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. Dan

    Obama must spend a lot of money paying ignorant people to spam every article that mentions the word McCain. I suppose they are all a bunch of hopelessly lazy individuals who expect Obama to make their lives better. They compain about wars and soldier dying, but they would never serve. They complain about high income tax- but they didn't even pay any this year. They complain about life, but are unwilling to do anything to make it better. When they get tired of complaining about their boring lives and get ready to look for answers, they will leave the Obama camp and join Mccain .

    June 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. patrick

    To Dave,

    You are very right about the so called flip flop that people say Obama took on the public financing. Yet even Republicans knew it was a trap that they thought they could catch Obama with. They knew Obama would be at a disadvantage with public finance. To me Obama would have been naive and a fool to go for public finance. Like you said, if people want to call it flip flopping , then more power to them. ; however like you said, if its a flop for the better, then everybody should understand that. The GOP has tons of money to reign down on Mccain, however the DNC is at a disadvantage.

    Obama 2008

    June 29, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Jim E.

    Republicans for Nader RULE!!! Vote for a real man, vote for NADER!! Don't vote for Mcflipflop, vote NADER!!!

    June 29, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Glenda

    Changes is good as long as it makes cents (sense)!!!!
    Obama speaks from both sides of his mouth. It seems to me that most Obama followers are like sheep following their shepard. Poor dumb sheep. Don't you realize his answer is to raise taxes. Not just for the rich, but for the poor. Come on, wake up and listen!

    June 29, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. andrea, Illinois

    One of the most ridiculous things ever..... Straight talk express, what a joke. McCain himself is becoming a more and more ridiculous figure! Just look at all the flip flopping and supposingly funny jokes.... I do not want to have my country represented by this man!!

    June 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Abroad

    As an international observer I'm confused at the analysis of the media and some commenters. Obama said he would vigorously pursue public financing, then went back on his word. Isn't that worse that changing your views or beliefs on a particular policy or decision, i.e. breaking a public promise or pledge vs. changing a view or belief?

    June 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Marie in California

    Go McCain! I'll fly with you!

    Formerly for Hillary....now for McCain!

    P.U.M.A.

    June 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Vida

    I am a democrat and I see how CNN is always making comments against whoever Obama is running against. what is up with CNN commentaries. It makes me wonder now who is behind Obama's campaign? As a democrat I feel very uncomfortable not seeing any criticism of my own party's candidate in CNN and only seeing it against McCain. Also I don't see how naming his plane makes the news but not his messages. CNN please go back to the way you used to cover the news. Your news coverage is becoming irrelevant.

    June 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Ian from Minneapolis

    Ahh yes. I look forward to the next few months... when McCain "straight talks" his way into a loss against Obama.

    Viva Obama!

    June 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. INDEPENDENT WHITE WOMAN FOR OBAMA

    Dan.............When they get tired of complaining about their boring lives and get ready to look for answers, they will leave the Obama camp and join Mccain..................Teaming up with McSame has not helped you any .............you mentioned Obama more than once ......... as matter of FACT....... you begin this comment with OBAMA .........COME on out of the house of McSame ..............we are on our way to the WHITE HOUSE .......Follow the LEADER .........Obama 08

    June 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Walking the walk

    Yes, Barack Obama would have proven himself to be an true reformer with principles to keep his word on public finance reform. I mean, who could expect him to display such courage? What do you want him to do – forego freedom from hellish imprisonment and torture out of regard for his fellow captives like John McCain did? That would not be very politically expedient, now would it?

    June 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. TJ Bear

    Nader is not Presidential material. Real Republicans will vote BARR this November, not someone who thinks 100 years of war is great. If McCain wins, he will raise taxes on the poor, and lower taxes for the rich. McCain = Big Oil, Barr is for the people.

    June 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Sandee in Illinois

    Obama is no saint we who live in downstate Illinois are still trying to figure out the Rock Star Obama got as far as he did, he has done nothing for Illinois. Believe me downstate won't be voting for him, I'm not much of a fan of McCains either but I would vote for him before I would vote for Obama, I don't want to live in a socialist state!

    June 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Caycee, Pearl City Hawaii

    Ah, the new "Straight Talk Express" to Lala Land. That's so special.

    June 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Obama 08/12

    Glenda why dont you wake up and listen oh thats right you are stupid so what can we expect par for the course the spew you are printing is all hog wash why don't you print McCain is a war monger ,a second Bush , a flip flopper ,can't remember what he said in last 5 minutes and has to have a right and left elbow guy to clarify his mistakes when he speaks with old Libernam as his shadow gee if he stops Lieberman will smother better tell Lie erman not so close .

    Go Obama you have a great movement headed for the White House 2008/20 12

    June 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Ryan

    wow you Obama supporters sure have a lot of hate, any article that even mentions McCain's name is followed by a hate filled rant from Obama supporters. maybe it's because McCain supporters actually work for a living and dont have time to be so hateful...

    June 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Devon Spencer

    Straight talk express derailed a long time ago.
    McCain has a reputation for being a huge flip-flopper.
    You can just go onto sites like youtube and see long videos of this

    June 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Biz

    Thousands homeless.. thousands hungry.. thousands lost their family.. and McBush has a new plane.

    Congratulations!!!

    Why? Too old to travel via bus McShame?

    June 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Larry

    Wow I love reading comments from Democrats. They act like their candidate stands for something. All I ever hear from Obama is doom and gloom....I feel that way after reading what little he plans to do. The straight talk express is finally telling like it is....go McCain

    June 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. A Black Woman 4 Equality

    Now that Obama has been officially determined to be disqualified for his presidential bid due to his immigrant status - who shall be the DNC's presumptive nominee? Clinton forfietted..

    June 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Latinas for Obama

    MCsame is a disgrace.

    June 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. OLD BLACK Woman for McCain

    Disgusted Republican .............You people truly disgust me....... Sen. Obama wants to bring change 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........the BLOG is full of derogatory comments about McCain and Obama..........NOW I am an OLD BLACK Woman for McCain......back in the day I would have jumped all over you for begining your sentence With... YOU PEOPLE .....Let it go......If you can't STAND the HEAT stay out the kitchen

    McCain 08

    June 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. BigMac

    Obama: "Change you can believe in", if he elected this 08 president. Can we change "White House" To "Black House'. Do you like that Obama supporter??????

    June 29, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Generation X

    @Uncle Sam, Charlotte, Belle, Sharon MN and Brian TN; guess what guys, Bush is promoting a fight with Iran. I hope you guys have registered to fight this war for your old pal, McCain. He will need all of you on the front lines. Hurry, no time to waste.

    June 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. tyler

    I agree with Glenda obama is a lier who just wants to get rich he's probably going to drop out and take all the money he's been donated and leave!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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