September 4th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Pat Boone: Why Obama is 'The Big Zero'

Musician Pat Boone says the McCain-Palin ticket will be a strong one for Republicans.

Musician Pat Boone says the McCain-Palin ticket will be a strong one for Republicans.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – With more top 40 hits than Madonna or Billy Joel, rock and roll legend Pat Boone is considered by many as “The Original American Idol.”

So when the squeaky clean singer-songwriter waltzed into The CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul for a bite to eat, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask the lifelong conservative how he thinks the race is shaping up and whether he has an apropos song for this year’s historic election.

Click here for the entire interview.

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Virginia

    If you ask me, Pat Boone is the big zero. A rival of Elvis Presley in the 60's, he presented himself as a squeaky clean ideal husband and father. Then we learned that he had cheated on his wife. After it was found out, he acted contrite (see John Edwards). Typical repub. So I take anything he says with a grain of salt.

    September 4, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Susan

    Well, Palin says the Iraq war is a task from God.. Is she crazy? Even Kissinger confirmed it was an OIL war and it is also quite apparent. Thing is, the repukes won't win anyway. Now that is something to thank God for :p

    September 4, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. Larry

    Well if Pat is against him, then that clinches it for me. I'm voting for McCain.


    September 4, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Doug R.

    Pat Boone is a washed up zero. He's completely irrelevent.
    Palins speech was also irrelevant and was completely lacking in substance. This is the same lady that asked McKeatingFive McCain what is the job of the VP.

    September 4, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Erika, KS

    Well, you might care about the' relics of the past' but plenty do care about the idiots of the future. You know, the twenty somethings that have NEVER voted and think they know everything. You'll see come November. Half t he people on this empty suit band wagon will not show up to vote. Howard Dean all over again.

    September 4, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. laura

    Pat Boone has to be at least as old as John McCain. And he is just as outdated.I know that the Republican's would like to turn the clock back to the 1940's, maybe the early 1950's, but since I really don't see that happening,and I DO see their Moral and Ethical leadership being severely compromised(look at their veep choice and her trashy Spears type family) I just don't see them having a leg to stand on anymore. Either move ahead or get out of the way!

    September 4, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. Patrick Lewis

    Who cares? CNN, this is air. I want news.

    Please, inform me.

    September 4, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Ron democrat turned independent

    what is wrong with democratic logic

    they don't even know the difference between attack and response. Obama's campaign are the ones who have been attacking gov. Palin since she was chosen as VP for McCain. all she is doing is responding truth hurts don't it

    September 4, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. Debbie

    Who care about what Pat Boone thinks? Nobody! I don't care what Republicans try to say about Palin – she and her husband ARE NOT GOOD PARENTS, to have a 17 year old pregnant daughter is a lack of parenting and a lack of communication in MY BOOK. When my kids were 17 years old and seniors in high school, they were writing essays for college applications and enjoying their last year in high school – not buying baby clothes; that is what adults do. Palin is not a good example for America – she says her family is like every American Family – I resent that statement, I am proud to say that her family is not like mine.

    September 4, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. C. E. Pringle

    Pat Who? Is he still alive? I'd seriously like to know how people like Boone can be satisfied with the mess the Republicans have made of our country. Do they care about the abuse of power and the complete trashing of our U.S. Constitution? The President didn't violate the Constitution, ignore constitutional judicial review of searches and seizures, out a covert CIA agent (possibly resulting in deaths and loss of national security) alone. He had a Republican Congress and Senate that allowed 7 years of disregard for the law of the land without any accountability whatsoever. I'm not heaping praise on the Democrats who should have been marching in the streets and educating the public as to what these people have been doing. Shame on them. And you know what? Shame on us for allowing ourselves to be manipulated with fear and hatred.

    September 4, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. TX Obama

    Pat Who?? Are you kidding me? Go back to 1902 you stupid old man. There are two people in this country that care what a white haired washed up has been almost never was has to say and thats your mom and your dad who are both long gone just like your career if you can call it that. Palin's thong has a better career that you ever dreamt of having. Moron Boone crawl back under your rock...we dont care what you think!

    September 4, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. LinnieFB

    Pat Boone made a career by taking the 'soul' out of black music. Looks like he STILL has no soul.

    Just a stupid, old, has-been who never-should-have-been.

    September 4, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. TC

    Look at the audience at the RNC, does this represent what America looks like. Pat Boone, who cares what you think, you words are meaningless just like your music.

    September 4, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. CJ

    Pat who?

    Old fashioned songs are nice, but all the GOP has are old fashioned ideas. That dog just wont hunt.

    September 4, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. Tired of W, OH

    Obama's message: Bring both parties together to solve this nation's problems. Use alternative energy to break our dependence on foreign oil and create domestic jobs that cannot be exported.

    Republicans' message: The country is divided into them (liberals) and us (conservatives). We're right and they're wrong. Why talk about solutions to problems when this nation's problems are all in your heads? We'll make our party look better by making you fear the other party.

    Which message appeals to you?

    September 4, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Jake

    Sorry all, but the dems had less substance than the republicans. You Obama supporters need to wake up! How can you vote for a man who is racist, sexist and has no experience to be president. Rudy explained the correct way last night. He asked, if you owned a business, and you needed to hire one of 2 candidates that are applying for the job, who would you pick? The least experience or the Most experienced? Not one business owner would pick the least experiened candidate. Stop voting for color and vote for issues. The left will destroy the values of this country. MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!

    September 4, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Stephanie in Ohio

    Boone is a has been who never was. Part of the "elite" evangelicals who take in a lot of money from poor people and spend it on their white shoes. gag...where did they dig him up recently? maybe they can put him back.

    September 4, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. Al from Scraaaanton

    What's Pat Boone got to do with anything?

    Palin is the final nail in Oblah blah blah-ma's coffin. You lefty fruit loops are in complete denial now. You can plaster these boards as much as you like with your infatuation over him, but again you will be sidelined by the reality YOUR party and YOUR beloved media goons suckered you into nominating a black guy just to be the first one to the finish line WITH a black guy. Sounds like patronizing tokenism to me and smells like Casey Anthony's trunk. Funk in da trunk and still won't fess up.

    Shoula woulda coulda picked Hillary. Must be all these tough decisions are above his pay grade. What the *$@% ?

    Barry and Joe can bring their CHANGE and get a cuppa java in Scraaaaaaanton and HOPE for next time.

    September 4, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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