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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  1. DNC must be changed

    To : John McCain or GOP haters,
    I am surprised with your puerile judgment that American most biggest deal, the stimulus bill, 819 Billions Dollars are being still embroiled in your emotional and useless dregs from campaign of John McCain in 2008. PLEASE WAKE UP!!!!! and READ why McCain/GOP are against the bill. Obama's stimulus that never can increase 3.5 millions jobs and revenue will guarantee America go to bankruptcy within two years if DNC pass the bill as follows : AMERICAN NEEDS A SHORT TERMS

    $360 million for helping of ABORTION to some Africa countries.
    $150 million for 3 hour inauguration.
    $20 million for aid of GAZA, HAMAS group
    $335 million for education related to sexually transmitted diseases
    $1,000 million for aid of ACORN that is under FBI investigate w/VOTE-FRAUD.
    $650 million for coupons to help people make the switch to digital TV
    $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
    $150 million for the Smithsonian Institution
    $50 million for the National Cemetery Administration's monument and memorial repairs
    $800 million for Amtrak, the country's railroad system
    $400 million for global warming research
    $100 million for reducing the danger of lead paint in homes
    $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects
    $50 million for NASA facilities that may have been harmed by natural disaster
    $200 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor earthquakes and volcanoes

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Shirley Eggleston

    I plead for the Republications to oppose this so called
    stimulous bill. We the people cannot afford another
    bloated package. Our grand children and great grandchildren
    will be saddled with this ridiculous bill that we can't afford.
    The country is broke – act like it. We don't need another spending
    bill now.

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    To McCain from the American people:

    We didn't vote for you because your ideas didn't work the first time.

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Steve in Seattle

    You lost John, mostly because you don't know anything about the economy. The Republican proposals are the same old Bush strategies that didn't work and won't work. Now put country first and rally behind the president to get this economy on track and put an end to the bi-partisan bickering before you lose what little good will you received after your gracious consession speech.

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Tiredofitall

    Isn't this the most incredible response yet from the Republicans? They don't have a plan, have never had a plan, can't seem to come up with a plan, yet ... they can't support Obama's plan or figure out a way to fix it? Keep at it – you will all be out of jobs soon. We all remember the first $350B went to nowhere, did nothing and can't be accounted for. Good job John McCain!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. jerry

    For over six years McCain voted yes for all of George Bush's budgets while knowing they were continuing to drive our country in debt and now he has the unmitigated gall to cirticize this bill. Everyone knows it is loaded with pork that both parties should have the courage to strike. However, since they are still providing pork for votes the concern about the direction of our country's economy is not there. Every elected official in Congress should do the right thing and resign and let us start over with everything new.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Robin

    Ahem! Mr. McCain might do well to wait until the bill, which will undoubtedly be revamped, goes to the president's desk before he calls for people to oppose it. Or perhaps he's just opposed to ANY Stimulus package at all. Maybe helping the American people isn't a priority for him since he has 7 homes when most of us are just trying to hold onto the only ones we own. Will he oppose it unless 80% of it is tax cuts for the big businesses that helped to get us into this mess in the first place? The Stimulus Package is FAR from finalized, so how can he possibly, in all good conscience, ask his supporters to oppose a bill that will probably help them in the end? There's no doubt that parts of the bill are nothing more than old earmarks the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress while they can and should be removed from the package because they're NOT stimulus. Those bills should be presented at another time. But to say that the bulk of what's there is without merit is just as unreasonable.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. benvictor

    Why is the heat in the White House high enough to grow orchids? Americans are being asked to sacrifice while the orchid-environment of the White House is now the law. Enough already. Hopefully, none of the stimulus is to pay the outrageous heating bill.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Toni - Atlanta

    John McCain, I watched you doing your round of interviews and I am SO happy you're not our President! Take a nap!!

