January 22, 2009

Thursday's LKL: Sen. John McCain speaks out on President Obama!

Posted: 07:37 PM ET

Sen.  John McCain Tonight!  He took on Barack Obama, now he's working with him!artmccaingenericgi What are the Republican maverick and Democratic president up to?  Does he see a McCain/Palin ticket in 2012?  Find out when Senator John McCain talks to Larry!  Then, Larry talks politics with Dee Dee Myers and Paul Begala.

It's all tonight on Larry King Live, from Washington, D.C.

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Drew Summa   January 22nd, 2009 7:55 pm ET

John McCain is a true gentleman and must be regarded with the highest integrity. On your program he will be kind to the new President eventhough Pres. O'Bama was not ethical to John McCain during the election. Keep on the high road, John McCain,.We appreciate your honesty. God bless you and your family.

Judith   January 22nd, 2009 8:03 pm ET

I'm a dem and voted for Barack Obama who is now our President.

If what John McCain is saying that he is willing to work with our President to take us into the future for our children and greatchildren I than have much respect for him along with any GOPs that are on board.Our Country is sick right now and needs to get healthy while we have problems with many other Countries to bring peace.There are a few GOPs that no matter what our President says or does they will try to block them not seeing pass their nose that many are tired to be a Divided Country instead of a United one for All the People.

I don't see McCain/Palin in 2012.I see her no where as a VP or President.She needs to work for her people in Alaska that many are disappointed with her.She blamed Charlie Gibbs,Katie,the media and now bloggers for everything and anything.She talks about old news of her family for the media and now bloggers that she and she alone created.She was the one that put her kids on the platform talking dangerous bs about Obama having her children listening to it.
This type of person isn't VP let alone President Material.It's best that Sarah Palin become like Dan Quayle and become silent.That is one advice John McCain can give to his ex VP

sherry from TX   January 22nd, 2009 8:05 pm ET

he was so mean to Pres Obama during the campaign calling hm, "that one"..he knew he couldn't hold a candle to Pres. Obama ...did Joe the plumber ever get rich? not think McCain's family is very close like the Obamas..,,

frances from GA   January 22nd, 2009 8:08 pm ET

Palin went crazy in Neiman Marcus & Sak's,,nothing like that in Alaska..did she really buy her husband $75 silk shorts ?? ...

Judith   January 22nd, 2009 8:11 pm ET

What does John McCain think about closing Guantanamo detention center?

Judith   January 22nd, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Sherry from TX ,Joe the plumber with no license is now over in Iraq with a new gig as a correspondence.Wonder who paid him for that.

Joette   January 22nd, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Larry – please ask Senator MCain if we can work together to pass a Investment package (I hate the word Bailout), in the VERY near future.

Regine   January 22nd, 2009 8:41 pm ET

Does anyone else feel like McCain and Obama would get along great if McCain was in the President's cabinet? I would look forward to that immensely.

John McCain is one of the few Republicans I actually listen to and take very seriously. Thanks, Larry, for having him on your show!

Kelli from Tampa   January 22nd, 2009 8:45 pm ET

I am glad to see them working me that is true patriotism. The sake of our nation depends on elected officials working together. (if Republicans can lay down the arrogance that is)

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   January 22nd, 2009 9:03 pm ET

I think he is a real maverick and brave man.

I'll support the underdog.

Linda   January 22nd, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I am a Democract, really in the middle deomocract and thought at one time John McCain was one of our most decent Senators, even though he was a more radical Republican.
I am Very Happy to see John McCain working so well with President Obama, its like the old John McCain of old and it is a pleasure and I think an Honor to see him on your Show tonight.
Finally a Good Show

Weave   January 22nd, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I voted for John McCain and have great respect and admiration for him. I also support our new president and enjoyed the enthusiasm of the country. I have wanted to recommend to now President Obama that John McCain would make an exceptional Secretary of Defense. I believe it would go a long way to cement the concept of a bi-partisan approach to this new government. Has there been any discussion between the two of them in this regard and if it was offerred to him, would Senator McCain accept the position?president.

Jason Kennedy   January 22nd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I have a great deal of respect for McCain! I admire his willingness to work with the new administration to accomplish what is needed.

Jason Kennedy
Stockton, CA

Kathy   January 22nd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

I am a big John McCain supporter. I was SO disappointed when he chose Sarah Palin for his running mate and that was the only reason I did not vote for him. I have spoken to many who share in this and I wonder if he looks back on that choice now as a mistake?

