April 5th, 2010
10:38 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain says he's no 'maverick'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/05/art.mccain.mav.gi.jpg caption ="In an interview with Newsweek, John McCain said he doesn't consider himself a maverick."](CNN) - Play word association with the name "John McCain" and "maverick" is certain to pop up.

After all, McCain's presidential campaign repeatedly dubbed the Arizona Republican "the original maverick" and late last month McCain's former running mate, Sarah Palin, urged a crowd in Tucson to "send the maverick back to the Senate!"

But there's only one problem: McCain, who faces a difficult primary challenge from the right, says he's no maverick.

"I never considered myself a maverick," the senator told Newsweek this week. "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."

McCain faces a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth and has come under criticism for being too moderate on a variety of issues, including immigration. Several leading Tea Party activists in Arizona have decided not to endorse McCain or Hayworth, criticizing both of their records while serving in Congress.

Palin, who remains popular with the conservative voters McCain is hoping to court, campaigned with the Arizona senator last month. It was the first time the two appeared publicly since their 2008 bid for the White House came to an end.

Following Palin's recent appearance for McCain, the senator's campaign released a 90-second video of the two .

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Marnie

    I respect him for his service to our country, but want to throw tomatoes at him for inflicting Sarah Palin on us. Now she won't go away.

    April 5, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. me/ca

    I already knew that, may he can tell Mrs. Palin.

    April 5, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. John - Colorado

    John McCain had some real positives including good ethics, not accepting pork in bills for his state, and driving for what he thought was right.
    He also has some fatal flaws that come out every time he is backed into a corner and/or during a crisis: He shoots from the hip and makes knee jerk decisions such as choosing Sarah Pailin for running mate and also asking for her help with his Senate campaign. He also has a temper that he seems to have mostly under more control over the last few years. All good reasons for not being the person that can is making global level decisions (e.g. launching a war). Not recognizing the impact of throwing his "branding" (even if it were a cavalier remark) is poor judgment. Even understanding that past behavior, I have no clue why he distanced himself from his maverick branding. Something is really wrong!

    April 5, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. proud dem in nc

    No he isn't a maverick!!! He never was. He's always been a D.C. insider. Sarah, the quitter, is no rogue. They're both 2 hypocrites. Wish they would both just disappear..... quickly. He's washed up and she's just out to fatten her purse. Losers!!!!

    April 5, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Shannon

    I was convinced during the election that McCain is suffering from early onset dementia, especially after saying the economy is fundamentally sound the very day AIG collapsed (a company which survived the Great Depression). He remains power hungry as ever and he is one bitter individual after having been slaughtered during the election.

    The best article written on McCain was published in Rolling Stone. The article really gives the reader a feel for McCain, his polluted gene pool and his never ending thirst for power.

    Do us all a favor and go away old man!

    April 5, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Lisa Mitchell

    These two should make a remake of Dumb and Dumber! Not that Sarah carries any credibility anyways, but would it not behoove these two circus clowns to communicate before the take a national stage together? At least this time, Johnny is admitting that the bimbo barbie doesn't know what she is talking about!

    April 5, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. northern cousin

    Wow....how can a guy go from distinguished Vietnam war veteran to "I'll do/say anything to keep my job". Have you know shame? You are almost 80 years old and you'd sell your soul for a luke endorsement from the wing-nut tea party mob. It's obvious you think they're a bunch of dimwits, but you'll stoop to anything, including "paling" around with Sarah Palin, to get re-elected.

    Have you know dignity? Is this your legacy?

    April 5, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. jbakaregit

    People, people, calm down.

    All McCain is saying that he no longer needs to keep up the image that he and the media created for himself post-Keating 5 scandal.

    April 5, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    That's so like Republicans. Always flip flopping to suit their needs. I'm sure now he's a right wing extremist.

    April 5, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. JonDie

    John "the maverick" McCain was an invention of the media, not the truth.

    April 5, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    McCain has obviously lost his mind. Time for retirement!!! SERIOUSLY!

    April 5, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Max Par in NY

    maybe mccain forgot his meds..."I'm no sane person"

    April 5, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Tom

    I hope you don't get re elected, it's time to retire!

    April 5, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Minnesotan

    We know, John, we know. You've never been a 'maverick,' but rather just another lackey, pawn, minion, tool and pathetic excuse for a human being being suckered by the lies and manure coming from the Republican Party.

    April 5, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Indy

    It does not matter what he say's, he brought the devil into the spotlight with Sarah Palin and has 0 credibility these days. He was an admirable man but has done nothing for Arizona and his entire ambition is to bring "That One" down and has stated he is on strike until November. His reasons for running again at this age are entirely for the wrong reasons, and I am sure Cindy wants to keep his temper out of the many houses she owns

    April 5, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Somewhereuphere

    MaCAIN must be suffering the ravages of Alzheimers,... he sounded incoherent and kept repeating himself during his Palin love fest. He should just retire with some dignity, and allow a younger person to take his seat. He's merely a shell of the man he used to be,.. and is being manipulated, and humiliated.

    April 5, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Rick in Az

    Take a nap old man.

    April 5, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Steve in VA

    He's done. Time to pack it in McCain.

    April 5, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Julia

    Such harsh comments. Especially from the crowd that elected the ultimate wishy-washy junior Senator from Illinois. How's the financial reform working out for ya, Dems? Oh right, you can't reform the people who so heavily donate to your campaigns. Here's another one for ya: Check out who Nancy Pelosi's largest campaign donor is. Then check the health care bill, which exempts them from penalties. Ooooooh right. That bill is for the people!

    April 5, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Perusing-through


    This is the type of b.s. that ticks off millions of voters. This hypocrite, John 'Molasses' McCain, spent $millions of his wife's dollars, all across the U.S. to ensure it sticks in everyone's mine that McCain is the "original maverick".

    Now this 'erratic crazy old man' wants Arizona voters to forget his year long campaign about McCain being the original maverick.


    April 5, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Kari

    Sarah Palin called him a maverick a week ago and he just stood there smiling and nodding. Hmmm.

    April 5, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. The Timetraveler

    John McCain was a weak candidate to begin with. Palin was added to further weaken the Republican ticket. B.O. aka POTUS was an inexperienced candidate. The elections of 2008 followed eight years of an inept Republican President although the last two years of his term the Congress was controlled by the Dems. Now fours has passed and nothing has been done to change anything. I, personally, think that there is something terribly wrong with this picture. There is something sinister happening behind the scenes and we are being taken on a ride by the "Magicians". While we are watching the right hand, the left hand is setting us up for the trick. Perhaps you/we should be looking for answer and not just blindly commenting.

    April 5, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Jim G Pa.

    It's pathetic to see how far this once American hero has sunk..He's now nothing but a bitter old man who like all politicians has put his personal ambitions before his country's well being..So, so sad...

    April 5, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. normajean

    Strange, how John Mc Cain was so into anything his vice presidential choice Sarah Palin said or did as long as she seemed to be promoting him, but slowly she started to push her own agenda and by election time he was keeping his distance.,However, I think I do remember him answering to the term "Maverick" We all know that she did until she found a name she thought was more attractive ."Rogue" which she obviously didn't know the real meaning of. Oh well, that's Sarah who can see Russia from her porch.

    April 5, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Ren Car

    I didn't vote for McCain but I would pick him over JD. JD is a right wing lunatic

    April 5, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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