April 15th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain camp pulls its proposal - for passion fruit mousse

The McCain camp pulled the offending passion fruit recipe.
The McCain camp pulled the offending passion fruit recipe.

(CNN) – For a few hours Tuesday morning, the latest campaign trail drama seemed to center not on policy or politics - but on pasta farfalle.

At least three “McCain Family Recipes” posted on John McCain’s campaign Web site and credited to his wife Cindy – including Ahi Tuna with Napa Cabbage Slaw, Passion Fruit Mousse, and Farfalle Pasta with Turkey Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms - appeared to be direct copies of dishes created by the Food Network. Another seemed to be a slightly altered version of a dish prepared by TV chef Rachael Ray.

The similarity was first noted by a New York attorney and appeared in a report on the Huffington Post Monday night.

The McCain campaign quickly moved to quell the controversy over cabbage slaw. “Apparently a web intern added Rachael Ray to our policy team without her knowing it,” McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds told CNN Tuesday morning. “He was swiftly dealt with and the page is down for revision. Our apologies to Food Network …but according to our press assistant the passion fruit mousse is really worth trying.”

Cindy McCain appears to be the only candidate spouse this year to devote a share of the official campaign Web site to recipes; neither Bill Clinton nor Michelle Obama currently have posted their favorite dishes on their spouse’s presidential sites. No word yet on when the Arizona senator's wife might unveil a new plan for the nation's Ahi tuna lovers.

Published on: April 15, 2008 at 8:45 am


Filed under: Cindy McCain
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. Angus McDugan

    If we cannot hold fast on our convictions concerning recipes then who knows what he stands for!

    Angus in 08!

    April 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Robby from TX

    A vote for McCain is for a vote for a Bush 3rd term.

    Who cares about the recipes! END THE WAR!!

    April 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Sharon, Seattle

    I'm sure they enjoy these at either one of her two condos along the California coast. Maybe it's a San Francisco treat.

    April 15, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. April in Texas

    Umm ok and this is news? Just means there are copyrighting issues it seems. As far as recipes, I know on on the Obama site various supporters post recipes often. Seems McCain is trying the say tactic Bush did to get elected, which is to say and do anything to win. Oh wait sorry McCain your a tad slow as Hillary is already doing that and has been for a while now.

    Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    The other spouses won't be doing a lot of things in the kitchen–unless they've got a wet-bar.

    And judging from the campaigns that Obama dn Hillary are running–their favorites are probably-blood pudding.

    April 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Lord Voldemort, London

    This man has less conviction than a kid on riddilin, and more flip-flops than Mit Romney.

    The worst of both worlds...

    ...enjoy muggles.

    April 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. LORD HAVE MERCY !

    I hope you re not serious !

    WE DONT CARE WHAT CYNDY EAT IN A GOLD PLATE AND A SILVER SPOON !

    WE'VE LOST JOBS, HOMES, WE HAVE ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR GOD SAKE !

    WE NEED PLANS, NOT RECIPIES !

    THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY ELITIST...THEY THINK IT S A MONARCHY WHERE PEOPLE CARE WHAT THE ROYAL COUPLE EATS.

    jESUS ! CANT BELEIVE IT

    April 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. LORD HAVE MERCY !

    I hope you re not serious !

    WE DONT CARE WHAT CYNDY EAT IN A GOLD PLATE AND A SILVER SPOON !

    WE'VE LOST JOBS, HOMES, WE HAVE ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR GOD SAKE !

    WE NEED PLANS, NOT RECIPIES !

    THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY ELITIST...THEY THINK IT S A MONARCHY WHERE PEOPLE CARE WHAT THE ROYAL COUPLE EATS.

    jESUS ! CANT BELEIVE IT

    April 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Mike

    Has it not occurred to the Obamabots that McCain does not look very concerned about Obama?

    If Obama is against McCain with Obama's 9/11 blaming America racist church tied to him versus McCain war hero, there will be a big thud in the democratic arena.

    How can Obama possibly win?

    I am voting for Hillary because voting for Obama is throwing away the democratic chances in November.

    April 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Chris Banner

    I watched McCain speaking in Pennsylvania this morning and I thought to myself: " Does he understand what he is talking about?"
    Seriously, McCain is out of touch when it comes to economy, and he proved that again this morning. His speach lacked some sort of connection with reality, and I wouldn't vote for the man that still supports the Iraq war.

    April 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. John

    LOL. This has got to be funniest and most irrelevant stories yet.

    Of course they're doing recipes on his web site. He doesn't have an opponent yet. He won't have one ever and an easy road to the WH if Obama is the nominee. If Hillary gets it....the battle begins.

    HILLARY 08

    April 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. @americans

    ok, try fooling voters with food recipes you dont have a clue about cindy "botox lady" mcsame or stanford wifey!

    April 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Obama Supporter

    Please God let Bill Clinton start posting recipes. At that point, we can be certain that we are living in an absolute madhouse. ;)

    April 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Grif

    Food is Food, and recipe's belong to nobody... They're all old recipe's gone down through the ages... Everyone seems to go around these days hogging. I saw it First.... We don't live that long!!!

    April 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Pat

    Mrs McCain, and NOT a web intern (how convenient), has a lot of explaining to do. Unbelievable...that seemingly simple joys like sharing family recipes have to be 'cooked' up in this race!

    April 15, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Mary - Wisconsin

    Oh yeah. I forgot when we get caught telling lies (Bosnia) or plagerizing (mousse-gate) we can just make a joke of it so our action doesn't matter. Let me tell you if Michelle Obama lifted recipes from the food network without attribution the talking heads would be saying how horrible she is.

    April 15, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Nora

    Does Cindy McSame look like " plastic surgery went wrong " ?

    April 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. ariel

    How 'bout Hillary posting her recipe for the downfall of the Democratic party.

    April 15, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Kel from Bham, AL

    Is this news? Really, though?

    April 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Chuck in Oregon

    Oh this is really news worthy. Although I am not voting for McCain (first time democrat voter) the media must be bored to death for this to be news worthy. Who cares about stuff like this. Now if this was something bill had done then it would be a true sign he was conforming and begining to fall into the mold of being the first hubby.

    April 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Ilona Proud Canadian for Obama

    Calling all Democrats,

    Go to Huffington Post and read Frank Schaeffer's article, "'Good News for Democrats" It is quite a lengthy read, but please it really worth reading. Make sure that you read to the end ( you can actually skip a few sentences here and there ) In order to grasp the full impact of this piece I would read right through. You are going to be absolutely surprised. Share this with your friends.

    April 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Bryan B.

    Rep. Geoff Davis, I DEMAND YOUR RESIGNATION, sir!!!!

    April 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Tommy

    I thought Hillary drinking Canadian Whiskey was completely un-American!!!

    April 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Cindy McCain is the only candidate spouse who has done a lot of things and cooking Ahi tuna ain't one of them. Keep it real Cindy.

    April 15, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. ariel

    Allow me to elaborate :
    Hillary's recipe for disaster
    Take one well-intentioned, articulate Black man
    Slice and dice
    Add Italian-sounding spice,"innuendo"
    Add salt for his supporter's wounds
    Add one ounce Crown Royal
    Voila!! President Mc Cain!!

    April 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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