Michele   January 22nd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

I want to commend Senator McCain on his grace, tact and positive attitude following the election of Barrack Obama. His concession speech was amazing! Senator McCain was my candidate and I have the utmost respect for him.

Bradley Hayman   January 22nd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Hello Mr. King,
I agree with Drew, he has a valid point, John McCain is a true american hero! I'm from Canada and loved watching this very historical election with my grandparents, McCain was awsome because he had a great plan. Also, I watch you every night Larry! Keep up the good work! Hi Mr. McCain, all trhe best in 2009 for you and your family!
My question: Was Sarah Palin at the Aunauguration?

B. Gregery   January 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Will Senator McCain denounce Rush Limbaugh? Specifically, will Sen McCain denounce Limbaugh's statement of last night that he hopes President Obama fails?

Derek E Muskegon Mi   January 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Senator McCain...Do you feel that the criticism of how you treated President Obama during the campaign is fair? Do you feel you were dismissive and acted arrogantly toward him during your debates? How do you respond to these types of accusations?

Terry   January 22nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

the graphics that keep scrolling out are repetitive – annoying – and not necessary... would like to just watch the show – but getting ready to switch channels.........

Sue Bingham   January 22nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Was Sara Palin invited to the inauguration?   January 22nd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Joint Presidents of the United States

My suggestion is directed to the US Senate, House of Representatives, Congress and the Oval Office of the Presidency of the United States and it's citizens. I believe it is time to fundamentally improve the way America is governed. It is my belief that a major change should occur in the future public office and elections. The proposed suggestion is that two individuals ~share~ the presidency – each having a desk in the same Oval Office at the White House. There will be no more need for a vice president but each of our ~Two Presidents~ will have an assistant, with special powers. It is thought that it would be a democrat and a republican at first election, perhaps Barack Obama and John McCain. I believe these two candidate's can work together with equal powers. This change will benefit each and every American in our Country. "Not Just 50% of the people, we need all of the people behind us in this great nation, to confront the challenges that lie ahead and to preserve, protect and propagate the American Idea's of Democracy and eventual International Individual Independence for all. The US Senate, Congress and other "governing bodies" will remain as is, (in-tact) and will determine certain critical decisions, which will arise between our two presidents in office, thereby decisions will be determined by the numbers of democrats and republicans, or (Individual opinions) that make up these bodies of government and will provide a much more equal footing for all Americans to believe in.
The product of this new government will benefit all mankind and serve as a common denominator for all people to share in, a simple idea, and have something solid in common. As a result we will become a much more productive nation, all working together, in the best interest of all, and governments around the world will be excited to see this great, change – and move forward... KTM
A THREE PRESIDENT PLATFORM may include an independent... Three presidents of different parties –
Republican, Democrat and Independent – might be the best practical solution. Many issues and differences might be solved within the oval office when our three-presidents find that a three-way vote is in order. When voting the best of three, two of our three presidents will have voted to agree or disagree, thereby and allowing legislation to be passed and proceed in a manner consistent with existing policy of today.
This idea for a Joint-Presidency of the United States was first thought of when I was fifteen, teaching myself to type and observing the events of the Watergate scandal which occurred during the Nixon years, in the early 1970's. Kevin T. McMahon -11/6/03.

Dace Tucson AZ   January 22nd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Finally he is restoring some credibility after the most horrendous mistake of Palin – the worst, most toxic, ignorant VP choice in US history that cost him the election. But do not give economic advice – to worry about the deficit now is what derailed Roosevelt and prolonged the depression. Stick to repair of unleashing the monster of the north on the world like a deadly virus that can never again be contained.

Ron NIcholson   January 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Larry, I cannot believe that Senator McCain can say that Sarah Palin has a future in national politics. She was one of the reasons he lost the election, with her ultra right wing do as I do beleifs. It was obvious the US. population was looking for real change that is happening already, and God forbid, Sarah Palin as a President of a major power in the free word is an unaceptable scenario. I live in Canada and spend my winters in Florida and was very upset today to hear about numerous threats against Obama, many from right wing white groups who supported the Republican conservative cause, These people have the nerve to call themselves Christians. Unfortunatley, the Conservative minority government in Canada who followed the tax cut Republican ideas have now put the Canadian economy in recession. also. I am a regular viewer of your program and CNN.

Natale C., Wasilla, AK   January 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Palin for POTUS in 2012, I don't think so. I live in Alaska & Palin has still has not gone back to work, she is pouting over losing, quit with the hype it will never happen!

