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."

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  1. therealmarie

    Rush said "I Hope He (POTUS Obama) Fails" he is not alone with that desire, so is the MSM (the 4th estate). There isn't a day that they don't promote nd champion the cause for the Obstructive Republican Right. If Americans wanted McCain to address the problems of this nation, they would have voted fo him. Americans didn't vote for Mccain but the self interest coporate heads of the MSM media did.

    February 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Frost

    McCain says Democrats need to 'seriously negotiate'

    yes.. negotiate till the american people have nothing left to negotiate with and the republicans step in buy up our houses, send their children to college on our money and buy more clothing for someone running for office. And that's what they are doing, trying to take the last drop of blood from the American people.

    come election time switch party's divide their votes and boot these people out once and for all.

    February 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Jason, TX

    I am so glad this man did not win the presidency. Obstruction anyone?

    February 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Hope

    He McCDeficit needs to give us point by point what spending he is disputing from the Bill, it does not help saying they will not vote for it, emither do we need Rush Party ideas which have given us a 6 trillion deficit without a single road or bridge to show for the expenditure.

    February 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Where's his version? Have the Republicans introduced anything that could be seen as a stimulus package? I think they would prefer to watch the country burn sometimes. I wonder if their ideology is more important to them than something that could help the country.

    February 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. creighton

    My wife and I saved for years to build up a down payment for a home. We drove older used cars and saved in a variety of ways so we would put down 20 percent. Why should we give $15000 to someone who hasn't saved, sacrificed and budgeted, just so they can buy a home.

    February 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. DAN

    look the "social corrections" that all the repubs are complaining about would actually stimulate the economy if they were put into play. the repubs did a good job at discrediting the stimulus bill. many of you people actually believe the BS they are spewing.


    February 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. OKAY

    Repubs are confused.-J. McCain is right up there with them.

    "Sit and talk???" are u for real? Didn't President Obama do that with them and none of them voted for the bill in the H.of Reps.

    Negotiate u guys say...please He DID THAT rememeber. He took out programs and added tax cuts and U GUYS STILL VOTED AGAINST IT.

    WORD TO OBAMA: do what u have to do--forget the repubs. Same old ideas...Here's a new one for u'll--Go suck on boil eggs.

    February 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Ron from Baltimore

    Sen McCain,

    You guys lost, and your ideas lost big. This is not the time to revisit those failed ideas and try to jiggle the system to get your certified-petty way.

    Do not stand in the way of recovery. If all you have is "tax cuts" when we have trillions in debt and a still-unnecessary but ongoing expensive war, then sit down and be still.

    You guys are so out of touch, no wonder your party is flaming out.

    February 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Tristan

    John who?

    February 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Anonymous

    McCain says he'd vote against current stimulus bill and that's why he is not the President! He along with other Republicans did not get the message relayed on November 4th, 2008. We the people need to rid or Congress of those Republicans who did not get the message!

    February 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Steve

    The GOP (Grand OLD Party) is just that Old and their methods and policies are old. It is time for new, fresh ideas and not the same old GOP nonsense that has gotten us into this position in the first place. Where were the spending controls when Bush was President? This GOP fails to take responsibility for the deficits we are in and now they want to propose that they have a better solution – PA LEASE! The GOP has failed the American people and have since Reagan. The same "Trickle Down" economics that Limbaugh and gang continue to spew has not and never will work because the wealthy of the world want to keep more for themselves. And what exactly is a trickle? Think about it for a second. A trickle of water to someone who hasn't had water and is parched & dehydrated isn't going to get much help from a trickle. Now add that trickle to millions who need to be hydrated. It's a complete joke and as much as I had hoped the GOP would be willing to compromise I see that they can't. So this November the American people had better vote more Democrats in so Obama can move this country forward faster. And to John McCain...you are irrelevant MY FRIEND. You no nothing about the economy so step aside and let the smart people play the game.

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Robin

    This is going to create a debt so large our great-great-grandchildren will be footing the bill.

    Vote for hope. But hope does not keep America employed or in their homes. For all you "kool-aid" drinkers out there who support this bill, please tell me what it is you think will work for our economy?

