June 23, 2009


Posted: 04:49 PM ET

McCain-ObamaJohn McCain will join us to react to Pres. Obama's news conference, specifically his answer to McCain's criticism of his policies: "I'm the President."

The, we'll remember and entertainment icon.  Doc Severinsen and Joan Rivers will be among our guests as we remember Ed McMahon.

And finally - were you shocked by last night's announcement that we can remove the "&" from "Jon & Kate"?  Neither were we.  But even though it's being played out on TV, this is a real life decision whose ultimate impact will be most dramatically felt by their 8 children.  We'll talk about the kids, and whether it's fair that this is being played out in front of 10 million viewers.

And of course, we want to hear from you:

Who do you hold responsible for the break-up of Jon & Kate's marriage: Jon, Kate, or reality TV?

Leave you thought on that question, and show coments here.

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Hack Hamdon   June 23rd, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Its nice to see that John McCain has taken up the human rights issue for the Iranian people,I wonder if he would be willing to do the same for the Palistinians.

Gonzalo Arzamendi   June 23rd, 2009 5:11 pm ET

I would like to tell Senator MacCain that, president Obama is right staying aside of the internal situation on Iran, he condemn the unjust actions and violence over there, However he is not taking sides for one candidate or the other, That in my opinion is the most intelligent way to go, after all we do not have all the facts on our hands, I don't remember 9 years ago (more less) Presidents from other countries calling on Vice-President Al Gore showing there support over President Bush, after the Florida "Splash"...... Do you?
I think every Politician who is not supporting our President on this situation, has a hidden agenda for Political reasons and using this tragedy like that is unacceptable, unrespectable and needs to be condemn.

Farbod   June 23rd, 2009 5:30 pm ET

Mr. McCain,
The crisis in Iran is an Iranian crisis and it can only be resolved by the Iranian people and their leaders. Iranians need only Moral support but no political interference. President Obama has so far struck the right notes by upholding the human and civil rights of the protesters without interfering in Iran’s internal politics. Mr. McCain, please stay quiet on Iran’s election crisis for the sake of innocent people dying on the streets of Iran. You are not helping Iranians in the slightest. Mr. McCain, you are hurting this movement that could potentially lead to democracy in Iran.
Thank you.

starleo14672   June 23rd, 2009 5:38 pm ET

I think Senator Mc Cain needs to be reprimanded for undermining the President of The United States. When a voice on foreign policy is put into the air ways it should come with one voice as to not undermine what this country is saying. For this senator to first put him down and then call a proclamation on what he thinks he should say is almost unbelievable of the gall of this man. I know he hates our president and wants to see him fail but this is all Americans country and he could put us in danger if he makes a habit of this.The voice should be the president and if countries see this division it could take it as a weakness because of what he did. One voice Mr. Mc Cain the President of the United States. You did our country a disservice with your angry words and undermining his policy.

Saeed   June 23rd, 2009 6:04 pm ET

Sen. McCain is such a hypocrite. It was not long ago when he wanted to bomb Iraninans. He has no desire to help Iran or Iranians. He wants to start a war old George did not get to start. Sen. McCain, if people cared to know what you think they would have elected you. President Obama is taking the right approach with Iran.

Amir   June 23rd, 2009 6:30 pm ET

Larry: I really hope that you share this with your viewers. Both you & I know that senator McCain's main concern is not really human rights. If it is, what does he have to say about human rights in Saudi Arabia or Egypt or many other countries that are our allies? What does he have to say about human rights in Africa? What has he done about that? Has he asked any of the oil companies, with 10 digit net profits per quarter, that are his friends and has helped him in his campaign to maybe donate even 0.5% of their profit in one quarter to human rights in Africa!!!? You are talking about a man that laughs and sings "bomb Iran" in front of 100s. Besides, his comments are showing that he has no clue about what is going on in Iran and how United State's support, anything more than what has been said, would hurt the movement there. He may be able to fool certain number of people in his campaigns but the ones that are watching this program…. It’s a little too hard.

Gordon Miller   June 23rd, 2009 6:46 pm ET

Please tell Senator McCain that for many for years I have been a proud supporter of his, until he exhibited political posturing instead of due caution concerning Iran. I thought the wrong guy won the presidential election - in the United States - before this display of partisanship instead of statesmanship.

DIANNE   June 23rd, 2009 6:47 pm ET

Larry King, I have never seen the loser of the Presidential race comment on the winner of the Presidential race. I donot remember Gore talking about Bush in six months on his policy likes and dislikes. It seems as if you an CNN are set on scrutinizing and balming this President for all things. You have the meanest attitude to ask McCain what eh thinks? You want to create more mahem and hipocrisy in this country. Why does CNN try to create more tension in our country and create more negative news. All of you at CNN seem set on a tone of hipocrisy cerning the news. The news agency does not present both sides concerning healthcare and the fake numbers put out by those who make a killing from America health system remaining inadequate. Concerning Israel, anyone who dare take a more even view, you start putting out slight incorect information. I am surprised at you Larry. CNN would not run the ad by candidate Obama, however, McCain decided to do your show on the very night that Obamaq released his paid for ad. McCain played you and chose his time when he wanted to talk with you. Back to true reportoing and not trying to create stories. MSNBC

LacrosseMom   June 23rd, 2009 7:06 pm ET

Sen. McCain, its about time for the U.S. to stop being the "policeman" of the World! President Obama is absolutely right in keeping a low profile and being cautious not inflame the rhetoric coming from the U.S.!

One of the reasons that countries of the Middle-East hate the U.S. is because of our arrogance! Who are we to demand that a sovereign country do this or behave like that?

Democracy and Freedom can not be "imported" they must begin in the hearts and minds of the people of Iran (in this case)! Freedom handed to you, like what Bush did in Iraq, can not hold! Freedom is an inside job, a battle that a nation must fight for!

Sen. McCain, you need to stop and think, rather than continuing to speak without considering what consequences your 'tough' rhetoric will have on the Iranians demonstrating out in the streets!

And I ask....... why do you not support the Palestinians on the same grounds? Hmmmmm ? Little hypocritical are we?

Dennis   June 23rd, 2009 7:07 pm ET

John McKaine (not sure of spelling) is totally irrelevent to Iran issue or any other issue that interests this country ot any other country

LacrosseMom   June 23rd, 2009 7:07 pm ET

@ DIANNE......... Well said! Agree with you 100%. I wish CNN would answer your questions!


Mr. Sumner   June 23rd, 2009 7:10 pm ET

My plea is for President Obama to watch but avoid speaking your opinion like these knuckle head republicans want you to do. Honestly, all you "Human Rights Activist" who all of the sudden care about Iran and there people which I find that hard to believe, because you must have been on Mars during the genocide of Darfur. Or must be totally oblivious to the innocent women and children who are being opressed and even murdered to this day in Palestine. Open your eyes America don't get suckered into the propaganda. If we as a nation really want to start caring about human rights, lets handle some unfinished business that has yet to be patched in this country.
From the great voice of brother Tupac Amaru Shakur, "Holla if you hear me". The world is drastically changing for the better, but you still have the old lingering cloud of the wicked trying to thrive and continue it's evil reign. I write this because I don't know what Iran needs to better itself and niether does anyone else who isn't from Iran. From what I'm seeing from the news and videos is passion. The passion that was once seen from my people and our great history during the civil rights, passion I once seen from the destruction of the Berlin wall, the same passion and pain I seen from the inncocent and opressed women and children of Palestine. The voice of the innocent, opress, and unheard is beggining to rise. I say rise you mighty voice for you are the voice of truth, rise you might voice of compassion, rise you mighty voice of strentgh. Tell the world the unspoken truth. Let harmony and peace reign on earth as it once did in the beggining of man's exsistence. I myself am compelled to stand up and reveal America's skeletons still hidden in the closet, for it is our taboo topic of discussions we must confront in order to move and progress for a better future for the world. Peace I leave with all people for I say be proud in who you are and in your people, for we all come from one. That is th beauty when we look at our differences!!! Be Blessed!!

CNote77   June 23rd, 2009 7:23 pm ET

I was hoping Obama would be more successful at creating a rational atmosphere in post-election America. Blogs are still dominated by polarizing dialogue. Of course this is a free country and people are entitled to express their ideas. Yet, I have never seen such overt undermining of a President. I may be wrong, but I suggest that it is unprecedented. Be it from Cheney, McCain, or even right-leaning Democrats, a culture of negativity and a general lack of faith seem to be enveloping this new president. The Kingdom of Fear revisited...or continued as it were.

Obama showed great strength of vision during his campaign. I fear he is receding a little too much and betraying his mission of hope to those forces that he vowed to reign in. Stop trying to assuage the Republican loss by pandering to center or center-right interests. Obama and the Democrats need to use their position of strength to implement real change. Stop apologizing for winning the election by exhibiting weakness in action ; to hell with a team of rivals. Do what must be done to better this nation.

Joe G. (Illinois)   June 23rd, 2009 7:46 pm ET

Hey there Mr. McCain. You know something “Two wrongs don’t make one right.” And it just doesn’t make any difference if you have lots of war medals.. Facts are facts and they don’t change. You are a Conservative aren’t you..? And Sarah Palin is a conservative. So why are the Iranian calling and asking for specifically Obama? Had they asked for Sarah Palin, or some other morally just political figure would Obama have refused or blocked help for spite or pride? Fact is that they want the Liberal Progressive Lifestyles which Obama represents.. And not the American Conservative Rights and values you imagine by disregarding reality of facts.

Fred from Wesley Chapel, Florida   June 23rd, 2009 7:52 pm ET

I am extremely disappointed and dismayed by the response from our Congress with regard to the diplomatic posture our President has displayed during the Iranian election process. Particularly the belicose, questionable, and subversive political posturing from Senator John McCain and others. Their critical and scathing response to our President's actions demostrated a flawed ideology that the United States must impose it's morals and beliefs on soverign nation that largely does not belive in our way of life nor wants to mirror our society in any way shape or form. Our President has demonstrated a clear and concise understanding of the implications of any language that could be used to crush the Reformist movement and he understands that "Reckless" foreign policy actions in this matter would only benefit the wicked and unjust.

Fred from Wesley Chapel, Florida   June 23rd, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Furthermore, I submit that all Congressmen and women who supported the measure in contrast to our President' position should give up a days worth of pay and write checks to a Human Rights organization for wasting the People's time for their subversive and reckless actions. A formal apology to the President is hereby demanded!

Barbara Francisco   June 23rd, 2009 8:18 pm ET

John McCain is an old-time politician who will promote the failed Republican policies forever. Based upon his presidential campaign, I doubt if he has the intelligence to do anything else!

Shepp   June 23rd, 2009 8:18 pm ET

Giving Sen. Mc any more airtime is really just pandering for ratings.

His "statements " on Iran have been beyond irresponsible.

