Quotes you never heard before from John McCain

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona

Saturday, May 29, 2010


As McCain says in his television ads, “character counts.”

Wikiquote has compiled a list of some pretty frightening things John McCain has said. Is this someone we want to continue being our Senator? The most shocking three quotes we are not including, because they are so appalling. If our readers dare read them, they can be found at http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_McCain under “Attributed” about 4/5 of the way down the page.



There is nothing that’s off the table. I have my positions and I’ll articulate them. But nothing’s off the table.

In response to a question regarding the possibility of payroll tax increases under a McCain presidency, July 27, 2008



I think – I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where – I’ll have them get to you.

When asked in an interview how many houses he and Mrs. McCain owned, August 20, 2008



Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right.

Address at Virginia Beach, VA (2000), as quoted at The Washington Post (28 February 2000)



I didn’t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in, or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president.

p. 373 of Worth the Fighting For; 2002

I have to tell you, [Senator Obama] is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States.

Town Hall meeting in Lakeville, Minnesota, October 11, 2008.

You may have noticed that Senator Obama’s supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about western Pennsylvania lately. And you know, I couldn’t agree with them more.

Said in a speech near Kansas City, Missouri, October 20, 2008.


I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President. I happen to be a Republican and would support, obviously, a Republican nominee, but I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good President.

Meet the Press (20 February 2005)



I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.

Wall Street Journal interview by Stephen Moore, November 26, 2005


The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should. I’ve got Greenspan’s book…. I’ve never been involved in Wall Street, I’ve never been involved in the financial stuff, the financial workings of the country, so I’d like to have somebody intimately familiar with it.

Referring to a potential Vice President, December 18, 2007



I don’t think I need to tell you that there are jobs that Americans will not do. I don’t think I have to tell you that there are. … [audience response] Now, my friends, I’ll offer anybody here fifty dollars an hour if you’ll go pick lettuce in Yuma this season and pick for the whole season. [audience response] So, ok, sign up! Ok, when you sign up, you sign up, and you’ll be there for the whole season, the whole season, ok, not just one day. Because you can’t do it, my friend.

Declaring at an AFL-CIO convention in April 2006 that no Americans would be willing to do agricultural work for as little as $50/hour



They’re the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another, and I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice, so . . . but it’s a new reality in the Middle East. I think the lesson is people want security and a decent life and decent future, that they want democracy. Fatah was not giving them that.



I made it very clear, at that time, before and after, that we will not negotiate with terrorist organizations, that Hamas would have to abandon their terrorism, their advocacy to the extermination of the state of Israel, and be willing to negotiate in a way that recognizes the right of the state of Israel and abandons their terrorist position and advocacy.

Speaking in Charleston, West Virginia, May 14, 2008


I think one of our big problems has been the fact that many Iraqis resent American military presence. And I don’t pretend to know exactly Iraqi public opinion. But as soon as we can reduce our visibility as much as possible, the better I think it is going to be.

MSNBC, January 31, 2005



If I am elected President, I will work with anyone who sincerely wants to get this country moving again. I will listen to any idea that is offered in good faith and intended to help solve our problems, not make them worse. I will seek the counsel of members of Congress from both parties in forming government policy before I ask them to support it. I will ask Democrats to serve in my administration. My administration will set a new standard for transparency and accountability. I will hold weekly press conferences. I will regularly brief the American people on the progress our policies have made and the setbacks we have encountered. When we make errors, I will confess them readily, and explain what we intend to do to correct them. I will ask Congress to grant me the privilege of coming before both houses to take questions, and address criticism, much the same as the Prime Minister of Great Britain appears regularly before the House of Commons.

“Text of McCain’s Speech on First-Term Goals”, washingtonpost.com,




Vietnam vet: We haven’t heard why you voted against your colleagues’ proposals to increase health care funding in 2004, ’05, ’06, and ’07, when we had troops coming back from two wars.

Madow: Instead of the answer the questioner is looking for, McCain now takes credit for the GI bill and takes a political shot at Jim Webb.

McCain: On the issue of the GI bill, I was disappointed that Senator Webb didn’t support making it permanent. Senator Graham, other veterans and I will be looking to extend that to all veterans, not just 2001. I hope you’ll urge Senator Webb to agree with that.

McCain: I received every award from every major veterans’ organization in America. The reason is I have a perfect voting record from organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and all the other veterans service organizations because of my support of them.

