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. Republican for Obama

    Ummm...sorry...who?

    September 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Raisin McCain ? Sounds like he's picking on his age to me. Is this a reference to his wrinkles?

    September 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. karen-phoenix

    Who? did you see Sheril Crow at the Dems Sign "Give Peace A Chance"!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Shawn - Ga

    Why would you get negative at John Rich??? This is so the problem right now... why are people so quick to be so mean to people?

    This man like most country stars does A LOT for the community and the country. He has no scandal around him.... I dare you to say the same things for even half of the people at the Obama area last week.

    Stop being so negative!!!

    September 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. who?

    never heard of him

    September 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. big T

    I like Big and Rich but i didn't think the love traine would support people who sent us to Iraq and killed thousands of Americans and hundred of thousands of Iraqies.

    September 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Zach

    So he's one of those "young conservatives"? Since when is 34 considered young? Seriously, the Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboys guy is the best they have? Well, that and the blockbuster draw John Voight . . . . .

    Go to any college campus and you will see the difference between Obama and McCain.

    September 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Obama is A VISION OUR COUNTRY

    ummmmmmmmmmmm isn' this CELEBRITY? ?
    I am a yound person....... who is the hell our you

    September 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. laura

    Millions of fans .. john reeeally?

    While McCain gets one vote from John Rich
    John Rich loses millinos of fans ....

    September 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. On floor laughing

    Now that's rich!

    September 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. NOT THE YOUNG OR THE RESTLESS

    AND WHO CARES?

    September 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I can't blame him. The RNCC definitely needs something to liven it up. The jazz was pretty good, but it did not work on that crowd. Then someone came out and played a little country, but they forgot the western.

    Rich is coming to save the day. Go for it guy. It still won't stop the ship from sinking.

    September 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Derick

    Where's "Big" in all of this? I saw on CNN that he supported Obama and didn't want to be in inolved in John Rich's ridiculous ramblings. Too bad he didn't put out "Obama-Rama" to counter "Raising McCain"

    September 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. david

    BEING A POW DON,T MAKE YOU A GOOD LEADER.WE CAN NOT AVOID FOUR MORE YEAR OF MCBUSH.

    September 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Old Fart

    "Tens of millions of us." Wow. This election is over!

    Once again, this just shows that the GOP is the party of the Rich.

    Get it? Rich? Man, this baby's WASTED on you...

    September 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. agnes

    Another reason why Nashville is of no consequence to the discerning, Democratic electorate. GObama!

    September 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Smoke

    Well only John Rich supports Mccain, Big Kenny is a Obama supporter

    September 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "Young" John Rich is 34 years old.

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. so

    John McCain is more qualified to be President.End of story.If theAmerican people are smart enough to realize that, and not believe all that's being said on TV then I guess we did OK.

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Caroline

    Love his music, hate his politics

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Not young not old

    How can you people be like this? All of the post as of me writing this said something about not knowing who he is and than said something bad about him...

    As for the person whos said he is not young... he is 34.

    I am 33 myself and I tell you Obama supporters, we are the generation you should fear. We are young, we do research, we make our own decisions. I hear a lot about this generation and that you are all so tech Savvy.... NEWS FLASH... MY generation was the first generation to have all this technology and we use it far more then you kids do.

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. J

    WHO???

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Brendose, Oceanside, CA

    I honestly think McCain was stupid to stay in there longer when he had a chance to be released. DUH.........you could have told the others where the captives were held!

    Since when was being stupid honorable?

    September 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Helen, NY

    This is interesting. You can see how RNC is so well organized. Keep it up. American people are with you. Keep Barack away from the crowd. He has no background to talk about. Vote John McCain

    September 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Who?

    September 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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