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. Disgruntled Republican

    I've been a registered Republican my entire adult life and for the first time ever I am casting a democratic vote for president. I am terribly dissappointed in the Republican's pick for candidate as well as the Bush administration. Ugh.
    Very sad.

    June 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Texas Observer

    To Stan above,
    Lets play the blame game...
    Clinton didnt originally get us into Afghanistan. As far as I can find, we supported the Mujahadeen (in opposition to the Soviets) since Carter's term, continuing through both of Reagan's ( who ramped up support to the tune of billions.) I agree that blame for Afghanistan cant be placed solely on GWB, but to lay it out solely as Clinton's doing is false as well. The same analysis could be applied to almost any conflict. This includes Vietnam. If Truman hadn't recognized the French colonial govt over the North Vietnamese Communists in 1950, then we may never have stepped in to back the colonials by 1954( we were already paying for the majority of operations by then), well before LBJ's Presidency. And you forgot to mention Nixon's ill advised policies regarding Vietnam ( which got men killed) as well. History is long and connected, placing blame is harder than you may think. You see how this game is played now?

    June 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Josie WA

    Interested since he worked with lobbyist to give the recent hugh aircraft deal to airbus instead of boeing, which is now being challanged ater protests and outranged citizens. Why to out source Mc Outsource. We protested Mc Cain at boeing because of this!

    June 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    The McCain campaign is taking off!

    June 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Loretta from California

    A good place to hold his private "Elitist, for the wealthy only" GOP club meetings.


    June 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. JennyM

    Who cares ? Both candidates fly on planes right ? So they painted his ?

    This is a lot of posts about NOTHING. Cindy probably bought it for him .

    June 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Johnny K

    John MCCAIN is a major flip flopper on a number of issues and now he is saying you cannot trust the word of Obama. The man who calls himself the straight talk express is having more and more memory lapses as the campaign is heating up. WOW.....I wonder what John MCCAIN will be talking about tomorrow

    June 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Will, PA

    Nat, NYC:
    McCain is phony, old era politician from Washington. He fools you, moderates. So sad, you are possible under some influence, to see that. Cheers to all those that can see that!!!

    Wow, it makes just as much sense if you just flip out the names and change two words (new – old & obamites – moderates or republicans or independents),which makes it meaningless either way it's posted.

    June 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Disgusted Republican

    You people truly disgust me. As in you commenters. First, you attempt to play the high and mighty card and voice your opinions for the change Sen. Obama wants to bring to D.C. Then you begin to leave derogatory comments about Sen. McCain, like the one left by Another Old White Woman for Obama "With any luck he will be piloting. We all know how good he is at that! hahaha." This is a man who spent 5 years of his life in the Hanoi Hilton being tortured after having to eject over hostile territory and you platantly use language like that in the hopes of what? That his campaign plane will crash? You sicken me. If this is the kind of change you want to bring to Washington count me out.

    June 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Wow, he decided not to use his wife's plane anymore. What, too many questions were asked and he changed his mind? The original flip flopper.

    June 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. woman for GOP VP

    McCain should propose Prozac for all Obama supporters. What a rabid bunch of morons. Attacking another man's age with comments about diapers is shameful. Continuing to spew out boring puns such as McSame and McBush shows an utter lack of respect. The same misogynists who trashed Hillary for being a woman are circling once again for another political wilding. I hope Obama goes down miserably in a heap of shame and disgrace and the rest of you idiots who are making a mockery of our political process follow close behind.

    June 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "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"

    More proof that racism drives the Obama hate.

    I imagine this is what it was like when the dinosaurs looked into the sky and saw the comets.

    Come my little old racist, its time for you to sleep with the ooze...

    June 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. TEXAN

    Straight talks ??? OR.....money talks ???? Hopefully. all the money in the world ( Or Cindy's world ) will not prevail. YES...it is time for a "change" in this country. GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. flavor of the south

    CNN, your guys rock. This is for all the people who think you should stop these tickers, If the comments were going in your candidate favor, who you be pouting like a kid? I think not. The anger comment s for some of these Sen Mccain supports makes you wonder what's the real issue behind their hate for Sen Obama. I'm an Obama support, but I don't hate Mccain. Hate is a strong word. President Bush had no experience at all and you voted for him. I think this goes deeper than what they are saying, everybody has a right to choose, but lets be men and women enough to say why and stop using, "un-experience enough "as a scapegoat.

    June 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Doc Sinn

    "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. "

    More proof that racism drives the Obama hate.
    I imagine this is what it felt like for the dinosaurs when they looked into the sky and saw the comets.
    Come my little old racists, its time to sleep in the ooze....

    June 29, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. dems be dopes

    It is comforting to see so many folks be hateful over some else success!

    No wonder you are for Nobama, let the freeloaders rule!

    "Change you can believe in, and if it is your pockets, I'm coming to get it!"

    June 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Jake

    Why McSame cannot be trusted ??? :

    Jack McLamb served nine years in secret operations in Cambodia and other nations before going on to become one of the most highly decorated police officer's in Phoenix history, winning police officer of the year twice before taking a role as a hostage negotiator for the FBI.

    "I know a lot of Vietnam veterans and a few POW's and all the POW's that I've talked to over the years say that John McCain is a lying skunk," McLamb told the Alex Jones Show.

    June 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Earl

    I wonder how much of his $85M he spent having his air limo painted..

    McWar save the money for your campaign....oh was the "elitist"?

    June 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    what truth mccain wouldnt know the truth if it slapped him in the face gramp mc flip flopper is so busy flipping these day to pander the voters he forgot whats real and whats not confused old man he dont know what he opposes or supports why is mr flip flopper not using cindys jet anymore well i dont know about the rest of you i wish mccain would stick to something already jeez he makes me DIZZY!!

    June 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Brad, California

    Awww, money at work again.

    June 29, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Sammy

    My guess is that the plane is being leased but I am curious who actually owns it. I also expect all its costs are paid for entirely by the campaign. But all that information should also be disclosed.

    June 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Mart in PA

    Why bother with going through the motions of Presidential election in November? King Barack Hussein Obama has already been selected a our next "President" by the rich and powerful element in this country. This election is a fraud. Goodbye democracy!

    June 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. jamie

    You Obama idiots! That fool uses a plane too,infact every time the media interviews mister HUSSAIN its almost always on board his aircraft. So, please shut your mouths you dumb, young ,idiot, liberal, pot smoking, crack heads!! What will Barck Hussain Obama, do for this nation? You can see he is a loser like any other politican. Just look at how he attacked McCains plan to lift the ban on offshore oil drilling, Barack Hussian, said it would take years to see an effect! Well yea you retard! McCain is looking down the road 10-15 years from now when it would have a huge effect on gas prices. Its sad that people are so stupid. But what more could you expect from young hippie liberals??

    June 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. patrick

    Well well, cant pay taxes on condo, but can buy a multi million dollar plane??..This is another reason why i wont trust Mccain with the econony which is my primary concern with the war a close 2nd. Mccain's stance on the war does not impress me either, being that he has a pro-war mentality. Who in hell wants to worry about bringing children into this world and worrying about Mccain taking them away, and then opposing a GI Bill that would take care of them ?

    Thats a clear vote against Mccain....today, tomorrow and in NOvember!

    June 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Mart in PA

    To Vern Bartlett above: Hope the Secret Service can track you down; you just threatened to kill one of our Presidential candidates. But then, you're probably one of the 20-somethings working for CBS so it may take awhile before they hand you over.

    June 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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