Susan DePew   January 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

After seeing Senator McCain on the Presidential trail campaign, he looks years younger. The rest from that long campaign has done wonders for him. Best of luck to a wonderful man and a hard worker for the people.

James from TN   January 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Hi Senato MCcain,
Thank you for your service to our country. My question to you is...Who in the Republican party will be running in 2010 for the House and Senate and who do you think will run in 2012?

suzanne   January 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Hello from Canada:

Larry I watch your show every night.....Just wanted to tell Mr. McCain that I think he is a great sorry he lost the election.

Kathleen   January 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Good to see Senator McCain making himself available for the good of the country! So glad to hear his wise counsel will be available to the new President. At the end of the day, we need all the smart people working on the tremendous problems facing us.

Would the Senator ever consider serving in the new administration?

S - West Virginia   January 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Ask Sen. McCain what he thinks about the "Barack Roll" video.

Gladys   January 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why do Republican's want our President to fail by blocking his every move. Dothey really want to destroy this country

Diane Fudge   January 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I voted for Barack Obama - but like so many Americans I am sick of the bickering of politicians from both parties. I applaud John Mccain for his efforts to work for the people; please pass this message along to all politicans. I do not expect politicians to always agree but offer a solution.

On the economy I believe the package should address assets that bank own, the housing industry, and lending/credit issues.

Imowo   January 22nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET


I think the most unifying thing Obama would have done would have been to pick Mccain as his Vice president!! That truly would have proven that there are no red or blue states.. Would Mccain have accepted if asked? Did Obama ever consider it? We will never know but what an effect that would have had..


Tammy Bend Oregon   January 22nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I have the highest regard for Sen. McCain. He and Mrs. McCain are to be respected and admired. But even as a Christian and life-long Republican, I could not support Gov. Palin. It really felt like he shot himself in the foot with choosing her as his Vice Presidential running mate. Too many things just didn't add up with her. Perhaps she needs to be seasoned by time.

While I'm sorry he didn't succeed in his campaign, I stood with so many rejoicing in President Obama's victory. I shed many tears of joy. One couldn't help but be moved with this outcome of history. As a child born in 1960's, it is an exceptional period of time to be alive.

I'm ready for change and am very hopeful. I know there is still work for Sen. McCain to do. I have no doubt he has a great deal of knowledge and experience to help support our new President and country.

Thank you John and Cindy for your continued service to our great country!

Neicey in Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Ask him about his black family Larry?

A Voice of Truth   January 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

McCain and Obama working together for "We the People" would be great.

I'd like to ask 2 questions because I care about the truth.

Question #1: Who owns the Federal Reserve? Our government or private parties?

Question#2: Is there a law that states that the average American citizen(anyone who works for labor/wages) MUST pay a Federal Income Tax? I can't find one. Everything I run across says it's a VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE issue.

Any answers from Larry King or McCain would really be appreciated by me, and others I have who are following this question/post in real-time.

Best wishes to everyone~

Terrie   January 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I admire the way Senator McCain ended his campaign, I would like to know if he agrees with many economist that the Bush taxes cuts are part of the current economic problems?

Pee Wee   January 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Days work is never done for a real politician Senator McCain. President Obama needs help with the immigration problem. Roll up your sleeves and go to work.
Thank you.

CRISSY TAYLOR   January 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I don't believe that Sarah Palin would be running for presidency in 2012 maybe 2016 because after she sees the great work that President Barack Obama is doing she will not want to mess it up.


Ray   January 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Dear Senator,
after lost in 2008, where does GOP and John McCain stands on an immigration reform? do you believe that latino's vote has played huge roll in election?

christine   January 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

how can the republican party allow hate mongers like rush limbaugh
speak for them.........his rants like "I want Obama to fail" says that the
republican party is and will always be full of hate and fear..........if Obama fails this country will continue to slide would think it is time to put all the "trash talk" behind us and work for the common a register republican I am embarrassed by the likes of limbaugh and others who fan the flames of negativity...

Sandra Beckstead   January 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

What I don't understand about the stimulus package is why they don't take the 3.5 billion dollars and give it to the american tax payers. Those people in turn spend the money and here comes the ecomomy. It sure makes more sense to me than giving a reward to the businesses who screwed up in the first place. Why do those of us who have payed our houses off and pay with cash have to pay for those who spend way over their budget?