Vietnam vet: You do not have a perfect voting record by the DIV and the VFW. That’s where these votes [of yours against increasing vet health care] are recorded. The votes were proposals by your colleagues in the Senate to increase health care funding of the VA in 2003, ’04, ’05, and ’06 for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and you voted against those proposals. I can give you specific Senate votes, the numbers of those Senate votes right now.

McCain: I thank you, and I’ll examine your version of what my voting record is, but again, I’ve been endorsed in every election by all of the veterans’ organizations that do that. I’ve been supported by them, and I’ve received their highest rewards, from all of those organizations, so I guess they don’t know something you know.

Rieckoff: [McCain’s] voting record is not very strong. The Disabled American Veterans gave him a 20% rating out of 100. Our organization, the IAVA, gave him a D rating in the last voting session. He does not have a perfect voting record from the VFW. He’s consistently voted against increased funding of the VA, and he’s been a major opponent of the new GI bill.

Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans for America and author of Chasing Ghosts, on Countdown, discussing a town hall exchange between McCain and another Vietnam vet; July 9, 2008

IAVA ratings: McCain: D; Obama: B+ [29]; DAV: McCain: 20%; Obama: 80%; the AL and VFW don’t perform such voting record ratings


While I don’t in any way question your honor, your patriotism or your service to our country, I do question some of the decisions, the judgments you’ve made over the past two and a half years. During that time things have gotten markedly and progressively worse.

To General George Casey in his confirmation hearing as the nominee for Army Chief of Staff, before the Senate Armed Services Committee (February 1, 2007)


We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that’s the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war. The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously. I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history.

Associated Press. “McCain blasts Rumsfeld for Iraq war missteps”, MSNBC.com, 2007-02-19.




Frankly, neither of [the presidential candidates’] numbers adds up. But I’ve come to see a consistent pattern in Obama’s. For the life of me, Senator Straight Talk, I see no such straight thing with yours. You rail against big government, yet continue to push cockamamie spending plans that make a mockery of it. That’s why you’re losing right now, Senator McCain. Not because you don’t have the courage of your convictions. But because on economic matters, you have no convictions, period.

Neil Cavuto of Fox News; October 28, 2008

I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit. When he came home and saw that Carol [McCain’s first wife] was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it. Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better. This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol.

Ted Sampley


Luckily, I agree with my party more than Senator McCain agrees with his party.

Hillary Clinton, Politico, February 11, 2008.


John started carousing and running around with women.

Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale’s Song, a biography of McCain and graduates of the Naval academy, about the end of McCain’s first marriage.

McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory. After he came home, Carol [McCain’s first wife] walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.

Ross Perot


But the more one sees of [McCain’s] impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.

Conservative pundit George Will; September 23, 2008


From http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_McCain


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  1. John McCain is the epitome of the sleazy politician, he stands for everything that is wrong in Washington. He threatens people into silence in order to retain his seat, he stamps out criticism that way and fools the voters year after year. When are the people going to wake up? It’s sick how he’s been able to build up this dynasty that has little to do with Republican principles and everything to do with his own ego. Hopefully the voters will be able to see around his threats and money coverups and elect J.D. instead.

  2. Hey!

    Let McCain be McCain

    Focus on providing mental enemas for his supporters!

    Let Christian charity rule!

  3. Tom Dodson says

    McCain is a known RINO Quantity. His attacks on Conservatives Reagan Republicans and his protection of liberals says all I need to know. Voting for JD in August so the madness will finally stop.

  4. Walt Stephenson says

    What you forgot to mention was the million’s of dollars in pork barrel and special interest spending that got attached to the Health Bills that you mention. You have been very dishonest in your article by not telling the whole truth.

  5. Jacobite says


    And you cleverly hide the fact that the appropriation fund levels have been approved before the earmarks are distributed!

    You also fail to mention that earmarks can be placed on a bill by anyone in congress not just those who vote “yea” on the final bill!

    And since you’ve got your pants in a knot over fiscal irresponsibility, how do you account for John McCain’s enthusiasm for T.A.R.P. given the fact that Bush loaded it down with pork after he failed in his attempt to get it through Congress?

    You might also question John Shadegg’s reversal after the lard up, especially after correctly criticizing the approach on the airwaves?

    But one must admit, you share one successful attribute with your candidate..the ability to verbalize deception.

  6. Pamela Mills says

    McCain will say anything to get re-elected – and thus we cannot believe anything he says. Just as he wanted to be president because it was his ambition to be president, he wants to be senator again to have the power to push his RINO agenda. We shouldn’t be fooled again!

