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. panorain

    Maybe McCain can explain why he has been threatening Russia for the past ten years with cutting off all trade relations unless they release some swindler Khodorovsky? Is it the money??

    September 13, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Dingle Berries

    Get off my lawn you darn'd kids!

    September 13, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Joe

    Give those commy reds hell McCain.

    September 13, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Oogie

    I hope his office or somebody reached out to the president in case he wanted to respond. Nothing says "The USA is tough!" like a political rival of the president responding hostilely to a leader in a country with whom we may actually be making historic progress with disarmament and diplomacy.

    September 13, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. ScottyHOMeY

    Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!

    Kerry makes a sarcastic response to a question about what would make us happy in Syria. Putin steps in and says, "I think I can deliver that," and the press and State Dept. go brain dead, dithering about it being a bad idea if it isn't ours . . . .

    Along comes McCain. I'd like to . . ." Pravda takes him up on it. This isn't about incompetence in the White House. It's about our political and diplomatic establishments being possessed of some sort of hubris, beyond smug, bordering on chutzpah, in discounting the Russians and anyone else. They've gotten sloppy. Exceptional people, each and every one of them.

    The "we're playing checkers and they're playing chess" analogy has gotten a lot of play. These latest performances by American statesmen look more like tiddlywinks to me.

    September 13, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. Vodka Burner

    Sen. McCain has selected a wrong newspaper. These days Pravda is a low circulation newspaper nobody cares about.

    September 13, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Carson Rhodes Thaler

    John... You're old and, well, outdated... like most of your party.... You've become that annoying kid that needs to be needlessly disruptive to get attention. I felt locked into having to vote for Obama, but I'm still happy you didn't get the job... do note though... you've been sounding amiss like Clint Eastwood for some time now. Here's an example: You say "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," ...Well, lets give it the "mutual exchange test" where we try it on for ourselves and if it fits, we have no room to rebuttle: "We have to remember who the US is... It's a violent, low-moral materialistic military state who has never abandoned ambitions for an empire and influence the world...." Which is painfully true beyond contention, so either you're that ignorant, Mr. Mcain, or you expect your intended audience to be... I often fear that it's both...

    September 13, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. PuzzledInPeoria

    I wonder if McCain's staff members ever have the guts to tell him he's embarrassing himself.

    September 13, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. Jim

    Of all the people to engage in a battle of wits, John McCain is the best we can come up with? No wonder we are the laughing stock of the world...

    September 13, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Norman Payne

    " prominent politician as John McCain." LOL
    mccain is a washed up warmonger who is no better then obama

    September 13, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. NameLindaHardge

    Senator McCain go ahead with the op-ed. I don't like Putin either. President Obama made a mistake when he allowed Congress to vote on action in Syria. Just do it because it has made you look weak and the American people look like whimps. When terrorists get their hands on those chemical weapons and use them on US soil America will regret not taking action in Syria.

    September 13, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. brk

    I also believe we were all created equal. What is wrong with that? No one is superior to another. If everyone respected everyone there would be no wars at all.

    September 13, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Don't bother senator McCain, the fact that America is the only country that Putin feels the need to write a piece about proves the very exceptionalism that Putin seeks to deny.

    September 13, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. won

    Wow.. how did that senile manage to have so much energy?!

    September 13, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. B Douglas

    PLEASE... Don't Embarrass the US anymore than it has already been.

    September 13, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Bill Carney

    My Dear Mr. McCain ..... you are a stupid, little, angry moron. You're only claim to fame is the fact that you have been able to bamboozle the American electorate into believing that your Viet Nam war, fly boy, experience was some sort of patriotic/heroic experience? You John, became a captured POW because of your own stupidity. You had previously destroyed millions of dollars in the form of military assets because you were ushered into a privileged military position, based upon the career of your no doubt, equally stupid father, who just happened to be called a General? .... go figure? In any event, please shut up, go away and attend to the needs of your equally stupid and pathetic second wife, Calistra? ...... she needs you to use your little arms to adjust her hair!

    September 13, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. mon jccain

    Whi gives a crap about what mccain say. He's a has been military politician who picked palin for his running mate of all people. Fade into the sunset (retirement home) old man and let the whippersnappers have a chance at running things

    September 13, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. jamesnyc

    Woah Maverick! Woah!

    September 13, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Trish Hall

    This man can hardly move any of his body parts and is talking. Its better to contemplate on god before your good soul reaches its end point.

    September 13, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. Shawn Irwin

    McCain has about as much credibility as his pet Palin.

    September 13, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. John P. Tarver

    At least McCain is a man instead of a boy.

    September 13, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. reg

    Why is CNN covering McCain. Maybe Obama and Kerry's micues aren't interesting enough?

    September 13, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Wisemann

    Too late for this kind of damage control. In terms of public opinion, bombing a sovereign nation on fake excuse just because it chose to stick to its independent status is obviously not popular and in fact evoked very negative
    reaction even among traditional allies like UK who were fools enough to bloody their hands in Iraq. Clearly, the Brits have learned their lesson. Poor Obama should first try and gain some popularity with his own Congress before he can hope for any PR successes elsewhere in the world. If it comes to the vote, Congress will turn it down, as expected. But, why McCain, of all people? Newt Gingrich,yes. But McCain? He can hardly read and write.

    September 13, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. kywildcat

    wish john McCain would just retire before he gets voted out or recalled

    September 13, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  25. John Q

    Americans would do themselves a favour by getting rid of McCain

    September 13, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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