June 21st, 2009
05:38 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Obama has done well, but hasn't been bipartisan

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - You can't call John McCain a sore loser.

Seven months after Barack Obama defeated him in the U.S. presidential election, the Republican senator from Arizona said Sunday he thinks his former Senate colleague is making things happen in the White House.

"I think he's done well," McCain said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

"He has achieved literally every one of his legislative accomplishments," McCain noted in reference to the economic stimulus package and other measures passed by Congress in recent months.

However, McCain said, the same partisan divisions remain in Congress despite Obama's campaign pledges of seeking bipartisan solutions.

"Unfortunately, it's by picking off a couple of Republicans" to support his measures instead of gaining real consensus, McCain said. "It's not been bipartisan."

On foreign policy, McCain offered Obama a grade of "incomplete," noting the North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats.

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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. No fan of Palin

    Quite frankly, I don't think anyone cares what Senator McCain has to say. The fact that he couldn't condemn the tax and spend policies of Now-President Obama is one of the reasons that he lost the election. I can however understand why CNN continues to quote the Candidate. A very feeble attempt to convince the American people that the Senator McCain represents the Republican Party.

    June 21, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Get Real

    This proves that there is no difference between either party. They are both the same. Argue all you want, but you know I am right.

    June 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Zero.

    Definitly done well. A drop in the bucket, with no rope.

    Barack Obama's "Well of Dreams"...

    June 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Scott Alexander, Lakeland, FL

    If Obama's winning praise from a bad excuse of a politician and person like McCain, then you know he's doing an awful job as President. What has Obama done? Nothing except throw gays and our armed services men and women under the bus. Obama doesn't need to be more "bi-partisan", he's already doing almost everything the Republicans want him to do. He sure fooled those of us that voted for him in 2008 (well those of us that care about humanity that is).

    June 21, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Mike, Vancouver

    Republicans should be prepared to play as well, offer to talk and get to common ground rather than just sitting back an sniping comments that things won't work, costs too much or just no. They need to roll up their sleaves and communicate with Democrats rather than creating partisan responses of their own. You gotta give before you get.

    June 21, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Lee

    Yeah, if John were President, we would be fighting two more wars!

    June 21, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. gorefan

    It's funny how McCain's idea of bipartisanship is for Obama and the Democrats do things the Republican's way. The Republican's consistently refuse to compromise even alittle from their agenda. They have already declared that they will vote against any health care plan that includes a government option. Without even seeing the plan, they will vote against it. They would rather have an insurance agent stand between Americans and their doctors.

    June 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. kgeukes

    The only thing John McCain knows is the battle. He has no idea what it takes to compromise and actually get things done...he leaves that to the others. As far as it being biparisan, he needs to talk to his "say no to everything" republican collegues.

    June 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Who cares what this divisive old has- been has to say. He has lived off the government all his life.

    Arizona needs to stop feeling sorry for him and do what's best for their state and the country vote him out!

    I am sure he will be calling President Obama everything but a child of GOD before the sun goes down today.

    June 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Oregonian

    He has done everything he can to reach out to the Party of No. In the vacuum of non-cooperation Obama and the Democratic congress have written and re-written legislation hoping to compromise and they get nothing but more accusations. What disgusts me the most about Repugs is that they contantly accuse everyone else of exactly what they are doing.

    June 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Johnny 2 in Kalamazoo

    McCain has too much class to tell it like it is. Obama is a failure on so many fronts and media outlets, like CNN, only cover for him.

    The news media is no longer doing its job of protecting us by questioning authority.

    Shame on you CNN.

    June 21, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    Really, who cares what McSame thinks or what grade he wants to give out.

    June 21, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Audrey in Georgia

    CNN, McCain's opinion is not relevant! Please stop asking him. If his
    opinion mattered, then the majority of the American public would have
    voted for him but they did not. Start asking more Democrats their opinion since they are in control now. Start being more positive in your
    reporting and stop inciting antagonistic rhetoric. Bipartisan begins with
    the republicans willing to work with the democrats for the good of the
    country. They are only working for the good of their party. As far as Iran is concerned, I think all of the republicans should go to Iran and help the
    protesters. Most Americans feel the President is doing and saying the
    right thing. Also, that N. Korean ship should be boarded by republicans and
    led by McCain.

    June 21, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Really!?

    The good news of him not being bipartisan is that when this band aid falls off the gun shot wound to the economy, its all his and the democrats. Inflation is on its way and it will be ugly...uglier than Pelosi without make up. Very few economist believe the worse is over yet, only the ones allowed on network news programs

    June 21, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. DavidL

    "You can't call John McCain a sore loser."

    Thank you for the Fathers Day laugh.

    June 21, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. steve in CA

    I'm with Senator McCain on this one.

    Not particularly an Obama supporter, but I can oppose the President with dignity. Maybe something we should all try to do, even when the President is not a member of your own party.

    June 21, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Snowbird

    McCain is in politics for McCain. He supports illegals breaking the law. Obama is a liar. He supports illegals breaking the law. WHY DO ILLEGALS GET FREE HEALTH CARE AND MY FAMILY DOESN'T?

    June 21, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Eric

    Considering McCain won the election we should heed his warnings.. Oh wait.

    June 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Jean

    Now you know why this guy lost the election.

    The country is falling apart and McCain things Obama is doing OK.

    June 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. R Wolf

    McCain – Our President doesn't need your criticism or praise. He has the confidence, respect, and loyalty of the majority of this nation. That's something neither you, your republican co-horts nor the bush adminstration ever had. Please, let our
    president do his job and but out.

    June 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    So did bush get an incomplete on North Korea and Iran also???

    June 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Stella

    On foreign policy Obama did much more than Bush and McCain in 8 years
    they did NOTHING and made America more vulnerable – Obama has a clear mind and his open approach to the world is exactly what we need now.

    June 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Jero

    Thats the problem with McCain and other Republicans, they think the US is some kind of God in the world who can tell other nations what to do, or else threaten with war. Obama has a more calm and steadier approach to iran and N-Korea. Obama is trying to break down the wall and build a bridge, and getting a result that is best for BOTH countries. While republicans are building loop holes for their guns in the walls. Give it some time, we elect a president for a period for 4 years, not 6 months. Same advice i want to give to the healthcare bill. TAKE YOUR TIME! and get a good bill.

    June 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. JonDie

    McCain's a senile old fool; who cares what he thinks? This is the guy who during the campaign didn't know the difference between Iraq and Iran.

    June 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Tom

    Bipartisanship is a two-way deal. The Republican Party seems to be dominated right now with bomb-throwers unwilling to work with the President.

    June 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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