March 3rd, 2008
09:46 AM ET
6 years ago

No news, just ribs at McCain barbecue

GOP candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona usually takes reporters' questions but was mum this weekend.
GOP candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona usually takes reporters' questions but was mum this weekend.

SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) – Instead of appealing for votes on the campaign trail, Sen. John McCain spent the weekend playing host at his rustic Arizona home - and on Sunday members of the traveling press corps were his guests.

It was a news-free zone, and a charm offensive to be sure - but also a window into the private setting and self-described oasis of the man who may be days away from mathematically clinching the GOP nomination, months after being left for political dead.

McCain greeted reporters as he tended to the grill - tongs in hand - on the deck of his ranch house. Clad in a green Maine Maritime Academy baseball hat, white sweat shirt with a photograph of his family on it, faded Levis jeans and New Balance sneakers, the presidential candidate stood over two large, sizzling barbecues, preparing baby back ribs and grilled chicken.

McCain revealed that barbecuing for guests is one of the few ways he relaxes, especially during the grueling campaign, and was eager to share his carefully honed recipe on the gas grill: baby back ribs (bought at Costco), cooked bones down with a dry rub that's a third garlic powder, a third salt and a third pepper.

The trick to not letting it dry out? Keep putting lemon juice on, the senator said.

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  1. derry

    If Obama wins, I think I will vote for Ralph Nader.

    March 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Texican

    Thank you for posting this non news so that the Bush/Republican haters can vent. Have a great day.

    March 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Andrew

    John Mc Cain has had a string of episodes of, “I did meet him”, statements. He said he never met Mr. Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham says he did. Mc Cain said he never met with the lobbyist’s boss that worked for the Media giant. I cannot find his name now, but that boss, said in reports that he did in fact meet with McCain. Mc Cain’s top advisors said that they did met with McCain about the lobbyist problem. McCain has said he did not. Mc Cain has also gone through a retraction mode. First he says “I lose” on Iraq with a quick retraction. Then Mc Cain says, “ I am a Liberal Republic”, with a quick retraction of “hold on there, I am a Conservative Republican”. Add this all up and you have to ask a couple of questions. Is he lying or are they? I do not think McCain is a liar, nor are they. I think McCain doesn’t remember meeting these people. I think his miss steps in words are a more frightening possible cause. I think it is possible McCain’s best days are behind him. Is it possible he is moving towards senility?

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    2. occurring in or believed to be characteristic of later life, especially the period after the age of 65 years

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    McCain is a hero. But you can not elect a man of the past that is so long ago. Can we have him tested.

    March 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    I don't think America needs a president that thinks using a gas grill is BBQ-ing!

    Charcoal '08!

    March 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. A Veteran

    Its puzzling that someone who has gone through so much anguish due to a failed policy in a distant war could support this failed policy in Iraq. Senator, those of us who served know that our service alone does not make us heroes...getting shot down and captured is not heroic, but standing up for what is best for this country and future generations is what counts. Like you , Senator, I was no hero in the service, but I try to be a hero to my kids and everyone I come in contact with. Most of all, I try to be a hero to myself. Your past involvement with the Saving and Loan scandal and close ties with lobyists puts your integrity in question. This Veteran is going to go with his gut this year and vote for the one person that seems to think about the country before his own interest. That would be Barack Obama.

    March 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. NEOGUY

    What a loser. This guy doesn't have a clue. He thinks that he is still in Vietnam. America cannot afford this loser.

    March 3, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Andrew

    To Candle: If you choose not to vote for McCain, I hope you will do so based on accurate information. The reason oil is $103 a barrel is primarily the increased demand from developing countries (especially China) for petroleum products for their manufacturing facilities. If you expect that having a Democrat in the Oval Office will suddenly shut down the Chinese economy, I believe you will be disappointed.

    March 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Jed in Texas

    I smell alot of Rush Limburger followers on here, Gary and Anne Coulter[righty tighty].You will have four years to cry in your beer, just not soon enough.And just what does Hero mean now?I always thought it was to do something on purpose that was ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.

    March 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    It's not the Republican party that has pushed oil to over $100 a barrel.

    It's the huge demand of China–who is consuming the bulk of the worlds supply of oil to manufacture all the cheap furniture, toys, home goods, and garden tools we can't seem to get enough of!!!

    Most favored nation trading status was awarded to China by a Democratic President. Once the gate was opened–U.S. companies ran to the cheap labor for manufactured goods, food additives, and pharmaceuticals.

    Everyone–included we consumers–share credit for China's explosive economic growth and it's monster sized energy needs.

    March 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Dave in Houston

    No Country for Old Men.

    Two days before Super Tuesday II and he relaxes instead of working? Something's wrong.

    All he has to do is close it out on Tuesday and he can take it easy until Labor Day. Something smells here . . . the multiple slips of the tongue . . . the vacations in prime campaigning time.

    March 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Uncle Sam

    When it comes to moving our country beyond partisanship, there is only one candidate who has demonstrated that he is up to the job. While Barack Obama talks the talk, John McCain walks the walk.

    March 3, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. LB

    john kerry was also an american hero and look how the repulican smear machine attacked him.Mccain is a american hero but we can not afford another repulican administration,Either Clinton or Obama will be a positive change from the same old politics.

    March 3, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Vet in S.A.

    I'd sure like to know about the last PERFECT president.

    The three left that have a chance are all senators. When was the last time a senator made it to the whitehouse?

    Media screwed up this whole election, the right people aren't even running anymore.

    March 3, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Dianne

    THE MEDIA BOMBARDS everyone with biased information and you could say that here's some more…except sometimes there is proof positive. Watch for a clever smoke screen, a cover up that is about to break! Rezco, has sposored/funded Obama throughout his political career and now people are seriously thinking of voting for someone without any credability and is certainly not qualified to become President…Especially as the last thing America needs is another corrupt admin'…or do you all have bad memories?Take your blinkers off before it's too late and vote for Hillary, she's really be there for you!!! GOOD LUCK HILLARY!!!

    March 3, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Marco

    People are entitled to speak their minds, regardless of if i agree with them or not,...but boy, this thread has been the most mindless & pointless I have read on cnn.com in a very long time.

    Not everyone, but so many here, for or against McCain, have laid out some really pointless, baseless or even stupid comments.

    Come on, people, regardless of how you feel about him,... for or against,... you can make a much more intelligent arguement either way.

    you're much more intelligent then that,...at least I hope so.

    March 3, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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