McCain calls Obama ‘most naïve president in history’
February 21st, 2014
09:29 AM ET
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McCain calls Obama ‘most naïve president in history’

(CNN) - While millions are transfixed watching the Olympics in Sochi, Sen. John McCain said he is focusing on Russia’s next moves concerning Ukraine after the Games.

“I’m very worried about what actions after the Olympics that (President Vladimir) Putin may take,” McCain said Thursday night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” “… He will do what’s necessary to keep Ukraine the crown jewel of the Russian empire in the Russian orbit.”

The Arizona Republican said he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s assessment that the U.S. approach “is not to see these as some Cold War chessboard in which we’re in competition with Russia.

“The President doesn’t think it’s a chess game. Certainly Vladimir Putin does. Putin wants a restoration of the Russian empire,” McCain said.

In an interview with Phoenix radio station KFYI on Thursday morning, the senator described Obama as the “most naïve president in history.”

“Remember when he said tell Vladimir, said to Medvedev who was Putin’s puppet, ‘Tell Vladimir if I’m re-elected, when I’m re-elected, I’ll be more flexible.’ Remember the reset button,” McCain said, referring to the March 2012 controversy over Obama’s "open-mic" comments to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In same interview, McCain said the situation with Ukraine could easily spiral into a major international crisis.

McCain’s comments follow a statement he released Wednesday with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, urging targeted sanctions on the Ukrainian government.

“These sanctions should not, and will not, target the people or the country of Ukraine as a whole,” the statement said. “Instead, they will be narrowly focused on those individuals who must be held accountable for violating human rights and undermining democracy. We remain in contact with the Administration and look forward to working together on this legislation.”

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. just asking

    Sorry McCain.....our officers are busy in Iraq and Afghanistan and cannot police another neighborhood at this time. Just imagine if we kept even more troops in Iraq like you wanted.

    typical clueless, uninformed democrat... there are no american troops in iraq. that is why we are now seeing al quada flags flying in some iraqi cities. obama screwed up the status of forces agreement. our inept presidnet strikes again.

    February 21, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Marie MD

    @just saying, take off the blinders!
    The Reagan's were the original Hollywood duo and your Demi god was really a B movie star.

    February 21, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. maryd

    he never met George W Bush?

    February 21, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    rs – You are right again. It is difficult though, to give credence to a Republican Party that has no plans to help America get better. They have no idea how to govern. Thirty years of failed trickle down, tax cuts for those who don't need it, off shoring, tax breaks for big oil, job loss, bank bailouts, wars, attacks on women's reproductive rights, etc., and an agenda that caters to less than 20 % of Americans.

    February 21, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Donna

    salty dog
    I'm confused, its Friday, so is Obama leading from behind (do nothing), or is he a dictator today? I don't have the gop hate based propaganda memo handy.

    I can see how a dog could be easily confused by these matters. Obama leads from behind when it comes to foreign policy, actually he has no foreign policy. He uses his dictatorial powers at home against the American people with his lawless disregard of laws and use of Evexcutive Orders whose purpose is to circumvent or nullify laws and Congressional authority. Get it now? Or do I need to translate to cocker spaniel for you?

    February 21, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Abbey

    Don't forget narcissistic. Makes Bush look like Mr. Rogers.

    February 21, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    The P0ll said 58 percent said 0bama stinks at doing his j0b !

    February 21, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Max Bourne

    Perhaps he means "the most naive President in US history ... since George W Bush", who said this about Putin in 2001:

    "I was able to get a sense of his soul. He's a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that's the beginning of a very constructive relationship".

    February 21, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Abbey

    I'm always right, yes I am. Bill Ayers told me so....

    February 21, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Lets see. Naive, did he just say naive. And just who picked Sarah, as a running mate? Naive? Must be looking in the mirror.

    February 21, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Such wisdom from the moron who gave us Sarah Palin!

    February 21, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Gunderson

    Um, So?
    McCain you being waaay too kind to Whats-His-Name! No doubt Obama took lessons from Bill Clinton. Aw, well maybe some Republicians ain't too bright but they know what a nickle is and who want's to seperate it from them. You want nickle? Get job if Obama hasn't stolen it from you.

    February 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    McLame still salty over his 2008 loss. Get over it old man.

    February 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. LacrosseMom

    Poor McCain, he is SO jealous! Since McCain wants to label President Obama as "the most naïve president in history" ....let me remind McCain of Ronald Reagan, who invited Afghanistan's Taliban to the White House back in the 80's and said this to the Taliban: "You are just like our Founding Fathers, Patriots who fought for our freedom."

    Let's talk about who IS naïve now, shall we?!

    February 21, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Chris E – Did you get a chance to look at Tora Bora. Army rangers had bin Laden and al Qaida leadership bottled up, but Bush and Rumsfeld were clueless how to proceed, and Tommy Franks waited until they all escaped to Pakistan.

    February 21, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Tampa Tim

    Chris E – Does that mean that 87% of Americans think republicans stink?

    February 21, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just asking
    i agree to a certain degree.

    Nobody cares what you think.

    February 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. just saying

    it is very clear to see that obama thinks the usa is the root of all evil in the world and if he just reigns this belligerent country in, all will be good in the world. and as proof of that foreign policy approach, we have syria, libya, ukraine, egypt, iraq, iran close to getting nukes, and on and on. things are just so much better right?

    February 21, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Pete

    Hey McCain after what you did in "83 with your wife Cindy in the Keating 5 you shouldn't be a senator at all..Costing taxpayers over 3.5 billion in a bank scam with 5 other senators including business man Keating you should be by all accounts wearing strips instead of blabbering about Pres.Obama..Just be quiet Saigon Songbird its time for you to retire, so take your pension and run...

    February 21, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    " McCain calls Obama ‘most naïve president in history’ "

    I guess he says that because President Obama first thought republicans would work with him, to help repair the damage from W's administration. That was pretty naïve.

    Not saying I agree with mccain,

    February 21, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Name knight vision

    I'll say this as an Obama supporter:
    If McCain had not pandered to his party in his run, he would have won the presidency. I like John McCain (when he's not playing his "republican" role). He's level headed, has a wealth of experience, and would have been an effective leader (again adding the stipulation that he was himself, not a "Republican".
    I believe Obama was/is naive in the fact that he thinks he can get things done without paying the price (playing the political game). I still support his effort to try though.

    February 21, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Prosanto

    Yes!! President did not choose war over negotiations with Iran Syria and Lead the US military in to Kiev. Like his hero Ronald Reagan in to Granada, a country with virtually no standing army.

    February 21, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    Just read from Time online that Ukraine's President and the protesters have a deal to end the violence and have early elections. Part of an internationally-brokered deal. Might work, might not.

    McCain, like W, wold have launched a full-scale invasion. Probably start WW3.

    Maybe I'm naive, but I'd give the negotiations a chance.

    February 21, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    I agree with Bill from GA, he was naive in thinking the GOP would actually work with him to bring the country back. But that being said, so was I. I thought the so called patriots loved America more than they hated losing the WH to someone who wasn't one of them. Silly me. Thank you GOP for opening THESE eyes.

    February 21, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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