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July 19th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Piers Morgan, to John McCain, on Syria: "If you were president, what you would be doing now?"

Coming up tonight at 9 p.m., Piers Morgan joins John McCain in Washington, D.C., for an in-depth, face to face interview.

Boasting three decades of political experience, the senior senator from Arizona opens up about foreign affairs, offering his thoughts on how the U.S. should handle direct military intervention in regards to the current conflict in Syria:

"I would talk with the willing, Saudi Arabia, the gulf states, other states," says McCain. "Even Libya is willing to help out now, after their experience, and the Turks and work together, a coalition where we would set up the safe zone and we would then be supplying and equipping the resistance forces and giving them the aid that they need."

Regardless of specific strategy, the 75-year-old is of the opinion that now is the time to act:

"The longer this lasts, the more brutal, the more massacres, the more brutality and the more likelihood that this extremist elements in Iran, the more likelihood that these chemical weapon stockpiles that Bashar Al-Assad has gets in the wrong hands or even maybe used," he tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "So it is in our interest."

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  1. JLH

    Just want to let you know Im a big fan of this show. I like the way Mr. Morgan asks questions and allows the guest to answer and he follows up appropriately. Don't let this one get away.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joy Christmas

    Chemical weapon stockpiles? That is why we should get involved with Syria's civil war? The same weapons of mass whatever–we heard before to enter 2 something new this is old tried bull.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Marie

    Not sure about other unions, but our members vote to set aside a portion of our dues for politics and they know it. We have to report it. We do not allow our leaders to spend our money without our approval. John McCain should be careful about statements that are not true. He should check the requirements for
    union reporting by th IRS and the DOL. Let all the PACS and Super PACS live by our rules.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Glen Stiffler

    Tell Senator McCain he should take the time and talk to Sheriff Joe or is he afraid to.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. vicky

    History repeats itself. Our Government is once again corrupt.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mark

    Two great interviews in a row! Antonin Scalia and John McCain. Love them or not, you gained some great perspectives from watching Piers interview them. He's doing a great job and getting better night after night... I rarely miss it!

    July 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Susan

    Piers, I watch you a lot! You were pretty good last night with A. Scalia but tonight with McCain? You are not asking any really important questions. STOP being so polite. Look at McCain and Romney!!!!!! They are all about their own interests - not this country's. How about the possiblitly that Romney didn't file this year? last year? pay anything at all. He has LOTS to hide. Oh yes! he does! And he IS!

    July 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jaz

    If McCain is so worried about money corrupting politics and promises that there will be scandals, then why did he vote against the Disclosure Act?

    As to his constant slamming President Obama and his failure of leadership, get over it McCain. You lost the election. Stop the bitterness and move on. You only make yourself look petty.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Liz

    Piers Morgan's interview tonight of Sen. John McCain is a clear indication that all of us shouldn't believe everything we hear out of the mouths of politicians. If we paid attention, we would have heard Sen. McCain say that USA should act on its own, in Syria, just as it did in 1999, when USA 'saved Muslims' in Kosovo. Now, if we don't know he's lying, then it all sounds okay. Truth be told, US-led NATO bombed the sovereign country of Serbia for 78 straight days in order to steal one of Serbia's provinces, Kosovo. The real purpose was to install a US military base in the Balkans, Camp Bondsteel. In doing so, USA has created a real mess in that region. There is not enough room here to recite chapter and verse. Suffice it to say, USA is playing a very dangerous game. It will eventually most likely bite all of us.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JMoon

    Piers, John McCain is a decent man, but he is a politician and obviously, by his Republican determination, cannot get past politicizing for the Republicans, so he clearly cannot be trusted anymore than anyone else.
    I just don't get it. Our Revolutionary War and Civil War killed more people than most of these other Syria.. have ever experienced, and the Civil War was not one of our crowning glories, but here's the question: What if our Civil War had been intervened by England? Did we not become stronger for having made those extreme sacrifices without intervention? Do we still believe that we need to be the World Police? Ask the hard questions.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Anna

    Awesome interview with Senator John McCain, what a GREAT American President he would have and SHOULD HAVE sad for our nation that we lost the opportunity to be led by such an intelligent and experienced American leader, smart on both domestic and foreign affairs, oh the contrast of an Obama led nation and the potential of a McCain led nation is so starkly evident in this interview....we are grateful that he continues to serve his country and lead as a distinguished senator....