    Is it the millions we are going to donate to ACORN? (I guess it's payback time). Or the 300million going towards birth control? Or maybe the millions we are going to send overseas to fund abortions?

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Matt

    Palin told him to do it...after all, she is the "future of the party" hahaha...glug glug glug and the ship keeps a-sinkin'

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Shirley

    Does the Congress or the Senate really bother to talk to everyday people? Sure, give me a tax credit or an incentive to make a purchase on a big ticket item, but will I spend more in the economy. Most of us, if we get a monetary increase or break, will continue to be cautious and save. Jobs are what is necessary to stimulate the economy. If projects mean people are put back to work, then they will also feel good about spending monre. Tax cuts/tax incentives are TEMPORARY answers to kick-start the economy. Let's be different for once and vote the way the people want. Sure the generations behind us will be left with a huge deficit, but they will have also learned a great lesson to not live excessly beyond your means.

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Beth

    "Helping" Obama does not mean rolling over and cowering to his every request. Bipartisanship works both ways people. And if you would quit listening to the one-sidedness of CNN, you would know that the Republicans offered some great ideas, only to be brushed aside by the oh-so-bipartisan Democrats. The Republicans want to put money back in YOUR pocket, not spend it on more cars for govt. employees. What is so wrong with that?!?!?!?

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. cris

    To all who say “Who cares about what he think s or does?” Or “his opinion is irrelevant.” If you think his opinion is irrelevant why do you even bother reading this story and leaving a comment. McCain is still a senator weather you like it or not and is up the Arizona people to keep him in the senate, he is been there for a long time, he must be doing something good for them, don’t you think?

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. jimmyp

    Interesting how the TARP was stripped of its oversight and then rammed through the Senate to help Wall Street. Remember Paulson's "we can't wait another day" speech? It was not designed to create or save jobs, only to give away taxpayer money to the bums that wrecked themselves. But the new stimulus package, that is designed with job creation to get the economy moving forward by focusing attention on the people who participate in it, who create real and durable goods, who build and maintain our bridges, roads, and rails (actual tangable items that we all can use and must be safe) and includes tax cuts to appease the minority party get's stalled and must be "seriously negotiated". Who does this government work for? It doesn't seem like they work for me anymore.
    Please posters, take a moment to write your Senators and Representative. Tell them how you feel. Participate. Fight for the people who can't defend themselves against the playground bullies: big business and ineffective government. Then go to work in your own community to put your energy and ideas in action. Organize and motivate. We are the people of this great country, we are this great country. It's time our government was reminded of that!

    February 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. keri

    NEARLY 10% OF THIS COUNTRY IS WITHOUT A JOB. THAT IS = TO THE POPULATION OF OHIO.... OR NEW YORK CITY AND CHICAGO COMBINED!!!! How will tax cuts help that 10%?????????????? IT WON'T... but it will help the wealthy at the top... the ONLY people the republicans are trying to help anyway. how do people not realize this?!?!?!

    February 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. dave

    Apparently Old John forgets when the GOP was in charge they told dems to buzz off when it came to negotiations. It was their way or the highway. Pathetic.

    February 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. G. Love

    Just like we voted agains McShame. Get over it HATER – you lost the election. Why are we still hearing about him?

    February 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. xcusme

    I wonder, are they trying to give tax cuts to big businesses? He is voting no before he sees the package. Not surprised. Glad he is not President.

    February 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. DavidinCA

    John McCain is so correct here and he's only saying what everyone knows by now. This Bill as written is the " Stimulus Package to Nowhere." It needs to be trimmed, focused on actually repairing the economy and executed responsibly.

    February 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. ted

    At least the truth needs to be told. The democrats have held congress for 8 years and bear a lot of the responsibility for the current mess. It is like the fox watching the hen house.

    February 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Barb

    How many of you were expressing your outrage with the wasteful spending that went on with the Iraq war? Remember Hariburton who was literally handed our $ without competition? Remember the reports of not knowing where the money was going? If only we were a country of helping our people as much as we like to "save" other countries.

    February 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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