June 3rd, 2014
11:03 PM ET

John McCain: It's a lousy deal

Senator John McCain is a former prisoner of war and he is also one of the most vocal critics of the Obama Administration's deal to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home. He spoke to Anderson and questioned President Obama's priorities after releasing five Taliban detainees from Gitmo.

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • John McCain
March 3rd, 2014
10:22 PM ET

Senator John McCain: "This President has been operating in another world"

Senator John McCain slams the Obama administration for what he calls a "total and fundamental misreading of Putin and his ambition." While speaking to Anderson, Senator McCain offers some advice, saying he does not see a good military option for the U.S. in Ukraine right now.

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February 18th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Should the U.S. negotiate with terrorists to free Bowe Bergdahl?

Bowe Bergdahl is the only American soldier still in captivity. The Army sergeant was taken in Afghanistan in 2009. The Taliban has long demanded the release of five prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for his freedom. Today a U.S. official confirmed new discussions led by diplomats and the Pentagon are underway. Senator John McCain is a former prisoner of war and speaks with Anderson about this and frightening developments in Syria.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Bowe Bergdahl • John McCain • Taliban
October 16th, 2013
11:53 PM ET

Sen. McCain: "The American people have no faith in their government. Can you blame them?"

Sen. John McCain has been very vocal about his disdain for what's been happening in Washington over the last 16 days.  From the floor of the Senate he called it one of the more shameful chapters he has seen in all his years in Washington. As the budget deal was heading for a vote, he told Anderson the shutdown was "unacceptable to most Americans and the polls show that."

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September 12th, 2013
12:59 AM ET

Senator McCain on Russia's plan for Syria

Senator John McCain is a long time supporter of American military
intervention in Syria's civil war. He speaks to Anderson and voices his
concerns about the diplomatic deal Russia is working to broker.
McCain even questions why Secretary John Kerry is flying to Geneva to meet
with his Russian counterpart, instead of holding that meeting in New York.
Does the U.S. have credibility on Syria without the threat of military
force? Anderson asked that question to former Bush administration national
security official Mike Doran and Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
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Filed under: Chemical Weapons • Gloria Borger • John McCain • Syria
September 5th, 2013
09:50 PM ET

Sen. McCain: Congress has to be convinced

Anderson talks to Sen. John McCain about the earful he's getting from constituents about possible U.S. military action in Syria.

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September 5th, 2013
05:53 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Sen. McCain: “This conflict is not confined to Syria”

Tonight on AC360°, Anderson talks to Sen. John McCain about the looming showdown on Capitol Hill over whether the U.S. should strike Syria for using chemical weapons two weeks ago. The Obama administration says more than 1,400 people were killed.

"This is a very, very tough call," McCain told Anderson.  Like many of his constituents, the Arizona Republican said he's also "skeptical" of the U.S. assessment on Syria because of Iraq.  However, McCain said we are "making a terrible mistake" if we allow the Assad regime to slaughter thousands of Syrians and do nothing.  "We sat by and watched and paid a very, very heavy price" during the Holocaust, said McCain. He argues we can't do the same again.

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution allowing limited U.S. military action in Syria. However, an amendment from McCain and Democratic Sen. Christopher Coons of Delaware says any U.S. military response is intended to change Assad's battlefield momentum, stronger language than what was first given by the White House.

Does this mean McCain and the White House don't agree? And why would an attack be in the best interest of America’s national security? For those answers, watch the preview clip above and join us at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for more of Anderson's interview with Senator McCain.

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Filed under: John McCain • Syria
August 23rd, 2013
09:51 PM ET

Sen. John McCain on Syria: "Instead of a red line, we gave him a green light"

Pressure is mounting on the Assad regime, after the latest reports of a deadly chemical attack. Opposition groups say it killed more than 1,300 people. President Obama says the U.S. is still gathering information about what happened, but acknowledged, "this is clearly a big event of grave concern." It is raising serious questions about how his administration will respond. John King spoke with Senator John McCain who says the President has already "lost credibility" on ending the crisis in Syria.

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November 14th, 2012
11:52 PM ET

McCain: Susan Rice never declared she was wrong on Libya

Sen. McCain says he'll block U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from becoming Secretary of State, if she's selected, because of her statements characterizing the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya as a spontaneous demonstration days after the incident.

"It was obvious to one and all that this was not a "spontaneous demonstration" because in real time they saw that there was no demonstration," said McCain. "Everybody knew that it was an al Qaeda attack and she continued to tell the world through all the talk shows that it was a "spontaneous demonstration" sparked by a video. That's not competence in my view."

Critics point out that McCain and other Republicans defended Condoleezza Rice after she made a case for invading Iraq based on false intelligence about weapons of mass destruction when she was National Security Adviser.  Anderson asked the senator if there's a double standard. "I think these are two entirely different cases," said McCain.

Filed under: John McCain • Libya
November 14th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Sen. McCain responds to Pres. Obama

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper interviews Sen. John McCain about why he is calling for an investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

At a White House news conference today, President Obama had a message for Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain: Don't go after Ambassador Susan Rice. The president was responding to their criticism of Rice's characterization of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The senators also vowed to try to block her nomination as Secretary of State, if she is chosen by Obama.


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