April 15th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
11 months 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. Tom,des moines

    Hillary would beat McCain hand down in the general election. Go Hillary 08!

    April 15, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    Diogenes would be proud of EVERY politician in Washington, but his search would only have found the lowest slime of humanity...sad -sad America.

    April 15, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. steinway

    CNN = Idiocracy

    April 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. ariel

    Elitists !!!!

    April 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Different Mike

    I love how CNN closed comments after only 35 comments on the Rezco party below. Talk about political pandering CNN, why don't you just annoint the guy "messiah" and get it over with.

    April 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. yoshi927

    "The McCain campaign quickly moved to quell the controversy over cabbage slaw. "

    That is probably one of the funniest serious news quotes of all time. : D

    April 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. kathleen for Obama

    McCain voted against the GI Bill recently. Our soldiers to come
    home to no chance of education. I guess this will force them to
    re-enlist. And he might as well stop talking about ending "earmarks" would exclude fixing our bridges and infrastructures so that our citizens could be protect from driving into the sunset into Lake Superior..

    April 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Kay

    Why would you automatically put Hilary in with Michelle and Mrs. McCain for sharing/posting recipes? Perhaps she is too busy campaigning like McCain and Obama? Please stop prototyping people with gender specific roles. If CNN, a leader in news media is doing this, we truly have no hope. I am not necessarily pro-Hilary; however, I think that US is really not ready for a female president. For this, we have to learn from our Eastern brothers and Sisters.

    April 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. TK

    I don't get it, two candidates who are each worth more than 100 million dollars call the third candidate who just made his first million "out of touch". Obama has been a regular folk all his life, the other candidates have been swimming in money for years, how are they "in touch" and he is not? Shame on the media for going with it.

    April 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Joshua Schmidt

    In a campaign season with plenty of dirty tricks – this is something that is pretty harmless to laugh at.

    April 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. kathleen for Obama

    "Bitter' sounds good to me, but Obama is not an elitist!!! like
    most of the Clowns in Washington.

    April 15, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. carl, Atlanta

    More improtant than where these recipies originated is why a serious candidate for president thinks any of us would care about his wife's silly recipies. This is an election, not a meeting of the Ladie's Guild. Oh, silly me; I forgot. the modus operendi of the GOP is to distract us from what's important with the trivial and the inane.

    April 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Peter

    Hillary the drunkard has those wonderful cocktail recipes on her web site. Take one ounce whiskey. Drink. Take another ounce whiskey. Drink. Pretend to be a man. Drink. Pretend to be human. Drink.

    April 15, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Fendley April 15th, 2008 3:00 pm ET

    Does anyone have a copyright on recipes?

    Food Network has a copyright on the recipes on its web site. And someone in the McCain campaign violated the Fair Use provisions of teh copyright laws by posting those recipes on their web site without crediting the source. And by claiming that Cindy McCain invented tose recipes, they committed a fraud on teh American People.

    Is this representative of what we can expect from a McCain Misadministration?

    April 15, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. The O

    BEATLE JUICE BEATLE JUICE BEATLE JUICE

    Is she gone now

    Hillary has to go now so Obama can it on with the getting on
    we have to take down John McCain or we will have another 8 years of the bush policies.

    OBAMA 08

    April 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Chris in St Louis

    Who cares!!!! CNN, can you focus on something real? I can't wait to hear all the pundents talking about this tommorow (ie– talk about something important!!)

    April 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Cliff Sperry

    Good gosh! How utterly ridiculous can this whole campaign season get! Who cares what their favorite foods or recipes are?!

    April 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Ian

    Sounds a bit sexist to me. Only the women are expected to post their recipes??? I guess I didn't realize what John McCain thought was the proper role for a lady. I won't vote for a womanizer.

    April 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. kathleen for Obama

    Mr. McCain,Bush, Cheney Mr. Mitt Rob-ney, Hillary, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Colter, Hannity, must all belong to the same
    "Prayer Group" especially for the "elite" of the world.

    April 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. FED UP

    The pro-Obama folks are NUTS. What will it take?? Michelle O.saying "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country", Obama saying he doesn't wear a flag pin because "to alot of other people in the world the American flag is a symbol of oppression", Obama saying the The Star Spangled Banner is a song "that conveys a war-like message". Or his long standing support of Rev. Wright. His stumbles time and again when asked questions. PICK ONE!!!! Just one makes me hate him.
    I am at a loss as to how ANY OF YOU can ignore Obama's smug, arrogant and insulting manner to the U.S. And his inexperience he himself mentioned when checking into the Senate 4 years ago.
    He always waits till Hillary says something then he agrees and trys to make it his idea. All the time.
    It is Anti-American to put up with this hoax of a canidate and I am quite sure you all will let him snow you and squeal and support him because you think he's "cool". WAKE UP
    I know it is fun for you to put down the Clintons, always has been. And you lapped up the Monica bull. BUT, ask yourselves 1 question for me please.
    SPECIFICALLY, what has Hillary or Bill ever done to warrant (specifically) your rath? They have championed people all their lives and success or failure hung in. And Hillary has never said an angry word back to you that I ever heard for all the name calling. Yes, there were mistakes. But all of you are about to make the biggest one yet.

    April 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Ian

    Sounds a bit sexist to me. Only the women are expected to post their recipes??? I guess I didn't realize what John McCain thought was the proper role for a lady. I won't vote for a womanizer.

    April 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Rob in Sacramento

    Does anyone even believe that Paris McCain has ever cooked a thing in her pampered, self-serving life. No, that's what poor people are for. The only thing this woman has ever done in the kitchen is count her inheritance & wash down stolen pills with her family's booze. Her Marie Antoinette comments on Mrs. Obama's pride & patriotism, followed by this farce is proof that both McCains need to go back to the palace & leave this country's future to us commoners. If you think that these two actually care about anyone but themselves & the super elite cesspool they swim in, then you are one of them.

    April 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. kathleen for Obama

    Pennsylvania, Read the Blogs and please don't give us Hillary.
    Please. No more liars. Please, I am begging you.

    April 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. j williamson

    Sorry, but I just can't picture Mrs. McCain slaving over a hot stove. The candidates strive to convince the rest of us that they are "just folks," and here's another silly example. Sen McCain, what are your thoughts on global warming? Now that's something we can all sink our teeth into!

    April 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Jordan

    Hardly a Bush 3rd term, get your facts straight, yeah yeah, so we entered iraq in hardly the best way, war is still war, Just because this is the 21st century, doesn't mean people aren't going to die, We already screwed up Iraq, might as well try to fix it. And to those who will say, and talk about the Troops, no one forced them to join the Army, most people view the armed forces as a free ride to college, if you join the armed forces, expect to fight.

    McCain 08

    April 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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