July 22nd, 2008
09:03 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain stays in the US - his press passes go continental

New McCain press pass coincides with Obama’s European swing.
New McCain press pass coincides with Obama’s European swing.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign correspondents went to Europe - but all the reporters covering John McCain got was a European press pass.

Campaign reporters trailing McCain across the United States as the press corps covering Obama gears up for the European leg of the presumptive Democratic nominee's journey still got a set of continental media credentials Tuesday night, courtesy of the Arizona senator's campaign.

Reporters arriving in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with the campaign were handed press passes that feature a shot of the Statue of Liberty in front of an American flag, and the words: "McCain Press Corps/JV Squad/"Left Behind To Report in America."

The back features a picture of what appears to be a Frenchman - sporting a beret and a neck scarf - standing in front of a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower, staring at the camera as he pours a glass of wine. The legend below is the McCain campaign's take on a translation of the English on the front of the pass: "Le groupe de presse de McCain/L'equipe junior/"Laisse en arriere pour faire un rapport en Amerique."


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. glhf

    ...Can anyone say "please help McCain before he loses Utah?"

    July 22, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. seyi

    Wow,
    that is not even close to funny.

    July 22, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. Fed up with the lies

    And next week, Sen. McCain will give them an all expenses paid trip to Clinton, Arkansas. You got to admire the man's style. Sheesh!

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. Steven

    funny

    July 22, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    Has McCain hired some junior high school students to run his campaign during the summer??

    July 22, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. Norma

    Can the McCain camp be more jealous of the fact the Obama is doing great overseas...you asked for it. Now your getting it...hahahahahaha.

    July 22, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    I don't really understand the point of this. What does it mean? Is it satire? Is he trying to use sterotyping to insult the French? Is he insulting the journalists? Is he insulting the press in general? Or is he still insulting us be calling us whiners?

    July 22, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    I don't really understand the point of this. What does it mean? Is it satire? Is he trying to use sterotyping to insult the French? Is he insulting the journalists? Is he insulting the press in general? Or is he still insulting us by calling us whiners?

    July 22, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. Vig

    John McCain is not seizing the opportunity to use Obama's own words against himself. He has flipped-flopped over and over and where are the ads – a split-screen showing Obama vs. Obama? This would be the ideal time – while Obama is playing President overseas – McCain should be unmasking Obama's two-mouths.

    July 22, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Hispanos para Obama

    the tricks and flip flops by Mccain. cannot fool the people.
    we know that Obama stands by all people. his life experiences have shown he cares .
    he will be a good leader.

    Hispanos unidos para Obama

    July 22, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. Roger from CA

    I know that this is red meat for the Republicans, and someone will jump down my throat either for not having a "sense of humor" or being "politically correct" or not being adequately "America First".... or all of the above.... but this is offensive. Is that the McCain plan: to play off of negative ethnic stereotypes? Wow, what's next? A minstrel-dark black guy (or, how about a white guy in blackface!?) with exaggerated eyes and lips eating fried chicken and watermelon??

    Sorry, no: there is no difference.

    What happened to McCain's lofty promises of an honorable and positive campaign?

    Those pinheads who pilloried the Europeans generally and the French in particular are the epitome of the "ugly American." Pride in one's own identity and country NEVER means having to denigrate others. Our duties and burdens of world leadership require that we treat others with respect. A lesson so badly lost on the Bushies. I am very sorry to see that McCain also does not understand.

    And he claims to be so savvy in foreign affairs.

    July 22, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Mtui

    FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
    “The world is waiting to love America again.” That is a quote from a recent editorial in a British newspaper, and many Europeans are hoping Barack Obama will provide them with just that chance. When Obama travels to Europe later this week, it’s expected he’ll be treated like a rock star – mobbed by cheering fans in Berlin, Paris and London.
    A recent poll from England found 70% of Italians, 67% of Germans, 65% of the French and 49% of Britons would vote for Obama. Compare that to Republican John McCain, who gets support from 15% of Italians, 6% of Germans, 8% of the French and 14% in Britain.

    July 23, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |