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. Chris

    What I find quite telling, is that McCain is always talking about Obama and his 'lack in substance' in his ads, but never really presenting his own ideas and how they will help the 'little' people or anything substantive about his politics. It looks more and more as if McCain has really nothing else to offer than 'more of the same', to be frank.

    August 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. D in Phoenix

    This is strange.

    John McCain underperforms while living a life of privilege (almost flunking out of the Naval Academy, skipping out on his crippled wife, crashing numerous Navy planes, making numerous propaganda movies for the enemy, under the cloud of the Keating Five, voting for a disaster of a war) then uses his incompetences as a campaign rally cry.

    Why doesn't the media point out the fact that this guy makes numerous daily gaffes like arguing two different positions on tire gauges and offering his wife up for a nude beauty contest all in the same day.

    If there wasn't a media bias to keep this guy close, he would be laughed off of the political stage

    August 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Denn

    McCain is a tired, bitter old man, completely out of touch with today's reality. Like the buggy whip, segregation and dial-up internet, his time has come and gone. Vaya Con Dios...

    August 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Sue in MI

    Well, thank you, "my friend" for focusing on YOUR message and relaying YOUR ideas to better the country. Or do you have none? This is getting a little old, and you're turning a lovely shade of green. Obama's speeches ARE being remembered, and thanks to your tactics, they are getting more attention, too. Kind of sad, what the Republicans have been reduced to, but then, they can't pretend to have policies, when all Bush has done is make sure that whatever McCain says, it is compared to the lying, cruel, illegal activity being carried on in the White House. Bye, bye, John.

    August 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Matthew - Bethlehem, PA

    When is John McCain going to talk about John McCain?

    Oh, that's right, there's not really anything to talk about. No policies for us peon U.S. Citizens...just giveaways for Big Oil, continuing the war in Iraq for another 100 years, and more tax breaks for the rich!

    August 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Tim in SF

    Obama is a getting more coverage because he is viewed as being interesting and McCain is viewed as being boring.

    Seen that view stated here often. Americans want someone interesting for President and are willing to overlook a total lack of experience to get it. If FDR were running these days, the view of him on crutches or in a wheelchair would cost him an election and America one of it's greatest Presidents.

    Sad but true shallow American voters!

    August 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. tabbitha rae

    Poor McCain. He just can't control his envy of Obama's popularity. Mc Cain's campaign consists of nothing more than jumping all over Obama for superflous reasons. McCain's campaign even criticized Obama for going to visit his grandmother! People are attracted to Obama because we hope he will bring about a change in the old failed policies of Washington. Policies McCain has been a part of for over 20 years.

    August 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Justin

    Is that all Mcain has? He says Obama is not talking about issues, instead just giving speeches. All Mcain can do is call Obama a celebrity. Where does he stand? O wait I can tell you, look at Bush's polices and that is the answer. Stand on your own two feet Mcbush and come up with something original.

    Justin
    Reno, Nv

    August 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. eddy

    Why doesn't this old & arrogant self made so called hero get real and don't be so jealous of the popularity of his opponent.There are many heros in the world and what the heck makes him so special.

    August 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    THE COME -BACK OLD MAN CAN'T FIND HEMSELF MORELES A
    REASONABLE LINE OF ATTACK. FROM MOSES, ANTICHRIST TO CLE. WHAT'S NEXT.

    August 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Mk

    So now that we have 8 years of a president the world dislikes in a BIG way has it become some sort of sin to be well liked?
    McCain's entire campaign is based on Obama being well liked?
    Does that seem OUT OF TOUCH in any way?????

    August 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Mr. Burns

    Playing to petty perceived jealousies. . " I hate that kid, because he's so popular."
    john mccain: A 72 year old with a junion high school psyche.

    August 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. fpjv

    After seeing how poor the moral standards of candidates (or ex-candidatesa) like Edwards are, and remembering the vile attacks by Edwards and Obama on Hillary Clinton I must, as a liketime Democrat that puts our country first, shift my support to McCain, a man of integrity and clear past. I have been a liberal all my life and in theory I would be inclined to agree with Obama's positions (if he did not change them yet) but character counts and the way I see it the Demoicrats appear to be leaving us the people and going their own way to loose the election. What a shame !!!

