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. DinkorSink

    McCain ran on this platform and got wiped out. He continues to push his initiatives and it’s a disgrace to the fellow republicans. As I watch my party continue down this road I’m proud to say I’ve switched parties this year and I’m proud to stand behind the democratic party that is taking action, instead of playing politics as usual. Our economy is going in the wrong direction from eight years of mismanagement and the same party is still trying to hold up progress. I hope that the people of Arizona will eventually vote McCain out of office.

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

    I hope that the Repubs have a better plan for the money. They are just trying to stall the package and make people they are the ones that came up with the plan. If Mccain is going to object the package what do he have to offer. No tax cuts is what we need because we can have tax cuts without jobs. No money to spend and he talking about tax cuts, is this man crazy. Can't cut something we don't have and that is real money to spend on nothing,.

    February 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Naragi

    hey John, did all your nominees pay their taxes ?

    February 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. John in Northern NY

    As an independent who backed Obama without a credible platform put forth by the Republicans I have to say I agree with john McCain here. The Dem congress has stabbed Obama in the back. They have strayed fra away from the purpose. This is not a time for social corrections. There may be a time for that but this is not it. I don't agree totally with the tax credits that McCain speaks of but the DEMS had better listen to the other side quickley or they will lose the young conservatives who voted "No Confidence" in the Republican Party.

    February 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Cincinnatian

    I am very happy for the change in leadership and excited to see how the Obama administration can bring positive change to our economy and America's reputation abroad. That said, I find myself siding with McCain on this one. This bill is loaded with pork. Yes, we need a stimulus bill, but not an "anything goes" stimulus package. I agree that the Dems need to listen to the Republicans – they do have some valid points and worthwhile input. "It's time for a new era of responsibility..." – Let's see some fiscal responsibility, not a wasteful, pork-filled stimulus bill. We can do better.

    February 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Ellie, MD

    Yadda, Yadda, Yadda, coming from Mr. De-REGULATION.

    So WHY are we surprise Mr. McFlip-Flop can't seem to stick on a straight talk in all his 20+ years in the Senate?

    Yeah, exactly. We keep hearing the same song and dance from these losers.

    February 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Brett

    I would vote against this bill...It NEED MORE JOBS than obama's plan.

    it shows that it is NO good. I knew it would be happen that America will GO DOWN!

    Only way, I have to stay faith with GOD for his guide to make things better than Govt tell us what to do!

    February 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. sam

    This coming from the very people who got us into this mess in the first place. What a joke!!!

    February 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Linda

    Who gives a crap what McCain wants?? Just more empty threats from the obstructionist, Reslug party that lost and lost big.

    February 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Donna

    is he still trying to be the President even though he lost?

    February 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. sarta

    Thank God , Americans have good sense not to elect this bozo-McCain & Pathetic Palin.
    In this downsize economy, people with 8 houses are OK

    February 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Rush

    He just wants the economy to fail.

    February 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Frost

    isn't it funny the republicans have had years to put together a plan to help America but didn't think of a thing to do.. till now.. they were to busy digging the hole that got us in this shape.. Now.. they want to help fix it?

    I would love to see the accounts of republicans disclosed.. maybe that's why they are not in touch with the rest of us. When you own X houses you don't really worry about losing one of them when you have more.

    February 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Kris in Denver

    As if I care what John "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" McCain has to say. Tax cuts don't do much for a person who doesn't have a job. The roads and bridges in my area are ready to fall apart, the school buildings have suffered from deferred maintenance, there are so many infrastructure projects that would benefit the public from improvement and benefit people by creating jobs.

    February 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. robert c. flores

    It's no wonder McCain lost the presidential race, he is not a man of his word. On numerous occasions he talked about working with on bi-partisan groups to solve problems, now he reports working with his 'fellow republicans" to solve the social problems of this country.
    he's pathetic.!

    February 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Greg in Colorado

    What a big shocker!!! Typical republican!! It isn't bad news it is just more of the same bush doctrine. Moving on

    February 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. cj tampa, fl

    I guess he is not extending his hand across party lines on this one. that why he didn't win, tax cuts for the rich. Let them pay their fair share!

    February 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. we behaved badly?

    I laugh at McCain and the wingnuts,trying to be relevant,lets just push them off the cliff and ignore them like they did us for 8 years.

    February 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. just bob

    McCain would vote against the stimulus plan? We voted against you in November. Go away.

    February 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    One way of improving the economy is to make these tax cheating democrats pay up. The IRS ought to do an indepth audit on all of them, just not the few that where shaken out of the tree trying to become Obama's cabinet members but the whole lot.

    February 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. The Man

    It's easy to say no when you don't have the pressure to save the economy.

    What does he want – more TAX CUTS?

    February 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. cris

    Tandie, do you even now what is on the stimulus bill? there is a reason why people are opposing to it., there is nothing in there that is going to help the economy on that bill..
    •$7.7 billion for various upgrades and work done on federal buildings
    •$5.2 billion for voter fraud experts ACORN and other "neighborhood stabilization" groups
    •$2.4 billion for carbon capture projects
    •$1 billion for AMTRAK
    •$650 million–more–for coupons for the conversion to digital television
    •$600 million for federal automobiles
    •$400 million for research into global warming
    •$335 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
    •$50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts

    February 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Maggie from Virginia

    Politics as usual... Republicans wait for the democrats to draft a bill only to complain and act like they have better ideas. It's been several weeks since Obama asked Congress to work together to draft a bill. Where were the republicans with all their bright ideas before the bill was drafted? Why were they holding out? They were waiting for the democrats to release their version so they could pick it apart. I don't think they've learned anything from the last two elections.

    February 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. dan

    people claiming this "isn't stimulus" have just been fooled by the republicans. republican tax cuts did not work for the last 8 years. why would they all of the sudden work now??? nobody on this planet can answer that question. tax cuts benefit the wealthy only. trickle down economics does NOT work.

    the american people voted for CHANGE not the same policies that choked this country nearly to death the past 8 years. the republicans are useless and NOT needed at all. Obama should do away with ALL tax cuts in the bill completely. they do not help any economist will tell you this. tax cuts are just there to get the dim witted to vote for the repubs. they dont actually help the economy or the american people. if they did I would be all for them. They simply are just a ploy for votes.

    February 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. flageek

    More tax cuts, where pray tell? If you're working, hey 9 to 12 months down the road you get another $120 more back from the bankrupt government? If you're not working, well that's just too bad for you, and it's all your fault. Gee, thanks John... it's nice to know you and the rest of the Republicans care so much about us.

    February 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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