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. Surya108

    This is great news! Just the fact that there is dialogue is important. And also putting issues such as Syria, on the global stage, where everyone can voice an opinion. This is good for the US, good for Russia, and good for the world. More people will be able to look at the hawkish views of Mr McCain and judge for themselves whether they make sense. Certainly his views about 'solving' Iraq and Afghanistan aren't looking too compelling just now.

    I think there is an extraordinary trend developing–rising world consciousness which will disallow the endless continuum of wars. The world is going to be a better place.

    September 14, 2013 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  2. FedUpwithLA

    Since when can McCain write? I thought he could only rhetoric!

    September 14, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  3. JoeyE

    mccain shut up and get out of here! you're a fool! and you really need to retire!

    September 14, 2013 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  4. Skeeve

    That would e difficult as it would require McCain first to Increase his IQ above his body temperature....

    September 14, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  5. Bob

    Why is McCain getting so much attention lately? He has been out of control in a situation that requires delicate handling.

    September 14, 2013 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  6. Evelyn Connaway

    It's best he keep his big mouth shut! Putin and everyone else in Russia already knows everything he has to say. They have computers and television in Russia. We have to many politicians going into other countries and giving their opinions about things which don't mean a hill of beans and makes them look stupid – like Michelle Bachmann
    did in Egypt! They are trouble makers and should have their passports removed. And newspapers should quit printing their stupid remarks.

    September 14, 2013 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  7. DmK

    Looks like the senator got stuck in the past, when there was no internet and Pravda was the leading newspaper.

    September 14, 2013 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  8. q-00-p

    Please remember that McCain does not reflect the thoughts and feelings of most Americans. How he got in office in the first place is a mystery to us! He is viewed as a warmongering pot stirrer!

    September 14, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  9. Bradley Barnett about ego.......who do these paragons of virtue and patriotism think they are; out of step with the world?!

    September 14, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  10. Rightster

    Our Presidents have addressed the people on live TV in other countries. Maybe CNN will allow Putin to address the American people on CNN? Mc Cain of all people to address anyone would show the fangs of the neocon warmongers to the world. Let's have a real leader like Rand Paul write an op-ed for Pravda instead of the one of the three stooges (one retired – Sore Loserman).

    September 14, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  11. dotmafia

    From Pravda:

    "Here Vlad... Pull my finger!" said the elderly decorated war hero and failed presidential candidate, in his surprising one-sentence response to the president of Russia. It's suspected that even though McCain believes he's speaking to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, one of the early founders of the Soviet Union, no late-term dementia has been thought to be responsible. The State Department had no comment.

    September 14, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  12. Phat

    Old man, just give it a rest. You are not president, and don't represent the views of the majority as you couldn't even win the republican nomination. Time for you to're embarrassing not only yourself but the American people.

    September 14, 2013 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  13. Karl

    What is the purpose of Mc Cain Op-ed? What will he try to achieve? Taking a swap at Putin? This seems so childish. Mr Mc Cain spends his time criticizing others when he is so sensitive to critism. Why should we as Americans have a monopoly on what is right, what is moral. Sometimes others can see things differently than we do and that does not mean they are wrong and we are rght, just that we have different views on the problem at hands...
    America is a great country, I am proud to be American and I feel a little critism does not hurt us but help us better ourselves as a nation.

    September 14, 2013 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  14. rightospeak

    McCain can only respond with his own "PRAVDA". He should have been shipped to Israel long ago .

    September 14, 2013 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  15. joxer the boxer

    McCain please keep your trap shut before you make things worse

    September 14, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  16. Realityblowz

    Bad idea John. In case you have not noticed lately, you are off of your nut. Unless you have a good recipe to share, keep your odd statements to the floor of the Senate.

    September 14, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  17. Ajax

    Maybe old John could dial it back a bit for a while until we see how this Russian-Syrian-Chemistry set removal works out. Maybe he should just hold off now and antagonize the Russians at a later date over something else. There may be concrete reasons we didn't elect you President, John, by the way. Bear in mind that I'm speaking from a position as peer. I was captured in Vietnam as well. The difference was that I eliminated my captors after several weeks and after a brief respite, returned to combat.

    September 14, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  18. Kansas

    we must remember who McCain is. A bully, warmonger and one who never met a war he did not love. This is just a macho exercise. What Putin said in that op ed is true – we are all tired of war and diplomacy should prevail.

    September 14, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  19. Shawn Irwin

    The Russians will want McCain to come and work for them . . . . as a comedian.

    September 14, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  20. baker boy

    Oh this otta be good, old war monger preaching politics and ethics to Russia, all the while calling for air strikes in Syria!

    September 14, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  21. David Myers

    I would be shocked if, in his comments directed toward Putin, he included critical comments about Putin's government's trend towards turning Russia's GLBTQ citizens into 2nd class citizens. Really and truly shocked. But then, I was recently shocked to see him ridicule a right wing commentator for saying he couldn't support people who would shout "Ali Akbar" when an attacking plane was shot down. McCain claimed that the expression simply means "thank God" (it doesn't), nor, strictly speaking, does it mean "God is Good" (It actually means "God is greater" (than other Gods?)). In any case McCain was chastising the too extreme right wingers for making assumptions about all muslims (that they are all terrorists for instance). He did something similar during the 2008 Presidential race when one of his rabid right-wing followers told him on the air that she didn't trust Obama because he was a muslim. McCain (to his credit) corrected her and actually said that Obama was a good man and a christian, but who he, (McCain) just happened to disagree with. So McCain is capable of spontaneous (though rare) "good deeds" and speaking truth to (negative) power.

    September 14, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  22. da4ogers

    Does Pravada realize a "story" from John McCain random reminiscences and wandering expletives?

    September 14, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  23. reldra

    If anyone were to write a response to Putin's op-ed, which I don't think is really necessary, wouldn't it be Obama that would write it? McCain might actually think he is the President.

    September 14, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  24. rs1201

    McCain should not do anything. He should keep his mouth shut. Americans know exactly who they are and what America is. An Op-ed by Putin is not going to change the way I feel about my country or my fellow citizens. As of this morning, it seems an agreement has been reached with Russia about Syria. Senator McCain...let it be...and let's get that agreement in action and control the syrian situation.

    September 14, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  25. George

    It's very simple to see which countries are trying to establish an empire in the world. Which country has troops and military on every continent in the world? Which country has invaded other countries multible times within the last 50 years? Which country has been at war going on 12 years with no end in sight? Which country is trying to control the Middle East? Which country wants to surround Russia with missles so as to render them impotent? Which country continually threatens China and is planning a much bigger presense in the South China Sea?

    None of the above is Russia; that much I can tell you.

    September 14, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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