McCain now calling for Mubarak to step down
February 2nd, 2011
06:48 PM ET
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McCain now calling for Mubarak to step down

Washington (CNN) - Senator John McCain is now calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down and let an interim government take control of Egypt.

"The rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt leads me to the conclusion that President Mubarak needs to step down and relinquish power," said McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Arizona senator said in a statement that while he believes the Egyptian Army is the "only institution in Egypt that can restore order," he fears that doing so "on behalf of President Mubarak would only escalate the violence and compromise the army's legitimacy."

McCain is urging Mubarak to transfer power to a "caretaker administration" that includes "Egypt's military, government, civil society and pro-democracy opposition," to lead to free and fair elections, now scheduled for September.

McCain's close Senate ally Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Tuesday he believes it is time for an interim government, but until now both men had been reluctant to call for Mubarak to go.

Now, McCain is saying that "the greatest contribution that President Mubarak can make to the cause of democracy in his country is to remove himself from power."

Filed under: Egypt • John McCain
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Yosuf

    Who do these US bozos think they are calling for other heads of state to do this, do that? If/when someone overseas does this, they fly into a rage condemning such interference.

    February 2, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. megan

    mcain you should thank god that you didn"t become prez because sara would of made your life a living hell.

    February 2, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Peter s

    It`s almost time for all the world dictators to face the wrath of the people! the voice less have found their voice!! no retreat no surrender!!!!!

    February 2, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    John, please sit down and shut up. You are beginning to sound like Glenn Beck.

    February 2, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Surry

    Someone please tell Gramps that he lost.

    February 2, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Sgt Schultz

    Let them fight it out on their own. It's not our place to interfere. Otherwise they will blame us for the next leader too.

    February 2, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe John can bomb Cairo if no one listens and he does not get his way. It appears that McCain may be losing his mind.

    February 2, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Two days back 1000 of inmates escape from prison we know history spoken again many predicted thugs will be in the street soon. Two days back Hosni Mubarak should have resign our leaders didn’t request him to resign that day because they want to rights side of the history sad

    Today more news media personal under attack by these thugs more sad news

    But very sad to watch right wing pundits’ talking points one thing I am sure these pundits talking to different planet

    Too late Mc Cain but good call

    February 2, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Activist

    Seriously! Does anyone care what McCain says anymore?? Mind your own business old, senile man!!

    February 2, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. 100% ETH

    Don't get involved now America, this ediot/camel Arabs will blame US for their own wrong doing and Barbaric acts.

    Let US wait for few weeks and see how stupid they are.

    Some of the 9/11 Terrorists were Egyptian born and Egyptian Citizens. Why we do have to support our enemies?!?

    Still now, there are more Terrorists in Egypt who operates more organizations under different names.

    February 2, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    McCain has SPOKEN!!! Is it the MAVERICK or Non-MAVERICK side of him speaking. Whatever side, I guess he is being bipartisan in his approach and for once agrees with President Obama instead of going against him!!

    February 2, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    Who cares what McCain says. His judgment has been suspect since he picked "It" as his running mate!

    February 2, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Margie

    It certainly is know coverning ALL the republicans and what they say and do. When during the last congress the so called "librel" media hardly gave the Democrats the time of day. AND THEY STILL DON'T. But then you know the "librel" media. They have their head up the republicans you know what. After all every network TV and cable TV are owned by the republican corporate masters and of the seven publishing empires the republican corporations own them also.

    February 2, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Chris

    John McCain. Behind the curve once again!

    February 2, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Marko

    Well it is all over now. McCain has called it. Demonstrators can go home now. All we need is Palin to weigh in on it. That should really scare Mubarak to step down.

    February 2, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. sue

    I'm sure that President Mubarak will step down now that a senator from the U.S. has decided that will be best! Love how these people always have to make their statements even though it means absolutely nothing! I'm surprised Palin has added her two cents yet! She usually shoots her uneducated mouth off about the latest topic.Come on Sarah, your slacking.

    February 2, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Indy

    What did I miss here? When did McCain become POTUS ?

    February 2, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. David

    Once again, John McCain right on top of things. Day late and a comment short.

    February 2, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I was one willing to wait until a few months from now for Mubark to step down but after what his thugs did is time for him to go. There seems to be enough people there that can get an interim government going until full elections in September. I pray for peace for all the Middle East. As a Jewish American I know the whole area will get better in the future. I just hope Israel will follow suit with the settlements .

    February 2, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does he have any suggestions as how Mubarak should be stepping down without it turning into complete chaos? I would like him to step down as well, but there are practical matters that must be resolved first. How to conduct the elections? Would the Moslem Brotherhood be allowed to participate? Would any other party other than Mubarak's be allowed to run? How would one get on the ballot? There are many little things that must be worked out. Hopefully the new VP can set some ground rules that would help that.

    February 2, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |