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John and Cindy's 'Thank You' Note

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Having had a few days to recover from the intense pre-election period, John and Cindy McCain e-mailed their supporters today a final "thank you" note, urging them to offer Democratic President-elect Barack Obama "good will."

The message, which follows, came with few of the graphic touches of their usual campaign messages, and was laid out beneath two simple yellow lines and a single McCain-Palin campaign five-pointed star:

"Cindy and I would like to take a moment to thank you for your loyal and steadfast support during the course of this campaign. Governor Palin, her husband Todd, our families, friends and campaign staff extend our deep appreciation for your tireless dedication, support and friendship.

"It is the end of a long journey and your support through the ups and downs has meant more to us than you may ever know.

"Although we were disappointed with the results, we must move beyond this campaign and work together to get our country moving again.

"It is our sincere hope that you will join us in putting our country first and continue to work to keep our nation safe, free and prosperous.

"We urge you to join us in not just congratulating Senator Obama, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together as a nation. Whatever our differences may be, we are all fellow Americans.

"We are truly blessed to live in this great country and call ourselves Americans, and we will forever be her loyal servants.

"Today, let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

"With warm gratitude,

"Cindy and John McCain"

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 7, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
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Comments

To,mtw0310 who posted "Good luck Mr. McCain on your return to the Senate, I hope your Democratic colleagues will forgive you for the sleaziest campaign in history."
Yes,they will - McCain is a good soul.
However, SillY Palin is unforgivable and sleazy.

Posted by: rufusredfox | November 9, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"How interesting it is for the Republican nominee to call for support for our President-Elect and a willingness to work together with Democrats, and how proud it makes me of Senator McCain and the Republican party. It is indeed a sharp contrast to the Democratic behavior following both 2000 and 2004, yet we are the ones who are always accused of being mean-spirited. Maybe Dems should take a good long look at themselves, specifically how they are at this very moment treating Senator Lieberman. Posted by: mavcochran"

Pardon me: the election of 2000 was contested, remember? Al Gore won the popular vote, remember? The Supreme Court made a controversial decision handing Bush the White House, remember? It took over a month, remember?

George Bush, the "Uniter," spent eight years being the Divider-in-Chief. VP Cheney tells someone to f_ _ _ himself on the floor of the Congress--how very dignified and conciliatory. Your boy Rush Limbaugh pioneered the crapfest that floods our airwaves.

And Joe Lieberman--boo hoo. He betrayed his party after being honored by their nomination eight years ago, and he knew exactly what the reponse would be. I dare you to support Sarah Palin if she ever trashed a Republican nominee from the stage at a Democratic convention--Maverick or Turncoat?

I do not consider myself to be a partisan, but I would be embarrassed to ID myself as a Republican after the past eight to ten years. You all need a new direction--BIG TIME. John McCain was impressive on election night--no doubt. Wonder why that guy didn't run for president?

Posted by: LisaBP | November 9, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

"It simply amazes me how the minds of some people work. After enduring 8 years of constant attacks from the left, constant spewing of vitriol and hatred, constant name-calling, constant belittling, we're expected to Move On and come together in the spirit of bipartisanship?"

Of course it doesn't occur to you that there was a reason for all that? Were you living on the Moon? Maybe if more people had listened to the left 4200 American soldiers who died in Iraq for nothing would still be alive. Maybe Bush's deregulation agenda wouldn't have wiped out the economy.

Posted by: Bobulon | November 8, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse


McCain is saying the right things now. too bad he and Sarah are covered in mud from slinging it during the campaign. Which is their real views--the negativity conveyed in their pre-election remarks or the dignified concession speech and calls to "respect our President-elect" How can they call him anti-American and so on, and then have us believe their signs of respect now? I'd like to think kindly of McCain and think he was driven to temporary wildness during the election. But still think lesser of him for having rolled in the mud...

Posted by: Towards_Light | November 8, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

HE WILL HAVE A CHANCE IF HE BACKS AWAY FROM NANCY PELOSI! THAT WOMEN IS A MONSTER! SHE WANTS TO GIVE GM AND FORD MORE MONEY?!? WHEN IS THIS FREE RIDE GOING TO STOP? CONGRESS SHOULD BUY THEIR OWN MONEY PRESS!WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NOT GOTTEN ANYTHING TO HELP OUR AILING ECONOMY WOES! SHE HAS BEEN SPENDING WHAT IS NOT THERE TO SPEND! US PEIOPLE THAT HAVE LOST OUR JOBS BECAUSAE OF GREEDY CEO'S SEEMS NO MATTER HOW CROOKED THEY ARE CONGRESS STILL GIVES THAM PARACHUTES TO SAVE THEIR ASSES! OUR CHOCOLATE PLANT WAS DESTROYED BY A GREEDY CEO TOO LAST YR HE TOOK IS STOCK OPS AND HIS BIF GET IT AND RUN PACKAGE AND LEFT TOO! WHAT DID WE GET? WE LOST MOST OF OUR JOBS! I WAS A LUCKY OE, I COULD TAKE MY RETIREMENT! THEY ARE ALWAYS MAKING LAWS TO PROTECT BIG CO, I SAY IT IS TIME THE PEOPLE TAKE BACK OUR GOV, AND MAKE T HEM TAKE CARE OF US FIRST! DAMN CEO AT OUR PLANT IS A YOUNG PUP, AND WITH THE CASH HE TOOK WITH HIM, HE WON'T HAVE TO WORK AGAIN! WE CALLED HIM "LENNY THE RAT"

