August 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Campaign says McCain didn't hear question on attack book

McCain isn't commenting on Corsi's new book.
McCain isn't commenting on Corsi's new book.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is denying Democratic charges the presumptive Republican nominee flippantly dismissed a new book attacking Barack Obama that includes several documented falsehoods.

Asked by the Associated Press earlier Friday what he though of author Jerome Corsi's new book, "The Obama Nation," McCain said, "gotta keep your sense of humor."

Related: Book blasted for 'vicious innuendo'

Those comments were immediately slammed by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which e-mailed its 3.4 million supporters declaring, "John McCain thinks smears and lies are funny."

"Despite pledging to run a respectful campaign, McCain is just standing by while Corsi and his publisher, former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, poison this presidential race," read the e-mail from DNC Rapid Response Team.

Watch: Is Obama being swift-boated?

But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said later Thursday the Arizona senator actually did not hear the question, and would not be commenting on the book.

The book, which is expected to debut No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, repeats many long-discredited falsehoods about the Illinois senator, including the claim that he is Muslim.

Corsi, who has said he's on a “mission” to take down Obama, also co-wrote "Unfit for Command" - the 2004 book that spawned the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

soundoff (1,035 Responses)
  1. MPD

    Get it straight, last word should be 'Kerry".

    August 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Obama's tactics and behavior in the democratic primary was SO repulsive and despicable that millions of democrats have defected from the party and would now rather vote for McCain.

    You can not force, coerce and threaten your way into the presidency. What precedent would that set? Obama used Chicago dirty politics and succeeded in stealing the nomination but sacrificed the democratic party and the NOV election.

    Obama's ego is bigger than the good of the party and the country.

    Who would vote for such a cocky, arrogant, self-impressed demogogue?

    August 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Nathan Marsh

    Good thing this guy, a possible President, likes to comment on things he didn't really hear. That'll go far in foreign policy.

    August 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Nija

    McCain is a Joke.

    August 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Jennifer, Texas

    LOL. He didn't hear the question? What's going to happen if (getting queasy just suggesting this) he becomes president and doesn't hear a rather important question posed by an American "threat"? Will he give a flippant answer and then later make the same lame retort?

    August 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Ann

    A person who does not hear a question clearly and does not have the ability to clarify things does not have the ability to lead the greatest nation on earth. Imagine a POTUS, dismissing a critical question flippantly simply because he did not hear.

    Lame excuse from a lame candidate.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Peter Helmberger

    It seems to me that Republicans, more so than Democrats, rely on negative campaigning. Why? Is it because they are afraid of debating issues that are important to the welfare of voters? Is it because conservatives are more apt to buy into negative messages?

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Ray H

    I think in the last sentence you meant John Kerry rather than John McCain.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Emit R Detsaw

    Hearing getting a bit off with the age McCain?

    I'm sorry, did you say the nukes are on their way?

    Well in that case send a volley their way.

    Oops, you said Dukes, I thought you said nukes.

    Guess I need to change the batteries on that hearing aid again.......

    Is it to late to recall the nukes?

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. sempdog

    If McCain thinks he can dismiss the negative push against Obama by his radical right wing fanatics with a joke or two, he's a bigger dunce than I thought.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Chris Bailey

    Revise the last sentence of this article. I think you mean John Kerry, unless I missed something big about the '04 race.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Greg

    If McCain didn't hear the question, then why did he respond, "Gotta keep your sense of humor"?

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Correction

    "against then-Democratic presidential nominee John " KERRY

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. JH

    McCain said, "gotta keep your sense of humor." of course we do – because we won't have much left.....

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. John B. From New Hampshire

    please, don't let them fool you... he heard the question!!!

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. mike

    John McCain was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004? Guess I better replace my alarm clock.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Teresa- charlotte, nc

    I am a veteran- and you are trashy...Why dont you write this trash in China and see what happens...I am so tired of attacks while the great people of the United States of Americal is having to pay 4 dollars for gas...Jobs have move everywhere but America...And the nerve of the New York Times to call it number 1...so much for a real America. Remember the threats you make to take someone down, just might be the thing to take you down

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. B-Jud

    Typo in the last sentence: should say John Kerry.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. linda., bella vista, ar

    He DIDN'T hear, but answered anyway? OMG, Does that translate the way I think it does?

    "Iran on the phone, Mr. Preznutz"

    "Heh, Barbara Ann?"

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Dominic

    The more press for this book -good or bad- is just going to increase sales and reinforce skepticism of things that Obama has long put to rest. CNN is not doing anyone any favors (outside of Mr. Corsi) by regurgitating this BS.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. gc

    McCain is showing that he isn't such a great guy after all. Slime, slime and more slime as long as he gets elected!

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. M Tesfay

    Corsi, who has said he's on a “mission” to take down Obama, also co-wrote "Unfit for Command" — the 2004 book that spawned the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee John McCain.

    The nominee at the time was John Kerry and not John McCain. I just wanted to point that out because many people who haven't been following the election eight years ago, can easily be confused.

    Thank you.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Independent

    He didn't hear the question correctly??? Well now that is a little scary...that makes a question of "what if..." Didn't he has his buds with him to cover for him....his right hand and left hand "men."

    Gotta keep a sense of humor, oh sure, when they are a bunch of lies...just like alot of the Mc??? ads.....

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Ryan, Denver

    McSame is running a miserable campaign – it absolutly amazes me that this race remains as close as it is. McSame is Bush only older and less sharp.

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Karen L. Reimer, Mt. Bethel, PA

    That's just it. McCain can't hear so how is he fit to be President? Go home and retire McCain.

    August 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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