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. Mark

    There was a time when I respected McCain because he was an independent thinker and seemed to truly want to help the country rather than just get re-elected...

    Sadly, while I don't know just what happened to him or what the neocons started to put into his coffee every day, now it looks like it's time for him to just diminish and go into the west.

    April 5, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Subbu Iyer

    Hehehe... John Kerry must be hurrying to the store to get a pair of flip flops gift wrapped!!!

    April 5, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Carol

    Maybe he's getting senile.

    April 5, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Waldemar Sanabria

    I am saddened to see a man who has displayed such magnificent physical courage reduced to a craven coward by the loud uninformed and unprincipled mob that has apparently taken over the Republcan party.

    Throughout the country, Republicans are running to the extreme right to get the support of the teabaggers and the nomination. How will that play when they have to face the general electorate, who lives in the center, or when you have to govern? The question is shall we have an American version of the Taliban, be ruled by no-conpromise hardliners, or the democracy ruled by the majority we all expect?

    April 5, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Brian from washington

    Imagine, we could be hearing this in the second year of a McCain/Palin Presidency. Phew, is this country lucky!

    April 5, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Norm

    McCain’s not a “maverick”, he’s just lost it and is all over the board. It's sad because I use to respect the man, but he's just stayed to long.

    April 5, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Cindy

    Now I know he shoudnt have been President. He doesnt even remember the ads he ran here in Pittsburgh, PA. He called himself 'the original Maverick'... something like the 'original hotdog'... unreal. Maybe it's time he go retire and live off of Cindy's fortune.
    Get out while you can still save your dignity.

    April 5, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. John W. Olver

    John McCain will say and do anything to win an election. He has absolutely no ethics and never has. His one claim to fame, having been a prisoner of war, was something he had no control over. The money he needed to get into politics came when he dumped his tragically injured first wife for his hot and rich second wife. John McCain doesn't serve Arizona or the US, he serves John McCain, just as he always has.

    April 5, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Scott

    This just proves that anyone will say anything to get elected. Mr. Mccain, you might want to remember this the next time you use the line with the current president. Weren't you the one who said that he said one thing and did the other ? Kinda the same as saying your a maverick and now claim otherwise. I agree with a lot of the people on here about you flip dloping. As as an Independant I find it funny. Maybe the GOP is in termoil

    April 5, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Independant Thinker

    Another Republican of the "Old Order" fearing the wrath of the "Purified New Order."

    Anyone care for a good helping of self destruction?

    April 5, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. T888tai

    McCain is so inapt, inactive and negative about everything that it is time for him to step aside and let some other candidates to represent Arizona.

    April 5, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Boomer

    Nothing but respect for this Man, U have served your Country well. JLB Vietnam 67-68

    April 5, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. George in Az

    It's time to come home LiL' Johnny!! You've done enough flip flopping and damage to the GOP. Give it a rest already. Sad to say that I voted for you which turned out to be a dumb error on my part. You are a very sad and angry person and it's time for some fresh ideas.Come home and enjoy the rest of your life. This is no way to end it.

    April 5, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Allen

    Sounds like 1984 doublespeak to me. What's next, "I would have won the presidential election if the Supreme Court had intervened."?

    April 5, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Antonio

    I believe that Mr McCain should risign because he doesn't have any ability left, if that's the best that he can do for the people of arizona and the usa that's why he doesn't support none of the programs that help regular american so please McCain just go home you have nothing left, a good player has to know when the time has come. So please just leave.

    April 5, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. PDXSerric

    So he apparently allowed himself to run as a ’maverick’ when he thought it would lend him independent republican votes, but now that the GOP is pushing for purity tests in an attempt to shut out those who seemingly fail to follow their beliefs, he is suddenly decrying that maverick title.

    Yup – politics as usual.

    What’s next? Sarah Palin confesses “Oh, I’m not really Alaskan. I’ve never even seen a moose! I’m not crazy. Gobble gobble!”

    April 5, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Ronnie

    I agree with McCain! He is no maverick,just a sad old man who refuses to retire so he can block important bills !

    April 5, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. David in Seattle

    I always thought he was empty headed. I guess we all now see him for what he really is.

    April 5, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. John who?

    We rarely seen McCain in AZ (thank you McPain). Only during elections. He hasn't accomplished much ...AZ is in a huge deficient. He and Palin are so passe. Both should go to Kansas...McCain ask for a heart and Palin needs to ask for a brain.

    April 5, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Im Narcissitic too!!!

    You rambled on and on about how your the maverick .It was sooooo annoying and it really came across bad. Im now convinced you need treatment for Narcissistic personality disorder.

    April 5, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Coffee Party

    John McCain I wondering if Palin or Romney told you to say that you not a maverick. BYE BYE BYE John McCain it time to retire.

    Love you John but it time to go home and stay home

    April 5, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. jonny

    Aaaaaand Flip Flop number 1,685,755,948,098.
    Typical Repub-

    April 5, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. sandy

    something is definately wrong with Mccain's memory and if I were the people from Arizona, I would send him to a nursing home rather than back to Washington for another term. He and many others in Washington are too old to be there. WE NEED TERM LIMITS AND WE NEED THEM NOW. By the way, there are probaby hundreds of films of him regarding his being a maverick. Go home John.

    April 5, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Barack Obama

    John is a great man.

    April 5, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Bill P.

    I agree with John McCain. He's no maverick. He is a slick politician, though. He's a "maverick" when he thinks that will serve his interests. He's not, when he think it doesn't. Now, he's become a born-again Sarah Palin Republican because he thinks that will help him in his re-election. He's probably right about that, too.

    April 5, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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