As usual he shows a complete lack of an education of world history and a complete lack of knowledge of any culture besides the worst of our own elitist imperialisitc under belly.

Retire Sen. your narcissism is showing.

anna tan   June 23rd, 2009 8:46 pm ET

I did not vote for Sen McCain (2008 elec) because I witnessed his fragmented, non-cohesive leadership style during the campaign.
His demand for a "stronger" (whatever he means by that) rhetoric from the Pres. just goes to show that he sees things once again in fragments. Sen McCain, so after you have scolded the Iranian leadership, how will you proceed with the Iran nuclear crisis and the Mideast peace process that will necessarily involve Iran/Hamas. If your plan is not to talk with Iran (you scoffed at then candidate Obama "what is there to talk about" ) well that explains why you think lashing out at them is not counterproductive. We who concur with Pres Obama's approach is not afraid of offending the Iranian leadership. It is called thoughful deliberation on how one piece of a puzzle fits the big picture. When you and your friend Sen Graham gave out your commentary on the Pres. lack of toughness, I gave a sigh of relief that I did not vote for you. I'm scared to imagine what post you would have assigned Sen Graham.

James   June 23rd, 2009 8:47 pm ET

I am glad to know that John McCain and the GOP are now champions of human rights everywhere. John; does this mean I can count on your party to fight for same-sex marriage on a national level?

Sonny R   June 23rd, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Larry, please ask Senator Mccain, whether he remembers that President Obama is president? He LOST!! The same way he's talking is the same way George Bush talked when we went to war with Araq. Take a big stick and wave it. If we wanted him and the same old things, we would have voted for him. There should be a limit on how old Senators should be before they have to retire. He should be retired.

Sonny R   June 23rd, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Larry, Jon and Kate and eight were destined for problems from the beginning. She was all about herself and not the kids. He was always in the background and had been very little to do with the show. We always felt she thought she was the show and everyone else was just there. It was not about the children, it was about KATE!!!

miguel   June 23rd, 2009 9:03 pm ET

The american people did the absolutely right thing when they elected Barack Obama as president and not John McCain. If i had a choice,i would rather have a measured,evenhanded,smart,diplomatic and cautious leader,than one who is impulsive,intemperate,kneejerking,posturing and careless. Pres.Obama has conducted himself with grace and dignity in this Iran situation. Sen. McCain once again has demonstrated that he is just not presidential material.

Victor   June 23rd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Dear Larry,

You remember when McCain looked directly at Obama and said "That One!". Ya thats when i stopped caring about what Senator McCain says.

Justin   June 23rd, 2009 9:05 pm ET

McCain just said we should ask for sanctions from the UN, and then make China and Russia block it... What exactly is the point of doing that? Explain to me the benefit of that course of thought.

Rnr   June 23rd, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Obama seems to be have strong concerns for standing up to anything.

Haydee   June 23rd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Dear John McCain: Get a life. We do not need to be in the middle of other countries business. You and all Republicans are a bunch of losers that are not satisfied with the damage you have made to this country and want to be hated all over the world! SHUT UP FOR ONCE!!!!!!!!!

Edy   June 23rd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Sen. McCain, just like ex-pres Bush, would have us in another war–this time in Iran!! Poor judgement–glad he is not our Pres.

Tom   June 23rd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Senator McCain comments are purely political. President Obama is handling the Iran situation appropriately and McCain knows it.

charles pace   June 23rd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

What would Senator McCain have thought if the government of Iran had come out publicly against George Bush stealing the election from Al Gore? What if they had condemned the well-healed Republican "militia" led by James Baker that rioted outside the vote recount?

daniel   June 23rd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

wasn't the U.S that help Komeni in power some 20 years ago, even when the french and other nation told the U.S that he was bad news?

Yolanda   June 23rd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Iran is sovereign. Just because they aren't working the way we'd like doesn't give us the right to "police" them. Remember, most of our troops are already fighting in other countries in the mideast. Let's not write a check our young men and women will have to cash with their lives.

Pooya   June 23rd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Larry please Ask Mr. Mc Cain what was he doing in US Senate when Sadam used Gas against Iranian people. He forgot about Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran. How he practicaly can support Iranina people?
Isn't he trying to use Iranian people for political revenge?

Roger   June 23rd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

McCain is wrong. who takes responsibility if we egg the Iranians on, and then do nothing or is he recomending we now invade Iran?
I voted for McCain, but Obama is doing the right thing.

Chadwick   June 23rd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Question for John McCain: If you look at the history of our great nation and how we got our freedoms it was a fight we fought on our own. From the revolutionary war, civil war, civil rights movement, to the Presidential Election of 2000. What do you think the today's GOP stance would be say if Canada or European nations tried to force their hands into our politics at these junctures of our past? Would you stood by and let them set the coarse for our future and rights?

Peggy S   June 23rd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Why did Jon & Kate renew their vows last season?

Chris McCarthy   June 23rd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

So many arm chair quarterbacks. Get off the Presidents back. So many want to make the same mistakes of the past. The US does not dictate world order and should only lead by example. Iran is not a State of the Union!

Ryan Bolin   June 23rd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

President Obama has been as firm as needed at this time with Iran

Adam   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

John McCain and others calling for sanctions against Iran need to keep their eyes on the ball. Inasmuch as we all support those seeking freedom in Iran, our national security depends on preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The US already has almost comprehensive sanctions against Iran, so our leverage to impose new sanctions is very small. If Iran refuses to come to the table to negotiate an end to their nuclear weapons program, we need to have the ability to impose new sanctions along with our allies. If we impose sanctions now, we won't be able to do so later, and we will give the Iranians a new excuse not to come to the table. That would leave us with one option – war. We've already had 8 years of not thinking ahead – that's why we elected President Obama.

Ray   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Sen. McCain just stated he would go to UN security council to show more strength and apply pressure through sanctions. My question has that worked with Iran previously, did that work in Iraq with Saddam, or in N. Korea. Please that is dissent for the sake of dissent, and opposition for the sake of opposition, the more you do it the more it gets old.

CBR   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

John Mccain an old man that should retire. I guess he think America is perfect. He pobably does remember Kent State and the unarmed boys and girls that were shot and killed there. And by who, yes our Goverment. All these peopl pushing for a hard line our looking for another was.

Shawn   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Sen McCain is absolutely right. Wish he was the leader of the freeworld. If you leave it to President Obama, we will witness another Rowenda disaster. President Obama really does not understand the terrorist regime in Iran. Lie is a pillar of Shia Islam: it is called Taghie.

Lito   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Mr Mc Cain talks about standing up when people kill people, but where was his outburst when the republican administration did not take position or action in all the killings that occured in many African countries.

L Lorton   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Sen. McCain said the regime in Iran is illegal. How does he know this?

ie peters   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

big change from his bomb bomb Iran.
Pls tell him that 78% of the United States wants the same Health Care he receives and that he should be focused on that and stay out of Iran.
A Republican who did not vote for MC Cain...
and thank god each night that I did'nt

Janie Nelson   June 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

McCain should support Obama. He wants everyone to think he knows how the world works. Most people know Obama is doing the right thing regarding remarks about Iran. Get Real McCain!

steve   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

You can't negotiate with tyrants and dictators. They only understand a forceful kick in the pants. Neville Chamberlain found that out. I think Obama is incredibly naive or not as smart as people like to believe.

Mike   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET


As an Iranian living in north america, has US medling in other countries' business not gotten us to a point where we are hated by many in the world? As much as I would love for the US to intervene, senator McCain should also know that many of the Iranian people blame US for taking out the Shah and installing the current regime.

Ilse   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

McCain, What about the people being killed in Darfur? Isn't that a human rights issue?

Why are you no longer saying "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran"?

What changed your tune? You only speak out against the human rights of Iranians? What about the rest of the world?

Violet Omukubwa   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry, am afraid that the Repulicans are calling for President Obama to fully engage in the Iranian politics which they know very well could backfire thus they'll have a some grounds to accuse the President of wrong judgement.. Sorry Republicans, Obama is smarter than that!.

Haydee   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

i thought i said to be silent.

Tomuch   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Sen. McCain is wrong again he needs stop trying to please his base.

neo2020   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Where's the money going to come from to fund military action on iran if necessary?

Jack   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

What a laugh: McCain suggesting Pres Obama isn't respecting the 3d branch – Congress (after he supported Bush ignoring Congress for 8 yrs).

Good thing we have a cool-headed, rational person at the helm. Who knows how many wars we'd be in by now!!! : O

(wisdom clearly doesn't come w/ age)

regina prendergast-ryan   June 23rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Sen. Mc Cain you are a very brave man but you ran and lost, so let the man elected do his job and please be quite

Yared   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

McCain, why did you, the Republican party or the US stand up for the people of Ethiopia during the 2005 elections when over 200 people were massacared? Isn't it because the Ehiopian govt was an ally to the US ?

S.P. Carson   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

RE: John McCain interview, I really think McCain should keep his nose out of it!

Jon   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Can you please tell John McCain that the election is over and that his opinion doesn't matter and as worthless as his partner Palin.

Ali Kamanda   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Why do we still give ear to people like John McCain when their rhetoric is primarily and solely politically driven. People are dying and they keep playing politics. Where's the outcry for Human Right violations in Burma or in the Sudan? The World is watching and frankly people like McCain only reinforce the negative stereotype most of the world has of Americans. There's only ONE PRESIDENT, his name's Obama, it's time the UNITED STATES respect that!!! God's speed President Obama, we finally have a LEADER in the White House!

carol kesling   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

john mccain must have forgotten thay we are already in 2 wars right now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where does he expect to get another group of soldiers to fight in iran ????????????? SHOULD I EXPECT TO GET A DRAFT NOTICE IN THE MAIL ????????? please john boy, we need to take care of our problems over here, and stay out of everyone elses BACK YARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! john needs to go home and stay there, he is a bitter LOSER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET A LIFE john ........

Katrina   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Does McCain want us to police the world or just countries we can profit off of?

MARY   June 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET


Victor   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Dear John McCain,

We appreciate your passion and your deep interest with the turmoil in Iran. However please dont get your feelings hurt by the one president comment and no one will take offense to your gimme my ball im going home regime you call our government. As far as your hard direct interest on Iran maybe you should join the rest of your politicol figures when they all say. Yes we care about the lives lost for the people who are willing to devote them as they try to solve there own problems and just know Americans and "That One!" that is now our president Is tired of having every little continental controversy somehow find its way back to blaming america for being so free. Its annoying and we are tired of being thrown in to these wildfires that do not involve us at times. Damn, "That ONE" is the president for one country not two. Or at least not Yet. So remember dont forget "THAT ONE" as he does the job we all know he can do. Thanks for your time Senator

Dio   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What President Obama is saying is that we cannot step into every country that is going through a revolution. If we were to do so other countries would exploit this and start their own revolutions and have us step in.

Ann   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

John McCain is outraged about the innocent people being killed in Iran. He proclaimed that America has stood against the murder of innocent people since 1776. Where was Senator McCain while genocide occurred in Rwanda? America stood by and watched millions of innocent people slaughtered.

Donna   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

While President Obama has definitely got his work cut out for him, I just thank goodness McCain is not in the driver's seat.

Tomuch   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

McCain and the rest of the neoturds need to shut there mouths

Marie Krauss   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Thank you world that Sen. McCain was not elected. We would have war and more war on our hands. That is why the people chose Obama . President Obama has tact, displomacy, intelligence and grace. All the things we need right now.
He doesn't jump the gun and yes he is the only President we have Mr. McCain. We did not vote for you.

Judith   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

President Obama said it right to the reporter when ask if he's speaking more sternly because of John McCain and Obama said 'I'm the President' andI know what I'm doing.He sure is and he is doing the right thing by not being push in the corner of the box that the Republicans push Carter and Clinton.

We knew when we voted we pick the Real Winner who is more a 'Think first and Do when Needed' instead of Do First and Think Later'
for our Country.

When are these GOPs going to start thinking about our Country instead of their wallets and work with a President that has our Country's best interests instead of slamming him about everything he does.If President Obama would have come out strong about Iran they would have slammed him for that.He's in a No Win with these GOPs.

Bottom Line everyone that really knows about Iran and it's people have stated that Obama 'is' doing the right thing.Henry Kissinger knows all about Iran.In fact better than ones in the Senate.Colin Powell has stated he's doing right by not saying too much which I'm sure he will get more bs from his Party.
When John McCain comes out speaking out against Obama or says some positive thoughts SC Senator Lindsey Graham follows John.
He's like he's McCain's shadow.

The GOPs are showing not only the American people how they were for everything Bush did while our Country was getting sick but so against what good Obama is doing to get her better.

GOPS leave President Obama do what he's doing.He's not the one looking foolish.John McCain,you lost so stop being a hard loser and remember the song that you sang about Bombing Iran which was foolish at the time.

Pat   June 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Why do we want to hear what John McCain thinks about what the president should or should not do. He is the President and deserves respect of the way he conducts business and stand by him and not being undermined by John McCain

also Larry, Is there something in your life you would have done differently, growing up, going to school, friends etc. and has there ever been anyone that while you were interviewing them you wanted it to be over real soon but the interview was taking for ever to be over?

katery   June 23rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Where was Mccain when Bush stole the election?

Sherri Howard   June 23rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

The people did not vote for McCain because we didn’t want him at the helm at a time like this. We wanted someone with common sense not blood lust.

regina prendergast-ryan   June 23rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I was around during the Kent State killings I don't recall any other countries commenting, they may have and I don't remember

Ilse   June 23rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

McCain do you want America to be involved in another war?

We would be in three wars!

Do you want us to have another World War?

CHRIS   June 23rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Dear Senator McCain-
There is a fundamental difference between the United States openly supporting the Greeks in there rebellion in the early 19th century and officially supporting the Iranians in there protests in the early 21st. Namely that in the 19th century we were not even a generation out of our own revolution and were not seen as meddlers on the world stage. Due to our history of suppressing democracy in Iran in the mid 20th century we should officially keep our mouths shut. If we want to see the Iranians gain the freedoms they want we should allow them to do so on there own terms.

Ken in NC   June 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Larry, while I have respect for Senator McCain because he is a hero from the last century, I must respectfully disagree with his positions on Iran and the North Korean ship being followed by the USS John McCain. I think Senator McCain should go home and watch this play out on TV because if we ever start to play his game we will be in additional wars.

I am so glad he lost the election.

andre   June 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Look i don't agree with John McCain. In think thats why he is not president. he wants war just as bad as Cheney. I think that what is president is doing the right thing by letting the Iran government and people figure this out. But thats why we got people like John McCain. to keep us on the right path. But i think the republicans are going to far by attacking the president like they been doing. This is why we elected him, i just don't understand why he is getting slam like this. I Mean, he is a historical figure to the world to see. He got major problem with N. Korea, the war in the middle east, and things like extremist . And so on. Now Iran, come on give him a break from the slamming and thinking you better than the president in making things happen. thank you for letting me get this off my chest.

frazit   June 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

John McCain can speak out about what he wants, we do live in a society that has freedom of speech, however President Obama is the President and I believe he has it right. Freedom can only be achieved by the people of Iran and not by other countries buldozing their views on them.

Liz Lankford   June 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

McCain stops just short of suggesting war w/Iran. Human rights is now is key issue. How many times has he ever spoken the word "Darfur"?

vic   June 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

just wondering what goes on in mccains head. its not wrong to admit that obama is right on Iran. this is actually a no question askd matter on obama's decision. Mccain you will be alright to agrees with obama this one time.

Victor   June 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Just Remember McCain


ironic, now you are only known to many americans as "That one" guy who lost to that one black guy.

Goodnight and Im out!

James   June 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Oh Johnny jonny jonny. we all know that the only interest the GOP has in Iran is oil...where are your comments on the 100's of other places where people r killed by their government everyday. Shame on u John McCain for playing politics with peoples lives.

Jack   June 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

McCain knows America IS NOT about standing up for human rights and democracy everywhere around the World: in fact, we've historically thwarted democracy for our corporate interests in the 3d World. Not to mention, we simply don't have the resources to embroil ourselves in the politics of every country – never have.

He's a damn liar!

andy grimmer   June 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Why is sec of state Hillary Clinton silent about Iran?

What about troop withdraw from Iraq & Afgan?

Have you looked at a map?

Jonathan   June 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

there are many people around the world that are suffering. people in sudan, palestine, north korea are just examples. why are we not going to those peoples aid. if mccain is gonna stand up do it for everyone.

Politics101   June 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

McCain and Obama both are wrong and the American people are so blind to all of the presidents are in the Bilderberg Group and are out to make this world into one government and try to take away of all our rights

Yared   June 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

McCain you say US should not negotiate with Iran because of their recent actions but yet the US provides millions of dollars to Ethiopia who massacared over 200 citizens. Where is the justice in this?

Ilse   June 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

We should all be happy John McCain isn't president because he would have gotten us into another war!!!

I really want to know what made him change his tune. Why did Larry King not question John McCain better? Where were the harder questions? John McCain didn't even answer some of those questions, Larry, why didn't you ask him to directly answer the question?

Carolyn Ann Gray   June 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

why are you always airing repubicans opinions about everything? I think most white folks think they need to tell the president what to do. If they know so much why is the country so screwed up. america needs to bring their troops home and guard their own shores. to hell with the middle east! we have a war going on here. kids dying greedy politians and ceo's people losing houses and hunger.

b dancer   June 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

What does mccain expect president obama to do "bomb, bomb, bomb iran"? I wish john mccain would just go away and take sarah palin with him. I think it's disgusting how he and the other republicans are trying to undermine everything obama does. This is the time when we should all stand together and pull for our country. I will never again vote for a republican.

Teresa dela Pena   June 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

....this planet is still meant to exist in the next few years; otherwise, Mc Cain won the US election,meddles in Iran's issues today,will bomb North Korea's ship tomorrow.

Tara-NYC   June 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I would like someone to ask why the GOP is so upset about the so called "lack of US involvement" in Iran, but has said absolutely nothing about US aiding the people of Darfur.

Rich   June 23rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Larry, Sen. McCain continues to be disingenuous about the Iran situation. Although Nena's death is tragic.......even more tragic is the number of children living in poverty in our country while the Senator has resides in his 7 houses and drives his 13 cars. Human rights start at home!!

When is the GOP going to realize that although the US is the sole superpower in the world, we are not the world "policemen"!!

carol kesling   June 23rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

also it is nice to see other countries FOR A CHANGE "JOHN" welcoming us with open arms. they all hated bush & chenny and for good reason !!!!!!!!!!!!!! no one likes BULLIES and thats what the last admin. did time and time again... MY PRESIDENT is doing the right thing.... AND REMEMBER ' he is the president, not the repubs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Suste   June 23rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

After several years of US torturing and secret arrest, why do you believe we have standing to comment on Iran human rights abuses?

Brent   June 23rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

That was the worst interview I've ever seen. You didn't challenge one of his assertions. And when you quote someone who disagrees with him you quote Joe Klein? How about republican foreign policy heavyweights like Kissinger and Scowcroft who agree with the president. That was awful.

akman   June 23rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

It seems that the Republicans want to go to war with Iran, after all, war is profitable, just ask Halliburton and other contractors. I'm beginning to see the Repulican party as the Ayetolah's of America, the Taliban of the USA. They want to create sharia law in the US, law based on their religion, regardless of what the American people want. They want big business to profit at any cost, they don't care if people have health care, only that big healthcare conglomerates and insurance companies profit mightily. They don't want green energy, they want greenbacks, and that means oil. It is time to do away with the two-party system and about time for the Taliban Republican party to slink off into the past.

Hugo   June 23rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Obama must be decisive, not wait and see

wolobah   June 23rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

The president has not change his position as yet. He's been saying the same since. Sen. Mc Caine is on the wrong side the issue.

Allan Cory   June 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Issue with opening statement to effect "Americans since 1776 have always stepped to defense of oppressed".
It's not helpful rhertoric and used to imply Obama's stance is somehow un-American, when in fact from our very inception; as a country, we immediately turned our back on the French undergoing thir own revolution and who were our previous allies to whom we were indebted. I'm not saying the decision was ill conceived, but there was this and many other historical decisions to remain detached from oppresion or even to sponsor oppression (depending on eye of the beholder) as it suited our then negotiations.

Furthermore McCain speaks outside both sides of a very safe mouth when he states the President doesn't fully grasp how to deal with Iran when McCain essentially proposes to explode lines of diplomacy as tenuous as they be and thereby defeat any opportunity to communcicate effectively with Iran; leaving war as the only alternative.

If Mcain's rhetoric were used in the same fashion as he leveled against Obama the opening salvo would state that Mr. Mcain has no historical knowledge whatsoever, and if he followed his logical assertions to their logical end he's duty bound to quit speaking safely and firmly assert that war with Iran is his proposaed solution..

Nikki Erickson   June 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Thank god McCain is not our president. Once again, he demonstrates how out of touch he is with the American people. We are spread too thin already. We don't need another war. Obama is taking the right tactic with this situation. Let it play out. He knows what he is doing. America can't afford to be scape-goaded again.

George   June 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I have a hard time believing any politician. They all say they are right and the others wrong. Then they never agree to help the people who put them in office. They supply the rich with more money and take from the hard working people. There is no way to justify this even though they want to give the run around. If just once they would help the people we could start to gain our country back.

martin wolf   June 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

ask mccain and other republicans what their position was when pres. nixon sent troops onto college campus and murdered students at kent state; or beat protestors at the washington peach march
based on this country's history, it has no moral ground to tell other govts how to handle similar protests

Don Mac Brown   June 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Thank God that John McCain was not elected President! What a garbled mind, still unable to see the damage done by NeoCon foreign policy. President Obama has intelligently recognized the unique, complexity of the Middle East, and rejected the hawkish tone of the Republicans.

kate   June 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

MCCAIN has been very negative toward Obama since his lost. He needs to stay quiet or help to contribute to the growth of the nation, instead of finding grounds to criticize. The president is young, but wise. I used to think wisdom is for the old like MCCAIN, not in this case. Kudos to our Pres.

Katrina   June 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Should I be surprised that John McCain twisted the President's comment ("I am President") into sounding like our President is against the power of the Senate?

Come on McCain. Do you really have to sink that low?

James   June 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

when did republicans become so interested in human rights? puleease.... stop doing business with Dubai who kills one just for being gay.

Ryan Bolin   June 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Sanctions will make Ahmadinejad stop beating and killing his own people!

jack   June 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Joe G.@ Well put. If the Iranians wanted to listen to McCain and Palin's conservative crap, they can get that from their cleric dictators!

Rick   June 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Senator McCain overlooked the Trail Of Tears when he said that this country, since 7-4-1776 has always sougt the protection of human rights.

Explain that Senator...

Sherri Howard   June 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Iran should not be a partisan political issue. It is up to the Iranian people to change their own government, it is up to us to stay out of it politically but to still give our support to the PEOPLE.

fran   June 23rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

McCain says that we USA always speak up to help the opressed, what about Dafar and other Black countries where the regime is worse than Iran..Where is the Senate and the outrage for those people who are dying by the thousands each day. As far as Iran goes why must USA always be the ONE, where's England, France, Canada and the rest of our allies in speaking out....

Gary   June 23rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

McCain is typical of the Republican party. They are only concerned with what they want and seeing that the world follows their directions.

Hugo   June 23rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Deep packet inspection. Nokia and siemens aiding the iranian gov to snoop all internet traffic to opress its citizens- WSJ. Today

Judith   June 23rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Charles your right.That would have been something had the people in Iran and around the World saying that in 2000 between Gore and Bush the election was rigged in Florida.All these GOPs should be thinking of that one.
All of them are jealous that Obama is well loved and they are doing their darnest throwing out All kinds of fear around the internet.
People we Need Health Care.John McCain should discuss why in the Senate they have 5 choices to pick from.
Why is it good for the Goverment to Run Bush's Health Care but The GOPs throw it out saying the American people do not want Gov Run Health Care.

Margie   June 23rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Obama condemns the violence; Republican's leave our President alone!

Laurel Federbush   June 23rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

John McCain is so reasonable, rational, and experienced in world affairs, I wish he were our president. He would be a genuinely great leader of our country, not a phony.

Dave in AZ   June 23rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Sen. McCain,

You are absolutely right. Barak Obama is not being tough enough on Iran. We should do just what we did with Vietnam. Go in with our military to assist a troubled people to reach democracy, suffer hundreds of thousands of casulties, even generate a few more POW's to glorify, and only then will be as tough as you.

Hmmmmmmmmmm... I think I prefer the way we are going.

Teresa dela Pena   June 23rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

...(cont) I am neither an American nor an Iranian, but Im grateful Americans made the right decision & ELECTED a non-war freak broadminded president.

James   June 23rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

i think Canada, USA, England, France, germany etc should start dropping loads of machine guns and amunition into Iran so people can protect themselves from "the supreme leader" & his thugs. that is the best help we could offer.

Ida Carter   June 23rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I was watching Senator McCain; he stated "president Obama was not doing enough for human rights. At his age, I know that he Knows the history of Bloody Sunday on the Pettus Bridge in Alabama. Citizens were killed and sprayed with high powered hoses. during that time, America had a sitting president who failed to protect his citizens, so bear in mind what happened in our country is no worse than what is happening in Iran. America has had brutal civil unrest.

Gary   June 23rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

It appears McCain and the other Republicans want us in a war anywhere people don't listen to their ideas.

Lilly   June 23rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I am so tired of the hypocrisy of the GOPs, especially McCain. They will say anthing to undermine the President. The president said and did exactly what he should at the time he did it.

Simin Azalea   June 23rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

My relatives in Iran are telling me that the new development in Iran is due to power struggle between successors of Khamenai who has an incurable cancer and apparently is not doing good, He wants his son to be his successor. However, other influential mullas are fighing over this. Rafsangani suffested a 4 member council to take over (including himself) and goes travells frequently to Qumm to get consensus from other influential mullas. He has not been successful so far. People don;t like any of these people including Mosavi who was one of the founders of Iran revolution. These mullas are all related though marriage and they have no reputation in Iran. However, some young people play on whatever cards are in front of them and they justify that Mosavi may be better choice. However, the majority are aware of the risk.

Matt   June 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Senator Mccain is absolutely correct. President Obama should be spearheading these problems with Iran and especially North Korea. He did the right thing today with his comment but alot more should be done. These issues are at the forefront of our future in the US. We must show the world we our leaders.

Rose   June 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am not at all interested in hearing what John McCain has to say about the President. I think his remarks have been right on target. The right wingers would like nothing better than to entangle the President in another international dispute. He ran for president knowing that there were problems, but they want to CREATE problems that will derail his planned agenda. I say continue to be fair and even-handed. Recognize that the Iranian people will topple this dictator more easily without American interference.

Added note: I count a number of CNN show hosts among those who are trying to undermine the president. It does not go un-noticed.

steve harrington   June 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

is it possible when the president reached out to iran and was criticized by several, we see this country asking for change and now these same critics say he isn't doing enough, can't wait for palin to comment

silent reader   June 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

i must break my silence! does anyone understand iran is a sovern(?) nation?

Theresa   June 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Senator McCain destroyed how many airplanes with his impulsive decisions while serving in our armed forces? President Obama thinks before he acts, John McCain apparently hasn't learned that yet. Also, there was a time when no one believed Gandhi could accomplish anything with dialogue. They were wrong. Give peace a chance.

Deidra   June 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The United States need not interfere in the affairs of Iran and recognize the sovereignty of other nations. We can not clean another's house until we straighten our own. Senator McCain and those that agree with his way of thinking, should remember a few weeks ago when a security guard was gunned down at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. This reflects the dirty house concept as aforementioned, that has not been straightened out in over four hundred years.

wole alabi   June 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am so glad that sanator McCain was not elected as the president of united state,he would have continued with the same old policy that does more harm than good to the people of united state

Leah   June 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

John McCain completely sidestepped Larry's question about the American military support of Saddham Hussein in the Iran/Iraq war. One million Iranians dies and their lingers among Iranians the huge possibility that the gas used against their people was supplied by the Americans. Instead he went to the bait and switch of personal attacks.

Anyone with common sense knows that Pres Obama is respected by the Uranian people and as many Iranian experts and people have said they know where his heart is. I do not think that is true of their view of the Republicans who have labelled them as terrorists, have demonized their religion and have made no attempt to understand their people.

McCain is sadly using this tragedy to try to increase his stature and the Republicans for an attempt at political gain. mcCain and his supporters, the public and the pundits have NO idea of the sdiscussions going on behind the scenes.

Margie   June 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Scary thought to think McCain could have been our President. I'm sick of warmongers. We'd be at Iran in war today if he had it his way and over the fraudulent Iranian election. Let the Iranian’s figure it out. Its obvious Obama has spoken out against the violence and in support of the Iranian people. What more do the Republican’s want…war? McCain and all your supporters – go away. Support your President who is walking a fine line and doing a great job!

Rebecca Carter   June 23rd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Sen. McCain stated that President Obama is weak; so is Sen. McCain left arm, which was wounded in war. Sen. McCain assume President Obama is weak due to the battle he has acquired from the Capital Hill's failed plans that you and other Senators, Congressmen and several Presidents handed down to him.

jack   June 23rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

James@ yeah, and while they are at it they can quit dropping them in this country. Every person and their dog is armed to the teeth. Crazy wacko wakes up some morning, feels a little down, he just grabs the old gun down from the rack and starts spraying innocents that happen to be around that day. Of course this will not change as long as the politicians are paid by the NRA. So sad. Some countries are are civilized, and such indiscriminate rampages are very rare.. Wonder why that is ?

Donald De Freese   June 23rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

John McCain is stabbing the Predident in the back and smiling while he is doing it. Bullies talk tough. Men take action. The President has promised to keep America safe.

No matter what the President say on not say, things were not going to change in the Iran goverment.

Shaun Kal   June 23rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Mr. McCain is where he is right now because of his ambiguity. Yes, condemnation of violence is right. But there is a tone, time, and place. You can't give the dictators fodder to clamp on its people. By doing so, you are only making their case towards both conservatives (who are already there) and moderates. I had plenty of respect for Mr. McCain until recently when he talks such gibberish. Instead of being a sore loser, he needs to learn to support the administration which is trying to do it's best. Nobody is perfect. And by the way regarding Mr. McCain's response to Mr. Klien's comments yesterday – he wasn't talking about the current Iraq war, he was talking about the Iran-Iraq war 1980-1988 in which US interfered by supplying Chemical Weapons to the crazy dictator who was installed by US (support of US). Keep meddling everywhere and it backfires. Why is it difficult for the likes of people that cant understand that you cant just meddle in other sovereign nations affairs like a cowboy. That's what UN is for. By going as a lone wolf, you are undermining the UN. So don't blame UN that it can't do its job. Instead of bickering with UN and other nations, it's time to back.

I believe that the Obama administration is going in the right direction and are using sound judgement than jumping the gun. Patience, persistence, consistency, and knowledge can solve the problems – not rhetoric and guns!

Joyce   June 23rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

And again, Larry, you put that idiot mcCain on your show. I,d have turned to a different channel but I want to hear your Ed Mcmahon coverage. I can't stand that McCain and his whinny voice – he always sounds like he's about to cry. Thank god he flubbed out of the election or we'd be in another bush-like war (totally unnecessary and murderous) with Iran and N Korea. What a fool he is !!!! So sorry we lost Mr McMahon. Love to his family.

charlotte   June 23rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Ed made my nights. You watched The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson but you only knew you were there when you heard Ed's voice. Even in my kitchen, when I heard Ed, I knew I was late to The Tonight Show!

CBR   June 23rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

It seems like the majoriy of the people got it correct here. Pres. Obama is doing the right thing and should not be pressured into playing hard ball with Iran. Maybe we should be running the country with Obama and get rid of these idiots that are so arrogant thinking that they should be telling the world how to live. There are so many injustices in America they should shut their mouths.
How about Human traffican, forcing young girls and boys into porn and abuse. Time we crack some heads.

JudgeU   June 23rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

McCain does not know what is good for Iran. President Obama is wiser and he has said and sent the right message to Iran. McCain is filled with vengeance and war, he needs to take a back seat. President Obama is for peace, debate, intellect, respect and hope. We need to stand behind him in the profound, manageable and logical decision he is making on behalf of the country, the American people and the world. N. Korea is like a spoil child that needs spanking but taking a spanking action may cause that spoil child to squeal, and caused repercussion. Iran's people need to stand up against their government and their rights just like the civil war and other people who fought for freedom. Iran's government needs detention. I am proud of Pres. Obama words and caution because those who seek to cause great arm to others just need away to produce the destruction. These Far East people want to end the world before the time. Republicans want world war; American starting and leading all of them, and can’t end them. Keep republicans out of power for our children’s future. Peace!

Judi Wilson   June 23rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I do not understand why no one seems to remind Sen McCain and his kind about the Kent State shooting of students. I keep hearing their outrage about students being shot for demonstrating.............

Mimimo   June 23rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Where was all this concern for human rights in Darfur, Somalia and the Sudan? Oh yeah, they don't have any oil. We need to stay out of other people's business. I believe the President is standing with the Iranian people but If the Iranian people want freedom, they are going to have to fight for it. In 1953, we meddled in Iran because of oil to the Iranian peoples detriment. What about the other Arab nations, why aren't they saying anything about the situation? President Obama is doing the right thing.

Judith   June 23rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Where people have those dumb tea parties it's time for the people to stand up to the GOPs with rallies to show our support to President Obama and tell them it's time they work with the President for the people instead of doing their lip service then walking away doing what they all agree on by being the Party of NO.

Tsiona   June 23rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The President's critics, like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, on his policy for dealing with the way Iran is treating protestors is just Monday morning quarterbacking. I'm sure Mr. Obama is smart enough to know what he is doing, Mr. McCain, or haven't you realized that he won over you smartly? Listen, critics in American always think we need to stand up and stand out strongly against violations of human rights, but hey, we see police officers beating people in our country; shooting innocent people in so-called "the line of duty" and never seeing the inside of a jail house. You see police officers breaking a man's arm when he is clearly unconscience and/or incoherent just because they had to chase him down. A jury of peers can't even come to a decision to lock up mean and unlawful policemen in this country, but folks want Obama to dictate what Iran should do! Get real! The American people have to stop being hypocrites. Many of you have tunnel vision.

Rick   June 23rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

It's nice to be reminded every once in a while why McCain should not have won the Presidential Election. His grasp of history matches his understanding of economics.

donovan from Toronto   June 23rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Mr. McCain's flawed criticism about President's Obama's stance on the Iranian crisis explains why Americans did not choose him to be President. His thinking is backward thinking and archaic. He doesn't see the bigger picture on the crisis that Mr. Obama so skillfully grasp.

Mary   June 23rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

"Where was all this concern for human rights in Darfur, Somalia and the Sudan?"

Mimimo.....Darfur is in Sudan. But in the rest of your comment you make great points!

Margie   June 23rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Shouldn't we all be more concerned with North Korea? I empathize with the Iranian's and hope for the best for them but what issue is equally or more important is the danger North Korea and their missiles pose. Obama and his staff are under a lot of stress and need our support. Republican's will whine about everything Obama does. They’re never happy and will always undermine Obama. Geez, Obama’s been in office 5 months and he is a positive person, a caring person and he is doing a great job considering the mess the last administration left us in the last eight years but nooooooooooooooooo the republican’s don’t acknowledge that. Obama's left with cleaning up their mess. Leave Obama alone!

Mary Mtl   June 23rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

First of all why is LKL invite this old man.. What are you thinking CNN. Cause in McCain head he is the president and this thinking is from the vietnam war... don't you get it CNN??????????????

Judith   June 23rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

silent reader-The people in Iran has no say that's what your saying.

kader sy   June 23rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Why is United States so focused on Iran issue lately if there are bigger threat like North Korea knocking on our door? What about human right injustices such as Sudan Darfur, Myanmar's house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi? Where is the outrage and protests on those issues?

duane   June 23rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Typical GOP politics. President Obama has handled this well and would be nice for the GOP to realize "this isn't about us". All the sorry GOP has now is whining and Reagan speak. Another GOP solution in the middle east isn't the answer. Why does our politics have to become the story? Its the same old same old with these guys.

Revo2009   June 23rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Mccain doesn't get it that sanctions against Iran hurts the Iranian people not its government

jack   June 23rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What are the tea parties standing for? Do they even know? Seems to be a bunch of people that are pissed because Bush isn't still in office. Perhaps they are sad that after ruining the country, he left before he could privatize Social Security. A bright repub idea that would have insured that the elderly would be homeles , since the stock market has been rising so well since he proposed the idea. They should let Beck and Limbaugh dress as the clowns they are and march proudly down the mainstreets of America.

JZ   June 23rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The problem with people like McCain and most of the American populace is thinking American has credibility out there and having selective amnesia. Most third world countries still hold American government (Its FOREIGN POLICIES: note the distinction not the American people) responsible for all of the dictators they put in place (Saddam , Mobutu, etc , this is long list) at the expense of the democratically elected leaders who did worse things to the people leading in some cases to equally extreme regimes or civil wars. In addition, the inconsistent application of the same foreign policy to different countries i.e the Israeli Palestinian conflict; China despite its atrocities to its people American would rather turn a blind eye than acknowledge what is common knowledge – nobody talks about sanctions with china yet and apparently Cuba is more evil! As a foreigner who has lived here for more than 16 years, I think Obama has realized this and is taking the right steps unfortunately the rest of the pack are still blinded by the McCain maverick attitude type to resolve issues.

Margie   June 23rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The show is a fraud, not reality at all. Kate reported today that they have been separated for 2 years.

Bob Grace   June 23rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I think John Mcain is a modern day paul revere and he is sounding the alarm for all true Americans who want to preserve freedom here and in the world. It is our responsibility and heritage to encourage and support all mankind that seek freedom and a right to have a say in their freedom. I am offended and discouraged at the Americans and others that share this small called Earth that they don't come to the aid of those who are fighting for the same thing our forefathers fought and died for over 250 years ago. To be free and not ruled by selfish men who decide your destiny is a God given right and always worth the sacrifice to maintain it. Americans with their head in the sand will one day be buried in that same sand if they are not willing to stand up for others seeking the freedom we seem to take for granded at times. Most of the people making comments against Mccain and others sounding the alarm have not ever had to sacrifice anything and have enjoyed the freedom that my father and others won for our generation. If I were able to I would be with the protestors in Iran fighting against a dictatorial regime that is reminiscient of the same things that happened in Europe as another dictator that rose from obscurity over 60 years ago and changed the world forever. Respectfully submitted an American.

Sean B   June 23rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Jon and Kate should just end the show for the sake of their kids.

Michael Greenwood Meridian,Ms.   June 23rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It was good to hear John McCain make comments about how strong Ronald Regan was while he was in office. I see he never once said anything of the eight miserable years of the Bush failures that has left our country in such a mess.

Girofalcon   June 23rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The U.S with John Mccain is like the U.S without a president.

James E. Walker, Jr.   June 23rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Greetings Mr. King,

I thank CNN for the opportunity to express my opinion. Politicans will be Politicans regardless of what color suit they are wearing on any given day. Did not we learn anything about McCain throughout the Presidential Campaign. The same old hard line stand. If it talks like a time-bomb, looks like a time-bomb, sound like a time-bomb, it's a time-bomb.
I beleive CNN would do the American People justice if new and fresh intelligence people of the know appear on the program to express the Nation/World views.
The solutions to the problems we are facing are right before I very eyes, but the Politicans elected to serve the people are to hung up on Politic as usual.

Elaine   June 23rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

My favorite quip by Ed McMahon is ..."You are correct sir"

angela   June 23rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

She cant talk, can she? I noticed some grammar oddities, thats not good for the kids. I dont watch the show, so to hear her is pretty exciting, NOT.

andie x.   June 23rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

when do the kids get the right to say they don't want to be on tv any more?

Margie   June 23rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

It’s seems Jon & Kate are only interested in the $75,000 an episode they will receive. Why don’t they get marriage counseling?

Kat   June 23rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why don't the republicans understand? THIS IS NOT YOUR FIGHT. Unless the leaders of the current movement in Iran ask for help from the international communities, any further involvement of the US government will only undermine if not completely illegitimize the movement in Iran. If they really want democracy and are for the people they should not poke their nose any further in Iran's affairs. It will only cause more blood shed and violence. THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT.
All they say and have done show completely, that they have no clue how things work in that part of the world. We are all deeply saddened by the images that come from Iran, but let them ask for help, and then extend a hand, otherwise butt out.

angela   June 23rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

why does she need a big hot shot celeb lawyer?

jack   June 23rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

President Obama is a very intelligent guy, and he is using restraint as he should. It is neither wise or expedient to interfere with the internal affairs of other nations, whether we approve of them or not. He gave them encouragement. To inflame the clerics and link the protestors to American imperialism is what must be carefully avoided.Our interference in Iraq, how has that been? Instead of killing over a million people for no legitimate reason, we could have funded universal health care , for instance, several times over.

DIANNE   June 23rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Instead of McCain trying to make war, lets use our tax payer dollars on us, Americans. We can have healthcare for a lot less than all these wars. Perhaps that is how other technology advanced nations have healthcare. They donot spend trillions on wars but spend on their on citizens. In the past, these nations thought let America do it all and pay for it which has almost broken our nation. McCain you and the naysayer republicans we need and want HEALTHCARE. Work on that for a change. There is enough to keep the government busy. Take Care Of Home.

anna tan   June 23rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Sen. McCain + Sen L. Graham EQUALS Outdated foreign policy
Thank you Larry King Live for the short McCain segment. Could have been shorter.

Margie   June 23rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What's best for the kids is for the parents to get marriage counseling. They gave up on their marriage.

L McCann   June 23rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

President Obama's initial response to the Iran situation was appropriate, but is no longer. His remarks today were carefully crafted to satisfy the pressure applied by Congress and American citizens. However, if one listens with the intent to understand how that message would be received by the Iranian Regime and the Iranian citizens – very different meaning can be extracted...

The Iranian Regime will tacitly understand that they could negotiate with the United States if they will stop the brutality and go through the motions of allowing the citizens to speak (implying it would be enough to placate them, and then go back to business as usual). The Iranian people were given the message that they are on their own, and cannot expect any support from America. The message must have come as a devastation of hope.

Clearly this regime is/was ready to topple like a house of cards, with just a heart-felt breath from Obama. The rationale (that the United States must not meddle because of the necessity retain the ability to negotiate with the Iranian government) is therefore not adequate to explain his withholding of American support for Iran, the women of Iran in particular.

What could be the motivation? Perhaps the President has information we don't, which directs his approach (one hopes). Perhaps he is "locked and loaded" on his plan to show the world how he can open a dialog with that regime. Or maybe he just doesn't like being told what to do by Congress, the American People and the Press.

