September 3rd, 2008
02:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Rich is 'Raisin' McCain' in St. Paul

Country star John Rich says millions of young voters support McCain.
Country star John Rich says millions of young voters support McCain.

(CNN) - Rappers and rockers flocked to the Democratic convention last week - now country stars are turning out for John McCain at the Republican gathering in St. Paul.

John Rich, of Big & Rich, voiced strong support for the Republican contender today in an interview with CNN.

"I'm one of those young conservative voters voting for John McCain that everybody says doesn't exist out there," Rich told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Wednesday. "But I know there's tens of millions of us and I want to write a song that got everybody fired up and kind of a rally song."

Rich was referring to his song "Raisin' McCain," which he's been performing on the campaign trail. The song invokes McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"He stayed strong, stayed extra long / 'Til they let all the other boys out," he sings. "Now we've got a real man with an American plan / We're going to put him in the big White House."

Rich will be playing his song tonight at the Republican convention, and he says he's been pleased to spend time with both Senator McCain and presumptive Republican VP nominee Governor Sarah Palin.

"Getting to be a part of this process is just off the charts for an old country guy like myself," he said.

Watch:  Rich tells CNN about his support for McCain

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Helene

    John "Rich" ? That figures. How many houses does this unknown crooner have ?

    September 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Ratgurl

    Just what we need.... ANOTHER reminder that JM was a POW.

    September 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Latina for Obama...NJ

    booooooooriiiiiing!!

    September 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Luis

    Obama Zombies,

    Polls mean nothing – America will not buy the hype in November.

    People are just waiting for the chance to cast that vote. The arrogance of the media and Obama is going to bite them.

    Or as Obama's "spiritual mentor" once stated "The chickens are coming home to roost" on Obama's head.....

    Vote McCain or join the insane....

    September 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. ct

    lol, young voters and country music don't mix.

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Hank

    LOL

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Arkansas Undertaker

    Just keep telling yourselves that!!!!

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Sheryl

    WHERE!!!!

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Dee Jay a young republican

    and who are U?

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Hate'n Country Music

    Typical...Hmmm. Guess I see who he is catering to...

    September 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Griff

    Good Ole-Country Music!!! Where's Willie??? On the Road Again...
    Nelson.

    September 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Jake

    Big and Rich = Not Relevant!!!

    I haven’t heard it but I’m sure the song is horrible. I mean it is country music.

    September 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    Wow. Country music to add to an already dull convention.

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Sweet, country hack for a political hack. Rich is young...that's rich.

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Jim in Raleigh

    Yeah, he looks real young. McSame should go home, home, home, home, home, home, home – well, to at least one of them, anyway.

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Debby

    Well country music over c-rap I mean rap music should be a refreshing change.

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. CG

    Great. Another "Bubba" recommendation for the Republican nominee. Isn't this the mentality that got us in this mess in the first place?

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. ben

    Who cares?

    September 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Lost of CNN Moderation

    Big and Rich

    perfect description of the Republican agenda.

    September 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. WHO?

    I repeat WHO?

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Darryl

    So,

    Is it sexism to talk about the oil deal that the Gov. Palin sign while her husband work for the company?
    Todd works for the oil company BP as an oil-field production operator,[107] and is a member of District 12, Local 4959 of the United Steelworkers Union (USW).[108] He is a Bristol Bay salmon set-netter and owns a commercial fishing business.[109

    Hmmmm....a little more Palin Retribution? Does Todd STILL work for BP?

    "On Wednesday, Palin signed a bill into law giving the state of Alaska authority to award TransCanada Pipelines a license to build and operate the $26 billion dollar 1,715-mile pipeline. It will transport natural gas from the North Slope through Canada to the lower 48 states.

    Or is it corruption?

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Shari, NY

    I wonder how many college students will tune in?

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. angry left from Michigan

    Sadly, that's what they mean by "Country First". They had a bunch of signs for the RNC that said "Sound Judgment". They were planning use THOSE during the speeches, and use just use the "Country First" signs during the music...but then McCain picked Sarah Palin.

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Rodger

    But will they date their sister or even allow you in their homes.

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Nicole

    "Big and Rich"?! Wow. As if the GOP's reputation of BIG Government Supporting RICH People wasn't obvious enough already.

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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