Joycelyn   January 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

In my opinion, the American people were elated to hear about plans to close Gitmo. President Obama is acting quickly, just as he promised and I have every confidence that plans are in the works on the details of what to do with the current prisoners. By putting it out there, it creates a responsibility, with a defined deadline and I have faith that it WILL be done. I also have faith that President Obama would not have made the commitment if he did not have the confidence that the details will be worked out successfully.

Joette   January 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

If Senator McCain really talks to Sarah Palin "all the time" maybe he could suggest that she has no future with the GOP or any other serious party. And maybe he could suggest as a friend she needs to go silent and get back to work in Alaska.

Linda   January 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I'm wondering how Sen. MCCain can think Gov. Sarah Palin is qualifyed to be "President of the United Sates". She's prejudice against any person that isn't an extreme right wing Repubican. My family & I have been Catholic all our lives & we find S. Palin offensive. She thinks only white, "born again Christians" are going to heaven. Guess what...Jesus wasn't "white" and all the "born again Christians" broke away from the first Christian Church, that was set up by Jesus, and St. Peter. Yep, it was the Catholic Church. ( So, they rebeled against Jesus's teachings.) And also, S. Palin has a degree in TV & media and was a sports caster. A person that runs this country needs to first be a lawyer...yep, it takes that type of "smarts" to run this country. The last Pres. & VP had business degrees only & look what happened, we are almost in a depression & are in 2 wars with the middle east boiling over. Also, it's important to remember that the people in the middle east need to be approched differently....they are not reading out of the same Bible that most of us are. My Bible has an "imprimatur" on it. How bout yours Gov. Palin.

Gilles   January 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I think Rush Limbaugh's remark that I hope he (President Obama) fails is unpatriotic and for Senator John McCain not to have condemn him outrightly when asked by Larry King of what he think of the remark diminish my respect for him.
There is no difference between the remark and God Damn America, for an Obama's failure is an American failure. People like that should not be allowed to continue being in the air for all what he represent is hatred and division.

Carneice   January 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I'm proud that President Obama and Senator McCain are working together. It's great to see people being nice to eachother in order to better our nation. It will make a positive, great difference in the United States, joining together, putting our priorities in order, differences behind us, and making America work. Congratulations President Obama!

Ozzy   January 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

My feeling is that if Sarah Palin runs for President, it'll be in 2016 not 2012. I expect either Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee to be Obama's opponent in 2012.

What I'm curious is why all this hatred towards Sarah?? She seemed to have tried everything to help John McCain get elected?? Why is she so disliked by many??

Joette   January 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hey, Giles that was a great point!

Maria NYC   January 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry, thank you for having Maureen on. I am a huge fan of Maureen and her witty insights. Please have her on more often, Of course I'm a huge fan of yours too! Thanks! Great show tonight.

Joette   January 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Ozzy – it is not hatred but reality, there is no intellctual curiosity, or knowledge of current events and national issues. Come on, any one of uscould of handled those interviews! Would of loved to seen a debate between Sec State Clinton and Sarah. WOW!

marcus sutton   January 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Have you realized that the news media people get more money "running their mouth" than the President gets for running the country. Figure that out

Dan W. in NY   January 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I wish we had seen more of this John McCain during the campaign. Even as a Democrat, I always respected John McCain, despite the fact that I didn't agree with him very often. However, the John McCain who we had all come to know and respect simply wasn't there during the campaign. Now, it seems the Mac is truly back, and our contry will be a better place because of it. I look forward to seeing him work with our new President.

Marshall Raney   January 22nd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Maureen Dowd was interviewed on your show and reviewed the Bush presidency. She stated that President Bush and Condi could have seen 9/11 coming. Indicating that they single handedly could have been responsible for the attack. Just a reminder, President Bush took office in January and the attack happened in September. Why doesn't Mrs. Dowd point to the eight years of the Clinton Presidency and their responsibility to secure the nation? If anything happens during the first few months of President Obama's administration, I am sure the Bush administration will be faulted. Seems a little unfair.

j bretzin   January 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It is too late now to ask this but do you know if John McC. ever paid HIS overdue taxes because of his winnings at the casino...Evidently ,he did not pay them.....

Nivedita Kari   January 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Just two months back, Sen. McCain was asking the whole country to vote for his running mate and today he cannot unequivocally say whether he will support her in 2012. Looks like the campaign has turned Mr. Maverick into regular non-committal politicians on the hill!

