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Bob in Pa

    Atta boy John !
    Read the bill people, this isn't stimulus. Giving money to Acorn and other groups is a donation.

    February 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. whocares

    I guess he has to confess that he got lost with Obama's huge stimulus plan and need lecture before saying anything about economy as a whole.

    February 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. John Brown

    Why are the republicans continuing to call for tax cuts that have not worked the past 8 years, and will not work? People are losing jobs, and you want to give them a tax cut credit for their house? What and who are you going to tax if we have no jobs? Companys are laying thousands of people off every day and all they have to say is tax cuts!!!!The only people who would benifit from a tax cut are the rich...like John Mccain. Even John McCain’s campaign economist came out this morning and said that tax cuts will not work. I am so glad that this guy didn’t win. What a joke.

    February 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Jim in Austria

    I cannot believe that the Republican party are actually going to let the US (and world) economy self destruct so they can prove that they still exist. I truly hope that come the next election more of the politic playing idiots we somehow elect to office get to go home and can't find a job.

    Republicans... wake up and start looking out for Americans if you really want to be re-elected.

    February 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Humored In Texas

    Personal to Teresa:

    Where was the GOP outrage while Bush was trashing our economy and world standing?!?!?!

    Entitlement?!?!?!? That would be Halliburton's meteoric rise to fame on Bush's watch – with no oversight whatsoever!!! And the fact that Cheney was the former CEO is pure coincidence, too, right?!?!?!

    McCain had no chance when he chose the Alaskan Anarchist as his running mate!!!

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Axel

    Clearly McCain and his chums have never been unemployed. A payroll tax cut doesn't do much good if you aren't on payroll....

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. cris

    Jeff in Ohio says "McCain ran on his economic platform and got beat bad." That goes to show you how well informed are voters. I'm no big fan of McCain but his plan made more sense that Obama's... People are getting what voted for.. Hope!!! Last time I check I can’t pay my bills with hope. We need more than hope to get the economy back on track.. I don’t hear "the one" or the dems talking about jobs on the stimulus bill...

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. dan

    can somebody tell mccain and the rest of the republicans they LOST. the american people do NOT want their brainless tax cuts. any economist will tell you tax cuts do not help...

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. CTP

    Some good news...McCain is irrelevant.

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. ashlee

    Does this really surprise anyone?

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Matt

    Old ideas from an old man is old news.

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. JB

    "McCain says Democrats need to 'seriously negotiate'"

    And the republicans don't? I guess someone will have to provide the definintions of "negotiate" and "compromise" for them first.

    The one-trick pony republicons need to expand their thinking beyond just tax cuts. How much good is a tax cut if you don't have a job? I think the majority of Americans would prefer a job with a steady pay check over a tax cut – the remainder that don't, are limbaugh listeners.

    Ha – McCain, the presidential candidate that freely admitted he doesn't know anything about economics...we should take his advice? I think he's overstating his relevance.

    February 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Erik

    you republicans really need to take some responsibility for the gigantic mess you have made out of our economy. Quit stonewalling and whining and do something other than making the problem worse.

    February 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. MIMI

    Of course he'll vote against it......he can't admit that Obama has a brain!! ........ After all "that one " has no experience.....remember ???

    February 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. mk

    sounds like a much better plan – spend where it counts not on social programs and expanded government.

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. EvilPoliticians

    To all of those bashing the Republicans, who has held the majority in Congress for years? Who was in charge letting Bush do whatever he wanted? Pelosi? Reid?

    Quit being sheeple. All politicians are evil. Some just say what you like to hear.

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Humored In Texas




    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. K. Owe

    This does not come as any surprise or shock to me. I mean, seriously, the country was led by the Republicans for the previous 8 years and we're in this mess. So why should we venture out to try something new that could generate jobs and revitalize the economy? The Maverick needs to retire.

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Free Thinker

    people – the govenment can't fix our current problems nor will they. get some back bone and do your part instead of waiting on someone to do it for you!

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. John Illinois

    Be honest with yourself people. This BS stimulus package is nothing but a pork-laden, welfare expanding pile of garbage. Remove all the pork, get rid of the welfare expanding crap and it might be supported.

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Tanya

    Get over it McCain. You should be helping Obama and not complaining. Why not give Obama some ideas.... do not criticize.

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Michael

    I voted for Obama....that does not mean I am going to blindly support everything he dioes. How can the dems try allocate $200 million for birth control to stimulate the economy? How does that work? Population control? I've been disappointed with Obama so far. Promising not to have former lobbyists on his staff and then making exceptions. Promising to close Gitmo but with no plan on where to put the prisoners. Nominating Daschle without noticing that he didn
    t notice he owed over a hundred grand in back taxes.

    February 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Chris from NY

    Who cares about what he think sor does? If we did we would have elected him. But we didn't. Which means his opinion is irrelevant.

    February 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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