February 2nd, 2009
09:41 AM ET
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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. John

    The real problem in the United States of America is nearly all employees in every occupation are NOT being paid enough by greedy C.E.O.'s. Not only large corporations but the smaller "Mom & Pop" businesses are guilty of this too. It literally has reached the point in this country where employees of C.E.O. "A" cannot afford the products of C.E.O. "B" and vice versa. Meanwhile C.E.O.'s are enjoying extremely lavish lifestyles at the expense their employees low salaries (NO, a 2 or 4 percent cost of living raise doesn't work)!! Screw all the stimulus package garbage. A PROSPERITY LAW is ultimately needed, requiring business owners at all levels to pay a fair percent of profits to ALL of their employees. Until this happens America will continue to go down!

    February 2, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. sg

    It's great to see the McCain haters back. You guys want to rail about Repub policies but ask yourself this – What did the Democrats do to head off this finacial crisis in 2006 when they took power? And now we are expecting them to fix the very problem they ignored in 2006. We would have been better off if the Senate Repubs stuck to their guns and voted no on TARP. They caved-in and look what we got for that mess! I say you repubs beter not vote for the pitiful junk that Obama is trying to cram down our throats unless there are some serious changes to this plan.

    February 2, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Ozone

    Did McCain skip his medication. He doesn't seem to be coherent.

    February 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. sarah


    $600million for govt automobiles

    Who would manufacture these automobiles?

    •$7.7 billion for various upgrades and work done on federal buildings

    how do these upgrades/work get done, magic wand?

    February 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. JR (Chesapeake, VA)

    I happen to be a liberal leaning independent who believes that Senator McCain makes a valid point. President Obama has been on the record saying that the plan he has drafted is an outline, that he would want bipartisanship to draft the bill. I'm glad the Republicans are drafting their own measure as well and hopefully both parties can come up with a compromise. Not one single party or entity has all the right answers. As the stimulus bill stands, I feel there will be a ton of positives, but if it can be approved on by all means. As Jack on 30 Rock would say "I take something that is good, and make it better".

    February 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. grahame


    February 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. beartrack

    First of all there is some real junk in this "stimulus" bill. The Dems have once again proved how dumb they are and put in all their favorite projects. Those things need to go. Now as far as the criminal Reps go. Tax cuts for the rich means less income for the government to operate on. That idea has been shown to be a failed policy already. In fact pretty much all their ideas have failed. Haven't you noticed John ?

    February 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    The GOP keeps complaining about the "wasteful spending" in the stimulus package. You hear about money being wasted on federal building projects, birth comtrol, ATV trails, AMTRAK, etc.

    But what the GOP doesn't tell you is the TOTAL AMOUNT of wasteful spending in the package.

    It's about 13 billion dollars.

    That's 13 billion out of the 819 billion being requested. Not even 2 percent of it is "wasteful spending."

    They are crying over NOTHING!

    February 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. jojo

    democrats won on a basis of change...

    republicans lost because they got us into this mess to begin with...

    its time for the democrats to step up and make some CHANGES... (ie. get rid of meaningless worthless tax cuts that only benefit the rich)

    8% of this country is jobless how will tax cuts help them.... people will only save the tax cuts. it doesnt stimulate the economy.... thats what the economists say. why would they be lying???

    mccain claims to know nothing about the economy... at least he was right about that

    February 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Tom

    I have voted Republican more often than not. However this past election, I voted for the best person to lead this country and he won. His major promise was "change" and so far the stimulus package does not meet that promise. The Dems in the house added a tremendous amount of PORK that have nothing to do with the target of the stimulus. President's own party is undermining the very backbone of of his platform and hindering what our country needs at this desperate hour.

    February 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Don

    I'm sorry, John McCain. Are you under the impression that you won the presidency or something?

    February 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Ruth in Arizona

    something is very wrong with our government.
    1. all of the senators and reps. are criminals.
    2. the governent thinks there is no problems.
    who are these people when they pat the backs of their co-workers and their friends who run the Unite States we need to just go alone with the experts. I am sure I don't want to be a follower of Neanderthals.
    The President seems to be the only person willing to step up to the
    plate and put the the people first.
    They need to put the country and its people first. What a concept.

    February 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. ray

    once a puppet always a puppet, that's macain. this guy, as my mother will say, i love him but he is an idiot.

    February 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Robin

    Mr. G,

    Being a Kool Aid drinker has nothing to do with race. It means that a group does not think for themselves and follows the leader almost like sheep.

    By the way, did you answer my question. What part of this bill do you support?

    February 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Crazy Cat Lady

    Earth to McCain, Earth to the GOP: You lost. You had your eight years in control and you screwed it up royally. Now get out of the way while the adults try to clean up your mess.

    February 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. james

    I am guessing most of you Dems spouting off here have not even taken the time to read Obama’s plan for yourselves and have no idea what is really included it. You are a party of sheeple indeed. Master Obama mentions Limbaugh one time and you sheeple repeat it constantly on these posts. Actually take the time and read about the bill before you comment!

    February 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. JR

    "We haven't done that yet. We can do it, though.", McCain says.

    When have the republicans ever negotiated, when have they ever been bipartisan, are they even capable of anything other than "my way or the highway"?

    February 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Jen

    Obama shouldnt be so kind to McCain the Same!! Bush's same policies and ignorance!!

    February 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. jimmyp

    The $7.7 billion for work and upgrades to federal buildings is work that has to be done by someone, I would expect the American citizens would be taking that home and then putting it back into the American economy.
    The $5.2 billion for neighborhood stabilization has nothing to do with ACORN. It's about building ballparks, playgrounds, and activity centers for the people to use and enjoy.
    The $2.4 billion for carbon capture is what is also known as 'clean coal technology' and was a part of the GOP platform.
    Turn off Rush and read something please.

    February 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Sharon Kitchen

    Let's see 15,000 per home....x 9 homes for mccain,yep he'd like that I'm sure......the little guy.....well..we just want to be remembered.
    Tough talk..? mcsame? ya.....sure.
    Did he have fun with say it ain't so ...sarah?
    you betcha.
    Rep sure talk a good talk.......when does the walking begin?
    so far the Dems are still by themselves.....trying to help everyone.

    February 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Frank

    By all means listen to the man that along with Bush and a boatload of other GOP crooks(remember Keating 7), helped run this country into the ground. I just wonder what it takes to show a conservative just how wrong and a complete failure the Freidman Economic model has been. GOP= childish obstructionist failures.

    February 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. John

    Come on guys, I am a democrat, but this bill does need to have some of this pork taken out, Mccain is right on this one it really needs to be discussed, something's taken out some put in, we as americans should really think before we criticize, it is not dem, or rep, it is a economic crisis, when we loose our jobs our pink slip don't say dem or rep, think about that, does it really mater who has the better package, that voter that just lost his job just want something to believe in, how many of you that are criticizing have lost a job? then we are very fortunate for now, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, who cares just gives us something to believe in, does anyone else feel the same?

    February 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. dan

    it bewilders me that so many of you still side with the republicans.

    why are we in this mess???

    its because of 8 years of failed policies from the bush administration.

    its time for CHANGE... we voted for that by the way. this country does not want or need more of the same foolish policies

    economists say tax cuts dont stimulate the economy.


    republicans are WRONG AGAIN

    February 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Don in Albuquerque

    Why am I not surprised. I bet Mr. McSame and the other Repugs will be surprised when they get voted right out of office. What is it now, five states that are Repuglican and fading fast.

    February 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Todd

    You lost, McCain. Get over it.

    February 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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