September 25th, 2008
02:47 PM ET

A new day in Washington

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Dana Bash | Bio
CNN Congressional Correspondent


As McCain walked up the stairs to his Russell office, I tried to ask him a question.  He refused and very emphatically said as he kept walking, "I mean it. You'll have to excuse me.  I'm serious...Thank you very much."

A senior aide looked at me and joked, "It’s not like the old days, Dana."

Filed under: Dana Bash • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. andy

    I just wanted to make a comment about the term and definition of the word maverick. A maverick struts to their own drum, they are considered somewhat of a rebel. They go against the grain.
    We may need to keep in mind that we have a 72 year old maverick who has a well documented history of hot headedness, who has had cancer 4 times. He's a war hero and former POW. He's independently wealthy. Makes statements like "bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb, Iran.
    This maverick could also be a loose cannon. Do we want him near the red button? Do we really trust him to use good judgment?
    I personnally don't think so.
    So for all you American voters out there you better take a hard look at your choices. John McCain's time has passed. Obama is the only real choice to get the country turned around.
    A hotheaded maverick may start World War III

    September 26, 2008 at 2:14 am |
  2. Perry

    One more reason not to trust him.

    September 25, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  3. Lisa from NC

    Oh my god, he still is thinking about ditching the debate....come on, what is the deal with this man? I would be willing to bet that there has been some "behind the door" agreement for Republicans to act like they can't come to an agreement on the bailout and let McCain "ride in" and settle the Republican bickering. He can then ride in to the debate on his high horse....what a mess! McCain is flailing like a drowning man....so desperate. I don't think he can multi -taske. Isn't that scary?

    September 25, 2008 at 7:56 pm |
  4. Naura Jenkerson

    McCain, is serious,? Does this mean he is running just for fun?

    September 25, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  5. kim

    Ok, great his photo op is over now lets get on with the debate! And this obviously was another political stunt by McCain to say he was suspending his campaign today yet all day long here in Missouri his ads have been running on CBS! Yet another lie from this campaign, when will they learn we are not as stupid as they obviously think we are!

    September 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  6. Theresa, Nickerson, Ks

    If he can't answer a question, be held accountable to the people via the media, then he has no right to lead this country. Period.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  7. Julie San Diego, CA

    Don't take it personally, Dana.

    He doesn't like to talk to smart women.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  8. Rob

    So a reporter is slighted because a Senator is focused on doing his job and is too busy to answer her question? Works for me!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  9. Heather,Ca,US

    Boy you sure have come full circle with this. You follow him all over the country on the straight talk express only to come back to right where you started and its no more nice guy. Not even talk, just no comment basically. I don't think it's a new day. McCain has been on the road the entire time. Right now it's Sen McCain getting back to reality and you were just doing your job that you have done the same way the entire time. Id say welcome back to doing your job. No campaign ad can spin this. Great job trying to do your job Dana!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  10. Nancy

    What about the CEO"S, the amount of money they receive is immoral.
    mutimillons to sign,mutimillions salary, mutimillioms to run from responsibility, be fired, as well as our polititions ,this is our gov't, our country. I've lost one third of my life savings and am disabled. I may not vote at all. I speak for millions of average Americans , being detroyed by this corruption.

    Nancy /Las Vegas

    September 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  11. Betty, Virginia

    McFlurry needs to take a breath

    September 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  12. Lisa from NC

    Seems avoidance and silence are the staples of the McCain campaign. Yes, (Dana) it's not like the old days. It's not the old McCain . ...Well, it is the "old-old" McCain but not the Maverick of 2000. He is more like a lame show pony. I do like his attempt at looking younger...why , is that botox Mr. McCain–you maverick you?

    September 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  13. Gloria Barrientos

    McCain is an idiot, and thinks the American people are idiots too. He wants us to believe that he, "The Maverick", raced into Washington on his Maverick to repair this nations economic crisis! What he wants to do, is yes get on his Maverick, but to ride as fast as he can away from the debates. Obama will be present at those debates as he should be. If the white haired Maverick pulls a no show, well that can only mean that he has his tail, or shall I say mane, between his legs! Like the old saying says you can lead a horse to the debates but you can't make him speak!!

    September 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  14. Fay, CA

    McCain continues to avoid the press while making inexplicable decisions in how his campaign is being run. Palin has proved to be unimpressive and embarrassing in the few interviews she's given so far–the Straight Talk Express appears to be derailing.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  15. Sharon from Indy

    No transparency, Mr. McCain. Can't he speak quick on his feet?

    We are looking for answers.

    At least he was polite. I think.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  16. D. A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

    This is the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America (aka the law of USA) and due to the failure to comply with this (and the rest of Constitution), the President and Members of Congress support of special interest groups are responsible for the mess we are in. "We the people of the United States of America" should file a class action lawsuit charging them with malpractice.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Well Dana, don't take it too hard! McCain was busy and has his mind on other things. Once this is over he'll get back to you.


    September 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  18. Dennis Gehrke

    One Word: Refreshing

    September 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm |