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. HG

    That a boy Johnny suck that gas up with that HUGE plane.

    June 29, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Belle2

    Obama fans: How do you believe Obama moves from place to place?

    June 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Nat, NYC

    Obama is phony, new era politician from Washington. He fools you, Obamites. So sad, you are possible under some influence, to see that. Cheers to you, Dave from Illinois, and all others who can see that!!!

    June 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Jonathan, WV

    Look up, See down June 29th, 2008 1:22 pm ET

    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.


    I totally agree. Look at NAFTA, he was dead against it, then next thing you know his staff is having clandestine conversations that he really didn't mean it.

    Only those fools, Obamamites, are the ones that believes this man.

    No more kool aid.

    June 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Hispanic, Female for Hillary

    Go McCain.................you have my vote either way.

    McCain 08........Hillary 12

    June 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Dave, Illinois

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I think GW Bush is Hermann Goering. And Dick Cheney is Dr. Mengele. McCain would then have to be Philippe Pétain.

    June 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Texas for Obama

    Vote for John McCain and see if he doesn't reinstate the draft in America. The reason why he will is because the war is going to last another 100 years and the soldiers are tired of doing 3 and 4 rotations over in Iraq and people are going to stop volunteering for the military.

    Do you know if something happens right now in another part of the world or in America that we would not be able to do anything. The military is stretched to its limits. So, the next thing would be a draft if this war does not end soon!. I have many friends that lost their lives in the vietnam war. They were drafted straight out of high school.
    War is ugly and it needs to end! Stop letting these young men and women lose their lives over a war that was based on on BIG FAT LIE!
    Same on the Rebublican's and MCCain who is running for their 3rd term.

    June 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. undecided

    As an Independent, I have questions and doubts about both candidates, but to wish McCain's plane would crash (presumably from an Obama supporter) is just downright un-American, hateful, and mean spirited! I hope here aren't too many Obama supporters like you! Both candidates have good and bad points and tands on issues. I just don't think we should be attacking their wives. And how should they get about te country–walk?

    June 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. peter

    and Obama is supposed to be the elitest?

    June 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Christie, WA

    No Hillary VP June 29th, 2008 1:07 pm ET

    McShame,McLooser,McDip,Mc Idiot,Mc Bush,Mc War ,McTown Hall,
    Mc Flip Flop Mc Lieberman on his left elbow and Mc Graham on his right elbow to nudge him what he misspoke or forgot what he said in last 5 minutes.

    Go obama all the way to the White House 08/12


    Thanks for proving our point. Obama's supporters don't have brains as shown by the person that posted the above comment. Is this the "change" that Obama is referring to?

    I guess the "change" that he's referring to is to remove "Mature Audience" symbols everywhere - because there obviously aren't any that support him.

    Should our national anthem take the form of hip hop music?

    June 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. peter

    all this talk of mccains toy bus and toy airplanes because if they spoke of the ideas coming out of his mouth what you see is that its all lame.

    June 29, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Hispanic For McCain

    GO John McCain latinos are with you all the way. You are a great American Hero!!!!!!!!!!!

    Latinos con McCain


    June 29, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Joseph Adewole

    John can enjoy the airplane before he looses in November; at least, he will claim to have used the Airplne at a 'very' close bar.

    June 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. GO GET EM !!!!!!

    Look up, See down........... I wish you all would've found a competent candidate somewhere in America, not this fool.........IT is nothing LIKE an OLD FOOL(McFLIPFLOP).....YOU ARE an IDIOT!!!!!...........NOW you can go outside! ........he's just an extension of the bad policies of the Republican Bush regime..........OUT WITH THE OLD ........UP UP and AWAY!!!! McSame Lost his energizer bunny.........OOPS COME BACK here OBAMA !!

    June 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Blayze Kohime

    Must be nice to be able to buy a plane on a whim.

    June 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. pp

    simple facts from recent BBC documentary on american money in Iraq:
    28 billion USD , thats public money is unaccounted for till now
    un qualified and single contracts given to favourites( dick cheney etc) who made billions on cost plus contracts
    qualified and big compnaies ( bechtel, parsons, haliburtons, KBR) make a nonsense of their reputation in earning good bucks in Iraq and claiming billions of dollars by doublijng their expenses shown , expenses added by sham companies in panama, luxomberg etc

    Without Iraq govt approval hunt oil gets billion dollor contract with Kurd state in Iraq, Mr hunt was put in by Bush as a memeber of advisory committee which had special access on insdie Iraq info.

    The lady in pentagon who questioned the KBR deals was demoted and superceded

    please be informed and choose what u want

    GBU America

    June 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. a president from Az?

    Lets look at facts McCain, your state is 49 in education, 1st in meth addiction, and the moral of the state is awful. Then we can hit the topic of max influx of illegal immigrants. You have endorsed a criminal for a state sheriff who breaks the constitution every day with profiling raids. .. AND YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT. FIX YOUR STATE then look to fix America. as for morals. I'm not sure you have any. Keep the faith brother.

    June 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Vern Bartlett

    I'm happy the supremes clarified my right to own firearms of all sorts. I'll be looking for a surface to air weapon to use against airborne targets carrying crotchety politicians.

    June 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Big Thinker

    I hope with his measly 85 million, that he can afford to at least put some gas in the plane.

    June 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Anetor

    Why are you guys decieving the world. what is straight talk? the man was against Bush tax cut , now he is for it. Is that what you cal striaght talk?

    June 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Skyway

    funny that he is riding around in a 737 when he supported giving a huge contract to airbus (a european airplane company) over boeing. being from seattle, that screwed over so many people, and cost many of my friend's fathers their jobs.

    June 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Phil, FL

    Did any of you listen to the news this morning?

    Now the folks in DC are voting next week to double their salary.

    Contact your Legislators NOW and tell them NO !!!!!

    June 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Allen In North Carolina

    Well blow me down....The keaton 5..... All five were found to be acting improperly to different degrees...... Very interesting..... Once a crook..... Well you adults no the rest.....

    June 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Voter turned 4 Obama

    It's time to crank up the Hybrid, someone need to drop off the c-nile man at the ol' folks home. Don't let him drive, In 3 minutes you'll will be lost. I guess that McSane got the money from Cindy from then drugs she stole.

    June 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Homo Sapien

    Just for a general comment (should anyone read this), there are rules about civility that should be followed in any sort of discussion. A) Call people by their real names. We don't care if you think of John McCain as the same as Bush, which you're free to, but at least have the comon courtesy to call him by his real name. Name-calling gives the impression of an inability to understand real concepts due to lack of maturity. This applies to everyone: It's John McCain and Barack Obama, NOT McSame, McBush, or B. Hussein Obama. Regardless of where you stand. It's nice to know that there are some adults out there (and mind you, I'm a teenager). B) Use proper grammar and spelling. It's not tough, and it saves the rest of us a lot of trouble when reading your post. C) Spam posts do nothing but irritate us, and possibly turn us against your chosen candidate, which probably isn't what you had in mind. Example: "McSame will kep us in iraq for 100 more year! Barack Obama '08!" or "B. Hussein Obama is bad becaus he has no experince! McCain '08!"

    Please, just be mature, perhaps for a change...

    June 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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