Teri Cox   January 22nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

My husband, Bill, a lifelong Democrat, thinks of Sen. McCain as his hero. He has our admiration and respect and we have supported him since 2000. We also have great respect and high hopes for President Obama and his Administration and pray for our country's success in recovering our position of leadership and global respect , our safety and our economic prosperity.

We think Sen. McCain would make a great Secretary of Defense, with his expertise from his illustrious military career and his deep knowledge and understanding of foreign policy issues. I would sleep better at night knowing he had this position.

I wish he had taken a stronger and more creative stand on healthcare reform during his campaign besides focusing on HSAs. I would love to know more about what he proposes now in this area that will provide broader access to quality health care coverage for more Americans, protect those who have lost their jobs or are retirees at risk for losing their benefits and keep costs under control.

I hope Sen. Mccain will work with the Obama team, Sen. Kennedy, other key opinion leaders and stakeholder organizations, such as AARP, the American Cancer Society, AAFP, AHP and others, to help craft an improved hybrid system of private and public plans that is crafted from the best practices, that works better for everyone, reduces costs and improves outcomes. As someone with over 30 years of both professional and personal experience helping loved ones navigate the healthcare system and advocating for positive changes in the current system, I look forward to my continued involvement, too! Together - YES WE CAN make a difference in the health and quality of health care of all Americans.

CJKrueger   January 22nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I think President Obama did the right thing not to broadcast the retaking of the oath. 1.5 million people in the mall and those around the world witnessed the the swearing in, to showcase the retake would have taken away from "the moment". I felt it was a "cya" moment and the press was a bit too whinny.

Tamara   January 22nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET


I would love to see the two parties work together to fix this country. The bottom line is that it will take a whole lot of trust to be rebuild for Obama supporters to trust MCcain. MCcain can not even be honest with himself and admit that Palin hurt his ticket.

pamela wood   January 22nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

larry am listening, ask that man there what he went to Nigeria to do, am interested. i forgot his name.

Joycelyn   January 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Senator McCain definately should have condemned Rush Limbaugh's negative remark wishing that Barack Obama will fail. He (McCain) tried to play it off like he didn't know what Limbaugh meant by the statement he made.....but he (McCain) knows exactly what Limbaugh meant! I wonder why Larry's question about it made McCain so uncomfortable? It is apparent that McCain is not fully on board with the Obama administration. He will be, before it's all over with......the administration will see to that. This is going to be a no muss–no fuss administration. Obama is TOTALLY about business and getting things done, as evident from his track record.

Jorge Salazar   January 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

LARRY, one question for the king, ¿why has Fox News totally turned against President Obama full time? I`m very curious about that, because in the past they never played it that way. Now all the network is 24 hrs. working against him, ¿why is this?

Ozzy   January 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET


I think it was the speed and timing of all events. I'm not trying to make any excuses for her, but, IMO, she was thrown into a situation without being ready for it. She had so short of time to prepare unlike Obama who was on the campaign trail for two years.

I'm just willing to give her a second chance. I've seen some of her post-election interviews with Greta Van Susteran and Larry King, and she comes much smarter and more savy than the media portrayed her.

She already has some great ideas for one of this country's biggest issues, energy independance. I honestly think that if she has time to set up a campaign, famialiarize herself with the issues, and show the USA the REAL Sarah Palin, she can really rebuilt her image and be an asset not a detriment for this country.

Sandra Beckstead, Glenrock, Wy   January 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Team Obama are doing a great job! It's nice to see somebody in Washington do what they promised to do. It is going to take awhile to undo what the last administration did. We the american people need to be patient. Team Obama are off to a great start!

John Hanley   January 22nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

It is my opinion that if it wasn't for people like Rush Limbau, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, et al, we would have had a President McCain for the last eight years and not a President Bush. The above named and other powers that be in the Republican Party destroyed Sen. McCain's bid for the presidency in 2000. They control the entire party and will destroy anyone who differs with them. It's hard to say what history would have been had we had a President McCain but I believe we would have been much the better off. Sen. McCain has not changed. He is still in the struggle for the American People and will do what he can to help President Obama be successful. I am thankful that he has not retreated into obscurity but continues to do what he can to make us a better nation. As for Sarah Palin, she will not run in 2012. President Obama, I predict, will be a two term president and supported by a majority of Americans. I am not; however, a Sarah Palin hater and would not be surprised to see her in 2016. I don't see anyone of the caliber of President Obama or Senator McCain on the horizon for either party but hope that we will have a choice between two such qualified candidates as we did in this last election. Good luck to both of these men and may they work together successfully.

