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. Sean

    CNN: the mouthpiece for Republican criticism of Obama (you know, the guy with a 60 plus approval rating, more than his last two predecessors at the same time in their presidencies.) Every time I go on this site, there is another spicy headline of a conservative talking head lambasting Obama.

    Honestly, why give them such a voice, so often? America spoke, and the vast majority of the electorate wanted them to hit the bench, and let another team take over the game. They LOST, McCain LOST. Why? Because they screwed our nation up with their policies.

    There's nothing wrong with critical analysis, so long as it is substantive, and balanced with an opposing view. Too often, CNN seems determined to woo Fox News viewers, propping up the minority party and its archaic ideology.

    June 21, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. CNN's-A-Tool

    commentor "nota dem" should be blocked from posting – what kind of sick crap is that? CNN, why wld u allow such garbage to be posted – maybe because u've devolved into nothing more than a sensationalistic news magazine? that's why the huff post is smacking u down on its webpage on the iran story – i don't expect this to be printed since it's not the trash u like to print

    p.s. McShame is a has been as is most of the repug party –

    June 21, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    BB June 21st, 2009 5:52 pm ET

    McSenile, do yourself and the country a favor and shut up!

    Hey............BB...............the name is....... McCain..... not.... "Mcsenile".,,, Show a little respect to one of many military HERO'S. There are several issues I do not agree with regarding Senator McCain, but I will ALWAYS respect a military HERO...........you might try doing the same. You just might find you like yourself a little better. And by the way BB, Senator McCain did do this country a favor by putting his life on the line for this country. Bet it's more than you can say.

    June 21, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. sue

    The bi-partisan road goes both way-if only one side is willing to play, you are not going to have much of a game...the last thing that GOPs want is bi-partisanship. Mccain & his croonys having being doing everything in their power to NOT work with this president...The GOP have no intention of being bi-partisan,so why should obama even try?
    It's up to the gop to come on board, or watch from the sidelines-we are all going forward-thye want to stay back in the dark ages-so be it!

    June 21, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. S M R

    Why should Obama be biparticin ? The Ideals and policies of the right are what got us into this huge mess.

    June 21, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    The truth is, Obama has done well without help from the republicants.


    there ya go!

    June 21, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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