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. jake747

    Who do the republicans think they are? More demands for the same policies they pushed the last 8 years. Their economic philosophy failed, people voted for change for a reason. If Rush thinks the plan should split in philosophy 54-46%, what about going back to 2000, why didn't Bush use a 49-49 approach? FYI, Republicans are also pushing for tax cuts on profits made overseas. More incentive to outsource. What a great idea...

    February 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Pat in IL

    McCain's economic platform helped him lose the election....now he wants headlines again, but will delay the help this nation needs to move forward economically.....probably just for headlines. This is not the way a real leader or public servant acts.

    February 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. legare

    And we should care because?

    February 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. lester

    Im so glad john McCain lost the election. He cares nothing for this country, only big business.

    Why is it he can blindly support Bush and give unlimited funding to rebuild Iraq, but when it comes to fixing the USA he votes against it??


    February 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Susan, Albany, NY

    Yeah, Limbaugh instructed McCain to do so.

    February 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Denise P Quinton

    Go get them McCain, the Democrats have their priorities in the wrong direction and although I have been a lifelong Democrat, I voted for you. I am not on the Obama/Pelosi band wagon and wish they would consider some sort of help for people at age 60 looking forward to retirement and self employed but paying medical premiums over 4,000........yet we issue a surplus helping illegal immigrants, right on OBAMA!

    February 2, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Ted

    Ha very very funny. its like the last 8 yrs. didnt happen. when they shut the dems out. so so so funny. they count on Americans to be totaly Dumb. its down right frustrating

    February 2, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Bobby

    There are millions and millions of dollars in the "EMERGENCY STIMULUS" bill to create new ATV trails and to fund contraception education. GIve me a break! These are NOT emergencies and will NOT stimulate the economy. The Dems need to stop the nonsense and stop with their "agenda" and stop the blood-letting of job loss and foreclosures and ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. They are acting like children!

    February 2, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Steve from Florida

    It certaininly seems like the Republicans are trying to do more now than when they were in power in the Congress. Where were they over the Bush years...just saying yes sir!

    February 2, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Farnk, Las Vegas

    I truly hope that all the Republican House and any Republican Senators put their money where their mouth is and vow not to accept any stimulus money for the districts and states which the represent.

    What do you think the chances are of that happening? Not a chance I suspect, proving it's just the same old Republican political tactics at play. Juts the GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party) at work.

    February 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Sanity has Returned

    Teresa, oh dear, what entitlement programs are you referring to? The banker stimulus package which McCain susupended his campaign for to run back to DC and complain about it then he votes for it? Ahahahah... Privatize the profits, socialize the bailout entitlement program?

    February 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. tee

    The republican thought process is just like your campaign. lack of logical thinking, lack of ideas, lack of concern for the less fortunate,lack of knowledge,lack of understanding. If trickle down economics did not work in the past, what makes you think its going to work now.

    February 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. inuk of the north

    Dems continue to loot the treasury like pirates on a Spanish gold ship.

    They are sucking money out of the next century and people that haven't yet been born will be paying the price for this stimulus stupidity.

    February 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Brandon

    John McCain was beat on the economic platform because we as Republican believe that welfare hurts this country, and the Obama administration is all for welfare. If you look at our country you will understand why Obama won on economics. Because people don’t want to get out and work for there money they believe the government is supposed to give them free hand outs, and the people that do want to work don’t have any jobs because they paid all of their money to the lazy people that want to set at home, do nothing, and get something in return! That’s the only thing these people have done in years! Actually got off the couch and came and voted for someone that will let them keep their free milk cartons and welfare checks!

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Dameun

    The home buyer plan is what got us in this mess. Remember? That was Bush's and the Republican's plan before. It didn't work. McCain is out of touch. Move on.

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Another Day

    Amazing he had nothing in mind when he was running...now he and fellow Republicans are "working" on something........yea I know you wish you would have won but reality check...YOU DIDN'T GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. danmo

    As long as it's helping everyone out, I don't care what side of aisle it comes from. Work together and make this the best bill it can be! Bipartisanship :] Go Everybody!

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. shan


    you're right! only the rich and corporations should be entitled! Viva La Monoplies!!

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. James

    McCain, Please go away. You had your chances.

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. moderate

    Rather than be an obstructionist, because you lost the election badly, i think you should extend hand and try to bridge the differences. The president has extended his hand to work together. Do not bite it.

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Jessica, Northern VA

    I do agree that the Rupublicans were not heard in the house. Two senators sat down this weekend to clean up the current bill and there needs to be a debate. I do believe that more tax cuts will be added; however, let us also remember that John McCain did not win. Let us also remember that the economy is not on of Senator McCain's strong suits.

    I also want to remind others that the rupublicans sat down with the last president...and look how well that went.

    BTW Teresa, please define eintitlement program for me so that I can understand your meaning.

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Veteran in Kansas

    Lets see, we are in the economic shape we are in because who has been shoveling their economic policies for the past eight years. Which parties policies acheived the last balance budget with a surplus. Who thought government oversight and regulation of the securities and banking industry was government interferance.

    Seems we have been getting Republican economic policies crammed down our throat for the past 8 years and where have their insight brought us, so we are to listen to them today. If they have a idea hear them out, but right now all I am seeing from my Republican Party is partisan politics. As to entitlement programs being shoved down anybodies throat, lets look at cash simulus that bring about blue collar jobs, that generate spending that generate tax revenues that generate growth. There has not been a tax cut in 20 years that has stimulated this ecomony, there's been tax cuts that have padded already bulging pockets and that's about all Republican economic policies has acheived so far.

    February 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Dawn

    is this from a man who condemned Obama's economic recovery and yet saying if I keep talking about the economy we are going to loose and the fundamentals of the ecomony is good.

    We need jobs, and infrastructure, blue and white jobs. That helps people. Yes we need to help people in their homes, but still wanting to give big tax breaks for the Greety CEO who has no concideration for the workers.

    ToTeresa, it was the Republicans that placed this disasters on us. After 911, the Republicans went crazy and that included that stupid Patriot Act. Giving the our Government more powerful, took away our rights, spying on us, hearine conversations between our soldiers and their loved ones. You think that John McCain would help the lonely women who gets nothing in their paycheck. Don't start me on that, I could give you so many senerios on this. I was one, and lets not get me on the Beauty Queen Sarah Palin, who wanted to lobby money for her state.

    February 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Peter of Oregon

    He's just upset that the Cardinals lost the Super Bowl yesterday.

    February 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. lucy

    why are we giving huge advantages to mortgage holders who made bad decisions while the rest of us bought houses we can afford and paid the interest rates demanded by the market? why are we giving more tax breaks for people who make money, and squabbling over food stamps and unemployment compensation for people who can't find work? why are we spending huge amounts bailing out incompetent financial executives? and why don't the republicans understand that they LOST because most Americans don't agree with them? we need infrastructure, food stamps, and maybe a tax on gasoline to pay for all of this. why don't they get it?

    February 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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