September 9th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain and Palin once again play 'Barracuda'

Heart guitarists Nancy and Ann Wilson don't want the McCain campaign to play their song.
Heart guitarists Nancy and Ann Wilson don't want the McCain campaign to play their song.

LEBANON, Ohio (CNN) – The rock band "Heart" may have asked John McCain and Sarah Palin stop playing their song "Barracuda" at their rallies, but the campaign is apparently paying no heed.

The track - played at the Republican National Convention in honor of the Vice Presidential nominee, who earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" playing high school basketball in Alaska - was pumped through the streets of Lebanon, Ohio on Tuesday morning at an outdoor rally before the GOP ticket showed up.

Earlier: Heart condemns McCain-Palin use of 'Barracuda'

When the song was played after Palin's convention speech last week, the band members quickly requested that McCain and Palin pull the plug.

"Sarah Palin's views and values in no way represent us as American women," Ann and Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. "We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image."

But the McCain camp said last week that it had paid for and obtained all necessary licenses before using the song.

And the band's former guitarist, Roger Fisher, told Reuters last week that the McCain camp’s use of the song benefited both sides: Republicans get "the ingenious placement of a kick-ass song" - and Heart gets headlines and royalties. Part of that money, said Fisher, would be heading to the Arizona senator’s opponent: "With my contribution to Obama's campaign, the Republicans are now supporting Obama," he told Reuters.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    Heart: "Don't...........Stop............Don't...........Stop........Don't Stop. Don't Stop!

    September 9, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Shaune

    I think that is excellent. I hope they play that song 4 times at every stop...more money for Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden to rid the Whitehouse of people that do not care about the average American. Like Barney Smith said "we need someone that cares about Barney Smith and not Smith Barney."

    September 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Palin has more experience than Obama

    Sounds like Obama needs some money. There are states now that were thought by some media and Obama backers to be blue but might not be.

    It is so funny that when people started looking closer at Obama his just "good speaking" is not holding up.

    Keep saying Palin does not have enough experience b/c it only highlights that Obama has NONE. This is getting very fun.

    September 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Lourdes

    Hey, MEDIA, why don't you report on the real news, the real Sarah Palin, instead of this nonsense? This woman is a liar, vindictive, partisan, sneaky, inexperienced, and a scary choice for our country.

    She's nothing but a Karl Rove pick for a party who knows that the same people calling the shots for Bush will still be in charge in a McCain/Palin adminitration.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! We cannot afford another 4 years of this.

    PLEASE post me CNN....don't keep me in moderation limbo.

    September 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. baby mama

    once again, the liberals you................get used to it...............

    September 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Foreign observer

    From the heart she is so cold. And it is not only the lipstick that cheats about her true character. She only shows emotional intelligence but there is no real emotion behind.

    September 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Dawn

    Who cares! How about reporting on Palin's lack of knowledge when it comes to the economy. In a campaign stop in Colorado Springs over the weekend, Palin addressed the issue of the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, “They’ve gotten too big and too expensive to taxpayers,” she said. “The McCain-Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need help.”

    She does not even know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack are NOT owned by the goverment!!!

    September 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Cody

    I am just going to repeat what Rational thoughts said above because it deserves to be said twice:

    "I don't care if you're a supporter of Obama or McCain, I think that everyone would be better served by the media if real debate on the issues was reported. Instead we are presented with a daily back and forth on gaffes, gotchas, and misrepresentations. Imagine if voters were able to make decisions based on fact, not feeling. What a refreshing change that would be."

    September 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. KATHLEEN

    Just like the Maverick Bush, Mccain Team think they can get
    away with anything, including infringing on people's rights.
    I would hate to think that another Bush Regime is about to come
    upon us.

    If McCain-Palin happens, regrets to America!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Palin is better than HRC

    Hillary is an old slow fuddy duddy compared to Barracuda Palin. She is going to mop the floor with all those Hillary supporters who don't vote McCain/Palin. Palin has way more experience than that do nothing Clintons..

    September 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Reality Check

    Sarah needs to stop playing music and get down to studying.. or how else does she want to go against Biden?
    And yeah, please focus on the issues... tell me why I should vote for you not why I should not vote for the other guy!!!! Goes both ways..

    September 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. IB

    I find it amusing how Americans think sometimes. Some women claim they felt left out once Obama chose Biden as his running mate and not Hilary so therefor McCain/Palin will get their vote. Well when the number of unemployed so called walmart mothers increases from almost half a million to 2million unemployed women under McBush/Fail-in term, Just make sure you don't cry to anybody.

    It seems Americans in general love popularity vote. I guess if thats the way of thinking in this country, Brittany Spears would get my vote. Wake up and smell the coffee, we want no more war, no more unemployment, no more bush, no McCain/Palin. We want change and we need it now.

    OBAMA/BIDEN
    08/12

    September 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Donna M. Coyle

    Sarah Palin tied to banned books in Alaska. She is trouble to our first Amendments rights–also if she believes that raped women shouldn't get abortions, that stance is more government involvement that is damaging to every women. She a "bit bull with lipstick" send her back to the pound in Alaska. I dare you to report this.

    September 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. JohnS, North Carolina

    Just goes to show how McCain would act if he ever gets into the office of the President. Total disregard for people other property, just like Bush.

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Vince

    I've noticed that my comments are always under review, or just never make it onto the page. I don't think I am overly opinionated, nor do I curse. I think this site censors depending on whomever reviews these comments, and maybe biased thought processes help with the decision making.

    Either there are comments posted that are obviously tinged one way, or if they are drawn towards the opposite way, those comments are watered down, or aren't as articulate in the expression of clarity, with respect to the topic at hand...

    That's okay, ... there are other sites....

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Michael

    I see Obama has reduced his campaign to just going out and lying about McCain and Palin. The American people are not stupid, they are as interested in what McCain and Palin have to say as Obama even more. They know the truth. Obama is just making himself look like a lier and a fool.

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Michael in Houston

    Who cares what ugly fish she calls herself, I can't rememebr the guy's name but he has a song called " Loser", I hope McCain and Palin have that song paid for to be used in November. And for the last time, if you support someone who is totally opposite of the candadite your were supporting (Hillary Supporter), you either are a fake trying to still sway Hillary supporters or just a plain idiot. Now can you Republicans stop posing as former Democrats on here, please. Your plan didn't work, okay. Move on to Plan L (losing in Nov).

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Independent Voter in Missouri

    Any one who supported Hillary should not support McCain.

    Hillary and Obama policies are similar. Why in the world would you want to limit a woman freedom of choice??

    Obama is actually a breath of fresh air. Hillary was wonderful and now she supports Obama. So should you........................

    Quit being stubborn and really think about it.

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Pam

    McShame and Caribou Barbie should be ashamed of themselves but remember people this is the Republican party. Being the wife of a musician, I know what it's like to have one's intellectual property used against one's wishes. No worries. The Dems got the last laugh with the fact that the monies the "re-pubes" have paid goes to Obama. Perhaps we should send them Obama t-shirts and bumper stickers.
    John McShame has decided to pander to the extreme right by picking this highly unqualified candidate. (hey sarah, are you still cramming for the debate?) Well you can pander all you want John, because you just showed your true self. This election is merely about your selfish ambition to be president. With John McShame, DON'T be fooled. It is NOT about "Country First", it is about "Me (John McCain) First."

    It is time to boot the Republicans out of the White House! We're taking back our country!

    Obama / Biden 2008 & 2012

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Angelina

    Those of you who were for Hilary and want now to vote for Mc Cain, are you logical with yourselves? Hilary herself wants to have Obama as her candidate. Now you want to be more royalist than the King? Did you think about what you want to do? You have never been real Democrats, you just are traitors. Thanks for this election, you reveal your true face. Shame on you!!!

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Rodney

    Wow can't be.. Republicans doing something they were asked not to.. Thats kind of like saying we are going to clean up washington and all special interest and lobbyist.. Then find out they have a ton of lobbyist on there campaign staff.. OH wait.. They already did that to.

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Louise

    Heart can now join the list of extreme left liberals who mainstream american can now dislike.

    What is wrong with the left wing celebrities, do they think that everybody surely must think the smae as them ???? Gladly, Sarah Palin is proving that there is life besides the liberal view, and they are all backing her....

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. irony

    drink the kool-aid America. You'll vote for Mccain and in six months you'll regret it when you have four more years of the same policies as Bush. Lies, deceit, war and abuse of power. USA, USA, USA, John Mccain, John Mccain, John Mccain! How stupid can you be? Stupid enough to elect Bush twice. Remember, you reap what you sow. When you sow BS you get BS.

    September 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    If the Republicans believe that playing the song Barracuda is going to entice the voters to vote McCain/Palin.....then I'm going to start putting my fallen teeth under the pillow for the "toothfairy." These are the individuals who are going to run our country?.

    September 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. mcsamemccain on myspace

    LOL, for the hillary supporter (s) now voting for McCain/Palin because you can't get over yourselves, I hope that you take ownership for whatever happens to this country. The deaths of our brave men and women from our two current wars and the IRAN war will be on your heads. Of course, that will be off set when McCain or Palin appoint enough new members to the Supreme court (in name only) to totally get rid of abortion forever.

    September 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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