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. Chazz

    Isn't this the guy who suspended his Presidential campaign to run back to D.C. via the Katie Curic show after standing up Letterman to vote for a nearly $1 Trillion bailout of Wall Street and the Big Banks? Very veri interesting. Maybe he forgot!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Lori, Houston Texas

    John "The Fundementals Of Our Economy Are Strong" McCain woke up? And he still has supporters? I suggest he go back to sleep at one of his 11 houses and let the grown ups clean up the mess his rich friends made.

    February 3, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Joyce T. Davis

    Great idea! We need to show our support for a short term package to help get people back to work. We also need to show responsibility for our acts of over spending and so does the government.

    Thanks Senator McCain

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. AJ

    Seriously, did anyone really think John McCain was going to play ball with President Obama. I mean this young kid virtually out of nowhere shows up and beats him for the top job. Now Johnny Mac is showing his true colors. We're not surprised at this. We're just surprised it took him this long to do so.

    Our young President is a lot tougher and smarter than anyone wants to give him credit for. I mean he's being nice right now. Actually too nice, if you ask me.

    It is literally Political suicide for these Republicans to try and shake things up right now. Election time is coming up sooner than a lot of them would like, and if they want to keep their jobs, it would be smart to get in line.

    McCain doesn't care because he's done anyway. He's too old, so he doesn't really care.

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Nevada Mom

    Does McCain have an economic plan?

    I seem to recall that during the election McCain flopped on the economic solutions front.

    Petitions are nice... but about as useful as his idea to form a committee to study what was happening in the economy back in October...

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. John

    McCain is the leader of the Republican Dinosaurs in Congress. What is the alternative?

    When "W" rammed his stimulus package through Congress. McCain was Against that , as well, until McCain got HIS por INTO the bill.

    NOW he's taken the MORAL HIGH ROAD.


    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Ken

    John McCain lost the election for a reason.

    This past fall during the campaign, a week after he said the economy was just fine, he danced accross the stage like a drama queen trying to use the [R]ecession as a political tool. Now when push comes to shove for some real action, the drama queen dances off the stage and requests that his light-in-the-pants and light-in-the-head supporters dance off too.

    What's really precious is that we have rightwingers from TX, like JH below, who voted for Bush twice, telling the rest of us we're crazy for trying to fix the problems HE and his little neo-moron friends created. Excuse me?!!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Pat CA

    Janice February 3rd, 2009 1:43 pm ET
    . . . . Rupublicans get your act together or you all will be on the side line looking in the window.
    Wow, Janice - we're REALLY shakin' in our boots!

    Just signed the petition, too.

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. rr

    i wish i could do it and listen to mccain and rush but do they know the people loosing their job includes republicans. so its either president obama who may be give me hope that maybe i may get a job or rush and mccain who will never give me a job so the smart move would be to wait and see what obama will do.no offense to rush and mccain but you are both rich and you are not thinking about loosing our job, in 4 year times i may listen to you but untill them bye bye.

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Jim

    While the stimulus package may be flawed, at least they are trying to make a difference. the only difference McCain has made in his career is the difference between a young senator and an old one. His former "Chief Economic Advisor" during the campaign called Americans "Whiney" and said we had to toughen up. So what, exactly does this guy have to offer?

    When President Obama offered McCain an olive branch, McCain took it and threw it on the ground. His concept of "bi-partisanship" is "follow me or go away". That's not bi-partisanship, that's dictatorship. So, go away John. For the sake of the republican party, go away. On the other hand, stick around...

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Angie in Pa

    John Mccain lobbying Against the Stim Plan that will create Jobs and help our Economy

    John Mccain lobbied for the Bush/Paulson scam that took our tax dollars for Bail out for Bonuses

    John Mccain I thought you put country first my Friend ?but No way Johnnie you didnt fool me during the Campaign with you COUNTRY FIRST! Their is no country first with Republicans, they are too busy looking out for Wall St, Big Oil you know things like that so they can get their Wealthy kick backs, and oh by the Way Johnnie your Girl Palin Was PALLING AROUND with the President Lobbying FOR THE STIM PACKAGE John mccain is P A T H E T I C like the rest of the GOP!

