January 31st, 2013
07:25 AM ET
9 years ago

McCain moves from backer to skeptic on Hagel

Washington (CNN) - During his 2000 presidential run, a New Hampshire voter asked Republican Sen. John McCain who he might choose as secretary of defense.

McCain responded by tossing out the name of a dear old friend and colleague, the very man who would be nominated to that post by a Democrat and frequent McCain target 13 years later.


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
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  1. anonoymous

    How sad....if the gop wants to win elections they need to support the people that the people supports. We the people support the president. Immigration is fine but showing bipartistion support for some of the president's policies would show a greater willingness to tackle the probelms we a nation face. John McCain is allowing his defeat to cloud his true purpose for being elected. That is to serve the people not oppose the man that defeated him

    January 31, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    McLame was for him before he was against him. how typical. He'll still make it thru despite the righties and their ever-present blockage of anything-Obama

    January 31, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Yonni

    McCain moral authority has expired when he chooses Sarah Palin for VP. That was a scare for America, very reckless man and a war monger should retire, thank you for his service though. He has passed his prime long ago now he just here for vengeance, because he couldn’t be the president.

    January 31, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The old fart mc Cain should get to work along with the rest of the gop trash and do what their paid for which is not to appose ever thing president Obama tries to do .when was the last time you heard these gop loser say or do anything about jobs except vote no. Another gop train wreck coming in 2014. Mid terms !!!!!

    January 31, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. plain&simple

    Can ANY republican currently holding public office say or even admit that Obama has done a good job at anything??? McCain loved Hagel until Obama liked him! Only Governor Christy knows how to give credit where credit is due! And that got him into hot water with members of his party, it also gave him credibility! Something no other republican has ...not one. This nation is not blind or ignorant to this fact. Bobby Jindal was spot on when he said the republican party was kown as the party of stupid....

    January 31, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Tony in Maine

    John – You're Not The President.

    Stop trying to tell the man who won in 2008 how to govern. We chose him twice, not you or styrofoam man, because we knew he's smarter and more skilled at governing than you two are.

    Just go back into your corner and pretend you're the Tasmanian Devil to impress the media about how you're a "maverick."

    January 31, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. kmp

    McCain is bitter if Obama is for it he is against it pretty sad actually. There was once when McCain was honorable but he sold all his credibility in his quest for higher office.

    January 31, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |