April 15th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
2 years 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. Benny

    HEy I am an obama support and i come these things all day cause I am a loser

    April 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Jeff

    My wife and I call McCain's wife "The Georgia Peach", so I wish she would have included a peach recipe.

    April 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Jim

    "Tom,des moines"

    Hillary can't even beat Obama OR Edwards in your state Iowa.

    How the heck do you actually think she has any chance against Obama, let alone McCain?

    You had your chance to vote HRC, and your fellow Iowans drowned out your losing voice.

    April 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Jeff

    instead of talking about foolish items like this why don't we discuss the abcnews.com story about John Mccain not supporing the expansion of the GI Bill becauase it would give current soldiers to much incentive to leave the millitary! Talk about elitist. So much for MCcain "supporting" the millitary members that he thinks may remain in Iraq for 100 years.

    April 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Marty

    Who cares about the recipes. I care about the food that goes on the table and how to get the money to put it there.

    Makes you wonder, McCain and Clinton both seem to have the same theme against Obama. Word twists are their only ploy. Take a sentence out of context and make into something it was not. At least Obama did not claim to land in Bosnia under gunfire or think we need to be in Iraq for 100 years like Hilary and John said.

    We are going broke and McCain and Clinton have helped send steel, auto, rubber, electronics and other good paying jobs overseas and replace them with Walmart jobs.

    I do not see this ending until Washington is cleansed.

    I was not for Obama but since the McCains and the Clintons are against him then count me for him. Obama 08, a new convert.

    April 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. lutisha

    Just let me know the last time she cooked a meal, the woman is worth Millions please get real!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. 52 F

    This is amusing for so many reasons, but I am having a great time imagining what kind of doofus came up with these PARTICULAR recipes to showcase as Cindy McCain's heirlooms. They look more like knee-jerk, bleeding heart, elitist liberal recipes to me, and I oughta know! This has brought some needed comic relief.

    April 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. 8 more years

    McCain sounds to have accountability issues just like W.

    April 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Haley

    Please let this be the best that the Democrats can do this year. I get all my recipes out of books or off the internet. Who doesn't?

    If McCain's worst sin is recipes, then he should have no problem in November against Obama's pastor, friend Tony Rezko, and out of touch comments about poor people "clinging to guns and religion." That's not to mention all of Clinton's craziness.

    April 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Tommy

    And the award for the best recipe for helping John McCain's campaign goes to....HILLARY CLINTON!!! YEA!

    April 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Judy

    trying to find a story about McCain CNN?

    April 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Bubba

    Make him explain this over and over and over. Every day, every night, just like if Hillary had done this. Explain that it means he's a liar who hates freedom and loves al-Qaeda, just as if he were Hillary.

    Heck, it's only "fair."

    April 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. DF from Canada

    Ilona Proud Canadian for Obama

    We get your message loud and clear!

    Now… "PLEASEGO TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR" You just might be surprised at what you see looking back at you. Good Luck

    Ths is an Interesting attempt at stereotyping!!! Well the fact of the matter is that Obama has not addressed the question of why he continues to support a RACIST Minister and makes elitist derogatory comments on folks to whom he does not relate. This shows lack of good judgement. even when he placed this Racist Minister on his Campaign team and he knew very well Wright's position with respect to whites, Italians Jews, catholics and any other race or religion. And because of this, his support of this man, speaks to the issue of a lacking in credibility.

    People who vote should not select FOR or AGAINST a candidate because of their religion, sexual preference, race, national origin, gender, economic condition, AGE or any other such differentiator. They should place their votes based on objective analysis and not because it seems to be the "in" thing (like a lot of white pseudo- educated elistist)

    April 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. billlllllly

    Rachael Ray had altered McCain's recipes to remove all the BITTERNESS............

    April 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Jack

    Sounds interesting. It's nice to see something about a candidate and their life. I'll be interested in seeing what Bill Clinton would say and would Michelle Obama's maid would say on their favorite recipes. Then again, I don't know if Michelle's maid is allowed to speak; most elitists control what their servants say.

    Looking forward to a Clinton – McCain election.

    April 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Danny Lowery

    I am forced to write a comment because of deception by the Media
    against Sen.Obama,I also have something to say about Hillary Clinton.First,I don't understand why the Media only played small parts of Rev.Wright's sermon about chicken's coming home to roost.If you all were interested in printing the truth,you would realize that if you played that tape for only five minutes you would see that the Reverend
    was quoting a white man.No, you won't do that because you all won't be able to criticize Sen. Obama.I realize that Sen.Clinton has actually
    developed a hatred for Sen.Obama,no matter how often she will deny
    it . Danny, Richmond,Va.

    April 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. JN

    Anne and all you Hillary Supporters....Go to Huffington Post . com and see the article entitled "Is Hillary really ahead by 20 points?..There you will find at what place for honesty and correct polling the ARG group really is...In other words..Keep DREAMING!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Jim

    Look at these recipes,

    Talk about elitist how many steel workers do you think eat Ahi Tuna....

    This guy is a joke even more so than HRC....

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Greg

    It's official. Coverage of this campaign has finally become irrelevant.

    Congrats!

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Dave

    Is this even news?

    How about a story about how McCain's praying for Hillary to be his opponent, because he could steamroller her a lot easier than he could Obama? That's been a frequent headline on other sites.

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Jim

    First, Ms. McCain cannot produce her own recipes so an intern has to copy them. Next, Ms. Clinton as first lady condems baking cookies. If this is not elitism, I do not know what is.

    Obama '08

    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. ne, Pennsylvania

    Cindy stole prescription drugs from her charity and got away with it because she was McCain's wife, so I guess she'll get away with this too! The heiress and the senator don't live in our world folks!

    April 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Tim

    And Obama is out of touch? She's in la-la land posting recipes when Obama is speaking the truth. People are freakin' bitter! I'm bitter! Bush has screwed things up and has been dry-thumbing the average worker for the last eight years! Someone needs to speak out!

    Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Kevin

    I was very entertained while reading many of the comments which were posted earlier. I have gained an impression that most of the people posting replies to this story lack an education and therefore have the time to type thier animated and far fetched opinions. The mistake discussed in the story is petty and should be tossed to the side especially since proper steps had already been taken to solve the potential problem. Anyone who concerns him or herself with this issue and would allow it to determine a negative perception of Mr. McCain and his wife are truly bias and ignorant individuals. I understand that there are those of you who favor one candidate over another but the deciding factors of the candidate for which an individual should base his or her stand should be focused on the real issues that affect his or her interests in the most direct way. CNN, like many other news sources, has a built in bias in the storys the agency chooses to write about.

    April 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Rich

    "And the very first thing McCain wants to do is make the Tax Breaks for the Rich Permanant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

    I'm not rich, and I remember benefiting from those tax cuts. And I will be hurt financially (and so will you) if the tax cuts lapse and we end up with what is effectively a tax increase. Not to mention the adverse effect this would have on a struggling economy.

    Stop believing all the Democratic Party propoganda you read and hear on TV. The top 1% of American taxpayers pay about two-thirds of the income taxes, so it's pretty hard to have any meaningful income tax cut and not have them get the lion's share in absolute dollar terms, which is what our Democratic Party friends always recite (and truthfully so, although very misleading.) They never bother to tell anyone how big everyone's Bush tax cut was in terms of percentage of their income. If they did they would have to tell you that middle income Americans received a larger percentage of their income back than the wealthy. The result of that tax cut was a 3% increase in the share of income taxes that the top 1% pay; from 64% to 67%. But, of course, they don't want to tell you that.

    The good of the party always comes before the truth.

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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