    July 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      Sure dirt-bag both you and him.

      July 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dimitrios Shaidaee

    Dear Mr. Piers I AM SORRY that my writing is not good. Please tell all people in power take thier head out of you know where, lets go back to 79, Mr. Carter got rid of the Shaw of Iran big mistske. except Olampic 72 show me 1 teroriest act before. after US POT Mr. KHOMAINE IN CHARGE YOU KNOW IT BACK FIERED BIG TIME. SINCE THEN EVEN WE GOT HIT IN US. beefore 79 the Shaw WAS POLICE US in Midel east. if you remeber Sadom kissed the Shaw 's hand. so let get to the bottem of the problem which is Iran. American service man get killed by Iranian gun or other device which Iran provid to syrian or peopel in Iraq whom are against America. so as Mr. McCain said why we are not supplying 7 equipping the resistance forces & giving them what ever they needed to get rid of that regime. M

    July 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. richardrozoff

    The incurably bellicose McCain uses his taxpayer-provided position in the Senate to spend a disproportionate amount of time crisscrossing the planet with his cohorts Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham stirring up and exacerbating armed conflicts against legitimate governments with whom the U.S. was not in conflict.
    In doing so he unabashedly promotes arming terrorist formations like the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army in former Yugoslavia, al-Qaeda allies and commanders in Libya and more of the same in Syria.
    And the allies he celebrates as helping to plunge nation after nation into armed hell? Saudi Arabia and other medieval monarchies in the Persian Gulf, the most intolerant and anti-democratic states in the world, and neo-expansionist Turkey.
    He has also not missed a beat when it comes to Russia, all but threatening it with war over events in Estonia and Georgia.
    I thought the Nuremberg Trials after World War II prescribed a remedy for such behavior...

    July 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. sarum

    I always call him our teflon juan he he. . . . .got through most of an hour with TEFLON JUAN and never once mentioned the illegal alien/border issue – one of the biggest problems with our economy – and then squeezing in anti-union talking points – oh puhleeeeeeeze sleeeze! Union chicken feed vs. Soros/sheldon/corporate/Citizens United kinds of monies? TEFLON JUAN'S masters are happy this evening. Good Boy TEFLON JUAN!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. afrommi

    I can't believe McCain thinks that the ad showing Romney singing "America the Beautiful" is about Romney singing off key! That ad was about the hypocritical behavior Romney shows singing praises while keeping his money in offshore accounts in order not to pay taxes. While the rest of us, 85% sharing only 7% of the financial wealth in this country pay 20% or more in taxes. It is criminal to have the money thanks to the policies of this country and not pay your share. It is not class warfare, but the 85% opening their eyes to see how by policies, they have been kept from making a decent living by minimum wage laws that were impossible to live with let alone improve our way of life. While companies were permitted to pay less than living wages.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. afrommi

    Pierce: How come you didn't ask about the subsidies that Bush left there as law and that congress does not want to get rid off, or the adoption of the Ryan Plan that is considered immoral by most defenders of the poor, or Romney using the same words on the issues as President Obama almost verbatim and yet misleading his base by lying, misconstruing PBO's words?

    July 20, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Jan S

    That twit in Colorado went there to kill. He could have put a bom in his popcorn barrel and left it under a seat. He could have blocked the exits and set fire to the place. He could have walked down the aisles lobbing off heads with a machete. He was wearing a gas mask, he could have sprayed the crowd with ricin and caused more deaths. The guns didn't walk in there and kill people, he did. Keep your nose out of our laws.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Red

    Piers Morgan needs to go back to England. We in America have the right to bare arms.

