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. geecee

    I was really hoping never to have to look at that face again. Ugh!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. In Houston, TX

    As long as the majority rules, the stimulus bill will pass. I swear, The dems didn't cause this much trouble for Bush post 9/11 when he came up with a stimulus package. But I will state something that we should all know to be true.

    it is the best way to stimulate the economy

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. B.Thompson


    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Ct Yankee

    VOTE NO for this PORK LOADED LIBERAL spending bill; and tell Obama to practice what he preaches and turn down the heat in the white house. He talks a good game, but that's it...all talk.

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. DJW

    Sore Loser McCain –

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. palinator

    What a dummy. Those campaign email lists are defunct. He is not a leader of the RNC anymore, just an Arizona Senator.

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. DavidinCA

    McCain just did put the country first like he always does.
    Thank you, John McCain for representing the taxpayers in Washington DC. I'm glad somebody's looking out for us.

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    Anonymous – We all know you are for the Repbulicans. For months you have be on their side. Republicans are a non issues. We get it pass with you evil Republicans.

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. BB

    Let's put some of the journalists under the same tax magnifying glass.

    They have a lot of travel related expenses that need to be examined very carefully. Lots of wiggle room on those forms.

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. SHIRLEY "60"

    McCain needs to go somewhere and sit down because that list of waste from the repubs is so bogus. As a taxpayer, I see no problems with the majority of what they are picking on in the proposed package. We need a large stimulus now, not later, and that package will do it. McCain you have no power over sane people, you simply repeat whatever you last hear. Did Palin whisper in your ear? Stop being a bad loser.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Matt

    "short-term" = "We need to buy votes for 2010 and are not concerned right now with what happens after that. In fact, if everything goes downhill after 2010, we'll just blame Obama and the Dems."

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. vic

    He wants to spend billions in Iraq and none in the US.....

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Barack wins and America collectively loses.

    President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are on the verge of putting into law a $819 billion “stimulus” program — unless they are stopped.

    This program is nothing less than a rip-off of taxpayers like you and me.

    The U.S. Senate will vote soon on this spending boondoggle, one of the most disgusting pork-barrel bills ever presented to Congress.
    And hold on to your hat: The Senate version backed by Majority Leader Harry Reid is even worse — it calls for an additional $71 billion in spending — totaling $890 billion.

    We need to make sure 40 U.S. senators — all Republicans — oppose the bill.

    Under Senate rules, the Democrats, led by Harry Reid, must come up with 60 votes to stop the Republican filibuster.

    That's why Obama and his allies are launching an all-out effort to pressure several liberal Republicans to cross over and vote for the package.

    The Democrats also are worried about several conservatives in their party who are up for re-election in 2010 and just might not want to vote for such an outrageous bill.

    Whoever votes for this debaucle, will likely lose their seat in 2 years. Go Dems vote fot it big time, so the GOP will regain a majority in 2 years. Thank God, for the American people, as they will be able to see clearly through the waste from this spending package, that does little to stimulate and is really northing more than massive debt for many generations to come. Sorry kids.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. andy

    You people are delusional. This man is doing his best to work with democrats (like he's been known for doing his entire career) on a stimulus package that will actually stimulate, instead of just spending BILLIONS of dollars that we don't have on things like digital TV boxes. You people bashing McCain for this should be ashamed of yourselves. Have any of you actually even looked at what this bill is proposing? Do you realize that all offers of bipartisanship from the GOP went completely ignored by House Dems and especially Nancy Pelosi? Anyone backing this bill in it's current form expecting it to help the economy is either completely clueless or just plain stupid. If you liberal dems would open your eyes for just one second you would plainly see that the dems who wrote this bill are simply pushing their agenda of more govt control down our throats with absolutely no regard to the current economic issues facing our nation. They saw an opportunity to expand government and further monopolize power and went for it, attempting to disguise it as a "stimulus bill". Fortunately their own arrogance revealed them for the scum they are as they probably assumed they could slip this bill right under our noses just like they did with Obama the Great Socialist Manipulator. Unfortunately there are still people who have to keep that wool pulled down tight and refuse to open their eyes to the destruction that is happening to our country thanks to liberal democrats.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Phil

    So much for reaching across the aisle.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. enuff already

    The time has come to stop the Obama-worship and begin to perform our roles as watchdogs of our govt. Presidents of both parties should be regarded with caution. I voted for the man, but don't like the way this has started. I'm keeping an open mind, but let's not "trust" this guy like we trusted Bush to decide when we need to invade someone. Love him or not, he must be monitored closely.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. nathan

    USA are skyrocket on debt!!!!!! They should work and create jobs rather than just spending. People are in debt, where are the money from to spend???

