February 3rd, 2009
02:35 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain asks supporters to oppose stimulus bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/03/art.getty.mccain.head.jpg caption="The former Republican presidential nominee tapped into his campaign lists Tuesday, asking supporters to sign a petition in protest of the economic stimulus package."](CNN) –- Sen. John McCain enlists the help of online supporters through his political action committee, Country First. The former Republican presidential nominee tapped into his campaign lists Tuesday, asking supporters to sign a petition in protest of the economic stimulus package.

“I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy,” McCain says in the e-mail. “I hope you will join me in saying no to this stimulus package as it currently exists by signing this petition.”

The Arizona senator’s request follows a similar message sent by President Obama to his online followers Monday. The president called on supporters to host gatherings or house parties to help push for the stimulus package.

McCain and nine other Senate Republicans met in Sen. Mel Martinez’s office Tuesday to discuss an alternative to the Democratic plan. The former Republican presidential candidate said the group is trying to improve the stimulus package to enable job growth.

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soundoff (403 Responses)
  1. tony

    Go away bitter old man! You and your party were resoundindly kicked to the curb in November. Its time to move on for the good of our country.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. peter

    Obama has better stop kissing the gop but because they are making him look like a fool,obama dont need their support,but he continues to try in get it,its obvious the gop dont want obama to suceed so why is he sucking up to them,the gop will be absolete in 8 years in they know it. the gop will never win the prediency again or will never gain control of the house or senate,because they dont have the numbers,when 92% of the people who vote for you is white that means your chances of winning anything is slim in none,the minority vote will be 30% next election in the gop dont stand a chance of winning,the democrats could run Michael Moore in still win in a landslide.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    sounds like sore loser to me......................Oh well now the repubs know how the dems and the rest of the world felt for the past 8 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Stortz

    I added up the GOPs list of things they are griping about… $107,653,000. Of that list, I saw items I thought looked to be good for job stimulus and getting a head start on the energy crisis… $8,398,000. This leaves $52,450,000 that needs to be sent to the shredder.

    It’s foolish to think this bill does NOT need to be reworked!
    Let’s see if Senators are capable of bringing SOLUTIONS to the table rather than just spewing rhetoric about how bad the bill is.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. shervin

    Republicans are scared that all these spending will set a trend for a democratic agenda that sets the tone for higher taxes in the future and many social programs that Americans will like and want to keep.

    Therefore all they want passed as stimulus package is "Tax Cuts".

    sorry McSame, but tax cuts dont solve our problems. We must spend to create jobs. Its common sense. Tax cuts will only put money in peoples pockets and will not get spent. We must force job creation by spending on programs that will help America in the long run.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. BudInTexas

    You LOST!!!!!!!!!! Why do you continue to act like the loser that you really are. Time to resign Johnny boy.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Linda from Prescott AZ

    McCain you are the worst example in the Senate.
    You do not keep your word and you need to retire.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. natditch

    So much sour grapes from McCain. Figures....

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Martin

    The proposed economic stimulus plan passed by the House of Representatives does not and will not stimulate our economy. The plan proposed by a working group in the Senate is a plan that makes income immediately available to workers that otherwise goes to social security, medicare and income taxes. It provides help with home loans and incentives for home purchases in the way of tax credits. It also provides help to states to help individuals in need and funding infrastructure needs. It also puts limits on the number of years the bailout would be in effect which can always be extended if needed.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Jim

    Isn't it strange that the party that more than doubled the national debt in eight years, criminalized the financial system of the world and lied constantly about how good every thing was, is now concerned about the future. Too bad they didn't care about the future of others besides their hyper wealthy masters obscene grab for more power and wealth.
    How sad that their plan for American blood for Iraq's oil fields didn't pan out. Very poor ROI but typical of their business management skills.

    The Republicans should spend the next 8 years apologizing for their failures rather than acting as a blockade for progress in solving their criminal behavior.

    Apparently the neo National Socialist's are going to start a new series of lies and deceit.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Tracy G from PA

    It is funny how the McCain & the Republicans backed BUSH on a unecessary war and they won't back or give any ideas to help the American people. They need to get the priorities straight.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. ryan

    McCain is still trying to make a name for himself by opposing vehemently and publicly anything that Obama tries to do.

