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. Dennis

    John McCain is a class act. America is worse for never having him as President.

    June 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. usualone

    It isn't President Obama who has not crossed party lines in the attempt to gain bipartisanship. The majority of the Republicans do not want to even consider it. That is very clear in everything I read and hear from the Republicans. They DO NOT want to work together in any respect. Yes, their philosophies are different and therefore that is a hindrance. They will not bend at all.

    June 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. yvonne

    Yeh he says he's doing good and in the same breath says hes wrong for not boarding the Korean ship, John McCain has memory issue's I think, his mind changes like the weather

    June 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Jackie

    McCain is just bitter. the president do not need a back handed compliment. McCain you are not the president so please do not tell him what to do with Iran, I think he has struck the right tone. Why would we think you would give him a complete, because if you did
    that all those republicans would be upset with you and then Sean
    Hannity would not have you on the fox net work.

    June 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. wag

    I'm quite sure, it has made Obamas day, to know exactly what
    McCain thinks...Why should he?

    June 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Mark

    Of course he does, Obama has taken on most of McCain's platform.

    Didn't end Iraq war.
    Taxing Health Care benefits.
    Economy is fundamentally strong.
    Won't release information he said he would.

    Need I go on?
    Will this get published?

    June 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. truthsayer

    Is this a joke....the party of no talking about bipartisanship?!!!

    June 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Andy

    This is a good assessment. He has definitely been moving on his promises. Hopefully they will be effective. I think a little time to asses would be good for everyone.

    June 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Ajw

    You know I see John McCain talked about by CNN even more than Obama. Really... who cares what McCain thinks? Did CNN run this many stories about what John Kerry thought during 2005? I don't think so.

    June 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. SF Serg

    It's hard to accept this at face value. I find it highly doubtful that McCain is offering genuine praise. I think he realized how negative it is every he and the GOP criticize and oppose the President. I hope he doesn't still have Presidential aspirations. I thought he was going to retire.

    June 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. B.H.

    Obama has tried every way possible to get the GOP on board to no avail!
    McCain has road blocked every attempt by Obama to be " bipartisan".
    The GOP wants it their way or No way.

    June 21, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. ninos

    Right, Senator. As if you have extended your support for anything this POTUS tries to accomplish!! Just stay away from the camera, Mr. Senator. You've become just as irrelevant as your stupid party and that thing you introduced us to during the campaign!!

    June 21, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Dave in Omaha

    Hey McCain, when the other guy can only say no to everything you offer you can"t be bipartisan. The republican party has been about as disrespectful to this president than at anytime in our history.....

    Shame on all of you!!

    June 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    wow John you think president Obama hasn't been.
    how can you be bipartisan when all the republican party people say NO to everything this president is trying to do .. wake up Mccain .the race for the office is over and you and the dip stick woman lost
    why not try to be possative and help the president . and with Iran would you just go over there and kick their ass. like a Bush Cheney move .. that is what we are now trying not to do ..threats and fear.
    stay in Arizon and get every thing your good ol" boys want in the state with out pork barrel projects .it will help the country .by saving money
    no more republican lies

    AMERICA has spoken


    June 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Champly

    Oh good grief....who cares what McCain has to say now. He had a chance to stop this Marxist thug but he fancy danced around afraid to insult him. Now we have to endure the biggest insult in American history, the presence of a Marxist/Leninist in the White House.

    June 21, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. JDB

    More ramblings from a sore loser. McCain lost all credibility on his election run – his pandering to the far right and his selection of palin relegated him to a party patsy.

    June 21, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. jim

    i beg to differ. our president has been decidedly bipartisan ... even to the point of appointing republicans to various posts and offices.

    it's the republicans who've been the party of no.

    June 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter 08-12

    Those people on who here who choose to spew hate, lies and ignorance about President Obama spending precious time with his lovely girls are just jealous because your own daddy despised spending time with you. And can you blame him? Look at how you exude hatred, lies, and ignorance it would be hard to take you out for a frozen treat let alone spend one minute in your presence. Get over it and move on these young girls are sweet and innocent and deserve every minute they get with their father. This is for the story about Obama and his daughters going out for a frozen treat. Please post CNN since you decide to close comments while I was in the midst of commenting on that story. Thanks.

    June 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. LA2NC

    Bipartianship requires that BOTH sides be willing. It's time that all in Congress step up to do what's right for OUR country. I'm so sick of the mess from both sides of the fence. Get it together !!!!!!!

    June 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Nev

    I can support that. Kudos to McCain for continuing (along with Colin Powell) to represent the dignified side of the Republican Party.

    June 21, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Wet Blanket on Progress..

    well it's kinda hard to be partisan when the Grand Opposition Party lives up to their name of saying no to everything.

    You cannot get anything done by saying NO, so the President went right past them.

    June 21, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. maripil

    At long last someone from the party of NO, ( republicans) have something positive to say to President Obama! What kind of food did McCain have for that day anyway???

    June 21, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Johnny DC

    Absolutely true on the lack of bipartisanship from this President. The Liberals will rally and scream "party of No", etc etc... but when has your "Party of Yes" done anything even remotely bipartisan?

    I'm not saying our last GOP President was even the slightest bit bipartisan. And he was wrong in doing such. There, I said it. I can admit it.

    Let's see one of you Liberal sheep make the same obvious, accurate assessment of their leader?

    June 21, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Dee, 1 Vote

    Thank's Mc "The Loster" BUT, your bipartinsan team is that they are Winer's. Steele, Cheney, Rush, and the GOP nut's are not "BI-PAR"!

    June 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. BM

    McCain is a bitter old man. He and Sarah palin have not realized that they are history. How can McCain guve anyone a grade when he wouldn't have graduated from the Naval Academy, had it not been fro his father.
    If anyone listens to McCain, he would have troops into Iran to bomb, bomb, bomb. He knows nothing about foreign policy. He is dillusional like his running mate, Palin who wants to continue to distract the world with her Katie Couric interview.

    June 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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