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. house

    It is not at all suprising that this is turning the way that it has. These politicians now in office all talk out the side of there necks when it comes to we care and we are for the people. They hardly come back to the people (who put them there to do a job they promised they would do) after they are put in office until it is time for re-election. I think that we have had enough of the political BS and we need to send a lesson to all of them letting them know accountability. It is irronic that when we as citizens violate the law we get punished, and we they do, oh it was a mistake I made and I am sorry....and that is what we should live with as an excuse. If we don't perform our jobs correctly as part of the working force we get fired, the same message should be sent to them (elected officials) that the same will and should happen to them. They have made long careers out of this and we have nothing to show for anything they have done except for what they have done for there friends and the lobbyist that have lined there pockets. Just a thought, is it not funny how once they make office and serve in the capacity they are taken care of for life, and our military service men have to serve 20+ years to draw a pention and they put there lives in harms way everyday....what is wrong with that picture. Things have got to change and we need to voice that.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. NO Stimulus

    If you read the stimulus package and actually think that it is going to create jobs and benefit the economy..... no wonder our country is in the shape it is! A bunch of idiots in this country wanting the magic money fairy to swoop in and make it all better. Idiots Idiots Idiots......... This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. It is about common since and using your brain, but I guess the "Majority" want the government to do that for them.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. sam

    Tell you what. Lets pass the Stimulus, and when the Money starts going out. There should not be 1 penny for Republicans, not one penny for jobs in Republican districts.

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Sound_Mind

    GOP can not think about anything beyond tax cut for companies and rich. What we want to do by tax cut? Help companies to expand? Create new business? The fact is we have a $13 Trillion dollar economy but we will produce $12 Trillion output because we don't have demand. So when economy is running under capacity, you don't add more capacity, you make sure you can consume at capacity. Companies pay taxes on gross profit. When they are loosing billions every quarter because sales declining, they are not paying ANY taxes. So tax rate is not an issue when you are loosing money. When people are unemployed meaning NO income, it does not help if you reduce their taxes. When demand is SO low, companies won't invest in new project even if the current interest rate is almost at zero perecent. Even if they want to, they can't because banks are not lending. No company can raise capital by issuing stocks or IPO when people are not investing in stock market.
    So how do you create demand? How do you help people find work? How do you help people have little more to spend? Who can under take projects where people can work in this environment? It's government. Now government can't open factories or buy grocery stores or gas stations. They can invest in public works, projects that promote common good, create jobs in short term and help economy grow in longer term. Why we want to give $15000 tax break to people to buy foreclosed properties at deep discount? Why we can't help homeowners stay in their home and prevent foreclosure by renegotiating mortgage at current market value and at affordable terms. Republicans created this mess over 8 years. They don't have any moral authority to talk about recovery. And the president should stop playing nice. People elected him to do the right thing and whatever is necessary to rescue this economy. If people had confidence in Republicans for economic recovery, they could elect Republicans and they DID NOT!

    February 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Simmy

    Democrats, call your representatives and tell them to pass that package! REPUBS. are misrepresenting it by labeling it as a "Spending Bill," using their usual Karl Rove tactics. Don't let them get away with it. The bill they want to produce will be aimed at helping the rich. They do not want anything that to help poor people. Don't be fooled. They didn't grow a conscience – it's politics in its lowest form. Call!


    February 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Kevin Schonhardt

    The Republican have ruined this economy why would we listen to them . We need to go back to Reagon to blame for this economy I laugh at the Republicans still trying to sell this

    February 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Sherry

    I saw the article that the GOP put out for what THEY considered stimulus "waste," however have yet to see THEIR list of what they deem a good stimulus package without "waste." Put up or shutup GOP. We want to see YOUR lists in an article.

    February 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Darlene Baysa

    McCain does not have the American people best interest. He is bitter, old and should not be given any more publicity. We voted for President Obama. We do not want to hear from McCain. Whatever President Obama proposed even when it's for the best interest of the American People, McCain will oppose because he is behaving vengeful toward President Obama because he lost by a landslide. McCAIN SHOULD RESIGN FROM THE GOVERNMENT. He is useless.


    February 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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