July 14th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Voters are tired of 'the cable monster'

McCain had a few media gripes on Monday.
McCain had a few media gripes on Monday.

SAN DIEGO (CNN) – The man who once jokingly described the political press corps as “my base” has a few complaints about the state of American media.

In a New York Times interview Sunday, John McCain lamented the non-stop news cycle spawned by cable news and the Internet.

“We are in a situation today where all words are parsed, all comments are diagnosed and looked at for whatever effect they might have,” he told the newspaper. “We have to feed the beast, the hourly cable shows, the instant news in the blogs and all that. That is just the situation that we’re in, and I’m not complaining about it, because that would be both foolish and a waste of time.”

But on Monday, addressing the National Council of La Raza, McCain did air a few complaints. He once again challenged Barack Obama to a series of town hall-style campaign events, calling it the only way to have an uncluttered dialogue with voters.

“A lot of Americans have a expressed their frustration with the sound bites, the charges back and forth, the cable monster that has to have a news story every hour,” McCain said, calling it a “disappointment” Obama has yet to agree to a town hall.

Despite the fact that both McCain and Obama organize daily conference calls featuring campaign surrogates, the senator said voters are “tired” of surrogates and their gaffes.

Americans “don’t want hear the misstatement,” McCain said. “They don’t want to hear the surrogate who may have made a mistake.”


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Wisconsin MCWAR CAN STICK MY FLAG PIN

    No More McWar.

    He only wants to do this so he can change the subject and not have a moderator to make sure he answers the question.

    No War, No McWar

    No War, No McWar

    No War, No McWar

    No War, No McWar

    July 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. patricia

    McSame won't fix anything and he is WAY TOO OLD FOR THE JOB.

    July 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Iam4mycountry

    There are debates scheduled during the General Election. McCain wants extra debates with out mediaters, which is ok. McCain knew that Obama would not agree the first time asked. but Obama did respond with his idea on extra debates. McCain never got back to Obama. He just wanted to say the Obama rejected the Townhall debates. Why doesn't McCain call Obama and they talk about it and check their schedules and then reach a Compromise. I am sure that Obama is willing, but not McCain. McCain wants to dictated the How, when and where.

    July 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. InvisibleElephant

    Obama's got my vote, but McCain is frickin' on the mark here.

    July 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Debby, NJ

    McShame:
    Sorry, BARACK is not going to debate on your senile terms, he will debate when he is good and ready...Besides stop trying to get an audience from BARACK just because you can't. They will come to hear and see HIM not you.
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 14, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Jacob

    Why call him up? Would he agree to it. No! If you understand Chicago style politics you know Barack is not going to agree to it. When he abandoned his church for political expedience he lost my vote. Whether I like the Church's dogma or not I can't stand a man who will toss 20 years away because he wasn't man enough. He says he believes in a new kind of politics, principles and change we can believe in but he does the opposite. Without the church and its parishioners (well connected pols and affluent community people) he wouldn't have gone this far.

    July 14, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Patrice E. Oakland, CA

    To: Call him UP,

    Put a sock in it already. I can't wait until the debates. Obama is going to rip McCain a new one. McvCain continues to tell lies on Obama, just like McCain lied about "300 Economist" gave an approval on his...."Economic Plan", which they later told the media that McCain plan sucks. He is a panderer and a liar, and when the debates come about....he will be called out on all of the flip-flopping that he has done since he got the nod from the Rethugicans. I can't wait!!!

    July 14, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "i will not pay more taxes so he can add more cradle to grave social programs. I will not pay more taxes to pander to 'ILLEGAL' immigrants. I will NOT learn Spanish. I will own a gun. I will make my own decisions about my healthcare. I will not allow Iran to become nuclear. I will not pacify terrorist. I will not walk away from a war that we are winning. I don't want the government to pay for my and others gas with my tax money. I won't pay more taxes for the man made global warming hoax. I will not contribute to Al Gores bank account. "

    i pray to god you are kidding, but in case not, would you people PLEASE get your news from REAL news sources, and that does NOT include limbaugh, oreilly, and ANYONE on FOX Noise!!! those people are ENTERTAINERS, and not very good ones at that. they prey on your fears and insecurities, and you spout off their lies verbatim. you donthave to like obama, but you DO have to know what you're talking about if you're gonna share!!

    your life is going to be ten times better with president obama anyway!

    July 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Joe

    McCain and Obama use the media every chance they get and then bite the heads of those who feed them. They don't like instant media and bloggers because well–bloggers DO catch every word and God forbid people take you for your word...Instant media and bloggers and Cable TV keep America informed and on track–so back room cigar smoked deals are exposed right away. We The People want to know it all and that is what scares McAmnesty and ObomAsty!!!

    July 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Loretta from California

    I'm not tired of it. The more information the better informed we will be.

    Democrats Unite!!!

