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. CB

    Obama's platform is TALL on substance. All McCain does is criticize. Does McCain have a plan for the health care crisis – NO "your on your own" is the answer. Does McCain have a plan for energy – NO "offshore drilling will save us" is the answer. Does McCain have an answer for renewing America's standing in the world – NO "bomb, bomb bomb" is the answer. We all know what McCain's plans are – we've lived with them for 8 years already. TIME TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

    August 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Jo

    Yes, too bad Obama doesn't have any great ideas like continuing the Iraq War for 100 years or making the rich richer. Or maybe McCain does have great ideas, but nobody would know because they fall asleep after 5 minutes. The contrast between Obama and McCain is striking. Obama inspires people of all ages and races. Who does McCain inspire? Think inspiring people is nonsense? Inspiring people is important as it is the spark that will reignite the stagnant economy. In addition to inspiring people , Obama has actual solutions for our problems, but the McCain camp likes to discount them ...if McCain is truly country first he would drop out of the race.

    August 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. NC Resident

    What it sounds like to me is a little jealousy. Why are they so worried about him being a "celebrity". Celibrities does great things for this country. Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, and etc. all put their money to good causes and speak out for people who don't have an outlet.
    Honestly this will backfire on him. I would rather have a man who can bring together people of all kinds versus a man who wants to help people like his wife stay rich while the poor people gets poorer.
    Stop hating on Obama being liked. Sounds like high school when everyone was mad at the pretty cheerleaders cause they couldn't make the squad.

    August 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Chris

    You know it is strange that McCain and his followers continue to express their opinion that Obama doesn't present any in depth content in his speeches. In the speeches I have seen he puts forth not only content, but exact details including his over all plan, and how he will pay for it.

    For example he put forth that his tax policy will be to raise the capital gains tax on individuals making over $250,000 and he will renew the tax cuts for the lower income families. Those are details. He also put forth the very specific plan of granting $1000 tax rebate to all families. That again is very specific.

    On Iraq, not only is he very specific with a set timeline, but McCain KNOWS his specifics and hammered him on the timeline, (until he was for it . . . . oops).

    McCain tells his followers "Obama has no real plans" and yet moments later, he hammers Obama on the details of his plans.

    Is McCain being honest with his followers? Why would you continue to follow someone who LIES to you and proves it with every speech he makes?

    August 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Mcnam002

    Who is attracted to this kind of behavior? Why can't McCain just worry about himself and his OWN candidacy? I can't see how his ridiculous attempt at positioning Obama as a celebrtity would ever help him get votes and make Obama lose them. It's pathetic and sad and I can't believe a person up for the biggest role in the world is so immature and so petty. It's honestly the LAST thing we need. Obama is all about positivity and HIS campaign, I wish McCain could do the same. If he's confident in himself he does not need to waste SO much energy on putting down Obama.

    August 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. john heikes

    So, from which of his seven or eight houses did McCain give this address while lounging in his 500.00 loafers.

    August 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Sudeep Acharya

    McSame wants to paint Obama as elitist candidate who is out of touch with reality.

    Someone forgot to tell McSame that the idea of painting Obama as elitist is an unrealistic idea. Poor old man doesn't even have staffs with fresh campaign ideas.

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Fitz

    When a candidate nor that candidates political party have anything to offer the American people, this is the type of garbage they engage in. Lets accuse our opponent of being too popular. God forbid people should actually want to like their president and have other leaders like them as well. I happen to think Obama being popular is a good thing once you get past the SPIN. Let's elect a president that people like and not one that lies (McCain) every opportunity they get.

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Unshrub

    Why is it wrong to be liked? I used to like McCain, but lately everytime he opens his mouth I dislike him more all of the time.

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Sherry, Atlanta

    Just how DUMB can you people be! Your Celebrity Ad (during the Olympics Opening Ceremony), ONLY HELPS PRESIENT OBAMA...
    showing that OBAMA IS SUPPORTED BY MAJORITY OF THE WORLD.

    OBAMA SUPPORTER"S, WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU!

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. McCain is sounding desperate...

    Once again, a complaint about Obama's popularity! Further evidence that the Republicans have nothing of substance to offer the American public in 2008...