Posted by: JBRACALE | November 8, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

How interesting it is for the Republican nominee to call for support for our President-Elect and a willingness to work together with Democrats, and how proud it makes me of Senator McCain and the Republican party. It is indeed a sharp contrast to the Democratic behavior following both 2000 and 2004, yet we are the ones who are always accused of being mean-spirited. Maybe Dems should take a good long look at themselves, specifically how they are at this very moment treating Senator Lieberman.

Posted by: mavcochran | November 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Offer good will? But, I thought he was a terrorist sympathizer?

Posted by: GTFOOH | November 8, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It simply amazes me how the minds of some people work. After enduring 8 years of constant attacks from the left, constant spewing of vitriol and hatred, constant name-calling, constant belittling, we're expected to Move On and come together in the spirit of bipartisanship? Please. That's like asking a battered wife to forgive her abusive husband for the sake of the children.

Posted by: neverforget | November 8, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Its true that Republicans werent conservative enough.. but only from a fiscal view..from a social view they are too NEO conservative.

A real conservative would be out of peoples bedrooms.. fiscally conservative...and tough on welfare. Republicans need to move to a platform of personal responsibility but compassion for those who can't take care of themselves. And not be in the pocket of big business..but work to keep big business going

Posted by: matteucs | November 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Honestly.. i was a McCain supporter, but will back my President no matter what.. may not agree with him..may publicly disagree with him, but will never publicly insult him.

I will give him my support, and HOPE he makes the right choices..

and yes, if he wants to bring the nation together.. McCain as SecDef

Posted by: matteucs | November 8, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The United States is a big country but it is not "the greatest nation on earth." I can name a few nations that have given their citizens universal health care and have never attacked and wrecked another country.

Good luck Mr. McCain on your return to the Senate, I hope your Democratic colleagues will forgive you for the sleaziest campaign in history."

Please name a country that has never attacked another country.

Thats BS.

and those countries dont do ANYTHING to help other countries.. we have military and civilians all over the world helping in disaster relief, giving aid, money, food, supplies to EVERYONE.. even offering to our "enemies".

There is no country on this planet as benevolent as ours..we GIVE to everyone, we protect 90% of the worlds nations. If anyone is invaded..they basically know they can look to us for support...if you can name a single country that has ever even come close to doing any of those things as well or as happily as the US, then your point may be taken seriously.. until that point, you are just another bitter poster who wishes he could be waiting 4 months for a doctors appointment, or a year for a surgery in a country that makes no real difference in the world..

Posted by: matteucs | November 8, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The United States is a big country but it is not "the greatest nation on earth." I can name a few nations that have given their citizens universal health care and have never attacked and wrecked another country.

Good luck Mr. McCain on your return to the Senate, I hope your Democratic colleagues will forgive you for the sleaziest campaign in history.

Posted by: mtw0310 | November 8, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

John McCain lost my vote with his Jesse Jackson Moment during the financial crisis.
He gained my undying respect with his concession speech and the manner in which he stood up for both the President-elect and for the dignity of conservatism when he hushed his hecklers.
I may be shouting in the wilderness, but I really believe Mr. McCain is the best possible choice for Secretary of State in the coming administration. The other possibility is Defense, if Bob Gates decides he wants out.

Posted by: gjboivin | November 7, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

In the scope of his life, this loss is small. There is no whining, no self-pity. The man has a huge heart. He's a remarkable human being and a real patriot. I look forward to a continuation of great service from him.

Posted by: _kt_ | November 7, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

If McCain didn't sell out to the Extreme-Reich-Wing during his campaign, we would be calling him Mr President-Elect.

Too bad he was led down the wrong path.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 7, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If McCain did sell out to the Extreme-Reich-Wing during his campaign, we would be calling him Mr President-Elect.

Too bad he was led down the wrong path.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 7, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I dont have a problem.

Republicans do. If they listen to likes of John Boehner today and move further right they risk becoming a party of irrelevancy. Do you really think the GOP lost because Bush wasnt conservative enough? That the GOP moderates cost the party the election?

I believe the nation needs a viable center-right national party. It doesnt need a neo-fascist/theocratic party.

Good luck in rebuilding.

Posted by: toritto | November 7, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

What else could the senator have done... as expected, he Lost and did show some class by the good will he offered; not like the the running mate the senator chose who never showed no class...from the beginning to the end.

Posted by: sabestu | November 7, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

toritto, what is your problem? All of you who voted for the new president-elect need to get over yourselves. Do you want the country to at least come together a bit or not? Keep up your anger and extremely ugly tone and it will only make matters worse! Show some dignity (as though you've been there before) and pride (both in your candidate and in your country).

