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. Sherry

    John needs to talk about issues not Obama.....
    He has no real goals or solutions so he will forever grill and nettle into Obama.
    He is beyond being a bully and idiot.
    America needs a stable person as commander in chief
    No war monger angry firecracker

    August 9, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. spoeser

    More of the McShame! The Olympics opening ceremony is NO PLACE for negative McShame ads! He is no maverick! Mavericks stay above the fray!

    August 9, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Ryan - Tampa, Flordia

    Fair and balanced:

    Wasn't Reagan, who McCain so loves to name drop, pinned an unexperienced movie star promising a different direction for the 1980's?

    Didn't the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) give John McCain a 20% rating out of 100?

    August 9, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Canuck

    It's quite obvious McCain is desperately jealous of Obama's ability to speak. Would be nice to have a president who could actually speak for once...

    August 9, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Sherry

    John needs to talk about issues not Obama.....
    He has no real goals or solutions so he will forever grill and nettle into Obama.
    He is beyond being a bully and idiot.
    America needs a stable person as commander in chief
    No war monger angry firecracker

    this is not a repeat

    August 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Bizarro Rick Davis

    McCain is a liar. He has not fleshed out a quarter of the policy proposals that Obama has, and many of his signature proposals are just gimmicks that serious economists have debunked. Where is McCain's supposed substance? Whenever he opens his mouth, all I hear him talk about is his weird obsession with Obama. Senator McCain, your rabid hatred of Obama may help calm your bruised ego, but it will not help bring jobs back to America.

    August 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. val

    this old man is so scared of Obama. He knows he is going down so he throws jabs at him. Keep trying old grey haird guy. You can't even raise your hands high enough but u want to throw jabs. Old people don't seem to know we dont want old politics anymore. You keep trying to scare people. It won't work this time. We have a democratic candidate who is smarter than you, looks better than you, stronger than you, and more educated than you.

    Oh and by the way, stop the attacks because they make u look stupid even to republicans

    August 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. banderson

    Deception, misdirection, and propaganda, this is the Republican way. I used to be a big admirer of Senator McCain, however recently I have come to believe that he is truly the one who will say or do anything to get elected. He is becoming absolutely pathetic in these attacks on Senator Obama and it's a shame.

    August 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Texas Voter

    You go McCain!
    Obama is a bunch of words with no proven track record, and will kill us all as he has stated that he will scale down our military and remove our weapons of protection. Wake up, the world is evil and full of hate and terrorist have Americans on their hit list. It's not just 9/11 people, we've been under attack for years and years. The ONLY reason we've not been hit since 9/11 is because George W. Bush has the grit – A true American Man – to stop those murders. It was not Sadam who flew those planes and killed thousands of Americans – it was terrorists. Would you let a murderer go who killed your mother? America deserves better than Obama who will destroy this nation with his pie in the sky liberal ideas that have been proven as failing ideas all over the world.

    McCain 08'

    August 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Butch Dillon

    McCain has lost his grip on this race. He has nothing constructive to say about the issues, and changes his position on them when politically appropriate. He's waging a sound bite campaign when the people want to hear substantive proposals from him to solve the many problems we face on a day-to-day basis. Sorry, but it's becoming clearer and clearer with time that his age and his generation are disqualifying him from serious consideration.

    August 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Jack Pitzer

    Hey John McCain...whaaaaaaaaaa.

    August 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. NIKI

    McCreeky, I bet you which you were a celebrity as he is. What was the motocycle noises about in your last townhall meeting?
    I tell you what. what ever you say people know Obama is the peace guy and you are the war guy that's it bottom line with your gohst looking woman.

    August 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. ANGIE

    He just cant stop can he, maybe he should spend a little more time talking about HIM AND HIS PLANS IF HE HAS ANY and spend little time talking about obama he cannot have one speech without leaving obamas name out of it that old man is PATHETIC seems to me he is obsessed with obama!!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Dr. W

    I am becoming increasingly disgusted with John McCain. I remember when his party attempted to turn John Kerry's honorable service in Vietnam into a negative. It's the same tactic now. Obama is a gifted speaker who truly connects with many Americans and McCain is attempting to belittle him for it. I pray the American voters will be discerning enough to see right through McCain's "strategy" for what it is. Anyone find John McCain inspiring? More like a grumpy old man, I'd say.

