April 5th, 2010
10:38 PM ET
12 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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  1. GBO

    So, does dat mean S.P. is the only maverick left in the US?

    April 5, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    In 2008, all Republicans became moderates in order to disassociate with Bush and Cheney.
    Now- less than 2 years later, they all wan to embrace the most conservative of their party's members .
    They think that this transformation will get them the "Tea Party" vote.
    The irony is how few member there are of this zealot group and how few truly conservatives there are in general.
    So let them win their primaries. When they try and revert back to the middle, I hope their voters hold them accountable and vote elsewhere.

    April 5, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Shelly

    Senator McCain....PLEASE RESIGN. You are hypocritical and delusional just like the Republican't Party.

    April 5, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. xavier

    It is so sad to see what mcCain has become. He is right however, he is no maverick. A maverick would still have a pair.

    April 5, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    John McCain needs to go away. I've been to his state and it is a complete mess. There is so much corruption is isn't funny. You can buy any permit or license to do business or build. I know people there that operate business's without a license and no one cares. They just pay them off.

    April 5, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. brian in denver

    As a fellow decorated Vietnam veteran, I think it's time for John McCain to retire gracefully before he's dumped for being an anachronistic old, white, rich, bigoted politician. Desparation is not attractive, nor is his current attempt to recreate his image. He still deserves a grateful country's respect in his final years. But please let your public career go, Mr. McCain

    April 5, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Bobbie J

    If he wins his primary, then come the general he'll go all mavericky again.

    Gee between the ignoramus Hayworth and the poor old dithering McCain the republicans in Arizona are up the creek.

    April 5, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Gop

    I see no story at all. he knows it has hurt him with Republicans so now he wants nothing to do with that name.

    but the problem is he had no problem holding his hand out to liberals and because of that he will not be re-elected.

    Sorry John but When you lay down with the dogs, you get up with the fleas!

    April 5, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. james

    This guy will say anything to get elected, or it may be his communist handlers are confused on what they should have him do next, it has been along time since he was in prison camp and the brain washing might be wearing off a bit.

    April 5, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Chris

    He may not consider himself a maverick but he is most definitely a double-talker.

    Typical politician...say anything to get re-elected. Kick him to the curb!

    April 5, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. andrewstl

    i consider him a fool and someone who will say anything.

    what a joke.
    how was that turd sandwich having to have palin stick up for you.

    listed to your daughter she is the sharpest person in your family

    April 5, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Arlene, Illinois

    He reminds me of an old horse headed for the glue factory.

    April 5, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. AJ

    No kidding. Mccain is a tired old troll. Too bad the Vietcong didnt keep him!

    April 5, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. TonyInLargo

    John McCain is a Patriot and has served America better than 99.9 % of us ever could. Facing Death in conflict and being imprisoned for many years is something that some of us could not stomach and survive. That past tells us where his heart is.

    That said, he should retire and enjoy his status as a noble American Hero. I believe that the solutions for our economic recovery and to solve the other problems confronting us today, require the ideas presented by our current President and the Congress, and not those fenced by the Republican Party which he embraces. The latter tells us where his intellect is.

    April 5, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Celeste

    Mr. McCain is an embarrassing career politicians who need to retire. It is wrong for a veteran politician like this man to be defeated for President and then actively, help in trying to destabilize our government. Mr. McCain was a active participate in our country job lose, housing problems, insurance and banking problems. The last of the Maverick’s conscience may have made him realize that he is really a coward. It is a coward who sits quietly while others harm others and refuse to do right for the greater good. Mr. McCain, you are rich, so go and get lost in your six homes and remember, the small people out here that paid your check while you didn’t need it, will remember your cowardly acts, while you just said no to helping put us on track.

    April 5, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Bryant Gill

    Why is tis comment surprising to anyone that has followed his career?

    He will say anything and adopt any position to get himself elected.

    He's an angry, out of touch, politician that is on his way out.

    Lie on Johnnie!

    April 5, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. wait a minute...I've got it!

    I have an idea to save the country. Let's fire all of the politicians in November, and only elect loud mouthed radio/TV talk show hosts whose job it is the fill the atmosphere with anywhere from 1 to 3 hours worth of 'microphone methane' every day. These people see things clearly in black and white and have all the solutions to everything. If only the elected members of government were as smart as them!

    April 5, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. chan

    It's alright McCain... Obama never delivered on his title of delivering change either. Obama = communism in the making

    April 5, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. sue

    This is why I said he was too old to President – his memory is totally gone!

    April 5, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Buck Faded

    Does he think the American people are this dumb?

    Apparently we all are quite dumb, we let Obama into the whitehouse and take control of our once privately operaeted healthcare system and then run up our nations deficit thru the roof...and we have 3 more years of radical change coming from him, scarry....

    April 5, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. hongli

    Then Sarah Palin was ,is and will always be a LIAR for calling McCain a MAVERICK. Shame,Shame,Shame!

    April 5, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Steve-Illinois

    This is why we need to dump all these career politicians and vote people in who will represent their electorate!!!! Have you ever noticed everyone of them will say whatever he thinks will give them a vote, even if they said just the opposite last week?

    We need to elect people that will represent us and have some COMMON SENSE!!!!!

    April 5, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. hongli

    John,you are the GREATEST FLIP- FLOPPER . RIP

    April 5, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    This is just plain sad.

    April 5, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. John in WV

    John....You will be anything it takes to destroy the middle class.

    April 5, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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