October 15th, 2008
07:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Cindy McCain requested, got cell coverage

 Cindy McCain pushed to get cell coverage at the McCain ranch in Sedona.
Cindy McCain pushed to get cell coverage at the McCain ranch in Sedona.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain’s campaign is blasting a Washington Post report that the Arizona senator’s Sedona ranch got cell phone coverage this summer after a request from staffers for his wife Cindy.

The paper also reported the Republican nominee’s wife offered Verizon land for a permanent cell phone tower, which would benefit few besides the McCains, and that the company had then begun the expensive process to meet that request. Verizon abandoned the effort after the Post filed a request for Arizona records in Auugust.

McCain is a senior member and former chair of the Commerce Committee, which oversees the telecommunications industry.

The McCain campaign defended the request. "Mrs. McCain, like many Americans in rural locations, was interested in receiving cell service, and there was none in the vicinity of their cabin," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told the paper in the story, which appeared on its Web site Wednesday.

"Mrs. McCain's staff went through the Website as any member of the general public would - no string pulling, no phone calls, no involvement of Senate staff. because she is married to a senator doesn't mean she forfeits her right to ask for cell service as any other Verizon customer can.

"The McCains went through the process that is available to anybody who subscribes to one of these cell phone companies to inquire about getting service."


Filed under: Cindy McCain • John McCain
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    Who needs ethics when you can have FREEBIES!

    October 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Christine

    Awwww Cindy – who did you bribe to get that service – lip service???

    October 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Jack Six Pack

    Same old republicans low on ethics, low on truthfulness, but very big on "special interests".

    October 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Michigan Voter

    How many of those inquiries end with a tower being built almost solely for one customer??

    Yeah, I'm sure Verizon does that all the time...

    October 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Greg FL.

    I find it hard to believe Cindy went throught the website. If you look up the monies McCain has received from the telcoms. You will find he has gotten a whole bunch of money from them. I'm pretty sure they were more then willing to throw McCain a bone.

    October 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    McCain wants to OBTAIN WORLD DOMINANCE through WAR!!!

    October 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    MONEY TALKS

    October 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Rob

    Of course she did–she just your average Joe--NOT .

    October 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Wendy in NC

    OK, then I want a tower, too. I can't get coverage within 5-10 miles of my house. Either Verizon or AT&T will be fine. Thank you for my new free tower.
    (eyeroll)

    October 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Darren

    somebody should throw some water on her so she can melt and go away.

    October 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. WOULD YOU RATHER A PRESIDENT THAT INSPIRES MILLIONS TO JOIN TOGETHER AND ACHIEVE GREATER HEIGHTS FOR AMERICA, OR ONE SMALL MAN THAT IS CYNCIAL AND BITTER AND INSPIRED TO ONLY DERIDE ONE MAN’S CHARACTER?

    Yes Cindy can request cell service just as I do, however, I do not have my OWN cell tower in my backyard!

    October 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. lou in ottawa

    Maybe she can get Sarah Palin some coverage out in the tip of Alaska, protecting us from Putin rearin' his head and flyin' over America – think so? You betcha. Wink.

    October 15, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. christina

    how about this,there is always something for us to learn about.imagin if this election took longer...

    October 15, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Ain't she spatial.

    October 15, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Amy

    Ahhh ..........Another demand from Barbie!!!

    October 15, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. catmom

    We know, "It's different". It's amazing that things McCain and Palin and Republicans do are deemed okay but let Obama buy a 30 minute ad during the world series brings them out whining unfair.

    October 15, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. PeterInPa

    I am a O supporter, but this is not a news CNN.

    October 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. banderson

    As a tax paying citizen who might possibly be taking orders from John McCain as our next president, I would like to hear more about this issue from the media. Find out the facts and inform the public.

    October 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. G

    They have a cabin lol.

    October 15, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. voter

    This is a conflict of interest because McCain is involved in the commerce committee who is responsible for cell phone towers amoung other things.

    October 15, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Ernest

    McCain's campaign wants to complain about a World Series game being delayed for 18 minutes because of Obama's ad. McCain's wife clearly abused his position in getting cellular coverage at their ranch. This is becoming more and more unreal.

    October 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. Sean

    Most cabins don't have cell coverage, and most cabin owners prefer that! This was unfair, and they know it!

    October 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Susan

    Cindy has remained pretty quite during the race, which is admirable.

    October 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |