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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Clint, Wa.

    John, John,John, just incase you have forgotten, your name is, John McCain.

    "I consider myself a person who serves the people of (where do I live?) to the best of Sarah's abilities."

    April 5, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Greg in Texas

    Just another Republican Obstructionist. Nothing to look at here people, move along and vote for a more qualified candidate. If there are 5 million people in Arizona I would bet there are at least 4,999,999 more qualified candidates than John McCain. He should be running for nursing home hall monitor.

    April 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Angi's Mom

    Hey, McCain and I finally agree on something.

    April 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. gg

    "He can see Mexico from his house" is about as funny as it gets!!! Thanks for the laugh Duck Fallas

    April 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Dubya

    He was for mavericks before he was against them

    April 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. vette gal

    First he is, then he isn't. This poor guy is so old he can't make up his mind anymore. Evidently he doesn't realize all of us remember the months and months of him telling us what a maverick he is. LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE! Another typical politican trying to save his career, when it never should have been a career in the first place. Term limits please!

    April 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. EDDIE

    How is he going to get all mavericky now?

    April 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Michael

    For "people of Arizona", read "the wealthy of Arizona".
    McCain is a straight-up guy, a real honest elected official; the only problem is he is completely unaware of the existence of real human beings who make less than $1000000 per year. He is convinced that all those people in workplaces and on the street are androids with no feelings, biological needs, or human rights.
    But in this respect McCain is just another Republican.

    April 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    I'm confused.

    Guess he doesn't know WHAT he is... (or, more likely, he's whatever he needs to be at the moment to get the votes)

    April 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Caron in Studio City

    How's that 'mavericky' thing workin out for ya?

    April 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Joel

    obviously Laura from Boston you did not live through the S&L crisis that John McCain was caught orchestrating and weaseled his way out of while us peons lost their shirts. No earmarks?! You better take a closer look at his base of contributors which is public record.

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. chris tx

    "Party before Country" – McCain '10

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Amar

    Good work old man. Flip flopping for strictly political purposes. He WAS a maverick when he was running for president as to not align himself with Bush. But now that he's in his conservative home state, all of a sudden he's a proud, unwavering conservative. This guy doesn't know what he wants. What a blowhard.

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Dear Arizona,

    You know what this means right? It means you should elect a Democrat. John McCain should start a well deserved retirement and that other Bozo can go back to talk radio where he belongs.

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Colorado

    McCain is just one more old white guy (ie Republican) that is quickly losing his grasp at the top of the heap. OMG, we have a black pres and AG, an Hispanic Supreme Court judge, a female SEC State, and a gay House Banking Committee chaiman. What is this world coming to? Not like the good old days, unless you weren't a white, male, hetero.

    McCain, you've had your fun and lived a life of priviledge. Go home to Cindy and thank God she hasn't decided to trade you in on a real man.

    April 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. The Unsub

    Oh....he likes the Dallas Mavericks!

    April 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Sarah

    I know people are going to jump all over me for this, but as Republicans go McCain is not such a bad sort. He has agendas I don't agree with and I did not vote for him, but I don't think America would have gone to hell in a handbasket had he been elected. He seems to be an earnest and stalwart public servant.

    This sentiment however does not in any way extend to Sarah Palin, quitter extraordinaire.

    April 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. gar

    "Like most Republicans, he is worthless as as elected official" is absolutely the truth. I will never vote for a Republican.

    April 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. KLK

    We already know you're no maverick, Johnny Mac. You lost that distinction when you chose Silly Sarah as you're running mate.

    April 5, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Jean

    The man had a lot of heart, HAD. It is time for him to retire. Past experience is very important, but the man just does not want to grow.
    Somehow he has joined the regurgitation factor of the Republican Party that is going down in flames, not Pelosi.

    April 5, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |

    Wingnuts actually nominated McDoofus to run for President. They paid dearly and we are still paying with his VP choice running around with terrorists in the teaparty.

    April 5, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. ted

    Oh John, tell us it ain't so. Are you losing it, pal? YOu have been known as a maverick for years. The most mavericky thing you did was dig up that loser Sarah Palin out of the deep shadows and make the twit your running mate. Are you now regretting being mavericky and doing mavericky things? That's OK, John. Why don't you just stop running and go to your hacienda in Arizona and enjoy endless Budweiser from your wife's fortune and write your mavericky memoirs.

    April 5, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. James Napoli

    This is the guy who said he would not cooperate with the Democrats at all this year. And that is how he serves the American people - fueling the bitter division in this country. Not what we need in Washington

    April 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Scott

    Okay I expect politicians to change their tune from time to time, all of them, including the “good ones” will change their message, shift their positions, etc. However, this is just a bit too extreme, when someone tried so hard to sell themselves as an independent now, less than two years later, completely does an about face. I guess his pollsters were finding that people weren’t buying the, “I’m a maverick”, he is losing it, or he is really getting desperate for votes and wants to now sell he is going to march right down the party line.

    April 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Richard in Montana

    you may be no maverick but you sure do whine more than one.

    April 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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