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. carol

    Now there is a surprise, but of course if I remeber rightly McCain said the fundamentals of the economy were strong....so why do we even need this package...let McCain take care of it!!!

    February 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. ray

    mmmmmmm i really wonder what the fat pig racists rush limbaugh is saying now about having a black republican chairman? hahaha rush you will have to take more pain killers to deal with this one. hahahahah

    February 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. goofus

    12-21-2012 is going to be a global game changer so let's party now!

    February 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Jean, Indiana

    McCain is an old mean robot who is looking for something to vote against. I, frankly, am sick and tired of looking and listening to him. I just wish all those old coons would retire, so that we baby-boomer can fix this mess that they created.

    February 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. jared

    president mccain.... oh wait he lost didn't he?!?!?!

    republicans got us into this mess with 8 pathetic years of tax cuts for the rich...

    its time to actually FIX the problem... tax cuts get us nowhere. its time to actually CREATE NEW JOBS. so the 8% without jobs can actually get to work

    February 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. JC

    Let the Dems crash the country. They'll blame it on Bush and we'll let them because we have no back bone. Most of the liberal bloggers on this post only know the kool-aid "facts" fed them by the PRO-Obama media. Ever see the conservatives treat people with the disrespect we see out of the democrats? I think not. only the lies told by MSNBC.

    This new administration is full of tax cheats, crooks and special interests (Sec of Tres, Health, Atny Gen, Sec of State). The only thing transparent is the fact they put it in our face and tell us in a country of 300 MILLION these are the only fools who are capable of doing the job. The joke is on us.

    CNN will not post this due to being in the PRO-Obama category.

    February 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. jt

    This guy lost the election when he picked Palin, now he's against the bill, well...what's his plan in the first place, Does he have any plan or solution, at least Obama is trying and to do something, thanks God McCain lost, please disappear, go to Alaska or wherever.

    February 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    If McCain had any integrity, he'd promise that republicans will pay for the war before their tax cuts.

    February 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Will someone remind him that all the tax cuts in the world are useless if you don't have a job?

    February 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Kevin

    Hey Mr. McCain. I don't have a job. A tax cut isn't going to do me any good you idiot...

    February 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Dallas, tx

    But the republicans first need to come with a better and more original idea than just 'tax cuts'. Honestly, wasn't that the republicans basic strategy when they destroyed the economy in the first place? Wait, isn't that the basic (and perhaps sole) republican strategy in good and bad financial times? Is there any proof that simple tax cuts will restore the economy in spite of recent history? And why would things like housing credits help when people are losing jobs? There are for sale signs everywhere in Dallas these days – from rich neighborhoods to poor neighborhoods. The stimulus money should go to things that CREATE JOBS. And although I wouldn't want a bill that consisted of unregulated pork, shouldn't the democrats have a strong mandate after the last election. I think it is the republicans who should be expressing a desire to negotiate given that the last two elections should have provided a clear indication to them that they are out of step with public opinion.

    February 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Dee Garland, Tx

    Hey Robin, what's wrong with drinking "Koolaid"? You can insult people, however, how many times did you write to your congressman during all of the gross over spending during the Bush reign of irresponsibility?

    February 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Ghost

    Still not getting it. All those infrastructure projects lead to jobs. Who do you think is gonna do the road work? Rebuilding schools? Updating the tech in shcools? Do any of you know what community re-investment is? You guessed it, more re-building.

    Basically, alot of work can be had from this plan. The only 'pork' I've seen is the sex ed thingy.

    BTW, screaming tax cuts is not a solution. If ANYONE has a better idea, I'd love to hear it.

    February 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Natasha/Ohio Democrat

    REPUBLICAN have no say in the matter they put us in for 8 years. Where were your great ideas then?

    February 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. eddie

    The democrats put too much extras in this bail-out. Good for McCain for voting NO.....Obama is not keeping his promises, and the extas in this bill proves this. Democrats are trying to buy votes and this not going to work as in the past. And all the secretaries he is putting in have black marks in there personal lives and jobs as in questionable, so who are the beholden to???

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. max

    I'm so tired of mcstain ... he lost for many reason now he thinks he's got ANY pull ??? retire and go out to pasture you old puke

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Hey Mac! You said it yourself. The ECONOMY is NOT your strong point!

    Now please SHADDAP!

    Your cred is ZIPPO.

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Kathy in Michigan

    Well, McCain lost the election and although he had 46% of the vote, many, many republicans voted for the Obama agenda.

    The Republicans seem to have forgotten that voters voted on issues this time not fear of being blown up. The issue of not having one home an one job (instead of 4 part-time ones) were important to them.

    Those who vote against the Stimulus, whatever it is, are going to pay for it in 2010. Period.

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. kristi- WA

    No surprise. If the money was going to more banks he would be running to Washington to save the day and talk every Republican into voting for it. This is a man who chose Palin to help him run the country. I just don't trust him.

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. KC

    So to all of you on here who are saying, "make the GOP take it", "what party won the election", etc., let me remind you that the rest of us who didn't vote for Obama also pay our taxes. I would guess that we McCain supporters probably pay the majority of the taxes paid in the U.S.; therefore, you better bet we have a say. If we end up on welfare then the rest of you are in big trouble. So, yes, lets see a stimilus package that is directed 100% at stimulating the economy. No pork, no earmarks, no excess spending. Let's help the homeowners, the infrastructure to a larger degree, the small to medium size businesses who employ a vast amount of the population and some tax relief for working families. You know why you people don't like the take relief incentive? It's because you are already getting so much from the government. Well I actually constribute to this nation so I want my voice heard. Also, I would like to remind the addle-minded on this site that Clinton repealed the regulations that protected the housing market. Clinton also did away with the regulation of the energy speculation market (at the request of Enron).....so quit saying that the GOP got us here. No one on that Hill is worth their weight.

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Michael M. Noonan

    I can understand why Dems. are so prickly. They know this type of bill ( about 1/3 of it can actually be called stimulus. It didn't work for Roosevelt, whose policies delayed American's recovery for eight years, but tax cuts did work for John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. It wasn't Bush who mandated banks foresake their lending practices. It was Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and, oh yes, for mer community activiist and arriviste B. Obama.

    February 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Jim Hall

    The old man needs to go back to Arizonia and stick his head under a rock along with his wife Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    February 2, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Scott Hughes in Atlanta

    Look. Truth be told, repugs can either get on board or get out of the way. Obama is trying to consult with the to gain bipartisanship, but whether it's arrogance or ignorance, rethugs are actually talking like he needs their help.

    After a while, he needs to just stop trying to be courteous, and start ramming it down the repugs throats like they did when they had full reign.

    February 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Georgia Gal

    McCain says that the Democrats have to be willing to "seriously negotiate", but can I just ask why?? Don't get me wrong, I agree, but I think they both do, but why does he seem to think that only the Democrats do and the Republicans don't?? For the last 8 years they had a Republican in the White House and Republicans leading the congress for most of that time that were completely unwilling to compromise.

    February 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. tollie

    after reading many of these quotes it becomes apparent how uninformed much of the public is. Now i see why bush won the election twice. the american people are basically clueless

    the republicans got us into this mess in the first place with 8 years of failed policies. do we really want to continue with them??? even after the american people voted for change??!?!?!?!

    get over it GOP you lost.

    February 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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