July 31st, 2009
06:10 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Obama has not changed Washington

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/31/art.mccainking0731.gi.jpg caption="Watch John King's interview with Sen. John McCain Sunday on State of the Union."](CNN) - Despite his campaign-trail promises, President Obama has failed to change the partisan tone in Washington, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Friday.

"I'm afraid they have," Obama's former presidential rival told CNN's John King when asked if the administration has 'failed' in delivering on its repeated pledge of bipartisanship.

"Look they've got the votes. We understand that. They had the votes in the stimulus package, in the budget, in the Omnibus, in the SCHIP, all this legislation. And they have picked off, sometimes, two or three Republicans," McCain continued. "But that's not changing the climate in Washington."

"What that is, is exercising a significant majority," the Arizona Republican continued. "And so I - I respect their successes, but please don't call it changing the climate in Washington."

John King's full interview with McCain will air Sunday on State of The Union at 9 a.m. ET.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Had McCain won the Presidency he would have changed not only Washington, but the country as a whole.


    Sarah Palin as Vice President would have made racial and religious bigotry socially acceptable as it would be justified by a false American Conservative Bastardization of European Christianity.

    Goodbye Angry Old Broken Fool. You will never be President, nor will the Bigot White Trash Princess you were so enamored with.

    July 31, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Dee

    When will a Republican...any Republican...say anything at all positive about our President,,,his policies...his ideas. Come on now he can't do and say EVERYTHING wrong. I thought John McCain was a better man. Listening to every single Republican on any station or in print tripping over their tongue to say absolutely nothing positive is getting old fast. It would haved been nice to hear McCain try to be objective.
    it's like they want to pretend the election never happened and we are going to skip from George Bush to whomever the Republicans nominate in 2012. I am tired of hearing about 2012. Let's work on 2009.

    July 31, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. KC

    Is he serious!! George W. and the Rep left this country is a complete mess. What person in their right mind would believe that any person Democrat or Republican could change the US of America in 6 months. It's confirmed, McCain is out of touch with reality.... and anyone who believes his nonsense.....

    July 31, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. cgevara

    sore loser Mccain ain't we???

    July 31, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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