    July 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Erika, KS

    I would LOVE to see Obama and McCain do a townhall, debate, whatever. I'm tired of hearing Obama sound great from a prepared speech. Let's hear what the empty suit has to say on the cuff. Let's hear some real substance for a change. Talk is cheap, buddy, especially from a speech writer. Let's find out what you're really made of.

    July 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Iam4mycountry

    Bitter: Obama is not scared. There are lots of reasons why Obama did not take McCain up on the Town hall meetings the first time asked/. The first one was to soon after he became the Presumtive nominee, and Obama had his own schedule. He could not just drop everything because McCain said to. Also, if Obama had said yes he would look weak. Obama did respond to McCain. Why did not McCain respond back and sit down with Obama and figure out what would work for the both of them. Doesn't McCain know that life is compromises. What is McCain afraid of?

    July 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. sarah

    true sen. i am sick of the stupid sound bites. im sick of the campaign supporters blabbering on and on. im sick of seeing obama's face every time i turn on the news. i want to see a debate on the issues. and no sen. mccain, the other guy is never going to agree to town hall meetings. he cant answer a question without a teleprompter, a speech writer, and some one else to copy from.

    July 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Nick

    This Guy need to get with the new age.Anyone ever explained to this oldtimer about the information age. The world is for ever changing it is not static and information is instant 24/7 this is not the 1930 McPiehole wakeup.

    July 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    I, and everyone I know, heartily agree with you, Mr. McCain. 24/7 "news" usually isn't news at all, and it has the additional negative effect of causing people to ignore the real news.

    They can't separate real news and junk news after a while. It's a sad comment on journalism American style. The "news" is becoming no more than a vehicle for selling prescription drugs and life insurance.

    Hey, America, I have an idea! Newspapers! Read them!

    Try it. You'll like it!

    July 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. TEXAS

    Well said! Cable need news so they will keep it going and going.................................................

    July 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. lisa

    dear mr.mcBush:

    --i'm tired of your and your wife............

    July 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I am sure Obama will pacify the old man with a couple of town hall meetings, but only after the DNC. Obama needs to get more money and he can't get it, fooling with mccain. Mccain has support from lobbyist and special interest groups and the sale of cindy's beer company.

    Obama has only the people to support his campaign.

    And Merci, we really don't care about your vote, It is only one

    July 14, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Furious George

    Americans “don’t want hear the misstatement,” McCain said

    If that is the case, McCain should just keep his mouth shut

    July 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Pat Riot

    Saad from NJ, how did you turn this article into your own attack on free market capitalism? Would you prefer a state sponsored news organization so you don't have to make your own decisions about what to watch? By your incoherent rambling I can only guess as to what a total nut job people must think you are when you start spewing our socialist ideas over a cup of chocolate milk at your school's cafeteria.

    July 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. An American

    But wait, there is more... McCain doesn't want to debate Obama

    Obama has my vote, I could not in my right mind vote for another war mongering President

    July 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    I'm not voting for McCain. But here I have to agree with him.

    July 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Rick in Az

    I'm an independent voter here in Arizona, and I have a question for the folks of CNN.. I was wondering if this guy John McCain running for President that you seem to do a lot of favorable reporting on, and you seem to overlook the completely idiotic things he says on a daily basis, is he related to the McCain that's a Senator here in Arizona? The McCain that's a Senator here in Arizona refers to people of oriental heritage as g word (a very negative slaying). The Senator we have has a very negative voting record concerning veterans rights. The Senator we have said in an interview that; "He was not proud of America until he was deprived of her company". The Senator we have is the only politician that I have seen in my life that is on EVERY single side of EVERY single issue.. So basically, I was wondering if this guy John McCain that's running for President that the media thinks so highly of, if he doesn't win the White House. Is it possible that he could move here to Arizona and run against the McCain that we have as a Senator here now...

    July 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Kate

    I can see why John McCain would complain. With all those news cameras, he can't control the image. People are actually seeing him screw up and reveal his true self. The "Straight-Talk Express" facade is cracking and McCain doesn't want anyone to notice. C'mon, it's not the surrogates making "gaffes" – it's McCain himself - Let's count some of them, shall we: Czechoslavaki, Viagra v. Contraceptives, Veteran voting record battle with the veteran, stance on gay adoption, flip-flop on tax breaks and oil drilling, economic problems that are just psychological (McCain said it first – NOT Gramm), and promising to balance the budget in his first term! Anyone who thinks this guy is a centrist is not paying attention. He thinks Roe v. Wade should be overturned, he's a hawk who wants to start more wars, he votes against veterans over and over again, he's against women's issues involving healthcare & sexism, he's against FAIR trade that would protect the American worker against the unfair free trade of NAFTA type agreements, he's against environmental protection and progressive solutions to oil dependence. . . America – please start paying attention.

    July 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. An American Whiner

    Old man yells at cloud.

    July 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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