Posted by: sagedutch | November 7, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

gelsomina: The code word for them is "white working class" voters.....everyone knows who they are;
Rural, white, not college graduates, blue collar; usually located in economically depressed areas........

They are all the GOP had left after this election.....all I'm saying is that "white working class" + the waiting for Jesus crowd is not going to be enough to win.

Think about it.....

Posted by: toritto | November 7, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear toritto,

maybe you could heed your own advice and stop calling the opposition names like old, undereducated and angry.

Thank you very much.

Posted by: gelsomina | November 7, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I must say, although being an Mccain voter months back, that very incompetent Sarah was chosen. So lets make the best of it. The American women I knew years back did their stuff, plus all your younger voters. All will be okay if we get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. They don't want us PERIOD. your bills can be paid by pulling out. Yes there is a loss of so very many young men and women whom served a a President. But we are all proud of them. Hope president bush is, as he crawls out. We only need the USA and Canada to do anything. Bless you my friends.

Posted by: justada56 | November 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama and I though McCain speech was classy, even though his supports have no class.

Even with this farewell email, he tries to take the high road...let's see who will acually do it.

Like most leaders, people only follow them when they are saying and doing what "they" want them to do...but when our leaders give us instructions that make us better people and move us to a higher level of maturity, we refuse to follow.

Anyone who is a parent knows, no matter how much we teach our children to do the right thing, they may still do what THEY WANT TO do.

mcCain supportors...conservatives..., etc. Who will stand up on the side of "good will" as your candidate asks? And who will continue in their role of CHILD, immature infant and unbalanced pseudo follower of McCain.

LET YOUR CHRISTIAN HEART BE YOUR GUIDE!

Posted by: eps0609 | November 7, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that it came via email and was signed "Cindy and John McCain" rather than "John and Cindy McCain."

Not noteworthy; just interesting. Especially given that John doesn't use a computer.

Posted by: MoPar8hd | November 7, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

he hard right wants the GOP to remain the party of the angry white man, well so be it. Liberals want you to do that as well!

This election the GOP became the party of the old, undereducated, rural angry white voter. This group is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the electorate. It became the party of the Southern core of the Confederacy and states like Wyoming where nobody lives. It lost in every major metropolitan area. It lost affluent diverse suburbs in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Fairfax and Northern Virginia, Alberquerque and Las Vegas . It even lost Dallas and Houston. It lost hispanic voters by 2 to l. It lost virtually 100% of the black vote. It lost the "youth" vote 2 to 1. The Democrats won every growing demographic. The is no longer a Representative in the House from all of New England. There are only three from New York and only one of those is urban. It will be very possible to flip Arizona itself in the next Presidential election.

Make Pallin the leader of your party! Please!!

The GOP needs to decide what it is FOR......calling the opposition names ain't gonna cut it as "policy". Continuing to emphasize the culture wars will lead to a smaller, waiting for the rapture, lily-white regional Southern party. Look at the faces of the new America........the demographics are against you. :-)

Posted by: toritto | November 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

RichardfromHB,

I think what's really at issue is what're they defining as 'conservative.'

What the Bush admin. has pushed over the last two terms is a far cry from any kind of Goldwater or Reagan conservatism.

If they push to the smaller government type principles, then they have a case, and then something that differentiates them from Democrats.

If they push to the Bush era neo-con side of things, then they've learned nothing.

Posted by: kolbkl | November 7, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

He's a top notch class act.

Posted by: jenrellis | November 7, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Part of any relief may have been Sen. McCain 'looking on the bright side' and realize that he isn't going to get handed the big, fat, stinking mess that Pres-Elect Obama is.

Posted by: kolbkl | November 7, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The good will may not be shared by many in what is left of the Republican party. Republicans think they can regain the majority is they can only become MORE conservative. "Republicans in the Senate suffered major losses last night because they failed to stand up for conservative principles over the last two years," said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. "We need more conservative leaders who will do everything in their power to stop President-elect Obama and the Democrats in Congress from taking away our freedom with socialist policies." So much for an end to partisanship battles. Let's get ready to rumble.

Posted by: RichardfromHB | November 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I actually think John McCain means it.

I don't think he really wanted to be President. Sure, there was probably some blind ambition that insisted he "should" be President, but he looked terribly relieved giving his concession speech. He knows the next president has a very hard road ahead of him, and it would have been much harder for McCain, because he would have been working against a Democratic congress. (Not to say that things couldn't have worked out, but Obama has a much greater chance for the kind of sweeping changes that are needed to put America back on track).

I fervently hope Senator McCain spends the rest of his term pushing the Republicans to work with Obama. While his campaign was absolutely disgusting, he has a valuable opportunity to redeem himself, and I hope he takes it.

Posted by: passive0 | November 7, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if the email went to Sarah Palin?

Posted by: GTFOOH | November 7, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope John Boehner received that email and took it to heart. Our country is in deep trouble and it is going to take everyone to get us out of it rather than playing these partisan games.

The one thing we must do is at least give any new President a chance, especially now.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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