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. Jack

    48% of Americans voted against Obama

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Jose Sandoval

    McCain still wants to continue w/ republican economic prejudice that has putted us in this mess, Senator McCain I have a respect for you but smell the new coffee and do not be hypocrite and I hope this will be your final year in Washington. GO On Obama! You are doing fine, we are behind you 100%.

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Salil

    Yes, he has supporters, 46% of American voters, actually.

    And he's right, the bill as proposed by the Democrats needs to be scrubbed of pork and re-tooled, its a terrible piece of policy right now. The GOP on the other hand needs to take a look at some of the spending they don't like, like the energy efficient upgrades to federal buildings, military bases, and the federal fleet, and re-think their position.

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. aware


    It is time for Obama and the dems to stop running for 2010 and 2012. Just do the right thing Mr. Obama! 🙁

    Stop the politics of expediency and savvy mind manipulation with symbolic gestures and obfuscating rhetoric!

    Grow up Obama – seek wisdom and virtue instead of personal aggrandizement! 🙁

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. jack from TX

    What happened to McCain? Never seen a stupid like him. I

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Joke

    Say Opportunist who was waiting for Obama to faulter........

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. llim

    Wonder why he supported the first bailout?
    May be that was Bush's plan.... that he supported even though it was flawed.

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Shiva

    How ironic is it see that this man who himself has admitted that is doesnt know a jack about the economy, tries to meddle with the stimulus bill. And is laughable that this man uses "Country First" for his PAC when he put him self first to get elected by trying to trick republicans into buying his VP pick – Palin. Costing the Republicans the election. LOSER!!! We dont need you to tell us whats good for us.

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. stoptalkingaboutrush

    of course he's not gonna support anything obama does! He's a loser! Any chance mclame gets, he will go against the man that thrashed him into oblivion. Mclame knows that this is as far as he will go in politics and now he can do anything he wants that will NOT benefit the economy. He's a sore loser. Palin's a sore loser. The repukes are sore losers. Scumbags, this depression we are in was caused by, hmm...oh yeah, the usa invasion into iraq! HOW much are we spending there every month????? Answer that question and the solution to the crisis and the bailouts is to put the snot back into our noses and leave that country once and for all. If obama want's to get off of foreign oil, he shouldn't have a problem making a clean break from that disaster bush and dick and daddy bush created (yes i said CREATED!). It may hurt a lot in the beginning, but we'll be better off in the future. Idiots...repukes...complain, complain, complain about the "tax and spend liberals" are doing this to the economy...but remember "bush and dick came first, they started the war, they killed the US economy!" Enough already! Stop listening to the idiot pundits and jerk offs like rush and hannity (overpaid shock jocks) or the liberal media...use your common sense. How many BILLIONS WILL WE SAVE by getting out of iraq and ending all these wars? Answer that, that's the harsh reality!
    As for mclame, i still think he's a sore loser idiot!

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. alohakitty

    This is the guy who didn't want to admit there was anything wrong with the economy..........hmmmmmmmmmm.

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. JGM

    Make no mistake-- the #1 goal of the Republican party NOW is to do as much damage to the Democrats as possible. And hopefully, the economy will not have an obvious turn around by the next election and they can position themselves as " our" economic savior. It`s not what`s good for the country,- it`s what`s good for the party.

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. a REAL American

    Thank you, Senator, for standing up to the ridiculous spendulous package. Anyone with half a brain (that leaves out most lefties) knows that this bill is nothing more than an attempt to buy more votes for the Democrat Party.

    Isn't it interesting how the Democrats are so opposed to the idea of a payroll tax reduction? Why, you may ask? Simple–it would only benefit Americans who actually WORK, and Democrats have to find a way to keep all the government dependents in their districts happy for the next election cycle. DUH!

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Baze

    What a jerk.

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Geezer needs to get over it. Yes, he lost the election!

    Yes, it's easy to oppose something. It would be harder for them to come up with their own version of a stimulus package. All the Repugs are good at is tearing things down but they never have ideas on how to build things that will help Americans in general.

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. pray2008pray

    Wow!!!! Is anyone suprised?

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. MCD SF

    Excuse me, McCain has millions, he isn't about to lose his house, or his job, or his PENSION, or his health insurance or end of on the streets.

    He DID lose the election!

    Why should ANYBODY listen to him?????

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Tesap:Savannah, GA

    I am for it JH... at this point those that arecrazy are teh ones that jut want to sit by and say it won't work... what won't work is 430 billion dollars in tax cuts.. for who the unemployed???????

    McCain.........McCain.. this is the real reason he declined the WH invite.... waht do you propose we do keep fighting amongst ourselves until we are a third world country???????????/


    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Dave Bryant

    This from the guy that just got done voting for the biggest pork bill to come down the pike in years. Not only that , but he had to wait until even more "sweeteners" were added to the bill before he and the rest of his two faced party voted for it. If you really want to do something then push for the majority of the stimulus money to go to roads , schools and hospitals. CREATE JOBS!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Salt

    So Gramps finally learned how to use the Internet!

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Jerry

    So John finally figured out where the 'On' button is on a computer?? Yeah right – this guy is as computer literate as Sarah is linguistically literate. They're still a pair of boneheads who couldnt organize a party in a liquor store.

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Tracey

    I've been waiting for this to pass asap!!!! This country needs the help and we can't wait. Republicans just want to make themselves look good, tax cuts don't and I repeat don't work, it's been tried many times it will not work, can we move on now? Bush's tax cut gave me $3.79 on my check every two weeks, take that back and give me health care!!!! My family has been hurting for two years and I don't want to wait any longer!!! We need jobs in my house. I for one am ready to work.

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Sarah

    The Republicans want to do this their old tired way. They want to give tax breaks to large corporations and their fat cat friends. This is why we elected Barack Obama – to change the way things are done and stop them. They subscribe to the "trickle-down" theory that if the corps and the wealthy get breaks it will eventually trickle down to the American people. Bull. It won't. This is how we got here in the first place. After all their greed, bonuses, lavish "conventions" there won't be anything left to trickle down. They make me sick and I think most Americans feel the same way I do. As for Kentucky's senator, your long list of fat cat contributors is who you are fighting for, not the people.

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Rouquine

    This is coming from a man that has said that he needs to learn more about the economy.... please keep quiet until you have actually learned something about money.... besides marrying into it!!

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. AEK

    Oh come now John, you've admitted yourself that you wouldn't know a good economic policy if it snuck up and kissed you right on the mouth. Isn't that the reason you picked Wasilla Barbie to be your running mate in the first place, you know with her MBA from Harvard and all. So how about this for a plan, you Republican folks and Slick Willy got your chance to work the economy using deregulation and trickle down and pretty much broke everything. Now you sit back, let someone else take a shot at it with a different approach. I know, you'll have to check with the boss, Rush Lamebrain, before you commit. But take your time, the way the Republicans are holding things up, the problem will still be around when you get to it, or more likely, it'll just keep getting worse!

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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