June 29th, 2008
01:25 PM ET
6 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. Look up, See down

    Dave in IL, great point there.

    I'm so glad all these silly little Obamaites have a fun little playground to flop around on spewing their hate. For a candidate who's tried to promote a positive campaign hook, there sure is a lot of hate. You all are more disappointing than the last 7 years.
    For all the "McFlipFlop" shouters out there, you have zero room to talk. Obama's gone from the absolute most liberal senator in session to changing his views depending on what crowd he's talking to. He can't even pretend he has integrity. The only thing he's kept his opinion on is the war, and that's only 1 of a multitude of problems we face.
    I wish you all would've found a competent candidate somewhere in America, not this fool.

    June 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. PHIL TEXAS

    OBAMA WHAT A JOKE
    HE HAS KNOW EXPERIENCE AT ALL,, JUST HALF A TERM AS A SENAT0R,,,,,,,, THIS IS THE PERSON PEOPLE WANT?????? REAL SCARRY........HE JUST TALKS ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS TO DO,, BUT DOES NOT SAY HOW HE IS GOING TO DO THEM???? I KNOW BY RAISING MY TAXES ,THAT ARE WAY TO HIGH....

    McCAIN WAS NOT MY FIRST CHOICE......BUT HE HAS ALOT MORE EXPERIENCE...AND I HOPE WOULD DO A BETTER JOB.....

    OBAMA SCARS ME

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    June 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    IS HIS IRAQI LOVE JALAL GOING TO CAMPAIGN WITH

    MCBUSH? BOY THOSE TWO HAVE TAKEN THE TERM

    "IN BED" A BIT TOO FAR.

    OUR PATRIOT WOULD RATHER SEND OUR TAX DOLLARS

    TO IRAQ THAN GIVE IT TO OUR VETS TO GO TO COLLEGE.

    GO FIGURE?

    June 29, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Gail

    What the exactly is wrong with him getting a plane?

    You Obamabots need to grow up and get a life.

    June 29, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Anne in Texas

    To the GA Republican who called Obama a "poor little old black man." Obama would admit to being black, but you must admit Mc Cain is the poorer, elder, and smaller of the two men.
    You are so fired up about a logo on a plane you make it seem as if it were actually a novel idea. Do you chase blimps in your spare time? Instead of clapping at signs, why don't you bother to read up on Mc Cain's policy. You are not buying Mc Cain in a grocery store, nor is he playing in a football game. Do you really know what he's about?

    June 29, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Bayousara

    I wonder who paid for that paint job......

    June 29, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. aware

    *Straight talk from McCain or obfuscation from Obama?

    *Moral clarity from McCain or no moral center from Obama?

    *Centrist McCain in touch with mainstream America or extreme far-left Obama in touch with elitists?

    *Capitalism from McCain or Socialism from Obama?

    *Wisdom from McCain or arrogance from Obama?

    *A comprehensive energy plan from McCain or green only from Obama?

    *Respect from McCain or ridicule from Obama?

    *American hero or American idol?

    *Authentic man or media myth? *Experience or chutzpa?

    I could go on...but it is a very clear choice! :)

    June 29, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. James , Houston, TX.

    Retired Gen. Clark is absolutely correct in his statement today,By saying that McCain beening shot dont in Nam doesn't qualify Him, McCain, to be President.
    And I will add, Neither giving Up Flag and Colors in Lieu of His Skin while a "Resident" at the Hanoi Hilton for 51/2 yrs!

    June 29, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Ted van Tol

    Hello Dave,

    Barack Hussein Obama is already loved here in Europe like
    JFK was in the sixties because we see that he will bring change,
    not only in the USA but all over the world.
    He is a gift of heaven and you will find out youself later.
    He wil bring peace in the Midle East , the Palestinians will get there own country and support, Jerusalem will be a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims and Iran wil not be a threat anymore.
    Barack wil be respected in the Christianworld but also in
    the Muslim world and that is just what this world need.
    The time of wars are over! The time of healing this world and its nature has come and Barack Hussein Obama wil inspire so many people and he will be a true and the most respected USA leader ever!.
    So Dave, thats how it is!

    With love from the Netherlands.

    Europe for Barack Hussein Obama!

    June 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Dog

    All you little old people claiming to be white are NOT! Even if you are and voting for OBAMA, the corrupt conniving terrorist supporter, money grabber from Rezko, liar that don't remember from one day to the next what he has said so to keep from contradicting himself. If being young is what this means then I'll take the old man any old day. I did support Hillary, but as long as she keeps campaigning for Obama then forget it MA'AM. The DNC with its, OBAMAS, KENNEDYS, KERRY, PELOSI, BYRD, RICHARDSON CAN GO TAKE A FLYING LEAP. I'll try to forgive myself for being a Democrat for 51-years. I KNOW YOU SMALL MINDED PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CALL ME RACIST, BUT IT'S NOT US WHITES THAT HAVE SHOWN THEIR TRUE COLOR HERE, IT IS YOU AFRICAN AMERICANS. THAT GROUP CONSISTS OF ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE LIKE OBAMA AND HIS REV. AND FRIENDS, HIS SUPPORTERS, THE ONES WHO SUPPORT HIM OR INTER- MARRIED THEN YOU ARE WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT. NONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE THE BRAINS TO RUN A COUNTRY SUCH AS THE U.S.