    August 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. irakwarno4americans

    McBush has nothing positive to say. it is sad, Republicans have drove the country to the ground . they still think they can continue to play with the intelligence of the citizens. What can we expect from McSHAME, 4 more years unnecessary loss of American life, a bad economy , loss of jobs , HIGH FUEL PRICES , etc. Dick " THE SERPENT" cheney and his clan only care about their pockets. IF WE LOVE AMERICA , WE MUST GET REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE!

    August 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Yes we Scam

    Obama should be nominated for an "Oscar" for diligent acting skills. It's amazing that this guy is the democratic nominee when less than four years ago he was a state legislator. Now I know many of you have favorable opinions about your own state legislator, but do you really think that he or she would be ready to lead our nation? Unbelievable...

    August 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. LLMTruth

    McBrainless you are an absolute idiot, pure and simple. The problem is: you think the rest of America is as idiotic as you and your campaign is. The truth of the matter McBrainless is; there are some idiots in this country that think your characterization of Obama as a celebrity is accurate. However, I don't believe that Obama has appeared on Saturday Night Live, nor did he appear in the Wedding Chasers as you have. Wouldn't that qualify you as a "celebrity", McIdiot? And I would like to remind everyone that there was no bigger "celebrity' than Ronald Reagan. Do you remember, or is your brain matter in overdrive? Geeeze man, you need to get a grip on reality.

    Besides that, what the hell is wrong with a presidential candidate being popular, anyway? You only wish the public was as interested in you as they apparently are in Obama. You are dull, boring, obtuse, confused, dishonest, unprincipled, uneducated, malicious, demented, and senile. There is no comparison between you and Obama. Obama wins hands down. Hell, you can't even remember what comes out of your mouth from one day to the next. You stammer and stutter constantly when asked a question that requires free thought. You grope through the air, rubbing your chin or you have this out-of-reality stare on your face. Totally confused and befuddled. You sir, are entirely unfit to lead this nation even out of a wet paper bag.

    Then, you call yourself a war hero, but you only had 20 hours of flight time before you were shot down. You wrecked 5, count them, 5 Jets before you were shot down. One of those incompetent incidents took the lives of 100 of your fellow servicemen. What the hell kind of hero is that? You were known as the "songbird' at Hanoi Hilton, a very dubious title to say the least. What would make your fellow POW's label you a songbird? What were you guilty of that made them refer to you as that? I can only guess, and it would be a pretty good one.

    Also, you obviously have no personality or least one of a gnat. You have never had to struggle in life. You have never had to figure where your next meal was coming from, or how will you pay your rent, let alone mortgage. You are of low moral scruples. You dumped your former wife who was paralyzed and wheelchair confined so you can set yourself up with someone as brainless as you, but with a lot of money.

    You sir, are not a man of honor, because if you can leave a wife who was in the condition as your former wife, then I know you would have no hesitation in deserting me or anyone else in this country. What you did to her is one of the debased acts someone could commit. It shows just how low your character is. That was despicable and sub-human.

    I am a former Viet Nam Vet, and I can tell you, your actions are of the lowest standards. They are indicative of an absolute morales character and one with an extreme lack of fiber. So yeah, I guess Obama is somewhat of a celebrity, but I’m willing to bet the farm his character would stand up to yours even on his worst days.

    Come November, it will be the first time I vote in 12 years and believe me there are a lot of people I've talked to that plan on showing up at the polls. And you want to know why? Well I'll tell; enough is enough. I, we will not sit idle while half-wits, and liars like you continue to run this country into the ground.

    You're ridiculous. You're like a little rodent; you can't catch him but he's always around.

    You sir, disgust me. Your type of politics are archaic and obsolete.

    Enough said...

    August 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. William in California

    While some people claim that McCain's age will cause people not to vote for him. I believe that his age is a huge factor in people (including the media) underestimating him and his campaign.

    People don't like to admit that the tactics he has been using lately are working because they seems to insult the intelligence of the American people. He repeats the same attacks on Obama again and again and when the media repeats what he says and does little to discredit it, people begin to believe it.

    That is one of the reasons people keep saying Obama is an empty suit with no plans or accomplishments. Obama's plans and accomplishments are listed on his website and many others, but time and time again I see people use that logic.

    The other problem seems to come from the candidates educational background. People seem afraid that Obama is "outsmarting" the people who wish to vote for him, using some kind of power only accessible to "smart" people. On the other hand with McCain's educational history there is no fear he is outsmarting the voter and then there is the whole War Hero persona that just reinforces that line of thinking.