Sparkie Waller   January 22nd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Sen. John McCain is a great American and has been serving his country for over half a century. He will continue to serve his country as long as he can to fullfill the promise he made to himself as a POW for al of those years. His energy is amazing and that all goes along with his passion and love for this great country we live in. Ask any veteran that has served overseas, they know what a great country we have and will always be willing to fight to protect America and all of our freedoms.

My thanks to John McCain and all of our veterans, espically to my dad, a WWII veteran who died of Veterans Day two yeas ago.

steve from ga   January 22nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I do not trust J McCain...surprised he did not condem what R Limbaugh said about hoping Obama to fail ! what a sin to hope for this..smday it will come bk to haunt hm for Palin she does not have enough education to go to Wash., dc....stay in Alaska ..& begin reading Newsweek, Time, USA Today, NY Times, Chicago papers, Palm Bch Post. Detroit Free Press, LA Times, etc,,,,,

Ozzy   January 22nd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

John Hanley,

I agree with you completely. I too, believe Obama will be a two term president. The Republicans will recycle one of 2008's primary candidates who lost to McCain like Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee to try to go up against Obama. More important to the GOP would not if Romney or Huckabee can actually beat Obama as much as trying to get their message out and using the GOP Convention to build up future stars like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal.

Obama will win re-election but the Repeblicans will slowly but surely begin to win back the House of Rep and the Senate by 2012 ro 2014, and be in a better position for a Palin and Jindal to take the White House in 2016. So, in truth, the Republicans may be willing to to lose the battle in order to win the war.

Tope Ojetunde (Bklyn. NY)   January 22nd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

It's good to see John McCain accept Barack Obama as a big boss. He is exceptionally commendable in his ways.. The campaign was traumatic. He had a dirty Sarah Palin as a running mate. She was going to cement him in mire but he redeemed himself and he has my kudos.
And to the exceptional moron called Rush Limbaugh, he is plainly playing the American public with his outrageous comments. He knows he would unnoticed if he was not talking so much trash. What good can come from his deciduous self. It's so amazing how the disciplined American press gives reference to a fat head fool that consistently forgets his brains in his bathroom closet.
It's time to move forward in the right direction. Trash Limbaugh is a nobody and a waste of time.

Val   January 22nd, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Totally off the subject, but, where was Condoleeza Rice during the inauguration?

Joette   January 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Ozzy - good points, I understand she was thrown into the scene -, I had to research for myself a couple of those questions, but research I did. Am not sure if you will ever change my mind, I know you won't. But with that said we can agree to disagree respectfully. Hey thats what makes this country so interesting. As for 2012, I will most likely stay in Obama camp, I think we need 8 years to get it right. I look for Mitt Romney (who was my 1st choice), Eric Cantor (US House of Rep)
as our Rep front runners, but goodness maybe we should just stay focused in the present. Stay engaged everyone!! And pass it on to someone who isn't, we need everyone in this country to work hard to right the ship.

Dexter   January 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I think Mr Lary King should have question Maureen Down for her comments that President Geoge Bush should have seen 911 coming. There is no one other than the people who carried out the attack new it was coming. How dare she would make such comment that just shows how smart some people think they are.

Ozzy   January 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET


Fair enough. It's what I love about this country. No matter if you're Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, A Leftist or Far Right, we can all have our differences and while we may not always agree about our thoughts, we learn to respect them. In truth, I'm glad we all have differences. I'd rather have it that way. It would be very boring if we all shared the same opinion and thoughts. Much better to be your own self with your beliefsstand up for those beliefs, and respectfully debate with others who don't share your same beliefs than if we were all a bunch of programmed little robots or drones with the same thoughts. That's why I love the USA.

Gloria   January 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Please tell me how people like Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are able to stay on TV, they are such hatemongers, always tearing anything good down.You would think that they would want to work for the good of mankind, I guess I am Naive.
I want to throw up everytime I hear there voices, I will also throw Bill O
reilly in there, what a jerk.

Jay   January 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Dear Senator McCain,
I have always been a Republican and your Presidential campaign was by far
the meanest and dirtiest and embaressing one I have ever lived through. I hope you and Palin
can learn from that time.

Cesar Lopez (Medellin, Colombia)   January 22nd, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Sara Palin has a great future as a politician, no matter what many people think about her dities as a Governor.

Mc'Cain demostrate that He is a humble man. He demostrates his resolution to serve the country no matter who be in the presidency.

