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. flexx

    UM MR McCain, U just need to shut up., U lost the election! ....... hello!! .....go to your porch & swing baby swing! your opinion is not needed anymore ok.....go home with Palin........

    February 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |

    So what, if he opposes the bill? By the way, did anyone notice JOE 'PLUMBER' in front row seat beside Retired Navy Chief Terry Shirey in the second presidential debate?. He was definetly planted by McSane to distract Pres. Obama but McSane was disappointed that Joe's diabolical question was never called by Tom Brokaw. That was why McSane stomped out of the debate arena immediately. Then Plumber afterwards went to waylay Pres Obama to stir up 'socialist' chant before the third debate. So long McSane, you better make yourself relevant to America solution. Remember that all your ideas were rejected by the American people.

    February 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Rick K

    ...and this is why we voted against Senator McCain.

    Great symmetry, huh...

    February 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Ozone

    Where is Joe Da Plumber?

    February 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Active Duty Soldier

    DIdn't the republicans lose? We watched the Repubs run the country without taking Dem ideas or interests into account for years. Now it is the Democrats turn. Things can't get worse than they already are anyway. The repubs had their chance and they blew it.

    February 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Bubba

    McClown needs to retire, and by still being alive and well on Inauguration Day, has cost me fifty bucks. Of course he'll do what Rush tells him! He has eight homes, he can afford a depression or two.

    February 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Scott in Texas...

    I voted Republican in Nov. I say Republican because I certainly wasn't thrilled with McCain. Anyway, I must agree that I'm not sold on the idea that tax cuts are going to turn the economy around however...

    If the Dems would get real and lay off with all the pork filled pet projects this would be a much more palatable bill. This bill should be about jobs and stimulus. Birth control and other social programs like that do not belong in this kind of bill. Infrastructure projects are fine as they serve a real need AND put people to work.

    To those saying Repubs are playing a game of sale old politics, look at the Dems. They are the ones loading up this bill with billions for their various pet projects. Cut the fluff, and I think you'll see your conservative Dems come home as well as get some Repub support to get this done.

    February 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Ex-Republican

    McCain: We are working on a stimulus package that involves tax cuts, ya know my friends, the ones that have been statistically proven not to work, yes..that's our solution, the one that doesn't work is our way. Let's go troops, let's kill some more babies and pursue policies that DO NOT WORK...as long as we don't make any progress, we can feel we did our jobs. WOO HOO, My friends!

    February 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Eric

    So much ignorance dripping from arguments from both sides...

    Poor liberals; the GOP won't simply rubber stamp the proposals coming from the President.... This is why despite my socially liberal positions on most issues, I feel its in fact the conservatives that demonstrates better judgement in matters like this.

    You don't rubber stamp proposals just because you agree with the end result. You have to scrutinize the means.

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

    That's funny. I voted against him.

    February 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Mike B

    I say people like Oprah, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Striesand, Barry Bonds, etc; should donate millions of dollars to all the disabled veterans in this country. After all, there is no way they will be able to spend the money they have during their lifetime and if it wasn't for the veterans, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to make what they do.

    February 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. "McCain"

    Wah, wah, wah!!! I want to be president!!!"

    February 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. MikQuick

    I thought we already told McCain we didn't want him running the economy or the country? Didn't we vote on that already? Do we really want him to "negotiate" for changes to Obama's stimulus plan? Do we really want another no strings attached check? Does it really matter if McCain votes "No"? What does Sarah think? – lol just kidding – sorry could't resist.

    February 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Shawn

    Who cares?

    McCain and the Republicans in Congress are irrelevant. The people threw them out of power for a reason.

    February 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Alex

    McVain should have resigned the senate the moment he lost that election. What an embarrasment he is! Bill Clinton thinks he takes too many positions on issues. Resign now so that Governor Brewer can appoint someone worth having the job

    February 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. nathan

    wow, it's surprising, so many ignorant people here!!!!!!!!! Does anybody know what the stimulus package is ?? does anybody read it before critizing the republician? Why people don't think about that there is no republician to vote for this stimulus??? It's a junk stimulus package! Democratic will give everybody condoms, so you can create jobs on the street! Right now, the package related to job creation is only about 12%, i still don't find any report says that the stimulus package containning more than 40% job creation. Ignorance

    February 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Ragina

    why are the republicans just now trying to put something together, have they be oblivious to the economic problems since October?

    February 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Jeffrey

    John has no credibility here. He and the Republicans lost the election and after 8 years of enormous wasteful pork spending, not including the trillion spent on the Iraq war, now they want to talk about fiscal management? I agree with John that more should be done to help homeowners, but more tax cuts for the wealthy? How truly stupid do they think Americans are?

    February 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Ms. GA

    McCain is jealous! Of course he wants to make PRESIDENT Obama look as bad a possible. All of the republicans are so worried about not being the majority to the point where they would rather Obama fail and this country go through 4 more years of this. They are selfish and instead of working with the President on drafting a better plan they are in the media talking about how bad the current plan is. REPUBLICANS need to stop complaining and being messy and help if they think their idea is better. We are in this position because of them.

    February 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. michael, AZ

    McCain is just a bitter man who is trying to keep himself relevant. He will likely vote against Obama over the next 4 years regardless of his agreement or disagreement on a bill. How about he comes up with some ideas instead of just being a "no" man.

    February 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. still 4 Obama

    Though i have some issues with some of the things on the "stimulus package", I really do not think that republicans all deciding to say not to it altogther sounds a little childish to me. McCain and his cronies should stop coming on television to say boldly say i disagree. they should get themselves together b4 any voting and make some decisions on this. While they are busy wasting time on this pissing contest, the economy is not getting any better.

    February 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Bipartisan?

    What does planned parenting have to do with rescueing the economy? How about resodding the national mall?

    Why were they part of the original Dem bill?

    Dems are gonna have to get rid of the pork before we can move forward. If you ask me the Dems are holding this up by trying to force their agenda.

    I support President Obama. He is for bipartisanship.

    I have serious misgivings about the Dem. controlled congress. They are not for bipartisanship and Obama needs to put the pressure on them.

    February 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. tigerakabj

    Tax cuts during a time of war and recession? That crap didn't work the last 8 years, and it won't work now.

    Mr. The-fundamental-of-the-economy-are-strong along with the rest of his party should sit down and be quiet. Just like under FDR, once again the Dems have to come in and rescue the country from economic collapse. Apparently, the rethugs didn't get the message on Nov 4. Maybe a couple more spankings in 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2020 will.

    February 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Rick in WA

    I am sick of hearing the line "Republicans got us into this mess". Pooer governance got us into this mess. No President has ultimate control. No Congress has utlimate control. Democrats were "obstructionists" for those 8 years, if you can recall that long ago. When Bush wanted to reign in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Democrats blocked him citing the "right of home ownership" for all, whether capable of making their mortgage payments or not. I know you dems hat the words "free market" but that would have been exactly what prevented this mess in the first place. It is no institution's self interest to make a loan that cannot be paid back–unless, of course, it is guaranteed by the government (me and you for those young idealistic budding socialists out there).

    February 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Patricia in Las Vegas

    What I want to know is when the Republicans are going to stop playing little immature power trip games and start looking for solutions for the American people? Which, gee, might actually mean working with the President and their perceived "enemy" the Democrats.

    February 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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