Whatever the reason, there seems only one appropriate position for America to take with Iran; and that is to support the people of Iran in their quest for freedom.

andie x.   June 23rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

when do the rights of the kids come into play child actors have more protection then these kids do.

Judith   June 23rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Jack–about the tea parties I don't think they know.The GOPs are playing the same game now like they played with the McCain camp during the campaign.
Bottom Line because the GOPs keep saying the American people do not want this or that etc and keep using the Fear Card it's time for the people to show support to President Obama and march in Washington.
Bush was sneaky that during Iraq he stop all media from showing the coffins of the troops coming into the States.Many people were losing jobs,homes and healthcare over a 1 1/2 before Bush got out of office as I'm sure everyone knows.

Amber Anderson   June 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Let me first state that I am a graduating African American female, that has recently graduated from high school as salutatorian. This I must say was acquired from dedication and furthermore, a very deep admiration of the achievements that President Obama, as a African American male, has accomplished. In addition, I must say that Senator McCain's comment was not only childish but, it shows how ignorant McCain is to his history. If I may, can I refresh his memory? Number 1: Prior to the problems caused by Bush Sr., America had to defend themselves against the complications that arose from President Nixon and various other hindrances to our nation. Number 2: President Bush Sr. caused what is now known as one of the most devastating wars known in American history. Followed by his foolishness, four years later, was the nominating of the cheating, problematic president Bush Jr. He, indeed, followed in his fathers footsteps and deepened the catastrophic ordeal that is presently occurring in Iran. Bush has critically damaged our economy; something that was accumulated within the past EIGHT years. With all of this history stated previously, how can McCain as well as other ignoramus politicians, expect President Obama to alleviate what has been caused with EIGHT years of cheating, lying, and ridiculous policies? Thus can I please remind them all that, lets see.... if you haven't noticed, Obama has only been President for almost SIX MONTHS. In summation, can you please (Senator McCain and friends) refrain from giving such ridiculous comments on national television? You are showing, with obviously no problem, your incompetence.

Judith   June 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As far as Jon and Kate it seems she grew while he stood still and woke up now saying he's 32 years old and sees 8 kids.
Someone has to take care of the kids and it's best that let the shows air instead of them going on welfare.

TexasHoldEm   June 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Why does the divorce papers have an option to choose? It's one or the other or there would be no option.

They both are SCAMMING the media, viewers & most of all SCAMMING the kids....

Kate is trying to scam the courts checking both options...Kate you can't have it your way all the time..

angela   June 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Ok, this is really really begining to sound like a broken record. there are about 3 points they make endlessly. How can this boring couple be entertaining, the kids blah blah blah

REGINA DRUZ   June 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I think that reality TV is really to blame for the collapse of Gosselin's marriage. This otherwise ordinary couple was trust in the middle of extraordinary circumstances such as parenting 8 children and pretty soon was lured to be totally exposed on national TV to satisfy our voyeristic tendecies. I wonder whether TLC at any point offfered them a chance at counselling ...

Tina   June 23rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

In a cab tired post-work in DC today and my driver, a 70 something Iranian who offered surprising opinions. He's convinced Obama 'lent support' to certain sections of society to rise up against Ahmedinejad, and the protests are all fake, and Neda a victim of violent protests. Right here in DC.

Reminds us how unwelcome even a balanced foreign policy stance that America has finally taken for the first time in history is viewed by certain sections of society across the world and close to home.

McCain is too old and enamored of an old-school approach to foreign policy to realize that the white-man's view of America isn't necessarily what the new world needs or wants. Grateful he is not the President of the USA, and people of the world have a trusted partner and friend in Obama.

jack   June 23rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

You may be wrong in thinking the Iranian regime is ready to topple like a house of cards. If Obama doesn't take a slow and measured approach, what may appear to be a house of cards could suddnly assume the strength of a house of bricks. Remember the fundamentalists ran both sides. Hey, kind of like how the corporations run both main parties in our country, isn't it?

DIANNE   June 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Larry King, can you find out and report to the American people which Senators and Congressmen own stock in these private insurance companies and who receives contributions from them for their campaigns. This will be the real reason why America cannot have healthcare.

georgette   June 23rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Now John McCain owns 14 /yes, fourteen/ cars..just purchased a Ford Fusion Hybrid,,,,my cousin , who works for Ford in Detroit, just informed us,,& he owns 7 residences !!....

Barony Grisham   June 23rd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I remember Ed McMahon from the Late Night Show and other public venues, however, my most important memory is very personal. In recent years I have visited Washington, DC on an annual basis with other family members of the Korean War MIA/POW"s (8,177) in an attempt at finding some living or recovering the remains of our loved ones. Ed McMahon has been the host each year for a Marine Corp Band tribute to all US military branches whose family members have not reached a conclusion to the fate of the unaccounted for brave service members. His unselfish devotion to this cause has gone unnoticed as far as I know. Thank you Ed for remembering. You too will not be forgotten!

mary   June 23rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

MCCain did you vote for the King Holiday? That tells me all i need to know about you fighting for freedom in america!!!

jack   June 23rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

People who support Obama (and I count myself among them) should encourage him and the real Democrats that want, at least, a public option to a health care plan to keep pushing hard for this. The greedy insurance companies are fighting tooth and nail to keep taking our money and providing no, or substandard health care. Those 8 or so members of Congress , who are false democrats, and against a public option, should be marked well. They are recipients of insurance blood money, and should be voted out if they vote against a public option. Please let them know how tenuous their hold to power is, and how we the people can unseat them if they do us dirty by working against those who support universal health care or at least a public option plan.

Mike from Canada   June 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm ET

McCain is clearly out of touch with the reality of the street in Iran. The people of Iran are not interested in hearing from the GOP self righteous right. The days of diplomacy by chest pounding and telling the rest of the world how to do things is over. John McCain and his lapdog Lindsay Graham should just shut up and go away.

derrick martin   June 23rd, 2009 10:48 pm ET

mccain say`s he speak out for american and name`s years like1776 . why didn`t mccain speak out for the hundreds of black`s that were beaten in the 60`s

JABOBO   June 23rd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

I found it paradoxical that Senator McCain would use early American history in a futile attempt to make a point about a civilization that has been in existence for over 3 thousand years. As an American citizen, I am proud of my country although we sometimes make mistakes. I can be critical of any politician I chose and not be afraid of retribution. I can disagree with the Mayor of my city or the President of my Country (and everyone in between) without fear for my liberty or freedom. In conclusion I would like to go on record as publically disagreeing with the Senator from the great state of Arizona.

Josie   June 23rd, 2009 11:02 pm ET


President Obama 's understanding of the issues and his thoughtful and intelligent responses is why people respect and trust him. Senator Mccain , with all due respect the American people spoke , you lost the election ; please try to move on . This is not about America it is about the Iranian people. Lets not let your legacy be Bomb bomb Iran and your vote against Dr. Martin Luther King's holiday be what people use to label you a hypocrite as you scream for human rights. President Obama is our president and you are our Senator. HINT, Hint

Cerissa H   June 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm ET

What is wrong with Pres. Obama reminding people that he is the president. seems like people need remnding!!

als   June 23rd, 2009 11:07 pm ET

John McCain need to retire in his 14 houses. This man could care less if the American people drown or swim because he is set for life. John McCain is endangering journalist lives with his comments on what we should do. We have one voice in this country and thats Pres Obama. CNN need to tell you again and again you lost last years election. CNN is not helping John McCain with his memory loss of last years election. John McCain you lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cerissa H   June 23rd, 2009 11:13 pm ET

Why is it that President Obama has to remind the media and country that he is the president? He was elected by people who were ready for change (thank goodness!) Has anyone reminded Sen. McCain that he was NOT elected? How is he allowed to say that the President does not speak for the country at this time? He was chosen to be the voice for this country. I can tell you, former President Bush did NOT speak for me. I was brought up believing that you should never let a bully speak for you. You stand up to a bully and defend yourself against him. Howeverwhile former President Bush was speaking, and American citizens were disagreeing with his rhetoric, we were told that “He is the president and he speaks for our nation.” We were pushed under the rug and ignored (and remember, he was “chosen” by his friends after a controversial election to continue tenure as president). When President Obama speaks for the nation, and the nation agrees, the Conservative parties undermine him. Can someone please explain to me how this works? How are we supposed to show a strong and united front to the world when people like Sen.McCain are given so much attention for their anti-President Obama beliefs? This does NOT help the image of our country. Remember a house divided against itself shall not stand. Other bullying nations are going to see this, and then, we will witness the downfall of America.We will not be able to advance as a country as long as people do not play nicely in the sandbox just because their candidate lost. To Sen. McCain there is nothing wrong with being a graceful loser.I repeat....ther is wrong with being a graceful loser!!!!!!!!!!!

Doreen B   June 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm ET

It's obvious that John McCain just plain old does not get it. President Obama is handling this Iran situation very cautiously. I feel very fortunate that we have a President that understands the concept of thinking before speaking.

JABOBO   June 23rd, 2009 11:30 pm ET

To L. McCann: Perhaps the reason might be based on the fact that as Commander in Chief he is already fighting a war on two different fronts As Chief Executive Officer he is faced with straospheric unemployment, skyrocketting deficit, and a house divided (the Republicans Vs the Democrats). One of his predecessors went to war on the latter part alone (president Lincoln). Finally after all those titles in the final analysis it is this title that I think that will compell him to do his best and make the right decisions: DAD. He donot want his two daughters to grow up and inherit the same kind of world that Amy Carter got.

Kelly   June 24th, 2009 12:01 am ET


Tehran, Tn   June 24th, 2009 12:08 am ET

Ok I got it. Give money to Iran to help with education and to rebuild their country, but vote no on Stimulus package to rebuild America. Help other countries but not help ourselves. When African Americans had the Civil Rights Movement, their were so many countries that came to our defense and helped us . . . o sorry no that didnt happen.

sally   June 24th, 2009 12:10 am ET

John Mccain is right- he stands up for American beliefs. Anyone who can watch the videos of people being shot down in the streets and not want to immediately send aid to those people is sick and needs to be hospitalized. How can anyone continue to support Obama? Trying to close Gitmo, refusing to uphold democracy, encouraging socialism, what is America coming to? Here's an idea- FIRE THE PRESIDENT!

D J   June 24th, 2009 12:11 am ET

President Obama clearly stated that America dissaproves of the treatment of citizens who are protesting peacefully. We do not recognize the current government of Iran they are already illigitiment!!!

We have to let the people of Iran form the democracy they want. And for once America can't be blamed!!!!

Vindex   June 24th, 2009 12:12 am ET

Prague Spring was 1968! What did Reagon have to do with that? And, Prague Spring was crushed by the Russians.

I think McCain lost a lot of his credibility with Iran during the campaign when he sang to "Bomb Iran".