    The thing I think people forget is that there is a whole campaign staff that contributes to the speeches and ads that they develop. For all we know McCain has very little input in these lines of attack or in his plans he proposes. I'm not saying he doesn't approve them but I doubt he develops them all by himself. If you don't believe me just look at the differences in McCain's last presidential campaign and this one.

    And that brings me to my final point. The fear of politicians not keeping their word is very prevalent in this race. While it hurts Obama to have people distrust his message of change, it actually in a weird way can help McCain as people want to believe that after he is elected McCain will return to his maverick self and a lot of his positions outlined in his campaign were just made so he could get elected and do not reflect the "real John McCain."

    Personally I will vote for Obama because I trust an educated proponent of change and the democrats much more than a war hero and the republicans.

    August 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    John McCain is a tired old man surrounded by those wanting a piece of the power that would come with the Presidency. Much like the Bush cadra which did so much damage to the United States of America, they come with few new ideas and pray on the fears of Americans. Yes McCain is experienced and would would take little risk in trying to solve the problems of the US and the world, but if we elect yet another do little, America will quickly become a third world power in our lifetime.
    You cannot in-act meaningful change without some risk and it's time the American people woke up to the fact that their standing in the world has been deeply eroded by the republican party. The only way you can regain your stature is to elect someone who is willing to take a chance and change some of wrongs of the past, like being so dependent on dirty energy and cheap imports.
    I ask you, take the risk, give change a chance, so we will all live in a better word. You have a candidate that inspires hope not only in the US but also internationally. Don't let him down

    August 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Jesse, St. Louis Park, MN

    This continuing hit on Obama is a bit unbecoming from McCain.

    So, Obama is popular at home and abroad. Oh no, imagine that, a President that people can be proud of. The horror!

    August 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Ross in MD

    Did he really just give Obama advice on picking a running mate?
    Don't worry McCain, Obama has a fine pool to pick the next vice-president from.

    August 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Bob

    John McCain is a tired old man surrounded by those wanting a piece of the power that would come with the Presidency. Much like the Bush cadra which did so much damage to the United States of America, they come with few new ideas and pray on the fears of Americans. Yes McCain is experienced and would would take little risk in trying to solve the problems of the US and the world, but if we elect yet another do little, America will quickly become a third world power in our lifetime.
    You cannot in-act meaningful change without some risk and it's time the American people woke up to the fact that their standing in the world has been deeply eroded by the republican party. The only way you can regain your stature is to elect someone who is willing to take a chance and change some of wrongs of the past, like being so dependent on dirty energy and cheap imports.
    I ask you, take the risk, give change a chance, so we will all live in a better word. You have a candidate that inspires hope not only in the US but also internationally. Don't let him down

    August 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Latina Woman for Barack

    This is not a surprise from the Republics. They tend to pray on the ill -informed. I hope, anticipate & pray that Americans are smarter this election season. I would rather take the money that is being spent in Iraq to provide workers with a decent hourly wage in order to pay for gas, food, roads and the list goes on. Oh and BTW our education should also be addressed because before we realize, we will be on our way to becoming a third world country. We have one of the worst education systems on the planet. Ok, I am exaggerating. But the point is, we have a lot to fix at home and paying for problems overseas and having the rich get richer is not going to help.

    VOTE for a revitalized America.

    August 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Sorensen

    Poor, old ridiculous McCain.
    He would never have made admiral in the navy.
    His temper is awful and dangerous for a man his age.
    His knowledge of real people, the economy, the world, etc. etc. is
    minimal.
    The world would think we were crazy to elect him. And they would be
    right.
    He is an honorable man, a patriot in his own outdated definition,
    and he should be given another medal for bravery in Vietnam.
    The fact that Mr. Axelrod is screwing up Obamas campaign for the
    moment does not mean that McCain has a chance in the end.
    Other than that, everything is fine.

    August 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. irene

    WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR JOHN MCCAIN ,
    HE HAS SUNK SO LOW,AND HAS SUCH HATRED FOR THE SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS,THAT HE FORGETS THAT HE WAS ONCE A NOVICE THE SAME AS OBAMA.
    EIGHT YEARS AGO I THOUGHT HE WOULD MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT,TODAY I TRULY BELIEVE THAT HE WOULD NOT BE.
    HE HAS NO VISION,AND BELITTLES ANYONE THAT HAS.
    JEALOUSY IS A VERY BAD THING AND MAKES PEOPLE DO WEIRD THINGS'

    August 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. smackmeister

    More of the same from the republican machine.

    August 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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