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. Danko Ramone

    The part that makes me scratch my head about McCain pushing the "Putin was KBG" thing is that we had Bush 1, the former head of the CIA as our President already. What's the big deal?

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

    My ancestors would laugh at both of these little boys, tryin' to be macho men! Viking's saw America before any other European & did it in these primitive boats! What has McCain or Putin done lately, that tops that!?

    September 14, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  3. bye

    There is no negotiations, The US has been scammed by Putin

    September 14, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  4. Nader

    John needs to retire. work for peace NOT WAR

    September 14, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  5. sasss31

    BRAVO! Time for that KGB t h u g to get a taste of his own medicine. Except this one grounded in reality and facts.

    September 14, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  6. boungiorno

    seriousley can we please be positive and maybe something good will happen it's the energy of people on this board that has a lot to be desired

    September 14, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  7. rickenpacker89

    He forgets that he didn't win the election. It's not his call. He needs to step back, shut up and take a nap.

    September 14, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  8. Dr, Jack

    McCain is slowly becoming the clown of Washington and beyond.

    He gets involved in everything, no matter if asked, puts his foot in the mouth even more often than Biden, which is already stunning, wants to be the prima donna at every opportunity.

    Perhaps term limits for senators and congressmen is NOT such a bad thing!!

    September 14, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  9. Austin

    Riding off into the sunset? I am glad to see a politician having a back bone, and can tell it how is. Obama is Putins puppet. We have an inferior president, who can't make up his mind about anything.

    September 14, 2013 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  10. Nin Ja

    You're not the president John! Get over it!!

    September 14, 2013 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  11. the_dude

    Please don't mr mcain. You'll just embarras us all

    September 14, 2013 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  12. Cynthia Avishegnath

    McCain is not trained in ideo-psychological propaganda that Putin is. Russians will simply point at their TV and equate him to Jerry Springer.

    September 14, 2013 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  13. Miguel Caron

    >"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
    As a Canadian all I've seen all my life is AMERICA'S ambition for an empire. Frankly Putin has been a breath of fresh air in face of American imperialism.

    September 14, 2013 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  14. ishramkhe

    Putin belongs to the era of Katyn episode and should be judged and evaluated in that light. They should never be trusted as they say something and behave otherwise,

    September 14, 2013 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  15. Lisa

    Well, I can't say that I agree with John McCain very often but I applaud him for this move. That is indeed the maverick side of him that I actually like. He takes no prisoners (no pun intended) when he has a deeply held conviction. I do like that about him. A response in Pravda from him would be a nice response to the NYT op-ed by Putin. Can't wait.

    September 14, 2013 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  16. wut!?!

    McCain lives in his own little world and hears the voices and demons from the Vietnam war. His mind is living in the 1960's. You would think somebody would have the compassion to tell the man that it's time to be put out to pasture if this letter to Putin is such a big priority with him, instead of the myriad of problems that exist right here at home. But then again, he's a republican so that alone would account for alot of the dysfunction in his life. I wouldn't want an old, gray-haired, war-injured vet from the '60s making modern day decisions on my behalf . . . ever!

    September 14, 2013 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  17. Bob

    Does McCain actually realize that Putin has a far higher approval rating than he does...... among his own citizens?

    It's pathetic. Sure, Putin is hypocritical on several points in the oped...... but it doesn't make those points wrong.

    September 14, 2013 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  18. memo2

    No Mr McCain you already have enough trouble please leave this alone.

    September 14, 2013 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  19. We All Know

    PLEASE someone! Stop McCain from writing this... My skin crawls thinking he is going to put himself forward as the 'voice' of American. Yuck!

    September 14, 2013 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  20. Nodack

    OMG, just stop McCain.

    September 14, 2013 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  21. Here we go again

    Only confirms why I did not vote for him in 2008.

    September 14, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  22. Lawrence P Bucci

    John McCain should keep his mouth shut why start trouble.

    September 14, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  23. AJ

    Most American's don't like Putin..... but most of what he said was accurate.
    – Our wars are fought by the middle/working class, our working class sons and daughters die. Meanwhile, there are 300 corporations making billions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and everyone of them has a politician on the board of directors, or as a major shareholder.
    My interests are not the same as the Fortune 500's....

    September 14, 2013 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  24. Jason

    At least the Host and McCain finally admit the CIA has been sending weapons and training the Al Qaeda forces for over 2 years, fighting a proxy war with Russia. But he for sure doesn't know what the word Orwellian means or how to use it properly.

    September 14, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  25. bombastinator

    ROFL he really IS old! Pravda was forced to turn itself into a gossip tabloid years ago! He;s replying in the local equivelant of the national Enquirer! it;s beyond hilarious

    September 14, 2013 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
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