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Joel

    This is just turning me off from McCain. As if he is going to mock his way to the White House! This is just extremely sad. I actually thought he was different and a positive human being. I think he should shed of his skin and say something positive. Unless he wants more of his younger vote pool to shift to the Obama camp

    August 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. CLos

    I am still not sure who I am going to vote for but I know for sure it is not McCain. Drilling now will not help anything with our economic standing with gas. It takes time to tap the oil, find it, get it out of the ground, get it to the refineries and then produce it into gas. We need renewable sources of energy now not eventually while destroying our earth in the mean time. Plus Iraq. That just needs to be taken care of. And I sure don't want someone who wants to eventually pull the people who we lover out of Iraq. McCain should know the effects wars have on people and their families. The republican party has just dug us into a nearly trillion dollar deficit since Master Bush has come into office. Starting a war based on false pretenses and false reports. Our housing market is in shambles and our economy is on of the worst since the depression.

    His over conservative and unwilling openness to peoples ideals and flip flopping is getting old from McCain. Speaking of old. I know cheap shot but do you actually think his heart and brain can hand at least 4 years of insane stress, war decisions and American economic clean up. I sure don't. We may have questionable decisions made by him once the biological effects of the human body take hold.

    McCain is not the answer. And if Obama can pull off what he says he can I am more opting to go Democratic. We will see. The nation needs change. Not the same old politics.

    August 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. tina

    I guess we should all realize by now that this man has nothing else to say, no strategy to win and his campaign is just going to keep coming up with more of the same empty ideas to try to boost his ailing run for President. It doesn't sound like Karl Rove has been helping out.

    August 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Danel

    Too much straight talk lost it's bearings, where's the positive campaign that you and Cindy promised? What's your solutions to the economy, war in Iraq, Russia and South Ossetia, how about Abkazia, NATO,Missile Defense,trillion dollar deficit , now that Maliki gave us until 2010 to get out. How you gonna handle Iran and Israel's pressure to bomb Iran? That's what we want to hear NOT bashing Obama this, Obama that, ENOUGH!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Fitz

    When a candidate nor that candidates political party have anything to offer the American people, this is the type of garbage they engage in. Let's accuse our opponent of being too popular. God forbid people should actually want to like their president and have other world leaders like them as well. I happen to think Obama being popular is a good thing once you get past the SPIN. Let's elect a president that people like and not one that lies (McCain) every opportunity they get.

    August 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Mikel

    McCain is senile.

    August 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. rhaezorblue

    If this is McCain's vision of America, he really should just pack it in. No one wants a President that practices politics comparable to high school antics. How about a real, honest debate about issues that MATTER to us citizens. He isn't fooling anyone (that I know) with this pure negative campaigning. I'm a white male and live in the suburbs, and McCain is so out of touch with what familys want than he even realizes. President's should not be slinging mud and be-littling people. We have enough of that in America.

    August 9, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. who cares

    I guess if you have an I.Q. under 20 This McCain character appeals to you. The last time I heard someone poke this much fun at someone else I was in elementary school. Get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Abdoulayes

    McCain should lay low and be quiet. The big fat elephant in the room is that he is as guilty as we have learned Edwards is.... except he didn't beg his loyal wife's forgiveness. He left her.

    August 9, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Eric Jack

    Blockbuster? ...McCain? is this really the best you've got? I'll take Obama speeches and all, over McCain's low-budget spoof of a presidential campaign! Seriously, what are your proposals & ideas for the future of this country – McCain? I get it: ...see George W, Bush the THIRD!

    August 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Bob from San Francisco

    How horrible! A president that people actually like and are inspired by!!

    And no matter how many times Obama lays out some details, the Republicans will keep pushing the mantra of "he has nothing to offer" to their listeners, the largely uninformed American public.

    What's your substance, McCain? I only see you bashing Obama and wanting to create magical "surges" to solve problems. Send in the military. Drill here and drill now!

    What a dope.

    August 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Hakim Rasheed

    It's ironic that John McSame would attack Senator Obama as a"celebrity" when, in a speech just a few months ago he taked about how well the American people know him. He has a ninety percent voting record with Bush, a President that he doesn't even want to be seen in public with, and he must be defeated in November's election so that we don't get Bush's third term. Obama '08!

    August 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Michelle

    Obama is an actor pretending to be president.

    He reads speeches that other people write. He uses a teleprompter or script to deliver his message. He cannot speak to citizens because he doesn't have a clue. He runs like a chicken from debates.

    Obama is a big zero. NO, nada, zero, big goose egg legislative accomplishments.

    143 days in US Senate and that's it.

    Big question: Does Obama have dual citizenship? If so, how does that factor into his eligibility for POTUS? The MSM should be investigating this.

    August 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Matthew Cox

    Hmm. Last summer blockbuster I saw was the Dark Knight, which exceeded expectations and was an amazing movie. I've been on the fence as to who to vote for, but if McCain is saying that Obama is that good, I guess I'll vote for him.

    August 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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