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. Gil

    He's right, and he is a "Loser" from choosing sarah palin to running for president. When will we ever hear the word, "Yes" from the republicans? They say they will filabuster the Supreme Court choice of Obama's before he has even named a man or woman for the job.

    April 5, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. frank

    Not surprised. He blindly followed the leader into the disaster of Iraq. The only thing mavericky was his not supporting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which proved to be insightful. Romney reamed him for that...if others had the guts then, we might not be where we are now. I guess he's a flip flop (just in time for the nice weather). Arizona needs a Democratic Senator.

    April 5, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    McCain spent his entire political life talking about how great bipartisanship is, but then his party took a hard right turn and started calling the other side a bunch of communist Muslim fascist socialist terrorists.

    So now the GOP base sees bipartisanship as sympathizing with a bunch of communist Muslim fascist socialist terrorists, and a sign of weakness. Just like when he selected Palin to be his running mate, we are now seeing that he is willing do to anything to salvage his political career.

    We really dodged a bullet when it didn't elect this unstable man and his dimwitted running mate.

    April 5, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Amy

    This is why McCain lost in November to Obama-because he's not a maverick anymore, he's a puppet of the righ wing conservatives!
    Mavericks get things done, they attract moderates, independents, liberals, and some democrats. The only votes McCain is attracting is right wing conservatives and tea partiers. You can't get elected that way, and you can't get things done in Washington without reaching across the aisle. McCain used to know that.

    April 5, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. SC-Pub "no" more

    JOHN, YOU HAVE LOST YOUR MIND....We were subjected to you and Palin rant incessantly for months about your "maverickness." You either are a lier or senile!

    This is bullsh#t!

    April 5, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Linda, Mormonville, Utah

    Maverick? No. McCain, in pandering to the right wing "hatriot" bunch, has shown his colors to be that of a soul-less, moral-less, compassion-less right wing nutjobs. Good job Johnny!

    April 5, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Pete Edmonds

    I believe McCain has done his thing, and needs to go away. If he sticks around, his impact will be nothing but negative. That's not the best way to exit. Hooking up with Palin was REALLY stupid, just like her. Try a greacful exit, John, and our memories of you will be much better.

    April 5, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Linda, Mormonville, Utah

    Caron in Studio City April 5th, 2010 5:00 pm ET

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



    April 5, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. historian

    Now you know why I'm not voting for him. He doesn't know what he is doing and by having Sarah Palin campaign for him, he really loses some credibility. Why can't he stand on his own two feet?

    April 5, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Loving the goofy remarks from some of the liberals. I guess there are no issues to be addressed in the Democratic party, huh? Rangel pay his taxes yet? You don't llike McCain or Palin, fine nobody has an issue with that! Problem is Your guys always beg for respect for folks in your party. How about showing some for folks in the other party! I will submit there is disrespect on both side! Somebody has to be the grownup here! I volunteer, how about you?

    April 5, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Moki, Tucson

    I've already written John and told him I won't vote for anyone who is angry, emotional and beyond reason. In otherwords, he's not getting my vote.

    April 5, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Mark

    He is a moderate verses the left wing radical dictator we have in the white house now.

    April 5, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. D.

    He is what he says he is, the only politician who is honest (thus was not supported as much by industries as the anointed one!)

    April 5, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Hawk in Texas

    He is a nut job and traitor.

    April 5, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. newsie34

    Looks like he's outa there... wow... I'm impressed with where things are going finally! Congrats! The wing-nuts are being driven into the margins and progressives have finally grown a hefty pair!!!

    April 5, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Ann-in Oh

    Sarah, my dear you are dreaming. McSame could not have handled the pressure and Palin would have been way to close to that big red phone. Not a scenerio I want to even think about.... Maverick, Indeed...LOL

    April 5, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Dwayne

    One year he runs under the "Maverick" banner for President. More than a year later he runs for Senate and says he is "Not a Maverick"--oh thats such a maverick thing to do!! 😀

    PS I voted for him, and I hope he wins reelection because he is a good Senator...but this campaign is sad.

    April 5, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    John McCain serves the entire country in the US Senate and we will all be better off when he is elected again by the good people of Arizona.

    It's too bad so many Americans were tricked into believing Obama's campaign promises, very few of which survived the election. John McCain would have been the right guy to pull America out of these economic challenges. Certainly the country would be about $4 trillion less in debt and in better economic shape than we are now. Under Obama it has only gotten worse on both counts.

    April 5, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Wmscot

    I am one of those LIbs that the right winger keep whining about but I was for John when he was up against GW and we did not have much of a field to pick from. He was a maverick back then but unfortunatly he has lost it. Lost it with that cute nut case from AK and lost it when went back on some of the promises he made to the American public thses last few months. Sorry John we loved ya once !

    April 5, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    There was a time when I respected this man. But after he walked away from his own moral values so he could gain Republican support for President, I lost it.
    Apparently, he forgot who he is, and where he comes from. Apparently, he is having a very senior moment.
    I would say it's best for the state of Arizona, and probably this country if this man just walks away and retires... He's served... he needs a vacation.

    April 5, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. sara

    Poor John, going down by a "teabagger".

    April 5, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Phillip Bunn

    I never considered him a "Mavrick" either; just an "Old Fart!

    April 5, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay McCain, you're NOT a 'maverick' even though that's what YOU called yourself during the campaign.

    BUT....you're definitely SENILE and a two-faced LIAR.

    Oh, and you're awfully good at crashing airplanes and NOT being thrown out of the military for doing so AND singing like a jailbird against your fellow captives.

    April 5, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Gerry

    Yea he anit no gambler,, right and his pal -in crime isn't a quiter hahahahaha we all need a good laugh sometimes.

    April 5, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    To maverick or not to maverick, that is the question. John, John, John. It was just a short year ago when you and what's her name were claiming to be the original mavericks. In fact what's her name called you a maverick just last month. Are you getting that old that you can no longer remember the mavericky days? I guess now you think being a puppet is better, McCain the Puppet. Doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Oh well, guess you've joined the rest of the GOP as just being hypocrites.

    April 5, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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