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. Matt

    Ahi Tuna with Napa Cabbage Slaw? Oh wonderful, now at least we can eat like the elitists!

    April 15, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Wasn't there something back in Clinton time regarding whether Hillary could even make a chocolate cupcake.

    I think the recipe idea is cute. It makes Ms. McCain 'real'.

    I still cast my vote for Obama, though.

    Sandy in NE

    April 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Cindy? Recipe's another McTrick to get people to pay attention
    to McSlick. F–kabee is back to raise funds for "elitist" Republicans,.
    And Hillary joined a prayer group in Washington consisting of Mostly
    Republicans!!!!! Oh my, I wlll obtain my own recipes, thank you.

    April 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Mike

    If he ever invites NObama over, NObama will bring the wings, and Michelle will eat crowe.

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Toni

    Does anybody know who the American Research Group (ARG) is? Their numbers for Clinton are at least twice those of any other pollsters. They are certainly counted by many polls shown on the web. I went to their website and there is nothing about them or their polling. This kind of thing makes my flesh crawl no matter who I'm backing. Somebody who knows them - help us all out.

    April 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. MARILYN

    I'm sure all Americans needing to eat will immediately rush out and buy Ahi tuna, some fruit for a "mousse" and of course that all time favorite, Farfalle pasta, Quite a few would be delighted with a can of beans and a loaf of bread. You ain't seen nothing yet.....and yes, we're bitter.

    April 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. White Independent

    What next how to properly dust and vacumn. This party has become so out of touch with the rest of America it's pathetic. Unless your over the age of 55 how can you even relate to what they're talking about.

    April 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Steve

    McCain Presidency–Recipe for disaster. America will be chewing on the same old message for the next 100 years!

    April 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Mike

    To Independent Woman -Voter -For -Obama, why don't you go fry up some cornbread, and collard greens and talk to Obama about how "bitter" you are.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. spyturtle

    Plagiarism isn't funny.

    April 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Danel

    I couldn't care less about her recipe. I am lining up now to a food pantry near me. Lucky if I can get Ahi tuna!!

    April 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. John Taylor

    Did John Mccain intervene to keep the DEA investigation in the 90s from producing an indictment of Cindy MaCain?

    April 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Cindy McCain should stick to her beer business then if
    John wins the White House they could sell naming rights
    to "The Bud White House".

    April 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Patrick

    If people actually have an opinion about this one way or another they need to get a life.

    April 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. LifeLongDemocrat

    Some of you need to grow up! Your grade school comments are unnecessary.

    April 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. ***AMERICAN***

    How is this news?

    Angus in 08

    April 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Jo, ATL GA

    Thanks People. The price of Gas is at its all time high.
    Stupid American are concerned about fruits.

    The media has its priorities out of place and shame people are following them.
    This is wrong were is the president f the people!!! ???
    Oh sorry he is an oil Man.

    Ride on America. Ride On.
    Oh let's blame it on Opec... Rush..not the worthless value of the dollar.

    April 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. DJ, LA, CA

    That's the spirit. Daze and confuse all the hungry voters out there, so they will focus on his family recipes instead of the true Bush/Cheney policies that he stands for.

    April 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Frantz (Atlanta)

    Bittergate, now recipegate. We need this election to over soon. I mean really soon before we all lose our minds.

    April 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Cathi

    FOOD FIGHT !!!!!!!!!!

    yeah... that how silly this whole thing has become. If it's not Clinton distorting and marketing Obama's every single word, while she hides behind her "I misspoke" excuses, it's someone barfing up a recipie postedon McCain's Website.

    One thing that Obama was absolutely 100% correct about is when he said, "It's silly season."

    April 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Well, Cindy McCain was caught stealing painkillers from her old medical non-profit – it just seems so in-character for her to be stealing recipes.

    I think the intern is being sacrificed to save Cindy.

    April 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Beka

    Do you mean a $100 Million dollar sugar momma actually cooks? How stupid do these people think we are? Of course, his supporters gave us Bush so that answers my own question.

    You GOPers should be ashamed of yourself for putting America in this mess with these morons...I think you need to go hide under your rock so you cannot cause our country anymore harm.

    April 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Bob-a-latte

    Throw the intern under the "Straight Talk Express."

    April 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. the drama queen=hillary

    =====if it was mrs.obama ...it would be breaking news on cnn=====

    mCnuts and mClintons Leave Our Country Alone......

    no more of the same....

    Obama 2008

    April 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    I wonder if any of the recipes end up being "bitter" since that word is of FAR greater importance to McCain and NeoCons than the words "Bomb Bomb Iran"?

    April 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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