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. chad

    everything is a big joke to McShame. john, the only thing funny is how
    lame your oldschool hate tactics are going to backfire!

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Dan in Philly

    So the old man can't hear now...will he hear the phone at 3am?!?

    McCain flat out lied when he said he would run a different kind of campaign. Shame on him.

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Ruben in Sd

    John McCain was a Democrat? I have to quit drinking in the mornings. Its starting to mess with my memory!

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Chickens coming home to roost

    I do not remember Obama questioning the charges that Bill and Hill were racist.

    Obama encouraged his hateful thug supporters to trash and deride and insult Hillary Clinton.

    He had no problem with the Bro before Ho and all the Bit*h references from his hopeful unifying supporters.

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. stan

    oh toooooooooooooooo bad, can not take a joke, DNC, hay, you guys are running with a biracial person, you should have picked hillary, then this would not be a problem, why did he change his name, and when and where, he wanted to sound like a muslim right

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THE SHADY LITTLE GIMP HAS AN ANSWER FOR

    ALL HIS SLIMY DISGUSTING POSITIONS, IF YOU

    ARE A SLIMY DISGUSTING MORON AS WELL.

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. wycliffe, NJ

    McCain did not hear...yet he answered...sign of being senile or old.

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Paris

    The book has nothing to do with John McCain.

    Nice try CNN and Mooney.

    August 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Charles Alexander

    Turn up your hearing aid, grandpa!

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Philip

    John McCain and his attack dogs have no since of right and wrong. If he is elected this nation will continue to drift into a state of benign ignorance.

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    McCain should take responsibilty for Corsi when Obama takes responsibilty for MoveOn. The Dems can't have it both ways. They let liberal 527 attack dogs go after McCain and when someone does the same thing with Obama they whine like little babies. This is the big leagues. Get over it you girlie-men.

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Alex in FL

    What ever happened to understanding a question before answering it? Is that the kind of leadership and experience he's offering? Sorry, I take JUDGEMENT over experience any day.

    Go Obama!!!

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. JoelWhy

    Note to McCain's spokeswoman: You probably don't want to use the old "grandpa's Miracle Ear battery died, so he couldn't hear the question" as an excuse for McCain's (all too frequent) misstatements. It may give people the impression that he's, like, really, really old or something...

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Election Watcher

    "then-Democratic presidential nominee John McCain" ?
    Don't they mean John Kerry? Doesn't CNN proof read this stuff?

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. KJ

    When is the public going to wake up & recognize that these extreme right-wing fanatics are destroying America? The Terminator is more believable than any of his books are.

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. IAMWMD

    Didn't they check gramps hearing when he had that physical earlier in the summer.

    Change 08

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. M

    Come on now... Old people have a hard time hearing.

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Dee

    Mr. McCain is probably a smart man...right now he just needs to stick to the issues and knock it off with all of the personal attacks and snide comments. John we want to know your stances not how unfit you feel your opponent is.

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. blain

    the 2004 book that spawned the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee "John McCain".

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Philip

    John McCain and his attack dogs have no sence of right and wrong. If he is elected, this nation will continue to drift into a state of benign ignorance.

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama does not like smears and lies?

    Isn't that what he used to knock Hillary out of the race?

    I guess calling people racists just to rally AAs behind you is NOT smears and lies?

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    if by john mccain you mean john kerry, then yes, he did write that book

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. janet

    what is wrong Obama worried the truth is going to come out? if you don't have anything to hide then why all the fuss?

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. RB from NH

    Didn't hear it? What? WMD? Oh, I thought you said something else.

    TOO old

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. obamamama

    If he really hadn't heard the question, why wouldn't Senator McCain politely say to the AP inquisitor, "Speak up sonny, I'm a bit hard of hearing"?

    August 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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