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. WoW

    Everyone talks as if our country is third world. I have been around the world many times and thank god every time I return. I have seen countries were the can barley feed their citizens. Or were in Germany you pay a 40% TAX. How about Universal Health Care sounds great but I have to wait 6-12 month to receive a hearing aid. Ummmm. The reason the world dislikes us is not because we’re are an awful place to live but we tend to sound like whinny brats. What is so wrong with our country? If you try to succeed in it you will.

    June 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. lilian, nigeria

    i am not an american, but i believe you should have respect for someone who went to war for your country, if not, you ll be seen as not appreciating the troops in iraq. also high oil price is global and not the making of your president.

    June 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Bishop

    "The Republican Party's presumptive nominee will unveil his new campaign airplane on Monday: a Boeing 737-400."

    Whats wrong REPs???? Your candidate can't unveil an actual energy policy without polluting the ozone???? SUCKERS!!!!

    June 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. seanm

    I wonder if his rich wife bought this for him...

    June 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. An American

    This "my friends" is a great use of gasoline!

    June 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. steve

    I wonder when the media will report on McSame forgetting to pay taxes for 4 years on his california home

    Or the fact that he owns 7 houses!! 7 houses and he tries to call Obama elite??? what a joke

    June 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Plane, bus, train or whatever the straight talk express ain't talking about nothing. What a waste of money.

    June 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. mitchell hussein martin

    what happened with an airbus?

    June 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. INDEPENDENT 4 Obama

    BUNNY......wait a moment ........COME BACK here OBAMA!!!

    June 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Jon- Vanderbilt University

    Are Obama supporters kidding right now? He's had a plane the entire campaign, he probably RENTED the plane, i mean after the campaign, if he wins, he has air force one, if he loses, then he'll go back and forth to AZ only. It's ridiculous that people are concerned about this. Take your eyes off of the swirling wheel Obama supporters, stop letting yourselves be hypnontized. and again OBAMA HAS A PLANE TOO

    June 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Jason, Texas

    Dave: Obama supporters are have a right to post as well as you. So, don't give us the "blame them" comments like most Republicans do.

    Why such a huge plane? Talk about gas guzzler.....

    Oh, and Obama has changed his mind for the better on some issues. People make blanket statements about flip flopping, but changing one's mind for the better is not flip-flopping. Now, McBush is a flip-flopper extraordinare while Obama has made good, informed decisions on his change. I mean, what is wrong with paying for one's campaign with donor money rather than tax payer money. I mean, great idea to me. Keeps the lobbyists even farther away from Obama. McCain, on the other hand, can't see a good idea if it hit him in the eyeball. His energy issues, etc are so all over the place and gimmicky that it's ridiculous.

    So, OBAMA 08. Let's elect a president with integrity.

    June 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Keith

    Let's not worry about the rising gas prices, staggering economy and growing number of casualities in Iraq. We have McCain's "Straight Talk Express" to look forward to now!

    June 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Vig

    NOBAMA – No McCain – Just say no to the status quo – put Hillary in the White House – join write-in's for Hillary – there is a 3rd choice.

    June 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Tom PA

    I suppose it will be less of a problem to carry your straight talk waste product off the bus in a sewage bag. You can now flush it from 30,000 feet hoping it will dissipate before the oder becomes obvious.

    June 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Michelle

    My goodness the level of bias on this post is astounding. Seems like the Move-On.org crown are in full effect spouting the DNCs talking pts.

    Calling McCain the flip-flopper when Obama has changed his positions of everything since the Primary is just proof that these Obama kool-aid drinkers are very narrow-minded, ignorant people.

    Google "Obama flip-flopped". Nafta, Unions, Cuban embargo, immigration, taxes, terrorism, etc., Obama has "flipped" and "floppped" depending on the crowd. The list is growing too. With the recent ruling on 2nd Amend. this week, Obama once again changed his views on gun ownership and sided with the Supreme Ct. in a effort to pander to the supporters of the 2nd Amend.

    John McCain has at least two sons in the military. One is on his third tour. Keep up the ignorance Obamabots! Sheeps for the Messiah – Obama!

    June 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Karen, MIssouri

    Unfortunately, there's nothing "straight talk" about McCain. He can use all the slogans he wants to but "straight talk" is NOT one that reflects McCain at all.

    As for the plane...I guess the money was burning a hole in his pocket so he had to buy something.

    June 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Alec

    I'm tired of all these comments bashing CNN for its "non-stories." Sure, it's not life-changing for Americans to learn about McCain's latest Straight-Talk toy, but active and interested voters want to know EVERYTHING about their candidates these days. If you're fed up with CNN, stop posting comments and go read something else.

    June 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. tim

    Straight Talk Express with Forked Tongue

    June 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. tom, boston

    the corporate media in the corpocon's pocket,

    the neo-cons, and

    the financial speculators are all rooting for Mccain, for sure,

    pouring their ill-gotten money into his campaign,

    all the while hedging their bets on obama

    so that they could claim later that they have been rooting for change and obama all along.


    check out DEMOCRACY NOW for real stories.

    June 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. K. Williams

    How obnoxious, esp in these times.
    Glad to see he's so environmentally conscious and contributing to fuel conservation. Guess that only applies to "us" people. He couldn't use a small plane?

    June 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Justin B

    What the???? Didn't he just come out with some gimmick to promote electric cars trying to champion the gas issue?? Then turns around and buys a freakin' 737???????? I'm confused.

    If that's not straight talk, I don't know what is.

    McBush "Change(ing his mind) you can count on"

    June 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Jules

    You people disgust me. I can't believe how incredibly partisan everyone has gotten, you'd think we were talking about the Shias fighting the Sunnis in Iraq, not petty squabbles between American political parties and their over zealous supporters. It seems as if every time McCain or Obama do anything (though particularly McCain it seems), everyone and their mother can't help themselves but to rant and rave about how horrible people they don't agree with are. What an incredibly pathetic level of debate going, this is exactly what democracy is NOT about.

    How about next time, instead of chanting campaign slogans, you all read up about your candidate's positions and actually find out which you agree with most, not which one "seems" best. Then you can debate, instead of rant and rave like a pack of idiots.

    June 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Ken

    CNN is showing that they are nothing but syncophants. They won't do a hard hitting story on McCain. They won't tell you about the Keating 5, they won;t tell you about Cindy stealing drugs, they won't tell you about his flip-flops, they won't talk about how he left his first wife, they won't talk about his seven homes, they won't talk about his defaulting on property taxes, and his campaign run by lobbyist.

    But they will talk about his neat-o new jet.

    Great journalism there CNN. I suppose working on the junior high newspaper is all the qualifications one needs to be a journalist on CNN.

    June 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. P

    The only thing that is striaght about John McCain how how quickly he will tell a lie. I remember after McCain little stroll through Iraq when he lie to the American people about how safe Iraq was, he said that he had lied to the American people in the past and that he would lie to them again, why would anyone went to support someone who promises to lie to them in the future. I think he should apologize to all the American poeple, i wish the press would go and look at that report and how he said that he would lie agin to the Amerian people, or is the press completely bought and paid for?

    June 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Jim

    Him and his plane have something something in common...they are both going to crash and burn.

    June 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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