Skip to comments.McCain crosses aisle to stand with Obama
Posted on 07/29/2013 4:19:36 PM PDT by IbJensen
WASHINGTON - There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions. No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.
Yet in recent months, an alignment on high-profile domestic issues - not to mention an eye on their respective legacies - has transformed Obama and McCain into Washington's most unexpected odd couple. The Arizona senator is a regular visitor to the West Wing and in near-daily contact with senior White House officials.
McCain, in an Associated Press interview, said that he and Obama "trust each other." White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, among the Obama advisers who speak regularly with McCain, praised the lawmaker as a "refreshing" partner who "welcomes a debate and welcomes action."
For Obama, the senator has become a rare Republican backer of important elements on the president's second term agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter background checks for gun buyers, and perhaps a fall budget deal.
In return, McCain has secured increased access to the White House and an opportunity to redeem his reputation as a Capitol Hill "maverick." That image was tainted when McCain tacked to the right during his failed 2008 presidential run against Obama.
"I've told the people of Arizona, I will work with any president if there are ways I can better serve Arizona and the country," McCain said. "That seems to be an old-fashioned notion but it's the case."
McCain said his stronger ties with the president on domestic issues won't keep him from challenging the president on national security issues..... "He is the president of the United States," McCain said. "You can strongly disagree and still be respectful."
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When one notes how woefully incompetent their campaigns were, one wonders if both McCain and Romney didn't "take a dive," as they say in boxing.
McCain (believe me, I’m no fan) secured the nomination months before Obama secured his....
BS. They were never rivals... McCain did all he could to insure that Obama won.
"....that's pride effin' with ya."
More like now that the elections are over, McCain does not have to pretend his is a Conservative. Obviously the fix was in, white commie or black commie.
Well, when the one goes down, McCain will go down with him.
How is this even news? It’d be a huge surprise if McCain stood up to Obama.
Cannot post what I really think of that jackass - the mods would ban me back to the stone age.
You took the words right off my keyboard. *sigh*
He probably voted for the Kenyan pretender.
Puke RINO. The GOP is dead.
McCain has displayed classic Manchurian Candidate symptoms all along.
al Qaeda, MANPAD treason, IRS treason,
and ObamaCARE unConstitutionality has brought
them together ... against the American people.
McCain is a Statist. If he cannot be President, he will still support the head of State.
Heck... he threw the election. I am now absolutely convinced of it. He sabotaged Sarah and suspended his campaign and heck we all know the dozens of things that he did and said that sunk any chance that he may have had. He ensured defeat by actively working against victory.
Having lived and gone to school in Arizona I sometimes wonder how/why this guy got elected the second time. I realize the environment and politics have changed since but I can’t be thankful for people of Arizona giving this guy a pulpit for any of his purposes today.
First you would have to get his lips unattached to Obama’s ass.
There. fixed it.