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. RCLGuard

    ...and he never was.

    April 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Henry

    Jon Stewart put it best:


    April 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. jm for sc

    LOL, what will McCain not say to be re-elected. They all but made a song out of the word "Maverick" during the 08 campaign. What happened? He should have learned from the 08 campaign that Sarah would embarrass him.

    April 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Lee - Austin, TX

    Makes total sense within the context of this past two years. Sarah Palin, while she was the out-of-left-field, knee-jerk choice, proved via her shocking incompetence that John McCain is willing to do and say anything in order to win, and is in fact no Maverick...at least where being a politician is concerned. His choosing her, and subsequently staying (for the most part) silent about her ravings this year, even though he irresponsibly unleashed her upon us, has stripped all the mavericky credibility John McCain had left.

    April 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Beverly - NYC

    This man is a poster for term limits.

    April 5, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Ron

    He used to be a maverick and was proud of it. Now, to appease the right-wing of the party, he's got to back track on ALL of those "maverick" stands he ever took. He's right. He's no longer the maverick so many of us admired. He is getting more pitiful by the day.

    April 5, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Cindy

    I think, he used to be a Maverick... but his Mavericking days are over. Like... Star Wars used to be a cool movie, but now it's old and a little cheesy.

    There's still room on the Senate floor for an old, classic Maverick. At least until Arizona can find a better replacement than J.D. Hayworth... cause he's no maverick...

    April 5, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. CR

    Say what? John McCain and the rest of GOP are desperate. They will say anything at this point. Flush!

    April 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. DAT67

    Nowadays, apparently, "the best of his abilities" is simply obstructionism.

    April 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Wow – it's one thing to distance yourself from a past statement, but he ran his whole presidential campaign based on him being a "maverick," willing to buck the system.

    I used to admire John McCain; then I was disappointed when he sold himself out to Jerry Falwell; then I was disgusted by his lack of backbone in letting Karl Rove pick Palin as his running mate.

    Now I just feel sorry for him. He has compromised himself beyond repair.

    And here he is insulting his supporters and the American public, asking us to forget what he said less than two years ago.

    How can he do these things with a straight face?

    April 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    WOW. Dementia much Sen`or McPampers? Someone call the men in white coats...it may be time to finally put granpa in "the home"...get this man an Aricept/Namenda cocktail stat!!!!

    April 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Proud DEM

    Oh no...here comes Queen Sister Sarah "tea" Palin....she is going to have a fit, and Johnny boy..you are in trouble come November. You just slapped the Queen of the tea bagger cult in the face and that's a no, no...How is that maverick, mavericky working out for ya??

    April 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. MarioNYC

    The McCain that chided the late Jerry Falwell, of the religious right wing as "intolerant" 6 years ago–THAT was maverick (until he was forced to take it back)!
    John, just take your Gertol, prune juice and retire with whatever's left of your dignity.

    April 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. hm,florida

    now he's not a maverick???? now he is?? wow. i find this even for mccain an all time low. well, maybe bringing back palin to show her mavericism was the all time low. hard to pick

    April 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    Long before Republican Senator John McCain personally obstructed and BLOCKed ongoing Senate Hearings to fund and help Homeless Veterans across America, I stopped listening to John McCain.

    I can't think of a worse example for a Senate lawmaker that is operating on the premise of serving the people of the United States.

    Who cares what you think you are John McCain? You are a fraud, a hypocrite and a utterly pathetic example of a public servant for the people.

    April 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Lola

    Once again....Now do we know why he is not president.

    April 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. lila

    Poor McCain. Maybe if he took some pork to his state for badly needed projects (by no means are all earmarks bridges to nowhere) his state would not be in such a depression.

    April 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. badcyclist

    No maverick, just a tool.

    April 5, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. www.usdebtclock.org

    McCain is the biggest flip-flopper Arizona has ever seen. Bragged about being a maverick throughout the 2008 campaign. On some issues like earmarks and wasteful defense spending he is right, but on the big issues of downsizing government he has been AWOL and on other issues he has been an apologist for the nanny-state.

    April 5, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. gar

    He couldn't remeber how many houses he owns either. Maybe he should check with his staff to find out if he's mavericky now or not...

    April 5, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. San Jose,CA

    McCain announced he is not a maverick... and then yelled at the kids to get off the lawns- of all the 7 homes he owns.

    April 5, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Campaign slogans change. That one was to distance himself from Dubya.....which wasn't entirely successful at the time.

    Now It is time to revert back to the "business" of representing the people.

    April 5, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Robert in Texas

    I guess the old out-of-touch geezer forgot what his talking points were supposed to be...

    April 5, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. SMC, central PA

    McCain stopped being a "maverick" when he lost to Bush in 2000. After that he fell off the deep end with the rest of the wingnut far right who were falling over each other to be in Bush's coattails. How'd that Bushy-Paliney-changey thing work out for ya?

    April 5, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Steve

    I like the political windsock tag..He and Mitt can't even remember what they are anymore..Time to go Johnny boy..its over....

    April 5, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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