February 26th, 2009
10:36 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain 2.0: Senator on Twitter, with a new BlackBerry to boot

McCain got a new BlackBerry device in January.
McCain got a new BlackBerry device in January.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain said during the presidential campaign that he "never felt the particular need to e-mail," but he has apparently developed an urge to Twitter.

McCain recently began sending tweets to the more than 88,000 Twitter users following him online, offering brief updates on floor votes, media appearances and his hometown Phoenix Suns.

"steve nash hurt? amare too! what now for the suns!," he wrote about the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Senators have been slower than their House colleagues to embrace the micro-blogging technology, but several members of the upper chamber - notably Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Iowa's Charles Grassley - have been among the most prolific twitterers on Capitol Hill.

While other senators appear on Twitter, many of them (or their staffers) simply use the site to send out formal-looking messages and press releases. But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told CNN the Arizona Republican is sending out his own authentic tweets.

According to his Twitter page, the senator is following updates from a handful of journalists who covered his campaign, as well as from a few members of his South Carolina campaign staff.

Buchanan also revealed that McCain is now wielding a brand new BlackBerry, which he picked up in January. That marks a great leap forward for the senator, who spent the campaign attached to his Motorola Razr phone, but never used a PDA.

Throughout the campaign, McCain suffered from the perception that he didn't quite understand the Internet, an assessment that proved damaging in a race against a young, tech-savvy opponent. In an interview with the New York Times last July, McCain said he knew how to use a BlackBerry, but that he didn't have his own.

"I use the BlackBerry, but I don't e-mail, I've never felt the particular need to e-mail," he told the paper.

– CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report


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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. chuck

    THIS GUY IS THE BIGGEST JOKER IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. FIRST IT WAS PALIN AND MCCAIN THEN STEELE THEN JINDAL---WHO'S NEXT. LET ME SAY IF BOBBY JINDAL IS THE RISING STAR OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THEN THE FOLLOWERS WILL HAVE TO WAIT A LONG LONG TIME TO FIND A LEADER THAT WILL WIN ANY ELECTION. HERE AGAIN CNN ,I'LL HAVE TO KNOCK YOUR WOLF BLITZER WHO WENT ALL THE WAY TO FLORIDA TO INTERVIEW THAT IDIOT,SARAH PALIN AND NOW HAS HIGH PRAISE FOR BOBBY JINDAL. WOLF WHO? YOUR WOLF HAS LOST ME.

    February 26, 2009 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Fan of Common Sense

    I would be more impressed by a politician who shuns such things and doesn't follow the herd like a blind, mindless sheep. Such tools are for followers......not leaders.

    February 26, 2009 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. bill

    What's the number of his web site. Never mind that was our tech savy VP. Lot of democrats seem to dislike old people. I guess they'll be the next ones tossed under the bus.

    February 26, 2009 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  4. Big Al C.

    His republican buddies need more backbone and refuse to take stimulus money. Show the American people who really needs that infrastructure. The republicans know Iraq needs more money they have voted overwhelming for 8 years to send it to Iraq. Why stop now? I would like to incourage all the republicans to continue to follow this pathway. The people of South Caroline should be very proud of their Governor he has backbone in a time of high unemployment for his constituency. We are talking real republicans with spine to stand for their principals. The ones who know what is best for the Amercian people. The party needs to stand united and not budge on petty issues, that will keep this money from the Iraqi people.

    February 26, 2009 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  5. Cleaning up after W

    I think the story is mistaken. I don't think McCain bought a new Blackberry. He invented the Blackberry, remember?? He probably built his own!

    February 26, 2009 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. lin

    Reading the highly disrespectful and negative comments about a man who spent his hole life defending the U. S. against the evils of socialism, communism, fascism , it's no wonder the country has spiraled down so far. You will get what you deserve in your tech savvy, Marxist president.

