January 30th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain calls Gingrich tone 'desperate'

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain – a high-profile supporter of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney – on Monday called for civility from Romney's rival, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"I can only say that, again, his campaign seems to be getting a little desperate," McCain said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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McCain, the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, said he thought the string of presidential debates should cease, and outlined the reason he endorsed and campaigns for Romney.

"But, look, my differences with Speaker Gingrich go back to the pork barrel earmark days when they got the majority. Speaker Gingrich put out a memo: Get earmarks for freshmen so they can get re-elected," McCain said. "I fought against them and I said they were corruption."

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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • TV-The Situation Room
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Arizona Sen. John McCain understands the tone of Desperation .

    Hey John , you lost to Obama .

    January 30, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. markmcinturf

    McCain doesn't know any more about running a campaign than he did 4 years ago. He was lousy then and he ought to shut his mouth now. McCain ran the weakest campaign I've ever seen in my lifetime (2008) and he was beaten badly by a guy that seems determined to destroy this country. If he likes Romney..... it makes me think twice about him.

    January 30, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. lisaj

    Romney is the one who had to enlisted the help of the GOP and several media outlets to bomblast Gingrich with negative ads over and over and he pretty much got Fox in his hip pocket, yet McCain calls Gingrich desperate. Funny huh?

    January 30, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Hair bear

    A lot of nerve coming from a man who had the same tone,when he ran three years ago!

    January 30, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. dsw25

    No chance that McCain will show any sign of Moderation in his over the top bombastic rhetoric surrounding the current President. Any outrageous comment will do as long as it is directed at the current Commander in Chief. Civility in politics go further than the comic infighting it should extend to the general political discourse. The republicans seem quite happy to create a culture of highly charge vitriolic rhetoric devoid of grounded fact and thoughtful insight. Humility would serve this man well.

    January 30, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. cisco4

    Go home and take a bath ole Newt says...We ALL did take a bath when GW Bush was the leader of the band.. didn't we?

    January 30, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. j0eschm0e

    that is laughable, coming from the man that was paired up with sarah soccer mom palin. after that episode, mccain you are irrelevent. go retire

    January 30, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. ron

    Well, if anyone would know what a "desparate tone" sounds like, it would this old geezer. The guy is senile and needs to retire and enjoy his remaining days with his family.

    January 30, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Angy

    you should know mcsame.

    January 30, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. tefera

    Who ever came at the GOP front, GOP will lose to the democrat. The ? is who is going to lose by big margin. We all know that no strong candidate GOP produced this cycle. We better off with the president than those crap.

    January 30, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►McCain calls Gingrich tone 'desperate'◄
    But only after McCain was thrown under the bus
    ginGRINCH claims his endorser, the loser, was too moderate
    That’s what you get for taking sides with someone you can’t even trust!!

    Obama 2012 – We can trust this president because he would move America forward and we already know him!!

    January 30, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Slightly Left of Center

    ...his campaign seems to be getting a little desperate,"...
    Gonna have to agree with McCain on that one!!

    January 30, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. DoneBroke

    Good for McCain for pointing out things like this. I always thought Gingrinch has always looked out for himself first, then the party, then the American people.

    January 30, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. tim12

    so true. newt is a desperate little guy.

    January 30, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. John

    Newt Gingrich got No right to talk about anybody Character with all the bad baggage this man Is Carry around. There Is no one that has Cheated, and Is a Bigger crook and LIE has much has Newt Gingrich.

    January 30, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    what a difference 4 years can make Didn't McCain say the same thing about Mitt in 2008?

    January 30, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Newmoon2

    If anyone knows the sound of desperation, it's John McCain.

    January 30, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. kate

    OBAMA 2012!

    January 30, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |