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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soundoff (594 Responses)
  1. MAD

    You guys lost. Give it up. You messed up the economy with your ideas already.

    February 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Neil

    bad? He got beat by 3% of the popular vote.

    February 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. To Teresa:

    Republicans are not off to a good start, hang themselves or hang in there? That is what we should watch.

    February 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. McCain is being true to his word

    Senator McCain said he would never support earmarks and pork, and he is being true to his word. I hope he can convince other senators to strip the bill of all earmarks and non productive spending

    February 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Bill

    This isn't bad news. In fact, President Obama invited House Republicans to review and amend the bill. They did nothing. Now it's up to the Senate. Maybe Senate Republicans will step up to the plate and offer some ideas instead of just complaints.

    February 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Chris, Albany, NY

    Ok Mr. "The fundamentals of the economy as still strong", you know about as much about the economy and how to stimulate it as I do about astrophysics!!!

    February 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. KJ

    Can Mr. McCain just go home to Arizona and retire? You lost the election promoting those tired old (non)ideas, remember??

    February 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Roger

    McCain and other Republicans I have heard comment take shots at the tiny $50 Million allocated for the National Endowment for the Arts as if Artists don't have to eat and pay bills. Ask the Mayors, restaurants and businesses of any major city. With very little if any support from government the performing arts and museums are a huge and often the biggest draw for tourism and people wanting to relocate to a city. They bring in Billions of Dollars every year in consumer spending.

    The only solution Republicans seem to have is tax cuts. Been there done that. Now what? People have to have a job for a tax cut to do them any good!

    February 2, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. John

    I am personally overjoyed that McCain is working against the stimulus bill. There should be somewhat of a bail-out, but there should be strict restraints put on the money. This stimulus package should be used to create more jobs in fields such as cleaner energy.

    February 2, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. dan in Tucson

    McCain is very simply rejecting the plan because it takes away the Obama promised removal of the tax cuts for the rich put in place by the previous Bush administration. The GOP plan is to give MORE tax cuts to the rich. Come on guys, thats why you got the boot. Give it up.

    February 2, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Robin

    Don't vote for it. The plan is a spending bill, plain and simple.

    We need to create jobs...NOW. We need to re-negotiate mortgages...NOW.

    February 2, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |


    February 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. American45

    Has anyone read the plan? It actually has money for improving terrain for people to ride four-wheelers! That is just one of the idiot things in it. I hope the Republicans hold off until something sensible is planned! This is an insult.

    February 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Dave

    "The fundamentals of the economy are strong."

    February 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. nick

    I am a Democrat and am offended by the absurd pork that has been slipped into a bill that is supposed to stimulate the economy. The President has to get control of this bill and urge the Democratic senators to incorporate the measures that John McCain and other republicans are recommending. Payroll tax cuts, reduction in the Business tax, and other sane recommendations will actually stimuilate the economy. Who cares if a good idea comes from someone in the opposing party.Prevention of sexually transmissible diseases is important but get real... that will not stimulate the economy. I'm tired of the people that we send to Washington not responding to the problem. It is the economy stupid. Fix it. that's what we are paying you to do!!!

    February 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Ire Verent

    Oh please. The Republicans flushed a trillion dollars to bring civil war and impose democracy on tribal Iraq, giving Bush a blank check. Now they want to talk about fiscal responsibility in the middle of the great recession created by their deficit "war" spending and lack of oversight of wall street and the mortgage industry. They are so wedded to their divisive party platform they have forgotten that the country should be more important then the party. Isn't this how the communist party operated, toe the line, vote with us, or else.

    February 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Matt

    Gee, now this is a suprise. I surely wonder if he and the rest of the GOP are going to vote against everything Obama and the Dems try to do for the next 2 years then turn around and say Obama and the Dems got nothing done during the 2010 election cycle. That would be absolutely brilliant, especially since playing that game with the Dem majority in Congress after 2006 worked ever so well on November 4, 2008. I wonder if they realize they've been given the rope and are blithely fashioning their own noose.

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Obama Voter

    Thank you senator McCain! Please rein in Nancy and Harry. Knock off all the sociopolitical programs and get back to the basics.

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. kc

    I voted for Obama and I've always been a huge supporter of his, but I have to agree with McCain and some of the other GOPers here. (I never thought I'd hear myself say that being a Dem!) But the more I hear about this package, the more I hear about pork, pork, pork. Now is not the time for pet projects. It's time for job stimulus and tax cuts...not just for homeowners and those with families, but also for singles like myself who need some relief.
    I agree with one of the Senators last week (can't remember which one right now) who said they could take all that $$$ for pork in this bill and give all Americans a tax holiday through August. THAT is something I could get behind.
    Come on Mr. President...time to whip the Dems into shape here!

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. ladynite54

    I know this isn't going to get posted, that's why I never post here but here I go.

    Why do people want to make this out to be Democrats against Republicans it is not about that, it's what's in it for the American public.
    The Republicans are trying to make sure this money gets into the hands of Americans and not some pet pork project for Democrats or Republicans.

    We have to be vigilant and make sure We the People, get the HELP that We the People need. Spending Millions on Condoms, the sod on the Mall or other frivolous things will not stimulate the economy.

    This is about jump starting the economy with money going into the hands of We the People not pay back for the last election. There is a reason that almost all of the Senators are rich, it's from helping themselves to our money, living high off the hog, while the rest of us, suffer.

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Maximus S.

    McCain is quite liberal himself, Theresa.

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. tag...

    ok gop.....do your job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    defeat the liberal dem. stimulus bill

    we need no big gov. spending!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Gretel

    To Teresa, who said "Gosh I wish McCain had won"

    You must have either been in a coma the last eight years, or you must have been one of the few who benefitted from the policies which got us into this mess in the first place. There is a reason McCain DID NOT WIN. Why did he not win? Because he shouldn't have, and America is smart enough to recognize that.

    February 2, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Vic of New York

    If John McCain wants to work for "payroll cuts" – let him start with Republican executives and Wall Street financiers who have paid themselves millions in bonuses at a time when their companies are failing.

    The last time "Bushes Boys" talked about "Payroll cuts", they wanted to Detriot autoworkers who are already hurting.

    My advise Mr. McCain? You want to cut? Start with your own kind... Let's maybe start with some of those 10 or 15 houses you and Cindy own.

    February 2, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Karen

    Good for McCain....we need more in Congress that aren't willing to just rubber stamp things. The bailout is economic disaster. Period.

    February 2, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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