September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Op-ed for Op-ed: McCain to strike back in 'Pravda'

(CNN) - Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's controversial opinion piece in the New York Times, Sen. John McCain jokingly told CNN's Jake Tapper he'd like to write a commentary for Pravda, the historic Russian newspaper connected to the Communist Party.

Well, now it looks like McCain may get his wish.

According to Foreign Policy's blog The Cable, the editors of Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish an op-ed by the Arizona Republican. The opinion piece will most likely reflect McCain's strong negative views toward Putin.

"We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world," McCain said Thursday on Tapper's show, "The Lead."

Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda, told The Cable that if McCain wants to write an op-ed, he is "welcome."

"Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already," Sudakov continued. "We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain."

A spokesman for McCain told The Cable that McCain "would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we'll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission."

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soundoff (721 Responses)
  1. Taylor Wang

    Does John McCain know he lost the election, and he is not the president?

    September 13, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. brian

    LOLZ at the thought of a McCain rebuttal.

    September 13, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. mclame

    johnny, its bedtime. eat your applesauce and rub on the icy hot.

    September 13, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. nannimoe

    I think McCain should put a sock in it, at this point any statement to Putin would just fuel the fires, which is exactly what McCain wants

    September 13, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Ara Minassian

    could John McCain please retire already. please. NOTHING Putin said was wrong in his article. Perhaps the messenger is a hypocrite, but the message was on point. This country has no business being the Earth police. We have lost the world's trust with our actions in the past and the jig is up. Everybody knows we have selfish intentions. I don't get how our politicians still think they could lie to us about being the moral leaders of the world. We are downright nasty imperialists.

    September 13, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. T E X A S

    Senator McCain...what makes you think your opinion is more important than mine?

    September 13, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Fred Phred

    Oh great, now the Russians get to read how old and senile John McCain has become – and think it reflects the view of most Americans. Once a great man, now a shell of his former self. Angry and bitter like many older people, McCain spouts off at anything that seems to get his attention.

    Americans angry that Obama has suggested we send aid to the Syrian resistance seem to forget that it was John McCain who first flew over there and met with those terrorists for a photo op. The same terrorists who were supporting foreign fighters in Iraq and killing our brave troops.

    He's pathetic.

    September 13, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Randy

    Aiding AlQeada in Syria while American troops are still fighting a war against them in the rest of the world is treason........

    September 13, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. daeh ttub

    McCain is going to yell at Putin to get off his lawn. Actually, a "bad cop" in this situation to Obama/Kerry's "good cop" isn't a bad thing. I just worry that McCain takes it too far at times. I must confess that I would not mind it terribly if McCain needles that KGB thug about killing his own people (journalists).

    September 13, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. JC

    All Putin has to do to win the game, set, and match is make sure the chemical weapons are actually turned over. If that happens, both McCain and Obama will look like war-mongering fools. Not that they are looking too good right now, but hey, they are politicians, so they can always look worse. Is it just me, or does anyone else hope that our future leaders will be grown up enough to be the ones doing the carving when the Russians come to dinner.

    September 13, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. VelvetSmog

    Great, the man who decided that playing online poker was more important than determining the fate of the Syrian people suddenly cares?? McCain is a shell of his former self and cannot be taken seriously. What happened to our country and why is Putin coming across as the voice of reason?

    September 13, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. anon

    aww the Fascist McCain had his feelings hurt? Poor baby. Guess what McCain, not many people like you anymore. Many see you as a war profiteer and close to treasonous. You and your fellow "leaders" are more and more becoming irrelevant to the people. So to compensate you encroach on our liberties. You force us to buy healthcare, you ban choice, you ban gay marriages, you want to take us to war when we don't want to. And the more irrelevant you become and the more you encroach the more we resent you and your ilk. And at the end of the day, it's people like McCain that will sanction gas attacks on the American people when the people really rise up.

    September 13, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. FREE MAN

    This guy is a joke....McCain get a life...............good example of a dirty Politician.......

    September 13, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Hiruu

    I am curios as to what exactly he is going to say? "...No Russian...Putin is wrong, and the American people are exceptional!" I am sure that million upon million of Russian will agree with him, and buy that I also have a book in Brooklyn to sell for cheap!

    September 13, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. smkedbacon

    Hey McCain you can do a comparison In March 1965, as the Vietnam War escalated, John Kerry won the Ten Eyck prize as the best orator in the junior class for a speech that was critical of U.S. foreign policy. In the speech he said, "It is the spectre of Western imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism and thus, it is self-defeating."

    September 13, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Jason

    It was an OPINION article and you're seriously going to blast someone else for their opinion?

    This is bull. Putin's Op-Ed is a positive thing. It's refreshing to hear this thing, and honestly, the Obama Administration is kind of brilliant for having this whole play of events go the way it did. I personally believe Obama acted in accordance with the Democratic process to show how a /real/ America – that is, an America that doesn't act on brute force whenever it damn well pleases – has to act. And in the meantime, it's strengthening ties with Russia. Positive diplomatic relations are a /good thing/ – or are too many Americans still caught up in the old-school "Damn Commies" way of thinking?

    I think Obama acted with historical context. And I only hope the coming years prove me right.

    September 13, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Mark Jackson Healthcare

    I like it ... we're talking to each other as if both countries are filled with human beings.

    September 13, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Rob

    Guess what? Americans are arrogant and think they are special and Obama just put an exclamation point on that with his "exceptionalism". We think we have to be the peace keepers of the world and why? Are we that much better than anyone else? As disgusting as it is, we are more arrogant than the French; and that is pretty arrogant.

    September 13, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. oh no!

    McCain is way out of his league and just making a fool out of himself and america..

    September 13, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. David Z

    Can't we just send McCain to Russia and have him never come back instead?

    September 13, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Mark Jackson Healthcare

    I like it ... we're talking to people in other parts of the world as if they are real human beings.

    September 13, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Ed Bodi

    When Sen. McCain writes his Op-ed article criticing Mr. Putin and Russia I trust he will also include the Gulf of Tonkin affair and the WMD use of the chemical Agent Orange by the U.S. during the Vietnam war.

    September 13, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. comen

    McCain is tired and untrustworthy. Should retire. I have no regrets voting for Obama over McCain (though unfortunately, Obama got a second term to continue his clueless political rants and attacks to no good effect).

    September 13, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Joe

    And this is productive because why?

    September 13, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. Andrey

    History repeats itself: first as a tragedy, second time as a farce.
    McCain says it's the farce time!

    September 13, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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