    If a few of those movie goers had their guns, this guy would be dead and it would have happen shortly after the first shot.

    I would have drawn my gun once the first gas grenade was tossed. the gun would have been shot after he started firing. End of story.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • susan

      "bare arms"? you can't even spell correctly. Enuf said

      July 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe W Smith

      You are not a true American. Please tell me have you been in the military? Have you been out of the small town you live? If everyone one in that movie theater had a gun, there would be be many people dead because when you looked up and saw someone shooting, youwould have shot him and he was only shooting the guy who started it. You are welcome to have your gun but there is no reason whatsoever you need a submachine gun. So, please do not question another person's patroitism without knowing where their heart is.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Sean

    John McCain is an old out of touch politician that should be retired by now. I voted for him in 2008 but thank God he lost the election! It is about time that the US learns something from the past! The enemy of our enemy is not our friend. It is not a good idea to cure flue with cancer. Most of the so called "opposition" in Syria are Al Qaeda and fundamentalist funded by the lunatics Saudi Wahabis.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. a

    at red- with his body armor you would have been the first one to die

    July 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Joe W Smith

    Thanks Piers,
    You are correct, tonight is the time to talk about GUN CONTROL. I am retired military and after 35 years of service, I thank it is stupid that no one want to limit guns to ordinary citizens. I believe every person should have the right to bear arms but why would any one individual need a sub-machine gun? If I am being attacked by more than six people, I should have the police or the army helping me. It is time for the President to stand up for what he believes even though some gun lobbist wll hate him. They do not like him any way!!! Stand up for "Thou shall no kill." Jesus will love you and that is what matters.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Bobby Dias

    John McCain lied his way to the $$$$ of politics by saying he was a prisoner of war- he was in the Hanoi jail for murdering citizens on an ally of the United States of America- President Johnson said so and agreed that I was right in leaving him there when I could have taken him back to the ship he was stationed on. The US Navy's Judge Advocate General wanted to court-martial John McCain and give him the death penalty. President Johnson said about John McCain: "lower than a skunk". I left John McCain in the Hanoi jail, calling him a "mad dog" and asking if there was a human being I could take with me- I took two American HUMAN BEINGS!

    July 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Paula

    Piers really should stop being so polite. Please rebutt and for Gods sake get a spine or at the very least the facts. President Obama has been reaching out to Republicans since the start of his term!

    July 23, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. bobby

    what a self serving old man mccain is. there's going to be big scandals he says. when asked why the republicans balk at disclosure laws he does what they all do. god damn democrats and the god damn unions. can u believe the unions want to pay ppl $10 and hour well thats outrageous. i had a remarkable life if it wasnt for them god damn democrats. go pound salt mccain

    July 23, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. John

    Piers: GREAT interview with John McCain. I liked your respectiful questions and your ability to let him respond fully (without interuption). As a result I will probably watch more of your shows.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 23, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. sarah smith

    Piers! Glad you love an argument!

    what the EFF!? the incident at Aurora Colorado compared to what's going on in Syria!?? You want Americans to put away all arms !! ??? so that that mideasterns and the mexican drug cartels can come into this country and do what they love to do?
    Piers .. get real! you are part of the problem! you are deranged!

    go examine the atrocities that are happening in Syria!!! NOW and SHUT UP ABOUT MISERABLE PATHOS 12 people killed in Colorado!

    yuck! your program is pathetic!

    July 24, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Edward G. Kane

    Can you send me a transcript of the interview with Justice Anton Scalia you had with him on July 19th?

    July 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. van

    John Maccain. We all love you. you deserve to be president to protect innocent people.i am sure
    Buddha will support you

    February 5, 2013 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Marjorie Nye

    Has anyone else noticed that McCain always seems to be stirring up trouble in foreign countries and then blaming Obama for the consequences? Note that he was in the Ukraine recently telling them that the US will be behind them.

    March 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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