August 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain again slams Obama 'celebrity' in new radio address

McCain has pegged Obama as an out-of-touch celeb.
McCain has pegged Obama as an out-of-touch celeb.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain is using his weekly radio address today to continue to attack his opponent, Barack Obama, as a celebrity.

“The Democratic National Convention is just a couple of weeks away. It was four years ago, at the same gathering, that America heard a fine speech from an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama. He's done pretty well for himself since then. And the smart money in Denver is on another celebrated performance,” says McCain in the recorded address.

“But even the most stirring speeches are easily forgotten when they're short on content. Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster, and an hour in realizing that all the best scenes were in the trailer you saw last fall. In the way of running mates, Senator Obama should consider someone with a knack for brevity and directness, to balance the ticket,” adds the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

The McCain campaign first termed Obama a celebrity in a television campaign commercial over a week ago. Since then it appears to have become a theme with the campaign, showing up in a number of ads.

In the radio address, McCain also criticizes Obama’s energy policies and touting his own, saying “a serious energy plan involves a lot more yeses than nos. And that is why I say yes to drilling, here and now. Yes to 45 more nuclear power plants to provide our country with electricity. Yes to clean coal technology, so that we can create jobs and use America's most abundant resource. Yes to renewable energy sources, so that we can shift away from petroleum over the long term. Yes to a break from the federal gasoline tax, so that our government helps you in a time of need instead of just adding to your costs. In short, yes to all of the above - to a bold plan for achieving energy independence that starts today.”

McCain heads to Las Vegas later today, to address the annual convention of the Disabled Americans Veterans.


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  1. W.H. Thomas

    YAWN.......Does Mcain has anything else to talk about except Obama? If he keeps this up I will start to feel as if Ole Johnny boy is a little obsessed with the Senator from Illinois.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Susan in Florida

    What a conventional bore you are, Senator McCain. Have you ever had an original idea in your head? All I hear are your repetitive flip-flops and same talking points your campaign aides hand out to your surrogates.

    You are beginning to sound more like Rudy Giuliani than Rudy Giuliani on the political talk-show circuit last week.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Martin

    Senator McCain, your supports and the GOP deserve more from a twenty year maverick of the Senate. Concentrate on your campaign, deliver a message of hope that will inspire American’s then you might be received differently.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Emster

    McCain's new ad about Obama's tax proposals are just a string of debunked lies. The statements in that ad have been shown to be lies publicly. But McCain is still spreading them in his ads! He either has to know that they're debunked lies but doesn't care if he continues telling them. Or he isn't bothering to see what's already been disproved and prefers to stay uninformed. Either way it's a horrible way to run a campaign. How can people support McCain when he's so desperate that he's resorting to spreading debunked lies in his ads? It's one thing to be negative, it's even worse to use purposely tell lies while being negative.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. John Doe

    "Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster, and an hour in realizing that all the best scenes were in the trailer you saw last fall."

    And taking in McCain's performances is a lot like being forced to watch C-SPAN when you're a kid because it puts you to sleep. He'd be great making Wii Sports training videos for senior citizens in care homes. And that's about it. Like he was already told, getting shot down from a jet does not qualify anybody to be president. Being born in Panama certainly disqualifies him, though. Dweeb.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Jed

    If Barack is a blockbuster, John is an episode of the Golden Girls.

    I mean no disrespect to anyone involved with the Golden Girls.

    oh, and what is with the nick name "Songbird McCain?"

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Afm

    It seems the more McCain talks about Obama Celeb's status the more he comes off like a whiner, old jealous man. After all he and Mrs McCain said right after the primary was over they would not go negative. That has all changed. Obama looks like he is above the negativity. McCain has a problem with celeb. He has been in movies, and shows. He also has that status. I don't know who he is trying to fool. American people are alot smarter then they give us credit for. Obama has taken the high road and McCain has take the low road. You can see McCain doesn't like it but he still does it. He isn't St McCain.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Sondaryani Vagher

    Why this McSurge is so negative? Atleast Obama can deliver a good speech.

    August 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. pam Eugene OR

    McCain' radio addresses are as tired and old as he is.
    Move on to what is relevant if you have anything to add.

    August 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Mike in Gboro

    Still? As tired as this attack is, he still continues to lob this "celebrity" attack. This attack is as stale as his foreign, economic, domestic and immigration policy. Thoroughly pathetic.

    August 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. seanm

    McCain is coming off more and more like a cranky old man. Instead of telling us what we should vote for, he is telling us what we shouldn't vote for. That's not a way to win an election. You need people to vote for you, not against your opponent. You'll lose the enthusiasm gap.

    August 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Homo Sapien

    I'll admit, that's a pretty clever analogy. And it's true, too. Obama needs to talk about where all this hope and change will take us, not just that there's hope and change, before he'd ever earn my vote.

    August 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. JfromNC

    Holy cow! McCain's jealousy is completely out of control.

    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Doug

    Wow, Karl Rove's trainees are really turning McCain's campaign negative. Who the hell wants four more years of this garbage?

    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. B

    I wish McCain would give this one up. His arguments hold no weight. Its pure envy that's showing on his face at present. Maybe if HIS campaign had something exciting to offer, he'd receive the same attention. Stop being a crybaby and articulate your plans for the nation, sir.

    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Democrat

    That snarky old man is jealous. This whole thing is beginning to be totally foolish.

    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    After 25 plus years in the senate is this all the man can come up with.
    People now days can tell the difference between good and bad.

    August 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Jimi NY

    Jealous because he has no charisma. John McCain is not what this country needs right now. Granted, he is a great American, but he will not have the impact on OUR country, or the world, for that matter, as Barrack Obama will. We need that now. We need someone that can repair the damages this administration has caused over the past 8 years. McCain is offering the same; Obama is bringing us CHANGE!
    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Denise

    McCain is a HATER!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Irene K

    GOP....no longer a surprise..desperate times call for desperate measures. I dont blame them, I wish I had Obama's oratory skills too.

    August 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Mslola

    McSurge........are you going to offer up your wife for another top-less-beergut-biker rally beauty pagnent in Las Vegas too!
    I'm with Paris Hilton......not picking the old-white-haired dude....I'm going with the other guy!
    Obama 2008!

    August 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. The world supports OBAMA

    The proper celebrity comparison is;

    Denzil Washington as Barack Obama

    Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers Movie series as John McCain

    Who would you rather have leading your country?

    Seriously, does John McCain have any solutions or any concept of the complexity of problems facing not on the USA but the entire world? He doesn't have the IQ or the temperment to deal with these problems. Obama does.

    August 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Lovely in VA

    How childish.

    August 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Marijn

    "...But even the most stirring speeches are easily forgotten when they're short on content."
    Who is short on content here? McCain only seems to be able to talk about obama, paris, britney, etc. he's only focusing on making obama look bad. how is that content? he is the one avoiding the issues here.

    August 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Jeff M.

    So this is their (GOP) main line of attack? Pretty pitiful.

    August 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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