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. AdamW

    McCain is so arrogant. He is the epitome of an elitist, flying around in his fancy jet while people stave in this country and struggle to pay their meager mortgages.
    He is so arrogant he believes his opinion should be the final word on everything. He claims to know what the people want but he is completely out of touch with reality. His wife is a horrible mess of plastic surgery and a spoiled rich brat that thinks her money can buy her whatever she wants.
    If McCain steals the election I am moving to Canada.

    June 29, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. gerry

    He really should consider changing his name from the straight talk express to the flip-flop express. It more depicts his campaign.

    June 29, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Obama = Carter's 2nd term

    Obama 08: Female, 60, white June 29th, 2008 10:39 am ET

    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.

    Obama double talk =

    “I do not take money from oil companies” but forgot to say that McCain does not either. Look up the Facts!!! Obama also forgot to say that 2 of his bundlers are top executives at oil companies that give $50,000 and $100,000 to him. That is a fact and you can even see that listed on his own website.
    Two of Obama's fundraisers are Robert Cavnar, the chairman and chief executive of Houston-based Mission Resources Corp., and George Kaiser, the president and CEO of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Co."

    June 29, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Joe Reg


    Does not care about the environment.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    June 29, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Independent

    Who's paying for the fuel????????

    June 29, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Sam

    Wow! A jet! Cool! Now he can fly around the country, spreading his faulty message at even greater speed! It may seem like you'll impress people by arriving in a jet, John, but one you open your mouth, those that might have been impressed will realize it's the same old, bus-riding John.

    A jet won't do anything for you except burn your limited campaign money at an apalling rate. Nice fiscal judgment, Mr. McCain. You're the kind of guy I want trying to fix my economy (NOT!)

    June 29, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Dave, Illinois

    You Obamites are so funny. Lets see, so far we have: McCain peeing in his depends, wishing for the plane to crash, yada, yada, yada...

    Hey Donna. Its not about this subject. Its about you Obamite sheep. I just like to anger you little bully types with reflections about your behavior. I will continue my freedom of speech at least until your socialist Chicago creep gains power and stomps it out.

    June 29, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Obama = Carter's 2nd term

    independent June 29th, 2008 10:50 am ET

    mccain will arrest and deport all latinos to guantanamo,where they belong,and he won't allow them any tortillas.


    WOW you are so good that I think no one knows you are a flaming troll.

    June 29, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. carrie obama

    now why cant they all just fly away and never come back?
    m aybe to iraq's sadr city or baghdad

    June 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. David

    It is amazing how the Obamabots jump all over McCain for having an airplane.

    June 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Obama = Carter's 2nd term

    Obama 08: Female, 60, white June 29th, 2008 10:39 am ET

    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.


    Al Gore double talk

    “In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.
    The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a Nashville-based free market think tank and watchdog organization, obtained information about Gore’s home energy use through a public records request to the Nashville Electric Service.”

    June 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. JD Not

    Nothing straight about McCain and all his back and forth 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 not, at least, remember -what your coordinate values are of your precceding point in order to create the next point of connections for a straight line; in this case, talk straight.

    June 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Larry-Minn.

    Where does it say anywhere in the story that he bought it , everyone slams him saying his wife bought it and i even seen one comment where someone said he didnt pay his taxes, Just get over it , just because Obama doesnt have a story about his plane with his name or slogan on it doesnt mean he doesnt have one to. Then you better question who paid for his...

    June 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Alex

    Waste of money..

    June 29, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. carrie obama

    shut up,dave illinois
    we all know u dont live there
    you are some redneck
    stop ur stupidity

    June 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Jason

    Gee I wonder if McCain's jet is as big and cumbersome and gas-guzzling as the one Al Gore flies around in to preach to the sheep about global warming? Or if McCain's house is as energy-sapping as Al Gore's big ol' house?

    And as for Bam-Bam – he goes to a church for 20 years that calls America the "U.S.KKK.of A" and then tells us he loves his country. He takes his kids to listen to a race-baiting foam-at-the-mouth preacher screech that the U.S. Gov't invented HIV to kill off black people, and then says he wants to bring people of all races together. It was so amusing to me when his wife tried to back off her statement that when her husband got nominated, it was the first time she felt proud of her country. After listening to such racist bile for so long, how could she say anything else? How could anyone expect any better of her?

    Obama is a liar, a poser and a shallow pretty boy. I'm voting for a MAN for President, a man who has truly served his country in every capacity, a man brave enough to risk his political career to take a stand, as he did when he supported the surge that is winning the war in Iraq. That MAN is John McCain. Now all you Obama fan girls go drool over his picture and screech "He's so pretty!" at each other LOLOLOL

    June 29, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Ridgeway

    Yeah, McCain should walk everywhere just like poor black Obama. His campaign has no money and he has no book residuals. And the jet fuel! Out rageous! Doesn't he know Al Gore needs the extra engergy to light up his mansions in TN and fuel his SUVs. Oh yeah and the nerve of McCain's wife while poor Michelle can barely afford clothes because this Country has been so mean to her.
    Liberals are sick morons just like their politicians.

    June 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Good idea, John! Everyone else in this race is flying all over the place, why not you?

    June 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Nobama

    Heh!! Like Obama has never flip-flopped before. Also according to Wolf Blitzer, it is ok to Flip-flop. You're just hating because you have no other work to do.

    June 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Anne in Texas

    When pigs have wings...

    June 29, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Steve

    Dave: Hitler comparisons are for anyone who's run out of anything relevant and meaningful to say.

    June 29, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Slowpoke

    Who is buying this?

    June 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. bj

    It amazes me to see how all you Obama supporters can take a simple news clip and use it to continuously bash Senator McCain. I believe that it's because there is nothing good to be said of Obama. He is the real gimick in this election. He has no qualifications to be a presidential candidate, and if he were white, would not even have been considered as a potential candidate. He has done nothing in the state legislature, and absolutely nothing in the US senate except run for president. He spouts these empty promises about change (read from a teleprompter) without any clear idea about how to actually make them happen. All I've seen so far is a socialist candidate that thinks that wealth redistribution is the answer to fixing the problems in the black neighborhoods of this country. (it won't).
    Obama is just another crooked Chicago politician who will do anything to get into office at any cost, and then use the position to better his own financial standing at the cost of the US taxpayer. He stands for NOTHING.

    June 29, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Dave, Illinois

    Cool, now "carrie obama" can't fathom that any citizens of Illinois could possibly disagree with Obama. Yeah, thats right – Im one of those rural, gun-totin, people that cling to their religion instead of accepting the new Obama cult like you other little sheep.

    Ha! This is fun. Can I piss any other of you Obamites off? Really! I'm luvin this!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. timmy

    Wow Mccain!

    Now you don't actually have to stand next to the American people. You can do fly overs like bush did when Hurricane Katrina happened and look at the American people as ants.

    June 29, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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