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. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    A jealous old man! Republicans have always been mean-spirited and McCain is no different. He thought his joke about Chelsea Clinton, a teenage girl at the time, was so funny. He makes me sick to my stomach.

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Denise Groves

    mccain himself is about to be slamed! he just handed obama Ohio with this DHL deal he and his manager, Davis orchestrated in 2003. David Plouffe is on it! Over 8,000 people are about to loose their jobs because they are being transferred elsewhere! The straight talk express lied when he visited Ohio last week.

    Everything this man has said has been a lie. The rooster is coming home to crow!

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Wil B

    Lord, I McCain jealous or what. I mean, why doesnt he state his substance instead of simply rehashing ihe old lines of degredation toward senator Obama. I mean, its the same old tired hat trick. I have nothing myself so I will throw insult on the school ground to distract form my own short comings. I will lie and make false and/or outlandish comparison because I have no real substance myself. That is what this looks like to me, the new kid has something ole Johnny doesnt and he is jealous.

    Juts because you were a POW does not mean you have experience. It is not the same as leading troops. YOU are strong for surviving but that does not make you a grand military leader. I extend my upmost gratitude to Senator McCain for serving his country but that in no way means he is qualified.

    In all his decades in the Senate he does not have the upmost track record. He is the status quo, he changes (FLIP FLOPS) on issues or says he for something he was not before. So he accuses Senator Obama of the same yet at least Senator OBama is willing to relook at somehtign and reevaluate his position. Bush has not and look at what 7 1/2 years of thta has brought. To reevaluate yoru postion is not flip flopping it is the smart thing to do.

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. june in FL

    Why does McCain think that he is not also a celebrity??? And what is wrong with being a celebrity, like Ronald Reagan, Arnold S, Shirley Temple, Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary, Sonny Bono, etc., etc.

    Some celebrities are just more famous than others & more talented in politics and communicating with the people's needs than others.

    Thank goodness he's dropped the word elitist.... because anyone as wealthy as John McCain is definitely an elitist.

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. beverly

    why don't you hang it up mccain, talk politics what people want to hear. acout gas prices, medical insurance, food prices, iraq war bring the troops home, housing– people losing the homes. mccainyour so jealous of senator, he has the spot light from all news stations weather it's positve or negative reporting, he's younger, he is articulate, he making history, people are curious, he trying to stick to the issues, without all the negative campaiging, mccain you should do the same know one want to hear or see the negative ads. maybe that all you have, nothing concrete

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. A CANUCK

    MCCAIN WOULD GIVE HIS FALSE TEET H...TO BE ABLE TO GIVE A SPEECH LIKE OBAMA......WHAT A JEALOUS OLD WRINKLY MAN !!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Michele, Oregon

    Here we go again..........What is the problem with actually liking and rallying around our nominee????? McCain's minimizing our support is like using a toothpick for an oar. He not only attacks our nominee overtly but underhandedly all of us who support Obama as well. It WILL be a great event because of what this potentially means for our country in spite of McCain's continual tirade on "celebrity". Enough already! And we don't need to hear anymore panelists discuss whether this tactic of McCain is working. Let's discuss the real issues.

    August 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Rebel with a Cause

    Guess the "Biker Babes" didn't get the desired result, eh John! Keep trying. While the Obama's are in Hawaii seeing Barack's Tutu, you're trying to do Swan Lake and it's looking the an Ohio "Chicken Dance". Take a hint. Take 9 days off and give us break. The mess will all be here when you get back.

    August 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. JOHN SCOOTER MCCAIN

    WHAT A JOKER . WAIT UNTIL THOSE DEBATES WHEN MCCAIN LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE A BUMBLING IDIOT.

    VOTE ......OBAMA...08

    August 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Jay

    The only "content" McCain has is childish attacks trying to ridicule his opponent rather than trying to debate on substance. McCain, I respected you before this election – No more

    August 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Franky

    Yeah.........he lives the life of ...Britney Spears and Paris Hilton??? You know, my boy does have Christians....

    August 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Marge Hibbing Mn

    He is 100% true...obama is all show and no substance. He sat on his butt for all that time in the state senate hitting the "present" key. he did not draft, or start any bill. He just watched. Then he pulled a fast one on Ryan, someone stole into confidential files in the mayor's government to see the reason Jeri Ryan got a divorce. And lo and behold it was leaked to the public. Ruining his chances for the senate, course he was way way ahead of obama at the time. And then this wonderful person got to the US senate unopposed, might have well been Keyes was his opponent. And then....he set a record for not voting for any of the legislation that was being considered. No one, not a single soul in the senate had more not votings than obama EXCEPT a man who had been operated on for a brain problem. How do you like those qualifications. But then the ethenic group that voted for him along with the good old boys who hate women think this type of a record is GREAT AND MADE HIM A ROCK STAR.