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

    Okay, Mr. McCain, it is easy to "oppose." Give us an example of specifics, not vagueness of what you want in the package. Time is a ticking.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Jennifer

    Taken the definition of stimulus, this bill does not even come close to fitting the definition of stimulus. The major economic woes of this country are housing, unemployment, credit and deficit. This bill does not address housing at all. Remember Bush requesting $700 billion to address the housing issue but then spent it on socializing our national banks whether they wanted to or not? To this day neither Bush nor Obama have made an effort to address the housing crisis. This stimulus bill will completely destroy our national debt that is in critical shape now. Listening to people here, you want to justify this spending because you won the election. Do you have any idea what this spending will do to our economy during your lifetime and your children's lifetime? Or do you care or do you only care about bragging how you won the election? What is in this stimulus plan to address the credit markets? Well absolutely nothing. Yeah it does address unemployment by giving people an additional 13 weeks of unemployment checks that average $216 per check. The democrats had a chance to improve the mess created by Republicans and instead you want to push through a bill that makes a bad situation worse.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. scott

    Except that he didn't lose, he was still voted in as senator. So, I elected him to make decisions like this one. Funny how Democrats don't understand the meaning of the word "democracy."

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Terry

    I think Senator McCain is being too much the gentleman....it's a oinker...slap a man's cologne on a pig ....and it is still a pig....in Texas it would be a javelina. Oink...oink.

    The Pelosi Pork... Pay for Play Job Package...no different than Blago and Illinois politics..pay for play for votes We need to think like taxpayers. It was refreshing that a few in the House actually read the bill. Job, job, job stimulus please.

    Everybody needs to think like taxpayers....this thing is a joke.....remove the Pork, the bacon, the chitlins, the ribs and the pork chops.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Dont blame me

    Even the CBO which is controlled by democrats says that this package is 88% PORK.


    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. hello


    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Soccer Nana

    Wow, McCain gets to campaign for his senate seat for free thanks to CNN.

    That is the only reason McCain and Vitter the-one-who-did-her are opposing this stimulus plan so vehemently. If they were not campaigning to hold on to their senate seats, they would simply offer suggested/recommended changes without all the bells and whistles, and they would have OPPOSED the stimulus plan during the last administration, which by the way, had obsolutely NO oversight.

    I doubt that this gets posted, as CNN has been blocking my posts lately.

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Tomas E

    Still not doing anything to help the country are you? John, have you at least figured out we need to do something urgently or is that still a charade?

    February 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Mccain Who?

    tax cuts, tax cuts. what tax cuts if i don't have a job. pass the stimulate pack and give me some money to spend.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. JB

    Less government spending and a bigger cut in taxes, eh?

    Is that how the recovery is supposed to work?!?

    Give it a rest, McCain / GOP. Any tax relief to the business sector will NOT be used to create jobs. Rather it will be stashed away, or at best used to retire extant debt.

    The few thousand dollars tax relief that might end up in lower – middle class hands will also be used to pay off credit card / mortgage debt.

    Cutting taxes should be part of the scheme, but in these times it should not constitute the lion's share of the plan.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. jo ann

    Just under half of America voted for McCain. It was not a landslide victory for Obama.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Drew

    Let me give you a secret..

    The republicans are trying to change the Stimulus bill because in 2012 they want to say we "Reform" the Democrates Stimulus Bill and made it worked. Or we republicans prevented wastefull spending. Thats their plan, plain old Politics

    The Stimulus package is a 21st Century plan. its an upgrade that we need, its a move forward, a step forward that we've been talk about for ages... A Stimulus package thats not broad in scoop will not work. its more than just construction and taxes it plus everything else that we do and depend on.

    I would like to see the Truth Squad or CNN do an indept check on everything the Republicans Oppose to see if they are really waste spending. How about that...

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Bobby

    Those of you who are saying it is foolish, why don't you look at it for yourself, I am an independent, and I feel it will help us.

    Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh and look it up for yourself. Sometimes hearing what the politicians are saying is never as good as looking it up yourself.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Johnny the Boy

    Way to go McCain.

    Obama's can't even vet out his vabinet choices properly.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Denise

    A petition??? Really...what are they in high school still???

    Congress is obviously not listening to...we want bipartisanship were not getting that...what makes McCain think a petition is gonna help?? He's being straight partisan.

    BOTH dems and repubs are being stupid. Dems are getting to happy with their win and repubs are just being plain sore losers and difficult they all need to get off their high horses and work together.

    I dont totally agree with everything on this bill...some sounds good but other stuff sounds just plain ridiculous i agree.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I love it, they oppose oppose oppose but cannot come up with anything substantial of they're own! Nevermind, they have a ridiculous tax cut stimulus plan that has been implemented already for the last 8 years that still forgoes the vast amount of reconstruction that needs to be done in the country. Kudos to you GOP...

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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