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
The only tweeting he does is in his diaper.
Just another hypocrite, the more he speaks the more he reveals that he is a bundle of contradiction.
John McCain looks white as a ghost these days. Could you imagine if this fogey would have been our President?
everytime i hear him speak or have to look at his face, i thank god Obama won.
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.
Twitter is completely inane and useless, just like most liberals.
I'm just glad he's signing on to modern technology after the campaign and not before or during.
What are you people angry about. He's old, not dead. Congrats on keeping up with the latest technology fads John.
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.
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.........
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.
You all are such hateful, ridiculous people.
McCain you are no President Obama. It is a little to late!
This is news right CNN..............................................is there no wonder that the "media" in America is NOT a reflection in anyway of American public?
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?
with the republicans spouting out so much HATE, RACISUM and ANGER, what good is a blackberry going to do???
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.
He probably thought it was a new flavor of pie.
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"!
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.
Welcome to the 21st Century!
stupid idiot – go away!!
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.
McCain is the real deal, real as can be. That's the reason way he lost.
Old ideas, and old news.