I, for one, am more than happy to finally have a President that thinks before he opens his mouth and turns the rest of the world against us. The Iran government was just waiting for a Bush-like statement to use as an excuse.

Lynn   June 24th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Thank goodness he is not president

Belger d   June 24th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Larry you let McCain off the Hook the president never said anything against the congress duty as a matter of fact he said congress has a roll and he has a roll. So Larry get tough or don't interview him anymore.

Kevin   June 24th, 2009 12:15 am ET

I think we should find out why Senator McCain and other republicans are more concerned about the health and welfare of iranians and less concerned about the health care of US citzens

sally   June 24th, 2009 12:17 am ET

How will all you liberals feel when the Iranians feel that they have no support and give up? Would you really take the kind of government they have quietly? Wouldn't you guys want support after watching people being shot down? Why don't u put yourselves in someone else's shoes instead of being so self-centered? Obama's playing it smart, but that doesn't mean he's playing it RIGHT. What's right and what's smart is very different. i love how larry's only putting up the liberal comments. lol. 🙂

sanam   June 24th, 2009 12:19 am ET

As an person who grew up in Iran and moved to US six years ago, I'm glad that President Obama is not talking 'tough' and giving the regime an excuse to blame the protests on the US. His tone is exactly what's needed considering the situation in Iran right now and the need of the hour is for Iranians to be united instead of being divided and Im afraid that if Obama speaks 'tough' as Sen McCain wants him to do, it would only hurt the protestors by making them appear to be western tools.

al castillo   June 24th, 2009 12:20 am ET

dear mr mccain, although i voted for you im against you on your stand on Pres Obama and Iran. I think our, YES OUR President, is being cautious to avoid another battle front!! remember this, light travels faster than sound thats why some people look bright until they speak !!

Secondly, who cares about any resolution from congress ! its not binding to anyone much less the one it condems! who cares. what congress needs to address is that our citizens are also getting fed up with YOU the CONGRESS !! let us not forget our own backyard !! would you call out the police on us also !

With all due respect have you considered SUPPORTING what WE the people feel NOT congress or YOU !

Peace to you

Shelley Jane   June 24th, 2009 12:20 am ET

My message to Senator McCain...sore loooser. His eyes say "contempt" for President Obama. He is not supportive of the President at all. He's a spoiled brat who didn't get to be top dog and live in the Whitehouse. Not to worry though McCain has at least 6 homes.

Don (DC) Cheatham   June 24th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I think Se.McCain should keep his comments to himself about Pres.OBama.
McCain is a loser period

Woodie   June 24th, 2009 12:21 am ET

why is that americans always got to come to every side and help them. no iranians came to our aide during 9/11. Please we have our own problems find another pawn mccain. larry king is the man

Philip G. Allen   June 24th, 2009 12:26 am ET

Stupid never understands that stupid never understands. They seem to have different opinions than the more intelligent people and do not understand why more intelligent people think the way they do.
This would apply to Sen. McCain.

shenygirl1   June 24th, 2009 12:28 am ET

I like to know where John McCain's people were in the 60's when anti war protestors were beaten and killed in this country. Where was all the Republican moral outrage then? Protestors in this country are always denigrated by John McCain. After listening to his comments this evening, it is obvious why he was not elected president. We don't need another warmonger.


Mario   June 24th, 2009 12:31 am ET

McCain should not be beating his drum for human rights, he should look deeply in the past behavior of his own government. After all, Iranian people would have had their freedom today if your so called "Freedom Loving Government" would have not crush the only hope and honest revolution in IRAN in 1953. Larry, please tell Mr. McCain "Shame on you"

Mohsen   June 24th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I really wish I could say this personally to McCain himself. How is it that all of a sudden he is concerned about human rights issues in Iran after singing "bomb, bomb, Iran?" All McCain and the rest of the Neocons are concerned about is to score some political points by continuously criticizing Obama and try to show him to be weak on foreign policy. Well, the only thing that President obama has been is "sensible" and frankly that is great to have a president who thinks truly about issues rather than saying one thing and doing another. After the disastrous 8 years of Bush and the rest of that gang, and policies that the Americans and the rest of the world is paying for now and will continue to pay for a long time, we have a President who truly wants to change the image of America for the better.

So, please senator McCain, stopy to present yourself as a champion of human rights because as the regime in Iran can not fool the people any more, you also will fail! Well, you and your party already have failed and that is why we are where we are today.

Fari   June 24th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Is president so cautious and fearful of Iranian government's anger that he puts fundamental believes of human right aside and even plan to invite these symbols of dictatorship and killers to his 4th of July party? What are we becoming? Bunch of cowards scared of vicious Iranian government's reaction? History and people are the judge and we all see the reality of what's really going on in Iran. Why should we play the game instead of protect ing the freedom rights and humanity all over the word.

Glen Moore   June 24th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Larry, why are we giving McCain and he other Republican hacks any airtime on ths subject. He was defeated ahndly by President Obama and does not have the right to critized our President on any issue let alone Iran. His Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran comment disqualifies him from making any meaningful comments on the subject. From what we're hearing most Iranians have applauded the President for his stance so far. We can not interfere with the political situation in Iran as it would only serve to strengthen this "Theocratic" regime. The Republicans know this but insist that we do otherwise only for their own political gain. Let's face it, the Republicans lost. DOn't they get it! Let the President do his job. We can't police the world anymore; don't have the resources or mandate.

Michael from Calabasas, CA   June 24th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Shame on McCain and other Republicans for putting the Iranian people at further risk in an attempt to use Obama's wise initial restraint as a wedge issue. Forceful rhetoritc from a US president during the initial days would have only provided Iran's government with it's desired internal excuse to completely open the gates of violence based on the myth of the US being the source of protests rather than the people of Iran. This would only serve to do a grave injustice to their brave actions, which moderates who are actually in Iran have been asking us to avoid.
Thank God that John McCain is not our president, or there would be thousands of more dead protesters. His and the Rep. National Chairman's desire to grandstand to make political points is evidenced by their frequent exagerations of his actions and saying that he's "finally" speaking up. Also claiming that the House/Senate resolutions were saying that the President hasn't done enough. This is a lie that Larry King should have disputed. What I really wish is that the media and at some point Obama calls BS on this and labels it what it is.

C.CURRY   June 24th, 2009 12:41 am ET


Arezoo   June 24th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Thank God Senator McCain is not the President of United States!

Esteban   June 24th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Thanks Ed -You and Johnny were great – now we just have Jon & Kate to watch – oh joy!

Michael from Calabasas, CA   June 24th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Shame on McCain and other Republicans for putting the Iranian people at further risk in an attempt to use Obama's wise initial restraint as a wedge issue. Forceful rhetoritc from a US president during the initial days would have only provided Iran's government with it's desired internal excuse to completely open the gates of violence based on the myth of the US being the source of protests rather than the people of Iran. This would only serve to do a grave injustice to their brave actions, which moderates who are actually in Iran have been asking us to avoid.
Thank God that John McCain is not our president, or there would be thousands of more dead protesters. His suggestion that Obama announce that we are funding propaganda in Iran has to be the most dangerous and naive thing that I've ever heard in foreign policy discussions. Sorry, I have to say it is actually idiotic. McCain and the Rep. National Chairman's desire to grandstand to make political points is evidenced by their frequent exagerations of his actions and saying that he's "finally" speaking up. Also claiming that the House/Senate resolutions were saying that the President hasn't done enough. This is a lie that Larry King should have disputed. What I really wish is that the media and at some point Obama calls BS on this and labels it what it is.
PS. Sorry for any typos. I just spent 20 minutes typing this on my cell phone at the gym because I'm so mad.

Steve Ragland   June 24th, 2009 12:50 am ET


I'm just an average citizen who listened to the presidential debates without bias for either candidate or party. I chose whom I thought would serve our country best. No disrespect to Senator McCain but the election is over and I wish he would stop campaigning for the presidency by under-mining whom the people chose.

It's as if Senator McCain thinks people are not smart enough to understand what he is doing.

"Mr. Obama is the President. Senator McCain". You are trying at every opportunity to stay in front of America's eyes and ears to disagree with every decision the President makes or how you would have said or done this or that.

I listened to both sides of our arch supported election process and at the end of the day McCain continues to present oppostion because we cannot have a one party system. So at least, let's call it what it really is under the all seeing eye of the illuminati and the New World Order ambitions that keep us distracted.

valerie   June 24th, 2009 12:50 am ET

John McCain, is nothing more than an old angry Republican who can't stand our wonderful, intelligent, wise President. President Obama is doing the right thing by staying out of Irans affairs. He's voiced his opinions, and I'm glad that he's not hauling us off into another war as the last President did McCain just needs to get over the fact that he was beat like an old rug doing the election and quit acting as if he's a friend to President Obama. He like most of the Republican party want to see him fail. Get over it John you lost so move on and leave the President along and let him do what he does best, "Run the Country"

Leonon   June 24th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Larry, I don't understand why you put John McCain on. Obviously he wouldn't have anything positive to say about President Obama. Remember McCain was beat down, badly. His soft voice, elegant mannerism didn't fool anybody then and it still doesn't now. He's just like all the other Republicans who just can't stand for the President ("that one") to succeed. They all think just like their leader Rush Limbaugh; wolves in sheep clothing. Never thought I would see the day when the President of the United States was disrespected by his own people, even by elected public officials, e.g. Tennessee and South Carolina. Shocker! But then I never thought I would see the day that a Black man was President either. So to John McCain and all the other haters, cut the crap; let the man govern. And You Larry, CNN and the likes, stop providing these guys a stage. That makes you suspects as well.

Esteban   June 24th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Larry – Most of us just don't care about Jon & Kate – they are not easy to relate to – it was nice to see them make it work.

Michael from Calabasas, CA   June 24th, 2009 12:53 am ET

McCain's suggestion that Obama announce that we are funding propaganda in Iran has to be the most dangerous and naive thing that I've ever heard in foreign policy discussions. Sorry, I have to say it is actually idiotic.
PS. Sorry for any typos in this or my previos post. I just spent 20 minutes typing this on my cell phone at the gym because I'm so mad.

Carolyn   June 24th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I feel ashamed we're talking about Jon & Kate while the youth of Iran is dying and we are watching CNN for your expertise on the subject.

Vicki Payton   June 24th, 2009 1:04 am ET

I think the fault of the break down falls on Jon's shoulders. He keeps saying I am only 32. He wants to party with young girls, drink, do whatever and say, I am doing the best of me and my children. I am sorry, he knew Kate's personality, he has been with her 12 years and married 10 of them. I think Kate's brother Kevin and Jodie need to keep their noses out of the the split and quit putting Kate down. Kate is a strong woman and although she is scared, she says she will do whatever it takes to keep her children safe and protected from the public scrutiny. I think Jon just doesn't want the pressure of a wife and kids, he is going through mid-life crisis very early!!!!!!!

