July 14th, 2009
04:16 PM ET
5 years ago

'Not too bad for an old guy,' McCain says of 1M+ Twitter following

Sen. McCain now has more than a million followers on Twitter.
Sen. McCain now has more than a million followers on Twitter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has passed an online milestone.

The former Obama rival now has more than a million followers on the microblogging and social networking site Twitter.

In a statement announcing the achievement, McCain said he was "both honored and humbled" to have amassed such a following. "It has been one of the most enjoyable experiences in my long political career – not too bad for an old guy," McCain added.

McCain's increasing use of Twitter marks a major shift from the presidential campaign when he said he "never felt the particular need to e-mail."

Earlier this year, McCain also became the proud owner of new BlackBerry.

In addition to slightly more than a million followers on Twitter, McCain boasts more than half a million supporters on Facebook.


Filed under: John McCain • Social Networking • Twitter
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    @ amy, beth, Steve

    I wouldn't worry about it...she's no doubt making Graham look foolish to anyone other than those who had already closed their mind when McCain started Twittering on his garage door opener.

    July 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Matt

    Does CNN post or report on any stories that don't include the words Twitter or Facebook anymore?

    July 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Milagros Garcia Villamil

    i disagree this woman like any other dummy can becomne pres, we have had several. However those who were'nt so dumb are confused and taking orders from other dummys.
    The job of president only requires 3 things

    1. lack of concern for the little man -George Bush
    2 An inability to follow thier own mind -Barak Obama
    3 Or the ability to do as one pleases..-Sarah Palin

    So why would she not qualify

    July 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Roger

    McCain finally gets something right & its called TWITter. That figures.

    July 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    McCain already knew the Internets and the Google. Now he also knows the Twitters. McCain caught the attention of an adoring public by picking Palin. Now McCain has recaptured the momentum by serving as a fine example for our senior citizens. With so many people following him on the Twitters no one can deny that McCain is the frontrunner for 2012.

    July 14, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Logical

    what does he tweet?

    "I had a bowl movement today"
    "Some youngster looked at my slippers funny"
    "I don't remember where I left my teeth"
    "Did I tell you I was a POW?"

    July 14, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. ji

    Mr. John,
    During your run for President, you boasted that you knew how to
    hunt down and capture Osama?
    Even though you lost, don't you think you should let the present
    President know that information? I believe everyone in America
    would also like to know!

    July 14, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. ch

    McCain deseves NO respect – he is the one responsible for inflicting Sarah Palin on us – knowing full well there is NO way she could ever function as President.

    July 14, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. ModerateLady

    Very classless comments without good reason. It says a lot about the people posting them. McCain is a valuable Senator because of his willingness to stay away from the exrtremism that inhabits the internet and media. I'm refering to both the left and the right. We need more moderates not fewer. Keep tweeting Senator and congrats!

    July 14, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Jen

    What a bunch of negative whiners.

    I say good for the Senator! I didn't vote for him as president, but that doesn't mean that I think he's deserving of all these nasty comments.

    July 14, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Larry

    Who cares ...?

    July 14, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Libby

    @SouthernCousin: If this is a major accomplishment for a man his age, it's a darn good thing we didn't elect him as President. POTUS should be able to use a computer and a BlackBerry.

    July 14, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Good for him. Maybe now he can twitter me my new gas tax break and textbook I've been waiting for.

    McPromise-Breaker!

    July 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. You lose all credibility when you say Palin is smart

    Ashton Kutcher also has a million followers, I guess Republicans will now say he would make a good President as well.

    Pace yourselves Repubs, Obama isn't a quitter like Drama Queen Palin and you will have your chance to vote for the moron in 2012.

    Until then, let the smart people handle the country, you had your chance and you blew it big time.

    July 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. donttreadonme

    The new dem/lib mantra “Ask not what you can do for your country—ask what your Government can do for you! “

    And while you are at it "ask what the dem party is willing to do for your vote!"

    The dems are prepared to completely sacrifice our economic stability for 30 million new voters.

    July 14, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. indy voter

    Excuse me, CNN, but what kind of reporting is that........

    Signing on to someones Twit is not the same as "supporting" them.....much of it is just curiosity and desire for latest political input....

    Nor is Facebook sign up a definition of "Supporter" as just as many who voted against McCain are likely to be interested in what the old guy does and says right or wrong....

    Get some facts in your gossip columns sometimes, sheesh....oops, look out here comes another Sarah palin story :) :) :)

    July 14, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. donttreadonme

    The new dem lib/mantra “Ask not what you can do for your country—ask what your Government can do for you! “

    And while you are at it ask what the dem party is willing to do for your vote!

    The dems are prepared to completely sacrifice our economic stability for 30 million new voters.

    July 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. SamSunny

    After John McCain selected Sarah Palin for his running mate, everything he says and does is suspect to me. Because he has a Twitter page doesn't mean he is actually doing the twittering.

    July 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "McCain is a valuable Senator because of his willingness to stay away from the exrtremism that inhabits the internet and media."

    I'm sorry, but Senator McCain is genesis of all the GOPer nutjobs out there regurgitating inaccurate, purposefully misleading, McCarthyistic accusations of "soshulizm" day in and day out in order to anger the pseudo-militia base for fundraising purposes. I'd hardly call that an "unwillingness to stay away from extremism."

    July 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Cool dad: Your new president will make sure you dont have any money left to bet with you hater. Why do so many of you Obama backers comment with name calling. At least your president rises above all that. Its too bad his followers put themselves in the gutter everytime they open their mouths.

    July 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. ManorsDave

    Does anyone really believe that McCain sends out his own Tweets? That's what he has tech-savvy aides for.

    July 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Im offended by those on the right that are claiming not just that President Obama was a poor choice,but that he is evil.Dont try to predict the future or someones character,just because of your biblical beliefs.

    July 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    I used to have so much respect for the guy and probably would have voted for him in 2000 but with one dumb move (cough.. Palin... cough), he pretty much destroyed his reputation.

    July 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    k.jones July 14th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

    Who cares how many followers John McCain has, he would have carried out the same Bush Administration if he would have been elected president
    ____________________________________________________

    Actually, the the way it played out, John McCain was exactly correct about what would happen with an Obama administration and a Democratic controlled congress. But your argument that McCain = Bush shows that you are probably one of very few people still believing what the Obama campaign was all about. Probably 90% of that campaign is already debunked.

    July 14, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. yuri

    McCain is one decent GOP that we can relate to. He may have harsh critics online, in newspapers and the TV, but he somehow makes a few sensible statements now and then that make us pensive.

    July 14, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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