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Keyunna

    The stimulus package should be approved because it oulines the changes necessary to turn this economy around. The billions that were given to the banks were used improperly and I don't remember too much opposition on approving the bailout. While the CEOs and a host of the wealthy are living in the lap of luxury, this economy continues to go down. McCain is a old fool who needs to retire and get out of the game.

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. legal in nc

    The majority of Americans do not support the stimulus package in its current form full of paybacks (pork).

    Thankfully we have some politicians both Dem and Repub who understand this and are voicing our concerns.

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Dorothy M. Oliver, Greensboro, NC

    How many jobs can be directly attributed to Bush's big tax credits, still in existence, to the wealthy? No, we don't need any more debt. The Republicans and the Bush administration have gifted us with a gigantic debt.. Now theyt want the little tax payers to reward them.
    The Democratic reconstruction plan should provide jobs to build or repair rapid transit, water systems, highways and bridges, and schools. Mortgage clean up should be a different bill. The tax credits from Bush have probably enriched other countries, not ours. Their major benefits from the Republican substitute plan is directed toward tax credit for the corporation and wealthy. Oddly, they do not see this as welfare. Again, how many jobs did the last tax credit produce?

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. ray

    macain said he won't be a rubber stamp for obama,hahah what a moron this man is.

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. obama-mama

    I can't believe wooden teeth McCain is doing this. He should be ashamed of himself. What a sore loser

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    Your wrong on this on John....the 'things' that should be removed are what is obvious for the 'NWO' agenda....it's a big list but very visible.
    I certainly support money for the Youth to Work....and the Coal Non Emissions....enviromental, and quaility of life funding. Nope, you guys are going to have to be big men and make real decisoins and not just dump the bill....work ...digest it...

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Melissa from New Orleans

    McCain, shut your trap. Its you people that did this to us. We are done listening to you. You are not in power anymore, learn to deal with it.

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Rachel

    The way Obama is going, pretty soon the only supporters he will have is the Tax Cheaters of America club members.

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. SOS (Same old Stuff)

    As always, McCain and the Repubican Party has me confused. How could Republicans approve plans by Bush, which led us to our current financial fiasco, and bulk at a plan submitted by our current president. Remember, Mr. McCain, you voted 90% with Bush. You also said you don't know much about economics. Considering your record and understanding of world economy, perhaps the president's plan is not bad, However, Please dont' be negative for negative's sake. People in this country are hurting and it's time that the "leaders" of this country grow up and act responsibly. If the plan is bad, offer solutions to make it better. Do what is good and throw out the chaff. Act American!

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    The Republicans are dying with no new ideas. They have nothing to offer but obstruction. They are the ones that put us in this crisis, but they block every way out.
    "...your old road is rapidly aging/ Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand/ for the times they are a-changin'..." – R. Zimmerman

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. We Are The "One"

    Opposing the bill just for the sake of opposing a bill to make a political statement lacks foresigth and leadership....that's why this pathetic old dimwit lost, BIG TIME to a rookie senator!

    ...and he still doesn't get. the american people are losing jobs and they need action NOW...but john mcsame just wants to nurse his hurt feelings and hug his barbie wife!

    the republiklans deuce bags dont care about the american people...they want to score a political point and scam everyone in giving out more tax breaks to oil companies and big wall street corporations! – Taxes dont create jobs; they just line the pockets of the SUPER RICH!!!!!

    at the end, the american people will be the BIGGEST LOSERS!!!!!

    no wonder he doesn't understand economics!

    what a pathetic little old fool!!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. brenda

    Why don't the republicans come up with a much better solution if they feel that Obama's plan will not work. Stop playing games with the taxpayers and act like you republicans care about the american people. The republicans failed the last eight years, so now is the time to step up to the plate and make a difference. Obama has already said he is open for solutions. What else is there to do we need to try something, so why not give obama's plan a try. My utility bill was $325.00 this month and my salary is $1000.00 before taxes. Now tell me what can I do when I haven't brought food for my kids and my children dead beat dad is a drunk. think about this...

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Does anyone really care what John McCain has to say? NO

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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