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. B-Jud

    Sounds like McCain knows what kind of a running mate Obama needs to beat him.

    August 9, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Veteran for Obama

    McCain pushed for the Iraq War long before Bush. In 1998 he wanted to invade Iraq. And today he complains about our national debt and blames it on everyone else. The Iraq War has done horrendous damage to our national debt and McCain has a large responsibility for that.

    Now we see Iraq has an $80 billion dollar surplus and McCain and Bush still support American's tax dollars to be spent in building their country up while the Iraq government gets rich. All this while New Orleans and areas in Mississippi are still suffering from the damage done by Katrina.

    This is the worst President and VP in American history and McCain will only continue down their path. That is what America does NOT need for the next 4 years.

    August 9, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Danny from OH

    Is this Ignorance or just Foolishness? On a radio address, instead of telling Americans what you have for them, you are bashing at your opponent. Goodness Gracious. No wonder Obama said "they take pride to be ignorant".

    August 9, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Emster

    You have to be really desperate to have your campaign slogan be: hey did you notice that my opponent is popular? Please vote for me because I'm less popular! Where is the logic in this? And nevermind that McCain has been a celebrity for years, and is obviously full of himself, and feels entitled to the presidency. He clearly doesn't think that he has to work for it – he just puts out baseless attack ads. Sorry McCain – your obvious desperation is showing and it's making you look even less qualified.

    August 9, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. paul

    Talk about being short on content. All we've been hearing from this windbag is nonstop whining about how the press loves Obama, how Obama impresses large audiences because he's a celebrity, and how Obama is more interested meeting with foreign leaders (which is exactly what McCain earlier criticized Obama for not doing, BTW), while McCain held photo-ops with "with average Americans" in a German restaurant in Ohio. What a lame excuse for a campaign.

    August 9, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Brent

    "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."

    I guess McCain wasn't as big a fan of Batman as he earlier claimed.

    August 9, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    We were interrupted at least twice while trying to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics with this lying ad by McCain. It was bad enough that there were so many commercials without giving McCain
    time. This was totally inappropriate for the venue.
    Lies and hate, lies and hate.
    There oughta be a law against knowingly broadcasting blatant lies. Shame on MSM.

    August 9, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. MaryK

    Why is Senator McCain spending his air time talking about someone else? Shouldn't he be talking about his message, his plans, etc.

    August 9, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Reality Check

    John McCain sounds like a bitter old man who is often confused by age-related presenile dementia. Watch how he gets confused by multipart questions especially when he has not rehearsed the answers. His attacks on Obama, degrading young woman in his effort to do so, may reveal his true character as a sexist and racist. He wants to win so badly so he can start a war with Iran ~lacking any respect for the Iranian people. Does anyone really want a demented president answering the phone at 3:00 am. He would be disoriented and confused.

    August 9, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Dennis

    Senator McCain, what is the problem? Are you incapable of talking about the issues any longer? This "celebrity" attack is meaningless. I want a President that is going to work on the issues, one that will tell me what he will do in office, one that is willing to listen to his advisors and plot a course that is best for America. So far, all I have heard from you are lame attacks on Senator Obama that have little or nothing to do with the issues. I remember you saying during the primary season that you would respect your opponent. I have noted a decided lack of respect on your part. Don't count on my vote.

    August 9, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Kim

    This man needs to grow up. Who thought of these brillant political statements anyway? I'm sick to death of him and yes I am an old white lady.

    August 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Jen, Gainesville

    McCain has nothing but deperation, lies, and negative attacks. I used to respect him a few years ago. But now, he is a differnt McCain. Is this the change he is promising?

    August 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. alex

    what's funny is that all this talk about Barack being empty, I don't buy it, since since day 1 I thought john mccain and republican party is empty. They could promise anything they want, but you know in your heart 99% is just lies...

    August 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. American Expat

    Well, apparently that is all McCain knows to do is to rail against Obama's popularity. The true fact is that he wishes that HE TOO was fortunate enough to have that type of reception by the American voters. Mr. McCain is nothing more that Bush again for the next four years. Hopefully, the voters will see through this farce and rid ourselves from the Bushes. Eight years of disaster is enough!

    August 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. The Lady

    McCain your jeasouly of Obama is really starting show. I think you are trying to intimidate voters in feeling guilty for supporting Obama, it is not working it is really just making you look bad. Being President or even a Presidential candidate opens doors for celebrities, just look at Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, etc. I can not think of any Presidential canditate who was treated like a normal person other than you. Stop Hating and focus on the issues.

    August 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Arizonans for Obama

    Clearly McCain has reached that age where he starts acting childish again...just what we need in the White House. I hope that people will soon understand that McCain has no idea what he would do as President - otherwise he would talk more about that rather than merely attacking Obama. Be a man, McCain, tell us who you really are.

    August 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Doreen Walker

    I don't know why McCain insists on painting Obama as a celebrity. The American people like celebrities like Ronald Reagan ... Arnold Schwarzeneger ... Jesse (the body) Ventiura.

    August 9, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. tigerakabj

    When Barack gets back from Hawaii, I pray that he hits McCain so hard from then until Nov. 4. This man is the worst candidate, Democratic or Republican, I have ever seen.

    1. He's actually giving Barack advice on his running mate? McSenile needs to focus on himself for a change.
    2. That celebrity bit is getting old. First he is unknown (we don't know that much about him), now he is a "blockbuster?"
    3. Alternative energy? McSame is bought and paid for by the oil companies. Got over 1.1 million in June when he flipped on off-shore drilling.

    Every day, I can stand him less. I can say one thing - he better not cast stones on John Edwards. He'll get that thrown right back in his senile, cowardly face.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 9, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Joe the Troll

    "Vote for me, John McCain! I'm less articulate and fewer people like me!"

    August 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. David M.

    CNN's headline is "Obama is 'blockbuster,' says McCain"

    Given the racial history of the term "Blockbuster", you wonder about the word choice.

    August 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. What the ?

    I don't understand why John McCain is so concerned about what Obama is doing, if he just stick to his own campaign and his issue that he need to address. Do McCain and let Obama do Obama.

    August 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. jp/michigan

    Why did Obama not keep any records from his years in the stae legislation? When will the media properly vet this man?

    August 9, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. G

    Senator Obama should consider someone with a knack for brevity and directness, to balance the ticket,” adds the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

    Yes and you John Mccain should consider someone who knows about economics. Get over yourself why does it borther you so much that he is getting attention. Oh yeah now I know because your base the media forgot about you in the process. Obama is mention more in the news than you but its a myth to say its all good. Didn't that new poll show it was more negative than positive so if you want that coverage than by all means take it. You know words do matter whether you like it or not. Of course he's going to give a speech at the convention just like you will when you accept the nomination from your party or did you forget seems to be common lately.

    August 9, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Neal

    The petty childish and mean spirited McCain stuff is disheatening.
    He seems like a little angry old man who wants to be president.

    August 9, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Nando, Florida

    And Obama has been running truthfull ads on the Radio about Mccain 's Head manager Mr Davis. And his DHL ties costing the poor people of OHIO there Good AMERICAN Jobs. that he failed to tell them about when he was there this week LYING to the uneducated that see him a THE MAVERICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he more like a FORD MAVERICK tired old ugly and not in PRODUCTION anymore.

    AMERICA YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE IF YOU ELECT THIS OLD FART !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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