John Bogue   January 22nd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I am writing this in regards to some follow up and commentary on a CNN/ Larry King show's presentation of their publicly suggested items for President Obama to consider. Two items the journalist making the commentary made in conclusion: were terrible! They were each presented as being humorous. The first, a person's statement that he hated every thing about president Obama, And; the second, a suggestion to president Obama by a person who "didn't like his ears, that he should grow out his hair to hide them” both are categorized as bigoted responses. The second comment was racist since ears are based on ethnicity. I am very disappointed in the larrry King Live show. These low-life suggestionsshould have been edited out. It is enough to keep myself, and my friends: At my suggestion – away forever.

Annoyed citizen   January 22nd, 2009 10:57 pm ET

McCain should keep his opinions to himself and not be given a national platform. He was not elected and his opinions no longer matter. He should fade into history and be remembered as a war hero and politician. He should leave with dignity.

Bessie L Tarver   January 22nd, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Larry King asked the question, "What is it that Barack Obama has?" The answer is in what he doesn' t have, and that is racial/ethnic prejudices. You see everybody is lookin at Pres. Obama as a black man, but he is indeed more than that, he is a true African-American without the baggage of the past. He doesnt have the anger, bitterness or stains of black slavery. His father nor grandfather or his immediate heritage were American slaves, and of course neither was his mother. So he therefore did not inherit the emotions and spirits that comes with a black american whose direct decendants were slaves. Most people do not understand that slavery had such an impact on not only the slaves but for many generations thereafter. Obama simply donot have that baggage. Yes he has experienced discrimination as a black man in america, but those experiences did not shape him because he was a bit older and he had already been shapen by the things he learned and saw earlier in life, living in Indonesia and in Hawaii with a mother that wasn't prejudice also. The mere fact that she married two foreign men attest to that.
So, Pres. Obama view the world different ly from the average black or white american and because of this he is able to go beyond racial/ethnic differences and look at people as just that, americans and the world as peoples. So, because we are not familiar with this kind of spirit in a black man in the public eyes, we tend not to understand this and it is a very new experience for the average person. But he is just what was needed in this period of time, only a person that is not stained by the past can help lead us to a better future. I have more insite on this but it will take to long to go into. But I do hope this will help people to understand our new president!! He's still a human being, just without most of the baggage we are use to.
Thank you.

Brenda Campbell   January 22nd, 2009 11:18 pm ET

You need to build from the Bottom up. The top down has already proven it does not work. Big business is too greedy.

The only thing which needs to be done is to lower interest rates for all citizens...mortgages, credit cards, etc.

Do this and people will have the money to buy cars and enjoy life. Put the money naturally into the economy. Jobs will be created naturally, we don't have to have our President "create them" so to speak.

The Government has never attempted to build from the bottom up. Don't you think it is about time they try.

One last thing...the homeowners should not have to be penalized to have the rates lowered. If a mortgage company currently holds your mortgage...they simply adjust your rate, takes seconds in a computer! No qualification necessary, you do not have to be behind on your payments, don't need 20% down or equity in your home.

Lower credit card rates...let people get them paid off instead of filing bankruptcy.

The auto industry will flourish as well as everything else when people have money to spend!

Thanks for listening 🙂

Another Voice of Truth   January 22nd, 2009 11:41 pm ET

Would ONE president PLEASE tell us the truth about 2 issues?

First, if in fact, the Federal Reserve is privately owned, and Obama knows that, then he also knows that his plan will only drive this country deeper into debt.

And, either him, or an IRS comissioner PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION:

Is the Federal Income Tax Mandatory? Why won't anybody answer this? Everything I come across, says the Federal Income Tax is 'voluntary' and INCOME in the Federal Income Tax does not apply to most people...people who make's ONLY for corporate gains and profits, and for people conducting certain types of business w/the government.

All we want is the truth...somebody please help! lol

Another Voice of Truth   January 22nd, 2009 11:46 pm ET

sorry, forgot to put the 1st one in form of question. My question is this...

IS the Federal Reserve owned by our government? Or is it privately owned by different members around the world?

