April 6th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain says he's no 'maverick'

In an interview with Newsweek, John McCain said he doesn't consider himself a maverick.

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 .

Filed under: Arizona • John McCcain
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. claudia

    Good Bye McCain, time to retire !, Everyone else you know who is running for office ( both sides ) won't be there anyway. So none of your friends will be there anyway.
    Too bad you have to change spots to " toe the line" in your party. That is what is wrong with the Party, and until they get it, there will be no place for " independent thinking" and action.
    Thanks for your service in and out of the Miltary.

    April 6, 2010 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  2. Judy B.

    Dear John,
    Huh? No Maverick? Aren't you gonna "RELOAD?"
    While you already stand on soft cushy ground, please make up your mind on which hat you are gonna put on this time.
    By the way, you are already in Banana Arena. Where slip & slide is
    a daily norm. Have fun... God Bless America!

    April 6, 2010 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  3. A Guy

    What a clown. Typical double-talking Republican

    April 6, 2010 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  4. Sonny

    I am an ex-GOP now independent and it's sad to see McCain force to compromise his last vestige of moderate conservatism (the handful of brave conservatives who stood up to criticize Bush fleecing of the nation surpluses (saved up in the 1990s) at the start of his presidency in 2001 and expanded gov bureaucracy. Look like he paid for such moderation in his 2008 Presidential bid and now fighting for his political life against the extreme rightwingers who have hijacked the GOP.

    April 6, 2010 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  5. Parker

    He's no maverick, everyone can agree on that. He's a say anything to win, scared, tired, wealthy, politician who is just to OLD. His days of being anything other than " I stand for whatever will get me elected" old man are over. Put this old goat out to pasture where he belongs. His appearance with Sarah Palin really showed how he has slipped of late. He seemed completely out of touch with everyting including what Palin was saying about him. Say good night John.

    April 6, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  6. arun

    This man is a joke!! All of a sudden he has flipped his so called views on everything he stood for in the past. Mr. McCain, you sir are not a leader, but a follower of whatever gets you re-elected!!

    April 6, 2010 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  7. OhioPatti

    So...he lied.

    April 6, 2010 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  8. mike

    McCain is not a maverick he is a switch hitter what ever is to his best
    interest and not the people of his state he will play up to that is the
    reason why nothing gets done they are too scared to do what should
    get done they play follow the leader and they can't be independent
    because if they do rush and beck and the tea party who are only a
    small group people will make sure he does not get voted in

    April 6, 2010 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  9. Chris Barton

    It is obvious that Mr. McCain will be whatever, whoever; however the audience wants him to be in order to get their vote. He's right that he is definitely not being a maverick.

    April 6, 2010 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  10. Joe in PA

    LOL LOL LOL LOL PANDER PANDER PANDER PANDER – does he know anything else????

    April 6, 2010 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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