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. Sue

    He bought it for $20.00 from his campaign headoffice!

    February 26, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. jenn

    Who is he kidding? His staff is writing his Twitters.

    February 26, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. James

    Well he should know how to use it since he invented it and all. Plus Blackberry's are so crappy, get an iPhone instead. :)

    February 26, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. alabama j

    sad just sad but thats why you have aids to help you sad john

    February 26, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. alabama j

    sad just sad but thats why you have aids to help you sad john

    February 26, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Sarah in the South

    Its amazing how many folks are making fun of McCain for not being teck savy. I guess they didn't catch the news the other day with our great Vice President. He's so smart, he asked for a websites "number".

    February 26, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. kalyn Salem OR

    John McCain-please get behind your president. You don't have to like him or agree with every little thing, but please don't talk out the side of your face on national tv and oppose just for the sake of opposing. I am sure you're a good man, unfortunately you are coming accross very petty to most Americas.

    February 26, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. McShame is still the same, with more age spots

    Did anyone notice the smirks and facial remarks McCain was making when Obama was speaking?

    Everytime the camera focused on him, he couldn't help but show his nasty, creepy, decrepit self.....

    February 26, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Jon "Manpampers" McCain has a Blackberry? Armageddon is upon us!!!

    February 26, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Jack Sprat

    When I heard McCain got a high-tech toy... I thought it might be an alarm clock...

    February 26, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Laverne

    Oh God, he is still TWITTER DUMB as far as I am concerned!

    February 26, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Jamie

    I highly doubt he is the one actually sending the messages. Probably some 20 something aid. He wouldn't know a blackberry from a blueberry from a strawberry. Just go away.... enjoy the millions.

    February 26, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Mark

    Im suprised the media isnt attacking Jindal some way in this article!

    February 26, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Mccain said he really likes blackberry...and peppermint schnapps!

    February 26, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. ch

    Too late for Mccain 2.0.

    Too many bad memories of McCain 1.0 – the grouchy, mean, out of touch, nasty, erratic negative old man with the old ideas and the stupidity to select someone as unqualified and unprepared as Sarah Palin for VP.

    February 26, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Put an End to the Republican Reign Over the US

    to TRUTH .....Dude, YOU'RE the KNUCKLEHEAD if you BELIEVE EVERYTHING you read!! Please, the 'MOST TECH SAVEY"? This guy couldn't even dial a phone without a rotary. Remember them?

    February 26, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. J.Crobuzon

    I wonder who is actually sending the tweets? Surely not Grampa McCain!

    February 26, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. GOPer

    Let's hope he tweets into retirement.

    February 26, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Put an End to the Republican Reign Over the US

    Give me a break. Is this really news? This guy couldn't even dial a phone without a ROTARY.

    February 26, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Dexter in Houston TX

    My fellow President Obama supporters, let's stop the hate! Senator McCain represents the older generation who are afraid to admit that they still have a lot to learn. Once upon a time we would seek the advice of our elders in order to grow. Today we Google everything we need to know!

    McCain is not alone any Republican or Democrat in Congress over the age of 65 is feeling obsolete and none of us are seeking their advice. That can't be a good feeling.

    Show alittle respect at least McCain is tryin...
    DX in TX

    February 26, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Chris

    It is just so shocking to me that liberals who post on blogs have nothing to say substantively...instead, they just spew out hate.

    I thought the left was accepting of everyone....the party of everyone, of hope, change, and love for all?

    John McCain fought for each and every one of you-truly fought. He continues to serve. Disagree with him, fine. But, why the name calling and hate? His whole career in public service he has served with honor and integrity. He is a true gentlemen.

    STOP THE HATE YOU LEFT WING FREAKS!

    February 26, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Sue

    he bought it for $20.00 from the GOP campaign headoffice.

    February 26, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Joe The Troll: LMAO!!

    You would think!

    February 26, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Sniffit

    @ TRUTH

    FORBES!!??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You do realize that's liberal toilet paper, right? Forbes is an ardent GOPer and wouldn't know "tech savvy" if it crawled up his a–...of course it can't tho, because his head has already taken up residence there.

    February 26, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. John. Austin, TX

    Dear No Hillary=No Obama:
    You and the PUMA group are an embarassment to the Democrats. You have no spine. Hillary deserves better support than someone who is willing to turn their back on her and support the guy who was going to do the TOTAL OPPOSITE of what Hillary would have done. You're an idiot. And McCain is not the real deal. He's an old racist who has less of a spine than you do. Grow up. See you in four years.

    February 26, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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