March 20th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama's budget a 'threat to the nation,' says McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. John McCain blasted President Obama's budget in a statement released Friday."](CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain had some harsh words for President Obama's budget, warning in a statement released Friday that the president's proposal is a "threat to the nation."

"The Congressional Budget Office report proves that the administration has indeed engaged in a policy of generational theft," said McCain. "The CBO numbers show the reality of the fundamentally flawed assumptions of the president's budget and make clear what it really is: a risky, debt-ridden threat to the nation."

The former Republican presidential candidate's statement follows CBO figures released Friday morning which estimate a deficit of $2.3 trillion higher than what the White House predicted last month. The CBO forecasts almost $1 trillion worth of red ink per year over the next decade, totaling an estimated $9.3 trillion.

"This staggering deficit threatens our children's and grandchildren's future and simply cannot be sustained," McCain continued. "If the administration had learned anything in the last week, I would have hoped that it was that the American people deserve an honest accounting of what they're paying for. The profligate spending spree the Congress and administration has been engaged in must be controlled. I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to chart a different course toward real change and fiscal responsibility."

Filed under: John McCain • President Obama
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Orange County California

    Yes it is, we are selling out, giving up, and purposefully making HUGE mistakes. This will in 5 years not be the same America as we know it.

    March 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Steph

    No sir, Former President Bush was a threat to our nation. You supported him and his efforts to put the US in such a horrible state. That makes you an accomplice to "generational theft"!

    March 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Dereck

    McCain is an even more bitter old white man , than he was during campaign. What a JERK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Steve

    Senator McCain lost. He should just get over it. The American people
    have already picked President Obama's plan over his. Oh wait. McCain didn't t have a plan. And by the way, where was McCain when Bush was spending a trillion dollars looking for non existent WMD during the Iraqui war?

    March 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Had It

    Change doesn't come without resistance and the GOP seems to be resisting it all.

    March 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. rebeckah

    why wasn't it an outrage to spend billions on a war that was killing thousands of innocent people? When did it become such a bad thing to help people in our own country? We can give money away to everyone as long as they aren't American, but heaven forbid we help out Americans who are hurting, mmm case in point Katrina, the millions who have lost jobs have no insurance ect... Americans truly dislike each other...we have become a sad country...

    March 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Independent_me

    McSlime...please SHUT UP and go away!

    March 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Danny

    Is anyone surprised by this idiot?

    March 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. frombelair

    you are a threat to the nation and the world, and your vice president choice was a threat to the nation and the world. keep away from power.

    March 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Brian


    March 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Cam Cam

    Why does anyone still listen to this proven looser. Thank you Mr. McLame now go and sit down in one of your homes...... a nursing home preferably.

    March 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Obama is a threat to the future of the USA.

    March 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    John this was ok when your party was doing it for eight years. You know that your party is going down hill fast. Especially when you vp canidate doesnt care about the needs of her state. She doesnt want food assistance, the weatherization progam, no funding for the schools. Along with Sanford Jindal and perry this is the whart you are going to throw out their for President in 2012. How about the remarks Ingram made against your daughter. Put Rush and Coulter in their too. You think these are bunch of fine people to have in your Party. Your daughter has a lot more sense than you or any of these people will ever have.

    March 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Peter E

    Where were these 'fiscally responsible' republicans for the past 8 years when we could have used them? Oh yes, they were voting for ever increasing record deficit spending! THAT's when they should have talked! Not now! And have you read their alleged alternate proposal? It's the same amount of DEFICIT spending, but diverted more towards tax cuts for the corporations who got us into this mess in the first place! Tax cuts that as early as the Reagan era failed to pump up the economy, but instead produced recession after recession!

    March 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Dakota Kyle Evans

    Go back to being just another broken down Senator from Arizona and concern yourself with the citizens of Arizona.
    President Obama will take care of the citizens of America.

    March 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Matt


    Shut up and go away! Stop pretending to be concerned about the future generations and how mug they'll be paying! We are already paying for a pointless war, one that you wanted to continue which is costing us trillions and it's all for another country! So the fact that president Obama wants to help our country, I'll gladly pay my taxes!

    March 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Jerry

    McCain please shut up and let the man do what he wants. You are not poor with your seven or so houses and 5 or so cars. You are not thinking and never will think about the American people. If the President wasn't so open about what is going on then the American people would not know but he took the oath to let us see and hear what is going on and we as the people can voice our opinon but you are so full it that you think everything should go your way. Shut up and chill old man.

    March 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. spudmctater

    I think it's clear from the past few Republican administrations who has been practicing "generational theft," Senator McCain. Which president had the last surplus? Answer? Democrat Bill Clinton. To imply that the Democrats are responsible for the current deficits is simply false.

    March 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Larry-Tenn

    At least President Obama has some ideas, as opposed to the Republican Party of NO, about getting the U.S. economy out of the hole that was dug by President Bush and the Republican Yes Men in Congress.

    March 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Lance newell,Bellingham,washington

    Interesting,how quick Senator McCain forgets the 9.7 trillion debt left by the neo-cons.
    Perhaps this is one of the reasons you were not elected,Senator McCain,you can't remember well enough.

    March 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Mel

    No, McCain, YOU are a threat to the nation, you warmonger Crypt Keeper.

    March 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Luke Brown

    Running up trillions of dollars of debt to pay for an unnecessary war in the Middle East was just fine with McCain, but running up $787 billion to help out of work Americans is a threat to our country ????

    Only in the mind of someone who doesn't even know how many homes he owns. Hey Big Mac, time to press the snooze button and go back to sleep.

    March 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. I Am The Great And Powerful Wizard Of Rush

    I am so glad McCain lost.

    March 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Tim in Carroll, Ia

    Remember the good old days when we laughed at people who walked around with "The End Is Near" signs hung around their necks?

    Well, today, we're still laughing because the people wearing the signs now are called REPUBLICANS!!!

    But, they are half right – The End IS Near, for the Republican Party!

    To add insult to your injury – you Republicans are making Al Gore look like an optimist!!!

    The rest of us are laughing all the way to the bank – and taking our money back!

    March 20, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Chris - Seattle

    Let's see here, a repugnican claiming something to be a "threat to the nation", huh?!?! I would say the biggest "threats" are(were): the last 8 years of foreign policy, lack of affordable healthcare, condoning torture and then freeing the tortured to tell the world, warrantless wiretapping, defining Americans as enemy combatants, unregulated free markets, credit-default swaps, mortgage-backed bonds, secret prisons, not supporting Americans that can't support themselves i.e. Katrina, Veterans, Homeless, Mentally challenged! Please old man go home to your multiple mansions and leave America to someone that's trying to do things a little different, like preventing the next American bridge collapse or being prepared for the next category 5 hurricane!

    March 20, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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