    August 9, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. GI for Obama

    I used to have alot of respect for McCain. But now day after day all he does is attack Obama instead of focusing on the issues. Yet, he talked about having a clean campaign. I guess he wants to play the Rove tactic.

    Also, how can he complain because alot of people want to hear Obama speak? That is not the blame on Obama, instead he should try to focus on how to get his message out and draw a larger crowd. That is exactly what you are suppose to do when running for President. Try to inspire people to WANT to hear what you have to say. Yet, McCain mocks it? Whats even worse is some people are falling for this dumb tactic

    August 9, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Over and Over again!!!

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

    Ok Old White haired wrinkly Dude ......find something else to talk about ...how about issues or something that you are very familar with Cheating on your sick Wife ........Give John Edward some advice ........that celebrity Jive is about 2 weeks old ....are you Jealous
    of Obama because he speak well and you sound like you are in the OUTHOUSE with a newpapper in your hand ...you no what I mean.I was an undecided Independent ....now I will vote for Obama Thanks Senator for helping me out ,because of you I am tuned in on the celebrity Senator Obama.....Thanks again McAttack!!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. brad

    Bottom line. All the speeches are short on content till you take the reins. Question is which one's policy do you like and agree with. So stop talking about Obama's celebrity status. Would be more than happy for the media to put a 24/7 tag on McCain.

    August 9, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Voting for Obama

    Mc Cain and the sorry bitter republicans are just jeolous over Obama, They want some attention. Awwww.... He is just pathetic and it shows. Some people don't want to hear it but they know that he would not make a good president. They are prejudice and hateful and because of that they are going to seal they're own fate voting for him. Only blame yourself when this country gets even worse.Ignorance has ran this country for 8 years. No more sorry republicans. Its a shame Canada citizens have health benefits for all.

    Stop the drama and vote Obama!

    August 9, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Lewis

    Why does the front page ticker link get updated for McCain's attacks but not Obama's?

    August 9, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. a southern bell for OBAMA

    HELL IF YOU CAN FIND YOUR WAY HOME,

    YOU SHOULD GET AN AWARD. AND WE

    THOUGHT BUSH WAS NO MENTAL GIANT.

    August 9, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. David Frescas

    Not even my 94 year old grandfather complains this much about anything.

    August 9, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Betty

    This is so pathetic. All he has is jealousy that Obama is more popular than he is. Obama has given us much more thoughtful content for his policies than McCain has. As for experience, Cheney & Rumsfeld both had mqany years of experience and look at the mess they got us into.
    His new "Painful' ad is just one big lie. Obama has considtently said his tax plan would only raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000/year. And as for senior citizens, Obama is offering a tax cut for those earning less than $50,000/year. All McCain wants to do for seniors is privatize your Social Security, which would be a disaster.
    I used to have a great deal of respect for McCain. Not anymore. Its obvious that we can't trust him any more than we can George Bush and his crowd.

    August 9, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Ken, LA California

    So saddenly it is bad to have a blockbaster for president? Give us a break, the last thing we want is an Old Guy in White house, cant afford senior moments in whitehouse in a 21st century world.

    August 9, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Grumpy Old Men 3: How John McCain lost the Presidency

    McCain reeeeeaks of desperation and moth balls. he cant attack on the issues, all he can do is talk about how popular Obama is. What an idiot.

    August 9, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. some guy in New Hampshire

    Trying to portray Obama as lacking substance is in conflict with facts that are obvious to anyone paying attention to the campaign. On the one hand, McCain says Obama is shallow and lacks substance; then, on the other, McCain spends a lot of time pointing out errors in Obama's numerous policy ideas. Claiming two things that are contradictory damages any claims to credibility that McCain hopes to make. The Straight Talk Express is up on blocks.

    August 9, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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