June 29th, 2008
01:25 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain's Straight Talk Express grows wings

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Straight Talk Express - perhaps the most visible symbol of Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign - is taking to the skies.

The Republican Party's presumptive nominee will unveil his new campaign airplane on Monday: a Boeing 737-400.

The aircraft shares its name with McCain's ever-present campaign bus, which has been a staple of the candidate's 2000 and 2008 campaigns.

The 95-seat plane - with seats for the candidate, his staffers and the press - has the "Straight Talk Express" logo emblazoned on its fuselage.

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  1. Flip Flop McCain

    Straight talk??? Is he kidding? He changes his mind like the wind, does anyone including himself know what he stands for? BTW where does he plan to store the waste from those 45 nuclear plants he wants to build? I'll take Obama's sound judgement over mccain's so called 'experience' anyday.

    June 29, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |


    June 29, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Kim

    OOH, very nice jet. Did Cindy buy it with her Corporate tax breaks and obscene profit margins?

    June 29, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    isn't that nice, lies in the skies.

    June 29, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Venus

    Let's hope the plane do better with straight talk than his bus that seems to stay in the ditch!

    Go Bam! Clip his wing!

    June 29, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. PG

    Boy it must be great to get PAC money! Those lobbyist are doing McSame many favors. They have it made IF he makes it to the White House. IF.........

    June 29, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. JohnLee

    Straight Talk. Right and as soon as I believe that one, I'll believe a politician actually cares and is going to do something positive for the country.

    June 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Mike

    Very nice. The luxury jet will make a sumptuous back ground for the multi millionaire corporate heiress Cindy. To say condesending little comments to the common folk like." I am proud of my country, arn't you" Maybe Cindy is the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. The economy is really bad? Giggle, then let them eat cake.

    June 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. ET from OMAHA

    He should reconsider naming that plane "FLIP FLOP EXPRESS"
    Or 100 years for "Victory" in IRAK

    June 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Pilot for Obama

    Keep in mind that airplanes fly in an arc ... not a "straight" line, which is a perfect metaphor for McCain's not so straight talk.

    Beware Clintonites: McCain will promise you the world and it will vanish before your eyes if he is elected. Don't be fooled.

    June 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Rob

    Oh Boy! A new toy jet. McBush can pretend it is a bomber while he sings. Bomb bomb bomb , bomb bomb Iran!

    June 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. JJ

    Uh, who cares?

    June 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Another old white woman for Obama

    Who paid for that? Does he own the plane? Did Cindy buy it for him?
    What a waste of money. Of course they have plenty so I hope the taxpayers didn't have to foot the bill.
    With any luck he will be piloting. We all know how good he is at that! hahaha

    June 29, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. NoMccain

    I dislike how people want to vote for Mccain simply because he wishes to drill in ANWR province, when there is never any talk about any guarantee whether most of that oil will even stay within the US for consumption. Ask more questions people, before you choose!

    June 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Can we unite please!

    Lets pray that the plane keeps going up and up and up! Oh yeah, and away forever.

    June 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Cathy in MD

    Big plane. High hopes. Low expectations. Little chance.

    June 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Mark


    June 29, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Willy

    Something you won't see Mr. Change do and that is straight talk.

    June 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. saga for Obama

    When American Continental Corporation, the parent of Lincoln Savings, went bankrupt in 1989, more than 21,000 mostly elderly investors lost their life savings.
    In early 1987, at the beginning of his first Senate term, McCain attended two meetings with federal banking regulators to discuss an investigation into Lincoln Savings and Loan, an Irvine, Calif., thrift owned by Arizona developer Charles Keating. Federal auditors were investigating Keating's banking practices, and Keating, fearful that the government would seize his S&L, sought intervention from a number of U.S. senators.
    After McCain's election to the House in 1982, he and his family made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, three of which were to Keating's Bahamas retreat. McCain did not disclose the trips (as he was required to under House rules) until the scandal broke in 1989. At that point, he paid Keating $13,433 for the flights
    And in April 1986, one year before the meeting with the regulators, McCain's wife, Cindy, and her father invested $359,100 in a Keating strip mall.
    McCain was guilty of nothing more than "poor judgment," the committee said
    "poor judgment" indeed. thats just what you have if you are contempling a vote for McCain....

    June 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Realistic

    If the 737 follows anything like McFlipFlop's political views, it will be doing complex aerobatics whereever it goes, i.e., radical changes of directions, barrell rolls, spins and inverted spins, and so much more.

    I liked McFlipFlop in 2000 and would have voted for him over the chimp in an instant, but I don't like the McFlipFlop of 2008 not at all.

    Let the PUMAs vote for McFlipFlop - they are only a few hundred brain- dead PWT old ninnies anyhow.

    June 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Allen In North Carolina

    It must be really nice..... Wonder who's paying for the fuel? This is the same person thats running around screaming, Obama is an elitist?
    No wrorry, It's a free ride for the warmonger untill november.

    June 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Dave, Illinois

    I'll plant this little bomb for you Obamites who will soon fill this forum with your little tirades. I can't do this during the week because I worK:

    Audacity of Hope = Mein Kampfh

    Charasmatic leader in his 40's who could captivate a crowd and promised his people vague promises of "change". They chanted empty slogans not knowing what what their slogans really meant. The leader would target his enemies with code words meant to demean, but never directly insult. He left that to his henchmen. They would march in the streets and torment his political enemies. They would interrupt his opposition and would not let them speak. The media of the time loved this charismatic leader and dared not to give him any bad press.

    Sound familiar, Obamites? Read your history books about what blind, adoring, servitude by the people got the Germans. Your dirty Chicago politician is playing you like a drum. Your idea of diversity is sick. Yeah, the Democratic party is truely diverse: You can be both a fascist and a socialist.

    This battle has nothing to do with race – at least not from this opposition's perspective. Its about ideas. And Obama's ideas are simply about power. Where are his plans for energy, the war on terror, the economy? He only denounces McCain's ideas and spouts generalities for solutions. Wake up before its to late!!!!

    June 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. annette

    really!!!!!!!!!!!!wow, does it have wheelchair entrance? inquiring mind wants to know

    June 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. MD in CT

    Go to YouTube.com Vietnam Veterans Against McCain and listen to the Republican Senator from New Hampshire, Bob Smith, and others tell you about McCain and "Straight Talk." After hearing that, I could not vote for McCain ever and believe that anyone that was also in the Vietnam Conflict or ever in the military could vote for him. This is just one of many reasons why I will give up my tax break to keep McBush out of the White House.

    June 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Rick FL

    Does that mean the "Straight Talk Express" has derailed? lol

    Many Americans already felt that way unfortunately, as McCain adopted more Bush policies he was originally against.

    June 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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