Far, far away   January 22nd, 2009 11:59 pm ET

Maureen Dowd revealed to Larry King tonight that she sometimes hears the delivery trucks start up downstairs at the NYT before she begins writing her column. I figured that was about how much thought went into her sophomoric pieces. I began reading Dowd's column when I learned she visited my home state of Alaska during the election campaign. I am not a Palin supporter, but I was repulsed by how Dowd and even straight news reporters came up here and painted it any way they wanted. They weren't above unnamed sources, negative spin and even making a few things up. And this is the cream of journalism? You can imagine how interested I was to see Dowd on camera. She wore the mantle of TV talking heads – gallons of phony, shiny hair that fell ridiculously over one eye. I couldn't figure out if she was pretending to be Dorothy Parker, Diane Sawyer or Gina Lollobrigida. I waited to hear her extremely intelligent views on the day's events, but it soon became apparent that she's slept her way to the top. I recall hearing someone say or write that Palin's pro-life stance put a target on our governor's back, regarding the east-coast elite. Yes, that rings true. Maybe Dowd was threatened by Palin's prolific child bearing. I think I read somewhere that she never married and has a lot of cats. Am I getting this right? By Dowd's own standards, it doesn't matter. She recently wrote that our own Sen. Lisa Murkowski should shut up because "we're all sick of Alaska." Regarding this columnist and her mean-spirited, snobbish coterie, I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

Dorothy   January 23rd, 2009 12:07 am ET

John – if we would have wanted your advice, we would have voted for you and elected you, so no telling us what you woulda done, Times up,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Bolo   January 23rd, 2009 12:13 am ET

I think when President Obama decides to shut down Gitmo, He should consider opening Alcatras for the prisoners. So that way they can be in the middle of the ocean instead of on the soil of America.

Robin   January 23rd, 2009 12:27 am ET

I voted for Obama but it was a very hard decision to make. I have always admired Senator McCain and everything that he did for our country. I listened to both sides very carefully before making my choice. I thought that the McCain that I have always admired and respected got lost some place. I did not appreciate all of the name calling and that was the final straw but I have to say that the choice of Palin made me lean at least 80 percent in the way of Obama. I think that she should never had accepted the nomination if she was really looking out for our countries best interest. She just isn't qualified. I do still very much admire John McCain and was extremely happy that Obama has decided to use him as an adviser, I think that was a wise move. I know that Mr. McCain will do his best to give him the best advice he can. I think Obama would not be doing the people any favors by not including him and asking McCain for all of his good advice. He has always looked out for our best interest, he is a great American hero and deserves to be respected as such.

Altaf Valliani   January 23rd, 2009 12:30 am ET


I just watched your interview with Sanator McCain. Although I did not vote for him but it confirmed my thought that we as Americans should be very proud to have a person like Sanator McCain as ne of our leader. GOD BLESS HIM for his servie to our nation.


May L.-Tennessee   January 23rd, 2009 12:35 am ET

Larry, John Mccain is looking good tonight...more like the old one that years ago I would have loved to see become president. I didn't vote for him this time...i voted for Barack Obama because with the addition of Sarah Palin to Sen. Mccain's ticket, his campaign message to me became very confusing. on the one hand you had Sen Mccain still on track with his original message, and on the other you had Gov. Palin sending a message of hate and prejudice...the two just didn't jive together...totally opposite agendas. anyhow I enjoyed seeing sen.mccain on your show tonigt...maybe he could run again next time only withought gov. palin. And I'm so glad sen. Mccain is working with our new president and helping where he can!

ed ,vancouver canada   January 23rd, 2009 12:40 am ET

john mcain has experience dealing with war issues and everyone knows that including obama.
hillary clinton is good at the peace thing and bill knows alot too.
it is really too bad for palin or mcain had a good shot at it.
at least john mcain is respected enough that obama listens to him.
The united states needs three presidents to get out of the mess.

Dana Jones   January 23rd, 2009 12:44 am ET

Dear Mr. King I hink Obama is going to be a great leader and a great model for others. He is going to make a lot of changes in america. He has a beautiful family who is going to be behind him 100% of the way and i am going to be behind him 100% as well. He Has 2 beautiful kids sasha and malia and a beautiful wife michelle who is going to support him.

New York

Jens   January 23rd, 2009 12:45 am ET

Regarding McCain: Where was Sarah Palin during the Inauguration. Everybody was there. Did nobody invite her or didn't she think it was necessary to come because she does not believe in President Obama?

DJ   January 23rd, 2009 12:47 am ET

The other one i wrote had an error......Dear Mr. King I think Obama is going to be a great leader and a great model for others. He is going to make a lot of changes in america. He has a beautiful family who is going to be behind him 100% of the way and i am going to be behind him 100% as well. He Has 2 beautiful kids sasha and malia and a beautiful wife michelle who is going to support him.

New York

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