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


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    The only tweeting he does is in his diaper.

    February 26, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Just another hypocrite, the more he speaks the more he reveals that he is a bundle of contradiction.

    February 26, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Baze

    John McCain looks white as a ghost these days. Could you imagine if this fogey would have been our President?

    February 26, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Anonymous

    everytime i hear him speak or have to look at his face, i thank god Obama won.

    February 26, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'll believe this old man when horses fly. McCain is too old to catch up with technology now, it's time for him to play shuffle board. Besides that McCain doesn't look too well at all, I wonder what's up with him.

    February 26, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Walter

    Twitter is completely inane and useless, just like most liberals.

    February 26, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm just glad he's signing on to modern technology after the campaign and not before or during.

    February 26, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Blake

    What are you people angry about. He's old, not dead. Congrats on keeping up with the latest technology fads John.

    February 26, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Marla

    McCain didn't suddenly get the urge to Twitter. Newt Gingrich has declared it the essential electronic tool to the GOP's comeback and has urged members to "get with the program" and take it up. McCain didn't even know how to use his smartphone during the election cycle and admitted pubicly that he let Cindy do that for him.
    Besides being late adopters to technology, the GOP has already alienated a large swath of Americans and learning how to Twitter won't change that. They don't need a new distribution method for their message. They need a new message.

    February 26, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Sue M

    If we can't get tems limits passed (for Senators and Congressman) to serve only one term.......then we should put a AGE LIMIT for Senators and Congress men and women..........Byrd (Dem) and McCain (R) and several others are getting to old and senial, they need to be turned out to pasture.........

    February 26, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Joe

    Having an aide send tweets or write a blog doesn't mean the candidate values technology or educating our kids in it for the future of our society. He's just a politician pandering to a voting block.

    February 26, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Blinker

    You all are such hateful, ridiculous people.

    February 26, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Tulsa L

    If we can't get tems limits passed (for Senators and Congressman) to serve only one term.......then we should put a AGE LIMIT for Senators and Congress men and women..........Byrd (Dem) and McCain (R) and several others are getting to old and senial, they need to be turned out to pasture.........

    February 26, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. gl, Pittsburgh

    McCain you are no President Obama. It is a little to late!

    February 26, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. James L.

    This is news right CNN..............................................is there no wonder that the "media" in America is NOT a reflection in anyway of American public?

    February 26, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Gerry

    The Republicans haven't a clue! Its not about finding token minorities to spout your worn out ideas. It is about finding new ideas to meet today's urgent problems newsflash: TAX CUTS ALONE WILL NOT REVIVE THIS ECONOMY and giving more to the rich is not going to increase spending!!! Nor will ignoring science or research and development; nor will ignoring the health care problem; or ignoring the layoffs. Obama may not be 100% correct but he is addressing the issues confronting people. The Republicans would earn more credibility if they would criticise the wasteful spending of the fat cat bosses of industry who have over paid themselves; laid thousands off and run the country into the ground. The GOP should be ashamed to say the govt should get out of the way...jeez. Great Mccain has finally learned how to use a blackberry (without emailing). Anyone else glad he lost the election? Imagine the learning curve Mccain would be on now trying to deal with all the problems Obama has currently?

    February 26, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. america first

    with the republicans spouting out so much HATE, RACISUM and ANGER, what good is a blackberry going to do???

    February 26, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Follow The Leader

    Another example of the Republican Party following President Barack Obama's lead.

    GOP copy-cating has given us –

    Sarah Palin as VP
    Micheal Steele as RNC head
    "Bobby" Jindal as a figurehead to respond to the President's address
    A blackberry for John McCain; and he now tweets to deflect criticism

    next Eric Cantor will go to a shelter to rescue a dog...

    Do you wanna (Palin-speak) know who the GOP will run for President in 2012? Go find someone in their ranks that went to Columbia and then Harvard (or Prineton, or Wharton, or Stanford, or Northwestern, or USC). I guarantee they'll want to feel there putting up someone with the "formal smarts" of our President.

    February 26, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Ghost

    He probably thought it was a new flavor of pie.

    February 26, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. BW

    WOW...I can't get enough of the bipartisan loving tone of you pathetic liberals. Not very compassionate to someone's age...but say a word about Obama, and it's racist and anti-American. Forgot that only the Great One is permitted to use technology...and put up a hissy fit when it's recommended that it be taken away BECAUSE IT COULD JEOPARDIZE NATIONAL SECURITY. Seriously, you like to blame everyone else but you can't even see that you are the group that is truly the deterioration of the United States. Proof of your hate is all around us on this "Ticker"!

    February 26, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. McShame is still the same, with more age spots

    No Hillary = No Obama

    You're joking right? You serioulsy think McCrypt and his Palin would have handle this economic mess? Oh yeah, cut more taxes for the rich, less regulation for wall street and sending more troops to Iraq would have been better... sike.

    February 26, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Independent_me

    Welcome to the 21st Century!

    February 26, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Independent Voter

    stupid idiot – go away!!

    February 26, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Doug, New Jersey

    McCain is still probably lib enemy #1. He served his nation and faught for our freedom, He challenged the Messiah with truth and facts, he is tolerant and respectful of all Americans, and he has a true love for this nation.

    America's worst and most hateful will always despise him. I can't think of a better compliment.

    February 26, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. T

    McCain is the real deal, real as can be. That's the reason way he lost.
    Old ideas, and old news.

    February 26, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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