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. Dis Balz

    no please no, this guy is a moron

    September 14, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. Ron

    Good grief...aren't Americans humiliated enough! The world is chuckling.

    September 14, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  3. melovechocolate

    Oh no...Haven't we had enough of representatives making us look like fools? Senator Mccain, please, just shut up.

    September 14, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  4. Joe

    The only person more of an idiot than Obama is McCain...

    September 14, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  5. Fritz Hohenheim

    What a shame he and Sarah Palin didnt win. Then all he had to do is write his speech on a cardbord and Palin could hold it up so the Russians could read it directly across the Bering Straits

    September 14, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  6. joseph

    The weapons companies that supply the tomahawks literally paid him .. This guy is a huge con.. Leave him locked up in Vietnam

    September 14, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  7. Troy

    To bad an aid will write it. And McCain will still be Nobama's lap dog.

    September 14, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. Richard Bachman

    So Putin steps in and does something Obama can not do. Then, this excuse for a human being–John McCain–wants to "spin" how Putin is actually moving towards a peaceful alternative?

    If you really do your homework, you find that Kruhschev wanted peace in the 50's, until his political end. Amazing how the media made him out to be the bad-guy.

    Mr. Orwell, we are happy you are not alive to witness what has become of the world. It is far worse than you imagined...we're doing it to ourselves. And, thank you main stream media! Bravo!

    September 14, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. gary baroni

    McCain should keep his mouth shut at this point

    September 14, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. Lily

    Mr. McCain needs to refrain from writing anything about America's position on Syria. His views do not represent those of the majority of Americans. As long as we are arming rebels in Syria and threatening to bomb Syria, there can be no peace since both of those tactics are contributors to war. So, stay home Mr. McCain.

    September 14, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |

    Who is this big mouthed McCain? Only a war prisoner and nothing else?

    September 14, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  12. thenakedpolitico

    great stuff,i agreed with some of what putin had to say maybe the russians will at least read it

    September 14, 2013 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  13. Catori

    He's just mad, 'cos someone took away his war.

    September 14, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  14. Nogimus Prime

    The fact is that McCain is a US Senator. Putin is President of Russia. It might be a story if Obama were to write an op-ed. But it's just a small fry. And a hot headed one at that. It's really quite laughable. A small fry who is losing foothold among his own base lashing out. I really don't see it damaging our relationship in any way. To be honest I just think it'll be something for everyone in Russia to laugh about for a few days.

    September 14, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  15. danielkarsh

    I think a better policy is to work with Russia rather than confront them with mutual insults. The idea is to create a peaceful conclusion to the gas problem in Syria. These war hawks do not help and will create an atmosphere that negotiations will be difficult. The President is trying to handle this situation and some success has occurred. Insulting Russia
    is not helpful. Most of the progress in Syria was due to Russia, The UN, and The USA encouraging Syria to possibly sign The International Agreement and not to use gas. We are proceeding ahead with our success one step at a time. Remember, we eventually will need Russia to help encourage Iran to change their nuclear policies.

    September 14, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  16. Joel

    I love how Putin plays such a smooth game. His op-ed was honest, fair, and justifiable. And then McCain gets all baffled and wants to let russia know he doesn't like their presidents ambition. Putin's merely asking international players to play by the rules. After all, name a super power that ISN"T looking for global domination.

    Chill out McCain, and love the russians, they're a Hell of a culture!

    September 14, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. Tim686

    McCain is acting like an angry little old man! He should just keep his mouth shut.

    September 14, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  18. Justin

    I personally think Russians are cool. Why can't we just get along?

    September 14, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. Marc

    Well darn, I was hoping Sarah P. would respond she probably has more to say than this senile old dingbat, considering she has probably seen Putin from her house turning his head over America and all.

    September 14, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  20. Jack Waterman

    Someone (namely the AMERICAN PEOPLE) need to tell the politicians to stop provoking President Putin and Russia. This is insane. The rhetoric coming from these people, the ad hominem attacks and hyperbole are just wrong.

    September 14, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  21. just saying

    i guess obama was too dumb or out playing golf to think of this great comeback to his master, mr. putin.

    September 14, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  22. asis76

    Id like to say something to McCain RETIRE!

    September 14, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  23. ConfucianScholar

    Barry should be the one to respond, but he lacks cojones.

    September 14, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. Streetmoney21

    voters want to strike back at McCain. Time for him to retire as we need to stop the war mongering for it only services American Corporate interest and the terrorist who are fighting in Syria against Assad. Tell the Saudi and Qatar Arabs to fight their own battles. The American military is not for sale.

    September 14, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  25. Farren

    McCain should have been PRESIDENT! He is very clever and is brilliant and has foresight!

    September 14, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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