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Chris in VT

    How many more bridges need to fall before McCain realizes that the gas tax has a purpose: to fix the roads!

    I am amazed that a major earthquake has not melted down a nuclear reactor yet, and McCain seems to forget about all that nuclear waste that will be produced when he talks of how clean and safe nuclear power is now.

    Clean coal is great but it is also very expensive to build and unless we make dirty coal plants illegal, nobody is going to build clean coal plants.

    Drilling is not a short-term solution since we will see nothing of it for many years, plus we know oil companies want big profits and they are not going to put all their money into new drill platforms immediately.

    I think McCain should have a conversation with Picken, why has McCain ignored Natural Gas in his approach? There are also a multitude of renewable energy sources which McCain breezes over in one simple line of his statement, showing how little he plans to invest in renewables.

    The only thing "bold" about this plan is that McCain has the audacity to push it on us like we don't know any better.

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. TRACI

    Seems like Mcsame needs something substantive to talk about-other than his jealousy over celebrity status.

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Dem from TX

    Blockbuster thanks for the compliment! I'm sure EVERYONE agrees and hopefully you will be able to keep the attention of your party all of them. We Dems have learned NOT THIS TIME! We will continue to be positive and looking to sweap the map.................GOP continue with the same "OLD" politics.

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Sherry

    TALK ABOUT WHAT CHANGE YOU WILL BRING TO BETTER AMERICA

    ALL YOU DO IS THROW STONES AT OBAMA

    LETS START TALKING ABOUT ALL THE TRASH YOU HAVE IN YOUR CLOSET

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Paul

    Can someone tell the politicians that the Church Age is over ?

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. jimmy

    ALL HAIL OUR GREAT COUNTRY AND AMERICANS .
    AT LAST. THE ENERGY ISSUE HAS BECOME THE NUMBER CONCERN OF AMERICANS. AND DRILL, DRILL DRILL FOR OIL
    IS BECOMING THE RALLYING CRY FOR VOTERS IN THIS ELECTION. AND OBAMA IS THE ONE OUT OF TOUCH WITH OUR CITIZENS. AND AMERICA'S CONCERNS AND ISSUES.
    AMERICA HAS BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF BARRELS OF OIL THAT IS JUST WAITING TO GET PUMPED OUT. MCCAIN HAS HIT ON IT
    THE FIRST TIME AND IS SHOWING THAT HE IS THE ONE WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND JUDGEMENT TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT.

    August 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. SustainableTim

    Why does McCain keep pretending that Obama's energy policies do not include all of these same things?...and then some. Look it up, McCain...Obama has released his entire 8 page energy plan...what have you shown us? tire gauges?

    McCain, it is the worldwide opinion that Obama's energy policies absolutely BLOW YOURS OUT OF THE WATER....pick another issue, cuz energy is not one you will win.

    August 9, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. WAW

    If McCain would get beyond the Bush-talk and get off this little boy jealousy kick, maybe someone would think he could possibly be something besides "the only one left" after the Republicans all quit.

    August 9, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Willy

    Good job John. The "Falsh" in the pan is fading on the Obama tour. That's why he hides from you.

    August 9, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. dennis from chicago

    it isn't the fact that o bama is a blockbuster WHAT IS MORE IMORTANT IS THERE'S NOTHING PLAYING//////

    August 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. WISDOM

    What a looser! Stop whining McWhine. Be honest and don't loose your dignity at the least.!

    August 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. RDK

    Several media sources have recently indicated that a recent poll showed 40-50 percent believe there's too much attention towards Obama and/or more attention should be put toweard McCain. What was not revealed was how many of those 40-50 percent were Republicans...

    August 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. TREP

    McCain is so full of it, that it is sickening. There is more substance in any one of Obama's speeches than all of McCain's stacked town hall meetings. McCain's biggest problem with Obama's rhetoric might be that he cannot understand it. He continues to talk the low road with his adds. The so-called "Maverick" has nothing new to offer this country. Obama is far from perfect, but he is certainly a step in the proper direction.

    August 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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