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Nicki

    You are a disgrace Senator McCain!

    I would like to know that if you are advocating a vote against the "JOBS BILL", will you not accept one penny from it if it passes?


    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. stoptalkingaboutrush

    cnn, make sure all comments are posted...i wasted 1 whole minute typing my last comment!

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Joy, Vancouver, WA

    As I understand it, Senator McCain is against any stimulus package that provides jobs for the unemployed, completes large scale projects that need to be completed (highway maintenance, etc.), and basically doesn't give the bulk of the stimulus money to large corporations who have proved that they cannot be trusted with the taxpayers money. As with any legislation there are items that can and probably should be deleted from this package but overall it is better than anything the previous administration came up with and that Senator McCain supported.

    February 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Rob, Ohio

    From "Janice"–"You guys are grown people with a sound mind I thought, but it looks like you are all kindergartens. Rupublicans get your act together or you all will be on the side line looking in the window."

    You're kidding, right?

    You Democrats should try letting your partisan hatred go for at least a bit. The Republicans (and some Democrats) are NOT opposing the idea of a relief package; they're simply opposing what they see as wasteful aspects of it that do NOT address the economic problems we've got. You're letting your partisanship cloud your thinking. This is a HUGE amount of money and if the choices made for funding are not REALLY good, it's a huge burden on the future. This is big enough that it needs to have at least a LITTLE vetting before it goes through.

    To repeat: Republicans are NOT opposed to a bailout/stimulus package. But it needs to be smart, not a bunch of programs unrelated to what's needed.

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Christy

    When will this man go away. Consider his ignorance throughout the campaign: unable to campaign and address the countries financial concerns at the same time; first against the bailout then for it; hastily suggesting firings. Why John? You're STILL not helping America.

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Drew

    So, let's tell people you will be constructive and work with the new admin. Then, when all is said and done, you back stab everyone, don't try to help, and all you do is blast people instead of give solid ideas? Sounds like the same ol same ol in Washington. The republicans haven't had a new idea in years, just look at the election. So now their stragey is bulk at everything, give no help to the dems, and then think this country will get better? GOP is a me first people and would rather act like Rush and cause harm then good. I really hope what comes around goes around in the end.

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Toni

    Maybe Senator McCain shoukld offer some alternatives to the Stimulus bill instead of just complaining about it. could it be "sour grapes"? We need action to boost the economy not complaints.

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. AndyL

    At least he cares where the American tax dollars go to. Democrats don't care, they don't pay taxes (see Obama's cabinet nominees). Also for all the people who wanted Bush tried on war crimes, how about a little jail time for tax evaders

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. dittohead with forty names

    Would YOU buy a used wheelchair from this guy?Not me,hes a loser and always will be.

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Nicki

    JH In texas.

    Have you read the Senate stimulus bill proposal? I bet you haven't!

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. CMC

    The War in Iraq combined with the past 8 years of uncontrolled government spending under the Bush administration is what has burdened future generation with massive debt. Obama's stimulus plan is a drop in the bucket compared to that damage. What's McCain's plan?

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. bernj

    Oh John.....didn't your hear? YOU LOST!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Michael ATL GA

    Oversight is very important. I like Obama, but I DO SEE PLENTY OF USELESS SPENDING in the proposed bill.
    The issue with McShame and other Repugnans are that they have ZERO credibility to talk about spending. Where was this "sane" minded philisophy when they stockpiled 10 trillion dollars of debt with the 8 years of foolish administration??
    I'll be happy to see some of the useless expenses from the bill, but this coming from old republicans who have no moral standing, just sounds hypocritical and sour grapes

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Ron M

    Isn't he the guy that ran for president and lost because the majority of American's didn't buy into his tax plan. Something about "the foundations of our economy are strong" or something like that as millions were being laid off and companies across the company were closing at rates higher than than of the great depression.

    I'm sorry, who is he again...

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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