Elsie   June 24th, 2009 1:12 am ET

John McCain continually reminds us why Obama won by a landslide! What's even more outrageous than the situation in Iran, is the outpouring of phony outrage from the right (suddenly Elizabeth Hasslebeck is Mother Theresa!) and lest we forget McCain's greatest hit.. "Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb..."

Where was the outrage for victims of Katrina? Or the 1/3 of Iraq's population that were displaced? Or how about the ever growing number of their constituents who have now lost their jobs, homes and life savings thanks to the Republican's "party"?

"You had your chance.. go away!!!" ~ Meghan McCain

JABOBO   June 24th, 2009 1:26 am ET

To FARI: Why dont' you join the Marines? If you are going to talk the talk than you should walk the walk They are always looking for a few good men and women. Fellow VETS keep your head down and come home safely.

jack   June 24th, 2009 2:43 am ET

sally@ Why do you feel that our country is supposed to be the policeman of the world? Wake up, we are broke from all the stupid wars . We should cut back the defense budget(which is always enormous) and concentrate on helping our own people. The Iranian people did not elect President Obama to run their country. He has plenty to do here. Particulary he has to help perform a near miracle by bailing us out of the horrible mess of bush's "legacy." President Obama is taking the situation very seriously and acting in a measured, intelligent manner. As I recall, Senator McCain lost the election and he should butt out and not help send mixed signals that could imperil the President"s efforts. One would feel that Senator McCain would have gotten his fill of war, but he seems almost insatiable. We should all be thankful he wasn't elected, or we could be even deeper in war, and the super wealthy would continue to trample over the rest of us unchecked.

Monte Webb   June 24th, 2009 5:17 am ET

Mr. McCain, how do you truly explain the "people of the USA" are mostly in favor of what President Obama is attempting BUT the 'GOP' (you should change that name, it's too narrow minded) are attacking 'our' President WITHOUT fact and critical of policy proposals WITHOUT alternative proposals?

Susan Campbell   June 24th, 2009 5:25 am ET

Why does Sen Mc Cain call Iran's Goverment illegitimate? Two reputable pollsters predicted a two thirds majority for the incumbent President in polls conducted weeks before the election.
Comparing Pres Obama's rational response to the situation in Iran to Sen Mc Cain's emotional comments the world is a safer place thanks to Pres Obama's victory over his less rational rival.
How would Americans fell about weeklong protests following a democratic election in your country?
The violence cannot be condoned, but neither can ongoing protests by poople who will not accept the outcome of an election.

mohammad mesdaghi   June 24th, 2009 5:41 am ET

I as a 23 year old Iranian American truly am touched and impressed of the BRAVE and JUST stance Senetor McCain has taken on the Iranian situation. I feel proud that we have Mr McCain and hopefully other representatives brave enough to speak out against injustice without being told to by advisors after over a week of attroscities. Very dissapointing Mr President. . .

Ross Cyrus   June 24th, 2009 6:33 am ET

Dear Sen. McCain. I am a democrat Iranian American who voted for President Obama, but on the issue of Iranian govt brutality against their own people, I 100% agree with you that president Obama is not doing enough. I really appreciate your sincere concern for the Iranian people and wish I had voted for you. To answer some of the comments on the media, I have to mention that as a person who lived most of my life in the Iran of after revolution, I can say that majority of Iranians are pro-American and they look for help from US when they are under oppression and injustice from the Islamic Republic. Secondly, this situation is not same as the coup against Mosadegh in 1953, back then Mosadegh was fighting for the nationalization of oil and British-Iranian Oil Company. Back then, US took side with England and Shah to overthrow a popular nationalist prime minister. Now again, US is silent against the oppressor and not helping the popular democratic movement, furthermore this can even be viewed as some in US might favor talking to now a weaker regime than an unknown democratic future. But, president Obama should be careful not to be remembered as another Chamberlain with the appeasement toward this Fascist regime. If president Obama's motto is justice, democracy and freedom as a president of the greatest free nation in the world is and should be, he can at least, start and lead an international campaign to pressure the Iranian government to stop what they are doing, that can be done by pressuring Russians and Chinese to get tough on this issue instead of even helping them to quiet people. President Obama can threaten the regime to impose or propose gas embargo. He can at least mention that he might reconsider negotiating with a regime that is not respecting people’s basic rights including the right to "life". He can increase the VOA and RadioFarda's coverage of the situation which are both US govt stations. Honestly, CNN is doing 100% better job than those Radios that are meant for Iran, one of them is even available on regular FM radios in Iran, but it is only broadcasting music and just some very conservatively tailored news. Final note, if president Obama insist on talking to this regime, what is the warranty that they don't lie to him and promise falsely, after all we see all of these images from Iran and they still refuse to accept that even 10% of it is happening. President Obama should know that if all of these signs people are carrying are in English and they insist on sending the news to this side, means that they need help and pressure on their government. Thank you Larry and Thank you again Senator McCain. After all a free democratic Iran will change the whole equation in the Middle East and US will benefit in every sense, from Iraq to Afghanistan to peace process and a lot more. Thanks CNN, you are the Best.

Parthiban Yahambaram   June 24th, 2009 6:46 am ET

in a sense though its good that mccain is attacking obama about his 'timid' posture on iran –

it makes it a lot harder for the iranian regime to blame the protests on the US – i know that they have made that accusation, but the fact that the US president is being so strongly criticised for doing nothing makes those accusations far less credible in the eyes of iranian people-

g ontario   June 24th, 2009 9:47 am ET

mohammad mesdaghi if macain had his way the u.s. would be bombing the crap out of iran

g ontario   June 24th, 2009 9:47 am ET

mohammad mesdaghi if macain had his way the u.s. would be bombing the crap out of iran

DIANNE   June 24th, 2009 10:42 am ET

Rose, according to your statement dems of Somali background, dems of Venezulan background, dems of Thai background or any other country should be upset that our President does not get involved with the internal politics of the citizens of any country. Where does it stop? WE Americans remember Vietnam, its cost, its death of young American men and women at the beginning of their lives, and the recovery of the country in general. We cannot fight for everyone, you must fight for what you want in your country as African Americans, as the people whou protested the Vietnam War. That is your job and right as a citizen of that country. Many African Americans died, many Vietnam protestors died. The people were citizens of the USA, killed by their own government for civil rights. The people did not beg Great Britain, France, or any other government to get involved in our internal matters. The people persisted and kept going for many generations as with the African American people. Anything worth fighting for is worth dying for, and the citizens of a country must do what is necessary to bring about change. A person can be Englis American, African American, Iranian American or any other group within the United States and is well to remember and honor the motherland. But in the final analysis, one is American first and foremeost and must think about the welfare of the United States of America first. Just as President Obama must and does. The President must promote the general welfare financially and socially of the USA. Job well done President Barack Obama.

Allen Higginbotham   June 24th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

When is John McCain going to make up his mind?During the campaign
he joked, about bombing Iran, at a townhall meeting, and now all of a sudden he says hes worried about Iran´s citizens being beaten for demonstrating against the election there!
He is so against talking diplomaticaly to Iran because they "torture´´their citizen´s.(Torture being one of McCains favorite words).
John McCain is not against talking to the Chinese Government, who obviously not only torture their own people, and kill them, for demonstrating. China also takes over other countries like Tibet kills and harms their citizens if they demonstrate against being taken over by China! Is it because China is so good for business, the money makes up for alot of torture doesn´t it Mr McCain?McCain lost his rear end in the election so he should go back to his "sugar mama´´in Arizona, retire, and be quiet.

robert   June 24th, 2009 6:23 pm ET

J McCain is out of touch w/reality..he's just concentrating on his 14 cars & 7 residences...he wants the Pres. to fail old is McCain now, 73 yrs ? ..he will not run for Pres again ?..& who pressured hm to add Palin to the ticket?....& where is Joe the plumber ? McCain said, "you're rich, Joe the Plumber"...

JS   June 24th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

We can't efford to have another war because most of our troops are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do we really want to have our young people forced in the military? Do you war lovers want to personally volunteer to go save another nation? SHOULD WE INVADE EVERY COUNTRY WITH INTERNAL ISSUES? WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE?

Gail   June 24th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

I would like for someone to ask the fertility docs who worked with Jon and Kate about the advisibility of such a young couple having twins and then so soon afterward having in vitro again and having sextuplets. What sort of counseling did they have prior to having the in vitro? How did they pay for the the in vitro (remember they were young and poor...Jon did not have a career) . Jon himself says that he's only 32 now and always on the show seemed lost professionally and was so passive aggressive about his career and his role as a husband and father. How does it make sense to have so many babies so young when having babies in vitro has to be so planned?

BHO - fan   June 24th, 2009 10:17 pm ET



sally   June 24th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

his left cheek always appears to be swollen & he does not look good in a white shirt..pale blue is more becoming to him ....

Dianne   June 25th, 2009 12:34 am ET


Shelley Jane, Vancouver Island, Canada   June 25th, 2009 2:49 am ET

Sad to say but they all played a part in their breakup.(Jon, Kate and Reality TV) When you say "yes" to a reality show entering your life–get ready for some big adjustments, add 8 children to that and you had some really great episodes. But look what happened, the dominant personality, Kate, had to step up and keep things moving forward, organized, she was the communicator of the show itself. Jon, great guy but hey, when things started to impact him negatively, he steps back, he never gave me the impression that he would come out and say "I'm not happy with the way things are going" until it was too late. I think he woke up one day and said who is this person sleeping beside me? No one said it would be easy to make a go of it–even with all that money. But I think the fact that the house is for the kids and it's Jon and Kate who move in two weeks on and two weeks off that is really smart. Why don't more couples with kids who split up do this? If they can. The kids get to maintain their home base, hence their stability. I am so sorry for all of them, and wish them well.

JS   June 25th, 2009 8:21 am ET

YES BHO fan- CNN is clearly Republican. Who else would disagree with everything Obama does and suggests and agrees with the Bush Admin!

Robert- I think McCain should send princess Meghan McCain and Bush send his daughters to fight for Iran's freedom.

shenygirl1   July 14th, 2009 1:19 am ET

I was very impressed with your show tonight Larry. Your guests were credible and did not participate in the usual tabloid-type sensationalism. I find it interesting that a British journalist was chosen by Lotoya for the interview. I thought Ms Graham gave a factual, respectful report without the negative personal comments about Michael that so many CNN reports/pundits have been guilty of.

At Last your panel of judges and Mark Gerogos, who I admire very much, have agreed that all the assumptions and suppositions concerning Michael's death are not good journalism and are unfair to everyone involved. Most of the statements made from previous employees of Michael were outrageous and unbelievable and really should not have been reported on. Just a few individuals attempting to get their five minutes of fame and a network trying to improve their ratings. I am a regular viewer of CNN and consider Larry King Live to be one of my favorite shows. Too bad I can't say the same thing about some of the other reporters/pundits on CNN and CNN Headline News.

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