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. Antoni

    ok mccain is that all?

    August 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. georgia

    desparado "campaigning" didn't work for HRC either !
    McSame-Shame is quite pathetic @ this point.

    August 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. probama in paradise

    What's sad is that not even John McCain's "trailers" are exciting. What a buffoon...
    His jealousy makes him even less attractive to the intelligent voter. Get a platform, McCain!

    August 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. aware

    Politically McCain is Mr. Clean! :)

    But, Obama is Mr. Machine (the end justifies the means). Obama's problem of pleasing those who have the power to make or break him to advance his career is his inability to get off the wrong track train!

    Just think about it! Obama's excessive, expensive government programs would put America in the poor house while it killed business and personal incentive. :(

    August 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    mccain is having a hard time keeping up with his own campaign. There's no way that Senator Obama, would take any suggestions from him.

    August 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. da coach

    How long is this wrinkly gray haired depends diaper wearing old dude going to be around?

    August 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Yvonne

    McCain is pitiful. His campaign is silly and juvenile and this "celebrity" stunt is getting old–quick!

    August 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Alec in NE

    If Obama is a blockbuster, then McCain is a B-list movie!

    August 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. mmdiver

    OBAMA AN OUT OF TOUCH CELEB? HOW ABOUT MCCAIN THE OUT OF TOUCH GEEZER?

    August 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Jason, Los Angeles

    I think someone's a wittle jealous...

    I just wish McCain were a good man. Of course, I wouldn't vote for him anyway–he's out of touch and, at heart, an arch-conservative: the last think our country needs more of.

    August 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Jody Monroe

    Senator Obama thanks you for the FREE advertising time, Senator McCain.

    August 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Callie

    I am sorry to read what I once thought a great man is doing to himself. What a shame! Get back on the subject and stop being so upset because so many like another person who is running for pres.

    August 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. mr.optimist

    Is this the best that McCain can do? Continually harping on the scare idea that he knows how to win a war is the only policy suggestion I ever hear from him. Why then doesn't he tell Bush? Perhaps its another way to keep our minds off the fact that he is is obviously becoming more demented as he grows older by the day. My mother had alzheimers and some of the obtuse comments I hear from him are reminiscent of her early days of dementia. Maybe the republicans are the party of old demented and inarticulate candidates (see Reagan, Bush, Cheney, McCain, Stevens). Yikes, what a country!

    August 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. HENRY

    McCain's comments on Obama are disgusting. He should stick to the issues and stop commenting on his popularity. Popularity is part of politics i.e. Ronald Regan.

    August 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Antonio Ruiz

    John McCain has nothing to offer the American people in these times of crises and economic woes except the same tired plays from the same Republican old playbook: personal attacks and lame smoke and mirror tricks. We see this for what it is: emptiness instead of substance. .

    August 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Trevor

    Is mccain going to ride this "celebrity" bit all the way into November? This is just jealousy. He wishes he could get people excited like Obama does, which unfortunately is by using chump change.

    I hear CNN talk about the GOP convention, the DNC, and even how Hillarys supporters are holding out. No mention of the huge Ron Paul Rally coming up Sept. 2 down the street from the RNC. Real Change is coming. Lets go Ron Paul

    August 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Dem in FL for McCain

    He is like a celebrity. And the worst kind of celebrity...an arrogant one. I can't stand Barack Obama, or his nasty, hateful supporters. I've never witnessed anything like this in my lifetime (and I don't mean that in a positive way). I'm ashamed to be a Democrat at this point! The Repubs aren't much better....but at least they didn't pick an empty suit to be their nominee.

    As for Obama's hubris....you see where ego and arrogance got John Edwards, don't ya!

    August 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    Grandpa McCain is just making himself look worse and worse if that is even possible, Stop talking about what's wrong with Obama and start telling the American public what is right about you. Too bad that's impossible! We are tired of the BUSH administration and won't allow you to keep it going for four more years. (Does Cindy own stock in all these "good clean energy" companies? Probably.)

    OBAMA '08

    YES WE CAN!

    August 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. jc

    If Senator Obama is a celebrity in a summer blockbuster, then John McCain is a B-movie actor in a box office flop. Note to Mr. McCain: pick a better director and script.

    August 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Chris from San Antonio

    wow, that's some hypocrisy McCain saying Obama's speeches are short on content.

    Where's your policy, McCain? All I've heard from you are attacks on Obama.

    August 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Tabloid Politics

    McCain can't win on the issues so he paints Popularity and Carisma as negative. Well in the Republican frozen lake mindset McCain is the Celeb. Which one–you take your pick–Grumpy Old Men-??? Certainlly not Rambo or Golden Child.

    August 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Brittney

    Seriously, McCain really needs to get a life. The election is over, BARACK the VOTE

    August 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. JERRY

    Poor John McGreen!

    August 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Grant McLachlan

    McSame, are you that desperate?

    August 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Tabloid Politics

    McCain can't win on the issues so he paints Popularity and Charisma as negative. Well in the Republican frozen lake mindset McCain is the Celeb. Which one–you take your pick–Grumpy Old Men-??? Certainlly not Rambo or Golden Child.

    August 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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