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. Ohio

    The Republicans have offered ideas to change the bill, but Obama has used his trump card. He is not willing to listen to the Republicans...he wants them to cave in so that he has protection when this stimulus bill fails.

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Big Harv

    John, what is taking you so long? During the debate you looked America in the eye and said you had the answers. While Rome burns you fiddle. Do you really need to meet to offer a plan? Can't you dust off the plan you referred to during the debates?

    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Grog in Ohio

    Ya know... Republicans can voice legitimate concerns about this bill without resorting to stunningly hypocritical comments like "Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt." after the Bush administration created the highest deficits known to mankind.

    Odd how they suddenly found fiscal restraint after Jan 20, 2009.


    February 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. kima

    This from the man whose party brought us the Iraq war, which some experts believe will end up costing us and future generations perhaps 2 trillion dollars. This from the man whose party can only come up with "more tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy" as their sole solution to the mess the Republicans created during the past 8 years....disgusting! Careful, your idealogy is showing....

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. TjayeInLA

    Anyone, and I mean any, who supports McCain and thinks that he actually has any idea what real Americans need is crazy. Clearly there will always be people who think of themselves first and not of others.

    I learned a long time ago that Republicans vote for what will work for them for what is best for them and those who think and live like they do...and Democrats vote for what will work for the majority and best everyone overall.

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. new york

    Mccain is a loose. john mccain fork you.

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Kim

    We don't have two presidents, this action is divisive and it is a direct smack in the fact to the efforts that President Obama put forth to try encourage a bipartisan government. The republicans are not trying to improve the package they are campaigning for 2012. This would be okay if it were not for the fact that country is in economic turmoil.

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Rob

    "Change!! Change!!! Change!!! Michelle, how come nobody's believin' me?"

    "Rahm, quick, call Oprah. I gots to hit the airwaves. Oh, and call Matthews and Olberman back and tell each of them that I will not be their boyfriend."

    Maybe too many people didn't get blinded by the light...

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Danny

    This is ridiculous. McCain was just saying a few days ago that he wants to have a bipartisan senate and work with the President to resolve the issues at hand, but now he goes and does this? This is why I didn't vote for him or show him any support, he can't make a decision.

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. political junkie in NJ




    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Liane

    couple comments:

    1. President Obama did not pen this bill. Pelosi did. It is not the president's bill.

    2. This is a spending bill and is a big mistake – yes I've read the details and while many of the programs have good intentions, they can and should be addressed separately and are not directly related to the economy.

    3. I believe the President should either stop supporting this bill or line item veto all the unnecessary pieces if/when it comes to him.

    Janice – the Republicans in the House were not allowed to offer amendments to the bill. You should direct those comments to Sen. Pelosi for that, not the republicans.

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. fella from Chicago

    Over 58 million Americans voted for you John. After the farce with Richardson, Daschle, and Killefer (who needs Ayers, Rezko, and Wright), apprently there were 58 million Americans who knew you were the right man for the Presidency. Two weeks and we've had nothing but bad cabinet picks from Obama and a stimulus package that's nothing but an old fashion pork barrel bill. Change? Laughable!

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Cathy Brandes

    Senator McCain should be spending his time trying to support this President rather than encourage his fellow GOP members into voting against because it does not continue to reward corporate interests as the first package did which the Republicans in the House shoved down our throats. Yes, this package has some items which we can do without, but enough with the partisian crap and work towards getting this country back on its feet! But then I never did expect the GOP to be in support of ordinary Americans, they never are!

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Ryan

    The bill shouldn't pass. Come on Janice, you need to read what is in the Bill. Nine senators met to discuss and plan out a better package for us. The current package is a joke. Most members of congress are only concerned about passing their own agendas, both republicans and the democrats you praise so much. Also, why does your savior keep picking members for his cabinet who don't pay taxes? I think he would have received the memo on cheating liberals well before he picks them to be cabinet members.

    February 3, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Melina

    Interesting how politics work and what things are done in the name of the game. Now all of the sudden the GOP want to be the ones that have a better answer for the economic meltdown when they didn't do anything for the last 8 years and watched from the side lines as the economy tumbled into a deep recession. If they really had a better plan they should have presented it years ago instead of trying to create problems for the new administration. I can't stand the GOP, they are a bunch of cynical people. As for McCain, he just refuses to go away. What part of he LOST the election he doesn't understand? He vowed to work with the new administration on his speech the day he lost, yet he seem to have forgotten everything he said that day that for a change sounded honest for the first time in his campaign.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Simmy

    He screwed up the meetings surrounding the Bush S-PACK that turned out to be a real disaster, now he's at it again. This time it's a vendetta. He will continue to oppose President Obama, and he will find himself in retirement. On second thought, he'll be back. His supporters voted for him and Palin. They have no convictions. Country is not first for them – It's their right-wing agenda. A sad group. Don't let them get away with it Democrats....Call your representatives in Washington, and tell them to pass that package!

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    CNN wrote, "The former Republican presidential candidate,"--that's history---and nothing but political woof and word fillers--he is just Senator McCain-–don't need to add "icing" to an old cake-doesn't change the taste.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Nicki

    Senator McCain,

    Do you agree to not take one penny of federal money from this bill if it passes then?

    Please answer the question. I called you office and they couldn't provide me with a clear answer.


    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. An American

    How many supporters McCain has is not the issue.

    The issue is "how many people support Obama and the democrates on this Economic Stimulus package. I for one "DO NOT" and I signed the Peitiion. I am a democratic that voted for Hillary and did not vote for Obama. I am now an Indpenedent that will vote as I choose and say what I choose. I am NOT a member of the Obama "followers" or should I say cult like followers who cannot think for themselves. If anyone has a brain in his head he would not vote to bring socialism to our Country and put our children and their children in debt for the rest of their lives.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. The Grim Reaper

    John Mcain is a smelly, stinky old man that got whipped. I sometimes wonder how many innoncent women and children this bastard killed while dropping bombs over Hanoi.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    it's a losing year for AZ... too bad.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. sandyinohio

    Yes, he has supporters, and I am one. I also signed it and have been e-mailing my senators too. This is nothing but a pile of payoffs to Obama supporters, and our children's children will be paying 60% tax rates, if it doesn't happen even sooner. There are items in the current bill that should be separately debated, some big-govt. pork to make the USA a dependent socialist country. And Obama supports giving US taxpayer money to the UN for Global Anti-Poverty program; I wonder if THAT passed the senate, sponsored by then-senator Obama. He is a communist like his Kenyan father who was eventually kicked out of government service.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Brian, Edmond OK

    What this move shows is that there is no spirit for bipartisanship within the GOP ranks. The President should reconsider his wooing of GOP on any other issues. He has credible proof, with regard to the stimulus support, that he made beyond dilligent efforts to bring republicans to the table only to have them spit in his face. In the future, when the Democrats move legislation through without GOP support, the GOP cannot even try, through they will, to claim that Obama was a partisan. They have become the party of obstructionists to gain their fiscal bonna fides back and are doing it at the expense of American prosperity. True to republican ideology, self interests are all that matter. In this situation such an ideology is 100% evident.

    JH in Texas, you forgot a marching order. This is not a stimulus package it's a "spending bill." Bad ditto head, bad.

    February 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. M. ELIAS

    BEFORE YOU AND YOURS...................

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Brad

    Maybe they should put some funding in for redneck conservatives so they can learn how to spell so they at least appear halfway competent when they make a point on these comment sections!

    February 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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