John McCain sitting out 2012
February 4th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
11 years ago

John McCain sitting out 2012

(CNN) – John McCain says he’s going to sit out this upcoming presidential race when it comes to supporting a particular candidate, even though his former running mate might be among them

“I think I’m staying out of this for the first time in many years,” McCain told Politico Thursday.

Pressed if he would stay out completely, the Arizona senator added, “Most likely.”

McCain’s endorsement would of course be at least a symbolic boost to several candidates, especially for Sarah Palin should the former vice presidential candidate decide to run.

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  1. Emma

    Palin has no interest in running and everyone w/ brains know it. She is about money. The tea party (dont touch MY medicaid) deserve her!

    February 4, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Tish

    He is definitely taking the high road. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. He must regret unleashing SP. It has to be one of the biggest mistakes in his life. This speaks volume to SP character. She was his running mate

    February 4, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Anonymous

    She sunk his ship, he's probably still bitter about it.

    February 4, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. james Miller

    Can`t blame him after the "spanking" he got in the last election.

    February 4, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. BobInIrvine

    No way he would endorse her after all the back room squabbling between them in '08.

    February 4, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Poser

    He'll flip flop on this statement just like he does on all his other statements. It just depends on what happens to be popular on the day of his interview.

    February 4, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Bubba

    He'll flip-flop and endorse Mitt next week. The truth ain't in Grampaw McCain no more.

    February 4, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Phil

    I like this guy!

    February 4, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Living in America

    Wow somebody finally got smart.

    February 4, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. MM

    Good for you John. Glad you finally realized that Palin was the worst professional decision you ever made. However, you are more Rep than all those people claiming you to be a Rhino. A real GOP'er cares most about fiscal responsibility and size of federal government, not about gay marriage or other wedge issues. Once the GOP stops catering to the Christian loonies, they will win a majority of elections! Too bad that the social conservative that want to legislate your morals are to intertwined wit5hin your party structure giving rise to the Dems and Obama in 2012. How come the GOP has become so good at wasting opportunities to seize the moment and create real change?? Tea party is like a fart in the wind, smelling today, gone tomorrow. Give rise to the real libertarians and lose all the racist so called Patriots that claim to love the constitution, but know absolutely nothing about it history!

    February 4, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. William

    The constant drumbeat by CNN about Palin is really getting old. Your starting to sound obsessed. Who cares?
    McCain? Polls showed most Republicans didnt want his old butt to run anyway in the last election. Polls now dont even show him close to the front of the pack.

    February 4, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. JJ

    McCain goes where the wind blows. That's one of the reasons why he was deemed not fit to be president.

    February 4, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Don derflinger

    He shouldn't have been re-elected. He should have done the honorable thing and refused to run since he doesn't represent the majority of his constituents. He knows it, too. He's a liar and although I respect him for his military service, that was a long time ago and we cannot afford politicians that will not lead and hold their government accountable. That's what we expect. Obviously, he doesn't have that quality in him anymore. Go away John.

    February 4, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. blake

    Wish all the moderate Republicans and RINOs would sit this one out.

    February 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Max

    I think that Sarah should be the next president. After all, she's hot

    February 4, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Now he tells us.
    McCain should be impeached for introducing Palin to the lower 48. Since she has become so involved in politics the flood gates of conservative stupidity have been opened. And the red states where she is so popular, well, the IQ level is just not what it should be for electing our leaders.

    February 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Orlando R.

    No candidate wants ur endorsement anyway. U brought ur Palin, peopln question ur judgement ha

    February 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. ecowa

    Please, everyone with any sense knows Palin is not running for office. She sealed her deal with the WTF reference. She's just not too bright. Why would she remind Americans with any common sense about their first reaction when they saw the Couric interview – WTF! But of course her supporters thought it implified the kind of leader they want leading the greatest nation. The dumbbing of Americans have been successful with this group of folks. But I will give her credit. She found a niche, milked it for everything dollar should could. I will not fault her. It's the American way.

    February 4, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. mkjp

    sounds like he might be trying to avoid the awkwardness of backing someone besides Palin. good man to not want to support her.

    February 4, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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