    June 29, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Michael

    Cindy must be mad if he has to get a new plane.

    June 29, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Drewkp

    To all the hypocritical Obama supporters who are blasting McCain for getting a campaign jet, I would like you to stop and do a bit of research.

    Obama flies around on his own personal campaign gulfstream jet. Why is it bad for McCain to get a jet but ok for Obama to fly around in one? Does this mean Obama doesn't care as much for the enviroment as he says? Stop and think before you comment on something, you seem like ill educated fanatics who act agressively without any real coercion.

    Let us all just wait till Obama gets elected and his Capital Gains tax raise helps torpedo our economy.

    P.S. Obama has done his fair share of "flip-flopping" as well

    June 29, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Are you kidding me? With all of the important things going on two of the top three political stories is McCain gets a new plane and Obama needs to flash his ID at a gym?

    June 29, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Freddy

    McCain will be lucky to win his home state of Arizona. Sen. Obama is going to beat McCain like a rented mule

    June 29, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. jo nc

    i think it's great he has his on plane,,i have voted democrat for years ,,not this year,,they ran hillary out of a campain so obama could be slide in place,now i will vote with mccain because he comes closer to what i think the direction he is willing to take our great country,,he will do better for this country than obama,who is going to tax us more,,obams health care is wrong,his social security wrong,pulling our troops home before they do the job that was given to them,john mccain will do great for this country,,

    June 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Oregon speaks to Dave

    Dave, you are the one who needs to check out your history. Except for their ability to move people with speeches Obama is NOTHING like Hitler and you do him and our country a grave disservice when you talk like that. Sorry you cant' do this on other days but maybe once a week is enough. You are so wrong.

    June 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    Straight Talk, what a joke. McCain's straight talk depends on who is financing his campain, just like Bush. Bush would run the White House from Crawford If we were to elect McCain. Not that he would need to since McCain is just a much older version of Bush.

    OBAMA 08

    June 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Peter E

    Putting 'Mc' in front of insulting words does not make an argument, no metter how clever you think you are doing it. It just undermines your credibility by making you look disrespectful and childish. It also undermines Obama's campaign by showing the exact opposite of his positive message of hope and change.
    Do you remember how offended Barack Hussein Obama's campaign was when some media pundits used his full name (his ACTUAL name) over and over? Now imagine if somebody twisted Obama's name too, say: Obalies, Obahype, Obahate, Obaflop.
    See? It' childish, and it doesn't make an argument.

    June 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Susan in PA

    I hope his plane flies straighter than he talks....

    June 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. margo

    John McCain you will be a great president for America, we need you Now, the drilling for oil in this land is important for all of us. Let's do it.
    McCain 2008.

    June 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The jet fits the grandiosity of John McCain. In 2000 he seemed like a gentleman and a good man; now he presents himself as stuck in old,
    unsuccessful ways of trying to govern. Sadly, he has become more of
    a symbol of old generation ideas that are not backed by a vision of the future.

    June 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. rachel

    This is funny... People always seem to think that by talking poorly about someone it makes their canidate seem so much better. I mean how about saying something positive about your canidate instead of saying yeah well the other canidate did it to so nananah boo boo. I am hillary person and I may end up voting for Obama because of his stand on abortion(its sad thats the only stance I know where he stands everything else he says is fluid and changes). I really feel that people are starting to think that Obama is afraid of competion. He got rid of his competiton in Chicago(alice palmer) so she couldnt even be on the ballet, he refused public financing because he knows McCain couldnt compete in raising money. He sicked the superdelegates and the DNC on Hillary trying to get her out of the primaries early because he didnt like the competiton. He now doesnt want to debate John Mccain cause he is scared of the competition. Hillary wouldnt be scared to debate and if Obama pickes her as his vp I fully expect to see a vp debate before obama and mccain debate. Come on Obama show us you arent afraid of competiton I am looking for more than one reason to vote for you.

    June 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. wilder

    I see some comments from McCain supporters here saying Obama "will raise your taxes".

    We must have some VERY RICH people posting here...because unless you make over $160,000 a year, Obama's tax plan will SAVE you money...while McCain's will RAISE YOUR TAXES.

    Do some research, people. Facts are not hard to find.

    I personally am not that rich. I make well under $160,000 a year. I'd rather pay less taxes.

    So I'll take Barack Obama.

    June 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Voter turned 4 Obama

    Well I guees wheb the Straight Talk takes off it will keep going in a straight line. Out Out Out and away he's goes. But m glad that McSame is showing us his new plane. We know who's the Elitist is. He need put a big rainbow on the side for them Log Cabin Repugs that loosing there bearing and going c-nile

    June 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Jessie V.

    Mike from NYC June 29th, 2008 1:19 pm ET

    Is this his environmental plan?

    ================

    Mike, is that Obama's environmental plan??? Seems like Obama, in comparison to McCain, has been using airplanes more times in this campaign.

    So please think before commenting. You're beginning to sound like Obama.

    June 29, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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