    February 26, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. bill

    "the economy is strong". "i don't understand economics". Let me think. Why is he in the news at all??? The republicans got us in an illegal war, ruined our economy and now mcshame says we are "losing the war". how do we get all these white/what's in it for me/self centered/could care less about solving our problems if the "other party"is trying???

    signed: ex republican/white/small town/vet/christian who wants to do what the right wing says-feed the poor, take care of the sick,etc. interesting they don't do this and carry a Bible.

    February 26, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. lin

    Reading the highly disrespectful and negative comments about a man who spent his whole life defending the U. S. against the evils of socialism, communism, fascism , it's no wonder the country has spiraled down so far. You will get what you deserve in your tech savvy, Marxist president.

    February 26, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  9. Leonard in NJ

    Where is the ticker story about Biden saying, "Can someone get me the website number?" Umm, I think he meant website ADDRESS or URL? Ha ha ha. That happened yesterday morning. Maybe he wanted the website's number so he could "give it a call". ha ha ha.

    Sorry liberals, just trying to educate and inform.

    February 26, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. D.Tin

    I looked out at the crowd during President Obama's speech, and i am even more convinced that there should be term limits on Congress. I am tired of seniors "representing" the "people". They have old ideas and do not now represent the majority American population. We need to move forward with more promising and forward thinking minds.

    February 26, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. xcusme

    It will not make him any smarter. Stupid is as stupid does

    February 26, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. pa

    Arizona, please retire this man!

    February 26, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Darryl MIller

    It's not Sen. John McCain, It his senior staffer typing in Sen. John McCain name.... This is to boost his name .. John MCain hands don't function good enough to operate a blackberry nor does his mind.

    February 26, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. D.Tin

    Oh, please, McCain is not personally using twitter. The man cannot hold and pen, his hands shake, and due to injuries he fingers and thumbs do not move freely. No way can he use a qwerty key on a Blackberry or any other phone. He probably can't even read the screen either. I wish he would just shut up and focus on helping the people of Arizona, he is not the future of the majority of Americans.

    February 26, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. donna

    So now the angry old man is trying to look hip. Too funny.

    February 26, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. TRUTH

    LIBERALS ARE KNUCKLEHEADS. John McCain was named by Forbes Magazine as the most technologically savvy member of the Senate. Liberals are so stupid.

    February 26, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  17. Joy

    Who says Pres. Obama is not a leader. Wasn't he the first politician to begin all of this email stuff and now all the republicans are on it.

    February 26, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. T in the Big D

    How the hell you have a BlackBerry and do not use email? Talk about government waste!

    February 26, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. MLH

    It is cool when people realize that they are never too old to stop learning stuff. Maybe he can tweet Gov. Jindal to let him know that we actually do have active volcanos in the U.S., and that they are a significant concern – much as hurricanes are.

    February 26, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. Byron

    All you can do is laugh and say awwww... he finally got a blackberry at 80 years old.

    February 26, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Laura, Boston

    You are all so hateful toward John McCain! What did you expect the man to do during a Presidential campaign, concede? I am sure he knew in his heart of hearts that Obama was going to win but my goodness give the Senator a break would you all!

    I am an independant and I am getting furious with Obama supporters who cannot be happy with the fact that their guy won! They have to down everybody else along the way who may have a different viewpoint. Stop bashing Palin. Let her run Alaska. She did okay before the campaign and I am sure she doesn't need help running her state now. John McCain was voted in as Senator many times by the people of AZ. That is what matters! I have never seen Robert Byrd or Ted Kennedy or Senators from Hawaii "twitter". At least John McCain is trying. Lay off!

    Don't we have enough to worry about without this silly stuff?

    February 26, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  22. Angie

    old man mcsame. just like you ideas you are behind the times. and for no hilary= no obama. give it a rest. the only thing real about mcsame is he is a REAL FOSSIL.

    February 26, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  23. Rick

    The republican party lost me when they had McCain and have realy lost me with a joke like Jindal. If this is a up and coming star for the Repubs, then they will lose, because like I said......Jindal is a joke.

    February 26, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  24. Thomas

    I thought John McCain invented the BlackBerry?

    February 26, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  25. republicans hate america

    thank god really thank god this fool is not in the white house today

    February 26, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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