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. Deborah

    I signed the petition this morning, then forwarded to all I know!

    This Package is a complete JOKE!

    We need a Stimulus Plan that works, not one that pays back every organization that ever contributed to the Democratic Party!

    I thank John for providing the petition!

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Matt

    "Tax cuts" just code for "block anything and everything Obama tries to do so we can claim he and the Dems did nothign in 2010." Worked super well when they tried that line of nonsense with respect to the Dems having a majority in congress as of 2006, didn't it? Sure helped them out on November 4, 2008 to be saying the Dems did nothing while the GOP had filibustered like crazy and Bush set a record for vetoes. I bet it'll go over incredibly well with the American public if this entire bill gets completelly stopped or changed into tax cuts for the rich...

    GOP = sinking ship.

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

    good ol boy hypocrite ; you people are gearing ths president for failure. explain why the republicans want tax cuts and everyone else is losing their shirts. is it because of the trillion dollars the repub want tax cuts on you good ol guys and gals stole.

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

    John McCain is just upset because his tired self is not in office. The country is already in debt and will continue to be in debt due to our past Republican leaders. So why keep complaining about the debt. The focus needs to be put on the current issues, bad economy, loss of jobs daily, etc.

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Lesley L.

    Newsflash.....McCain lost. He will lose again. If the GOP leaders really wanted to work for the good of all, they would roll up their sleeves and get to work. There is nothing wrong with opposition, but complete Armageddon is just plain irresponsible.

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Reality

    what a loser !!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. LISA

    He needs to sit his old butt down. All the Repulicans wanna do is
    give tax cuts to the wealthy. They've already given them billions without
    strings attached. Now they act as if they wanna help the American
    People. What was he doing 6 years ago. Besides calling for more deregulation for companies. Spending money on summer programs and updating schools aren't important to Repulicans. Look at no child left behide. Now they wanna bully the Democrats into doing what they want. Excuse me, You guys lost! Can't wait until 2010 to get more
    Repulicans out of office. You guys Suck!

    February 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. greg greenman

    All I want to come out of this is an alternative solution. If the present stimulus packages sucks, what do you have to offer as an alternative. To point fingers and say no this won't work without having a Plan B is ridiculous. Offer us a better solution of please be quiet.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Jim in Raleigh

    Let's see, the Republicans drove us into debt and now they want to give millionaires and mega-corporations more tax breaks to get us out? It didn't work for eight years – just shows why McSame lost.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. yuri

    And what makes him think his "theory" will jump start the economy?
    We thought his "foible" was "economics". Unless he took an intensive course in economic studies, it is very difficult to heed McCain's advice on the stimulus plan. One wonders what Mitt Romney is musing.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Mark

    Unless everyone wants to learn Chinese they better start using common sense.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. IKE in Atlanta

    No wonder he lost the election. Country first my foot!
    This angry old man and his angry supporters should know that Obama won the election and is only being gratious in trying to court the republicans.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Debra Austin, Texas

    This is advice from a man who thought the fundamentals of the economy were strong as the financial world collapsed. Sorry Johnnie boy, the American voters rejected you and they will reject your economic theories that have rained "pi$$" on Americans since Ronald Reagan.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. aware

    We signed! 🙂

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Nevada Independant

    So, let's be clear on what McCain is doing here.

    Rather than spending his precious time writing up petitions, why doesn't McCain (A US Senator for crying out loud!!!!) actually put his effort into writing what he thinks will be a "pass-able" stimulous bill.

    All of this goofing around is doing nothing for the economy.
    A petition does nothing for the economy.

    Come on, Republicans. Either give us your version of a plan (something serious, please...) or make suggestions to alter the current plan. But, to instead run about with petitions?!?!?

    How ridiculous. This is why America did not vote for McCain. Remember his impressive input on the economic crisis during the election?
    Oh, no?
    Yeah, me either.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Jen

    John – I hate to break it to you, but you lost.

    This bill isn't wasteful spending, it is an investment in creating jobs and new technology so that the american people can bounce back.

    It aggrivates me to see McCain talk about debt when the country's outrageous debt is because of two things: The Iraq War (which he supported) and deregulation (which he supported). He helped dig the hole that we are in, and I don't believe for a minute that he has any good ideas to dig us out.

    February 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. James

    For every Mcold, there is an Osama. Go polish your leaders' boots and wipe the sweat from his brow as you are told lemmings.

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Keeth in California

    Why was the GOP so late in coming to the stimulus party? Why did it take so long to propose their own package? It's not like it was a surprise. It's not like they didn't know what was coming. Obstructionists first, effective politicians second (or third, or fourth, or last).

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Barb

    Republicans were in power when the economy crisis started. If they all have the answer of how to fix it, why didn't they fix it when Bush was in power. Now that Obama has taken over, the Republicans seems to have the answer. McCain is an Idot. If Americian's vote against this bill and the Republicans stop the bill from passing. Obama and the Dems should just leave them in the crisis and let them figure their own way out with the Republicans. Then see how many of them will loose jobs and homes.

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. BB

    @ Janice

    You're right. Why hide to dictate opposition? Bring it in the open and give your own ideas republicans.

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Reggie

    I agree some of the things in the stimulus may not be important right now, however the republicans has been on t.v. opposing and not contibuting. They have not offered any ideas at all. They rushed and signed the package during the election and let Bush use money on only God knows what. Now they all seem to want to stick together. Asking supports to be against the bill only continues to separate the country. We cannot continue functioning like this. If they had some good ideas they would have already shared them. We are in this together. Black, white, brown, female, male, or other.

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. pearl

    Too bad McCain and the Republicans weren't this "careful" about how our tax dollars are spent BEFORE they sent millions to Iraq to build schools and infrastructure!

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Subu

    Not that this will get past the CNN moderators...
    But look where the Bush tax cuts (which McCain opportunistically supported when he ran for President) got us. Where was McCain when Bush, his best buddy for the last four years, was running the economy into the tank and the budget deficit sky-high?
    Country First? HA!

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Aussie

    What I expected from an "old political insider" who lost badly in the election. Bipartisianship will never happen with this guy...he can't let go that he never became or ever will President. Republicans did so much the last eight years to be able to come up with a plausible stimulus package...what a joke!!

    February 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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