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. pat C.

    is this supposed to impress us? is the plane paid for by his trophy wife? he is sickening and nothing he does will ever make me think he is fit to run our country!
    he is an old man reliving his youth as a GI JOE and expects us all to think because he was a prisoner for 5 years that makes him qualified to be a leader in this world! what did he learn as he was behind prison walls that makes him so fit for this job?? why hasn't he done anything for our country in the last 25 years when he was young enough to make a differance?
    thank god for barack obama for bringing in fresh young ideas to rebuild our crediablity and create a new government that can work for the people and not for the old cronies just like McBush and the other oil buddies that now run the whitehouse.

    June 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Eric Cooper

    Wish he would fly out of the country-and not come back!

    June 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Patrick of Canton, Ohio

    I used to supprt Obama, but with him slowly flip-flopping all the issues that made me like him (such as NAFTA) now I'm not so sure.
    He's now that media darling (him having 1853 stories about him on cnn, McCain with 996) so surely this comment will be edited out. I'm not for McCain though, just speculating about him. I do like McCain's idea about townhall debates this summer, and I feel a strong leader would agree to this. It seems to me most the people I know personally want Obama mostly based on the fact that he's half black (a sorry fact indeed, color should not determine a president be he black, white, or another color) or because they are enchanted by the media, few can actually defend their support of him. It seems to me most people like or hate McCain because he wants to stay in Iraq (which to me seems a sensible idea as Iraq is to be the last nation to peak in oil in the world.)

    I'm still on the fence between the two. What will drive me away from the candidates is their VP picks. If Obama picks Clinton he loses my vote. If McCain picks Mitt Romney he's lost my vote. If both pick sensible VPs I'll stay on the fence. If both screw-up, which is most likely to happen, I'm writing in the only person with any common sense, the ever over-looked Ron Paul.

    Let's stop this popularity contest and make it into an election CNN, show us some more John McCain so that we might better decide the lesser of these two evils. If you read this at all Sen. Obama, show your strength and accept these townhall debates. If you read this Sen. McCain, stick to your guns and don't go flip-flopping for Hillary's votes, it'll pay off.

    June 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. JD Not

    Nothing straight about McCain and his talks. How do you know you're talking straight when you can't remember what you said a minute ago? You have to know-if know, remember- the coordidate values of the preceeding point to reasonably connect the next point to declare your line or talk straight.

    June 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Dem in PA

    It's amazing to see how much venom some people have towards a guy who served our country in the military and in public service. He has been bucking his party and the president for years, and he actually has a record of bipartisanship (Obama has none). Now suddenly he's this horrible person just because he's running against the Obamessiah. You people really need to stop worshiping him. You're acting like a bunch of lemmings. You'd walk off a cliff if he asked you to.

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Coloradoan

    McCain and his Republican handlers will just keep on trying to get media attention, and here is another example of a "So What??"

    Who CARES if you have a jet airplane at your disposal, I am sure that now you can barely afford it so it's paid for by somebody else, Cindy Loo-Hoo maybe??

    One thing at least he's stopped using taxpayers' money... or is he?


    President Barack Obama. It feels good to read that!!

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. stan

    I can't believe the above comments. How ignorant. After years of Dems complaining about the Repubs, now that the Dems are controlling Congress I see "nothing' getting done-still. And, all the Dems are offering us is a Jr senator with no experience??? "Scrapping" Hillary altogether? Obama will "change" things alright. He'll "negotiate" us right back into a hostage crisis-OR WORSE. The terrorist organizations will walk all over him-period. And has everyone forgotten who got us into Afganistan in the first place? Tricky Bill-A DEMOCRAT. long before Bush Jr. Oh-and for those that want to blame the Repubs about the 4000+ soldier losses so far (which includes "Bill's" Afganistan)-remember the tens of thousands lost in Vietnam? Under LBJ? A DEMOCRAT....
    I'm an independent voter-and for me it's a no brainer. It's McCain all the way....

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Charlotte

    Attack dogs are at it again. Cindy McCain has a ton of money, so what? You Obama-bots only know how to attempt to smear people with your jealousy. LMAO

    June 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Citizen

    Yeah, but will McCain be flying the plane?

    June 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Greg FL.

    Straight talk? He's flipped more times then a pancake at the IHOP.

    June 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Brian

    Ron posted:

    "when will the obama supporters understand that the terrorist of this world are not influenced by words. the reason you can walk freely in this country is because you have the protection of the law enforcement. there are many area's in this country where street gangs rule, killing and terrorizing their neighbourhoods protected by bleeding heart laws that tie the laws hands and discourage people from coming forward to testify.it's easy to shoot your mouth off when your living in a upscale neighbourhood protected by the police try that in a slum area.how many terrorist attacks have there been since bush went after them.vote for who you want but don't ever think that diplomacy will prevent people that are willing to kill their own women and children as well as themselves will respond to anything but force. once they know the consequences then they'll want to negotiate. obama did not invent negotiations it's been around since the beginning of time. remember JF kennedy negotiated with kruschev but it was the threath of force that made him leave Cuba"

    Ron you are using the Nazi talking points from the 30's and 40's. "We need to keep attacking and killing everyone who do not agree with us."

    You need help, if you think you can make everyone in the world love America by pointing a gun at them. Your common sense is warped.

    June 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Frank Lee

    This from the guy that doesn't even know (or care) what a gallon of gas costs the average working stiff.

    If you liked Bush, you'll love McCain.

    June 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    McCain is using the same Republican doublespeak: if I say it often enough it will be the truth. I lThink "Waffle Express" is indeed a more appropriate name.

    I am still confused about, other than being a prisoner of war (heroic I admit) and a mandarin in the Senate, about what actually McCain has accomplished internationally or nationally.

    June 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Jim

    Gee, what about the sweet deal he had on his wifes corporate jet? I guess McSame FINALLY figured out that didn't look so good.

    June 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Brian

    ahhh... look at the cool plane McCain bought with TAX PAYER MONEY!

    June 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Linda31

    Ohhhh, that's why the McCain's didn't pay their California property taxes in 4 years. They were saving up to pay for the logo on the plane. Great financial planning guys!

    June 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Dave, Houston, TX

    Why didn't CNN do a little digging and find out who bought the plane for him? If you revealed that, you'd find out who gets the straight talk while the rest of us get stuck with flip-flops and spin.

    June 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Steve

    How can the plane fly with only a right wing?

    June 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. saga for Obama

    he threw his bus under the bus...?

    June 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Ben

    How do you rape a nation,kill over a100,000 of its'people, plus over 4000 of our finest young men, have their leader hanged, and do all this with the excuse of false and delibertly distorted information, and still have the temerity to say we will leave with honor? Even if we stay there 100 years, we will never leave with honor. We lost all honor all over the world when we attacked a nation that meant us no harm.

    June 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Pat Va

    A very not so subtle way of pointing out how the rigors of campaigning via bus is yet another weakness of McCain and brings to question whether he is physically able to perform this high-stress level job (on a daily basis) given all of his infirmities.

    June 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. saga for Obama

    seems like a lot of Red bull to me

    June 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Kristian

    Will this jet also be skirting campaign finance laws, like his previous steed?

    June 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Sen McCain. Why not call your new plane the "Trash-Talk Express" to more accuratly reflect how you've been running your campaign.

    June 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. A-man

    Like a salesman, build your weakest point as your greatest strength so you don't need to answer to it. I like McCain, but he and the rest of the Republicans need to go and get some fresh blood. They nolonger control the party and it only represents the interests of big money and they just don't care about the people or the country no more.

    June 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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