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. Question From Canada

    John Rich, what a contradiction? In less than a full page, you called yourself a young supporter of John McCain, in the next sentece, you called yourself "an old country guy". Please explain the two:

    First you said: "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."

    Your second comment states:"Getting to be a part of this process is just off the charts for an old country guy like myself,"

    What is it?

    September 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Javier

    Did enjoy their performance at the CMAs a couple of years ago . . . including the band member wearing the Public Enemy t-shirt.

    September 3, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Mb

    Question- ARE THERE ANY BLACKS, HISPANICS, ASIAN, AMERICAN INDIAN OR ANY OTHER RACES AT THE RNC. JUST CURIOUS

    September 3, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Steve McKenney

    I don't care who the celebrity is, they have no more business campaigning for anyone than I do. They are celebrities for their art, not their politics. It kind of dims the lights on their star when they "come out' for one candidate or the other.

    Gone Country....I don't know maybe Country is just gone.

    September 3, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. unamerican

    In the 1940's this, was called propaganda.

    Nice to see some things never change.

    BETTTER TO KNOW THINGS WILL SOON.

    September 3, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Marie L

    The McCain campaign is playing a calculated game orchestrated by Steve Schmidt (ROVE CLONE). They are blaming the liberal media and the left simply because we question Sarah Palin on her qualifications and her stand on issues. This is not true, do not let them get away with it! The media is not against Sarah Palin and the Democrats as well as independents do not like her simply because she is female. How dare they cry sexist because we criticize her. These are their talking points and they are not true. The reason many many do not like her is that she is extremely far to the right (she makes George Bush look like a liberal) and she is simply not ready to be vice president, let alone president.
    Everyone needs to be aware of the games the McCain campaign is playing in attempt to get the media to back off and for people to be quiet. We will not be silenced. Sarah Palin and John McCain are dangerous for America!

    September 3, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Allen

    As a Country music fan this guys music is a joke and apparently so are his politics.

    September 3, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Suzy from Ohio

    Someone in a ten gallon hat is a Republican?! COLOUR ME SHOCKED.

    September 3, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. LOVE HILL

    WHO?

    September 3, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Filipina

    I dont like his song,,,borrrrrrrrrrrrrringggggggggggggg like McSame

    Obama/Biden

    September 3, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Willy

    COWBOY UP BIGTIME! Saty hey to Cowboy Troy!

    September 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. wesley

    The Democrats Nerds have nothing tho do but to spread their ridiculous messages in this forums. Republicans have to work they have no time to waste being a fake nut-head on cnn's forums.

    September 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Salina, Washington, DC

    OMG!! Is he kidding... where do they find these people??? The RNC are desperate for viewers.

    Yaaawwwwnnnnn

    Obama '08/'12

    September 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Obama 08

    Rappers and Rockers?
    What Rappers? Are you serious?

    September 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Patricia in SF

    WHO?

    More importantly, WHO CARES?

    September 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. G, South Florida

    John who!
    I have never heard of him or he is not known outside of Nashville

    September 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. USAF RET

    Interesting. Obama is the "Rock Star", but` McCain and Palin have been hanging out with this Country singer/writer, who has written a song for McCain.

    Talk about Obama not having any foreign experience and then select Palin as VP, who has only been out of the USA once or twice.

    Talk about Obama for saying we should talk to other world leaders and then next thing you know, we are talking with these people.

    Bad mouthing Obama for wanting a time line for Iraq, and now we have one.

    McCain and Bush. We now know their game plan. Bash Obama for something and then do the same thing.

    September 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. NO extremeright Mcsame/Palin 08, FL

    I dont even this guy name. Where is he from ? Alaska. No wonder

    September 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. AshamedTOBAmerican

    BIG & RICH...were republicans ever anything else?

    September 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. M Carter

    Sara Palin should be replaced! As a long time Republican I can not understand the decision that McCain has made to put in charge of the US, in the hands of someone that is far from being able or experienced to make major decisions involving the US.

    September 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. RYAN kr Jr

    Cool it down..you're on wrong lying political party.

    September 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. babs-toronto

    democrats like country music too!!

    September 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Jan Illinois

    I will not be voting for McCain this year but I have been very disappointed at the people who have referred to him as a good soldier as if that was something that just rolled off their tongues to be easily dismissed. This man was in HELL, for 5 years of his life, that should mean something to anybody that's an American. Just imagine, YES YOU CAN if you try, what that must have been like, he deserves respect from all people but he is called all terrible names . I just think that we can win In November without trashing this AMERICAN SOLDIER. It's not necessary to hurt him just because you can.

    September 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. RDS

    What?!!! McCain was a POW! How could I have missed this....yawn.

    September 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Mad

    Im young and my family is hurting economically
    Im voting McCain- is there a problem with that? Just because this guy can say "change" and "hope" doesn't mean he actually cares for the country.

    September 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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