  7. Carl Hay says

    Excellent article.

    Every Republican primary voter in Arizona should get to know the real McCain.

  8. Is there a real McCain? The person playing McCain seems to change depending on circumstance.

  9. Roger Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Is there a real McCain? The person playing McCain seems to change depending on circumstance.

    There’s something very “committee-like” about rather etherally distant McCain. Maybe “staffer-like?”

  10. Is it true he doesn’t drink water when Obama is talking?

  11. American-Post Gazette AKA Russell Pearce, Rob Haney, and Tom Husband.

  12. Stephen Kohut says

    Ann AKA Susan Bitter Smith

    Getting desperate yet gal?

  13. Stephen KONUT = Wannabe politico who was just appointed a PC back in November. Keep showing your true stuff Stevie!

  14. Stephen Kohut says


    As just a poor, little, PC you seem to send an inordinate amount of time and effort commenting back at me son. I wonder why?

  15. John McCain stood nearly alone when Iraq was in complete turmoil. He was just about the only senator who voiced support for the Bush Administration’s surge in Iraq. Winning that war was more than promoting American interests, it was about expanding freedom and fighting for it.

  16. Jack Hammer says


    And what makes you think the “war” occupation of Iraq is a success.

    It’s hardly over! Check the current political situation.

    All we did in one province was bribe former Baathists and Sunni Warlords to get rid of Al Queda which is NOT indigenous to that country or area.

    Now those warlords and Saddamites are getting ready to clash with the current Shiite government which will most likely be backed by Iran!

    The only effective “surge” seems to have occurred between the neocon media’s legs!

  17. I know the real McCain and I will vote for him again. His support of the surge help keep my boy safe and bring him home.

  18. Wow this site is so good at reporting half truths spins. Why do people read this stuff, oh I forgot crazy begets crazy.

  19. The sleazy politician is JD Hayworth, not McCain. JD could not even maintain his seat in Congress! JD lost that one to a democrat, the reason why, acting unethical-taking stolen money from a convict Is the kinda guy we want in Congress, one that leaves the GOP vulnerable to lose another seat, NO WAY! JD is NOT the smartest guy either. I am no genius, far from, but when I listen to this guy speak, my stomach turns for him. He does not have what it takes to return to Congress, he did not have what it took last time, he has done nothing to prove differently this time. Actually, he has done many things that makes me question his moral compass.

  20. Stephen Kohut says


    Kind of like McCain & Charles Keating? Where does that fall on your moral comapss?

  21. Top Cat Radio says

    I live in Arizona and am supporting JD Hayworth to be our next senator.
    Has everyone forgotten, who helped elected our Left-Wing liberal socialist-communist President. It was John McCain and the hapless republicans in the 2008 election. Another replay of the Bob Dole-Bill Clinton race.
    Any other viable Republican Candiate could have won the 2008 election by running a hard hitting campaign and exposing Obama for the left-wing socialist he was.
    My thinking is that McCain and the republicans wanted to lose the 2008 election just like the Bob Dole-Bill Clinton race. Basely both candiates were what as know as staw candiates and just running to make things look good.

  22. Thanks for these reminders. Very important now that his sleazy campaign is in full swing against Hayworth. I’m not all that crazy about Hayworth, but I’m done with McCain. The Republicans threw this country under a bus when they put this charlatan up against someone as devious and as supported by nefarious big money as Obama is. We needed a different president than both the clowns who ran in 2008, and we are paying a huge, possible terminal, price for our stupidity and laziness.

    I also think McCain threw Palin under the bus when he chose her. As an Arizonan who has met McCain, I assure you he is definitely a womanizer. He didn’t think “is she ready yet? Have we adequately prepped her for the wolves in the media? Is she seasoned enough to take this on?” She was most assuredly not ready, and he picked her, IMHO, because she’s “hot” – not because she would be an asset in the event of his death. He cares nothing for the United States or its future. He’s part of the wealthy elite and could give a rat’s @$$ about us and our survival.

    We need some strong Republicans in Congress and some strong Moderate Democrats to pull this country off the careening course that threatens the very foundations of this once-great country.

    Amnesty my @$$. He supports it and he doesn’t even know what it would do to this country. BTW (I’m Hispanic – 7th generation… and I’m pissed that the border isn’t better patrolled and we legal Hispanics aren’t being protected from the thugs that are here to steal our identities so they can haul their criminal butts all over this country and collect welfare.)

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