McCain invokes 'Snooki' tweet, warns of Twitter's dangers
May 17th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
3 years ago

McCain invokes 'Snooki' tweet, warns of Twitter's dangers

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain's nearly 2 million Twitter followers are accustomed to reading the Republican senator's 140-character missives on politics and current events, but it was a reply last June to the MTV star Snooki for which his feed can credit its many followers.

Politico reports that McCain recounted the story of his infamous tweet to the "Jersey Shore" cast member at the inaugural Al Jazeera U.S. Forum at the Newseum Monday night.

"As many of you know, the most famous, probably, and most watched by young people show on television is a show called 'Jersey Shore.' I don't know if you are familiar with that, but there's a young woman who is one of the stars called Snooki," McCain said, according to Politico.

"Snooki obviously avails herself of tanning facilities because she has a very deep tan at all times. And with the passage of the healthcare reform bill – I won't call it Obamacare, Nancy – part of it was a tax on tanning beds. So Snooki tweeted. She said, 'I am outraged that President Obama would raise taxes on tanning beds. Senator McCain would never do that because he's so pale.' So I tweeted back, 'You're right, Snooki. I would never raise taxes on tanning beds. It's The Situation.' That's one of the characters on 'Jersey Shore.' So what tweet got the award for tweet of the year? Not my profound statement about disarmament with Russia and the START Treaty, not my profound observations about the workings of Congress in the United States Senate, but the tweet I exchanged with Snooki," McCain said.

A McCain spokesman said at the time that McCain thought replying to the reality star via Twitter would be an "amusing way to respond to her comments," adding that Twitter is "a good medium for that kind of conversation."

But on Monday, the Arizona senator told the Newseum audience that the medium is not without dangers.

"So I hope you understand and appreciate that this means of communication has also sometimes got some dangerous aspects associated with it too," McCain said.

"Misinformation and things that are injurious to people, and we have to see that some self-discipline is exercised. I look at a lot of tweets that come back to me, and a large number of them call for my early demise, usually in a painful manner."


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    What makes this relevent? Why is this political news? I doubt any of the nations young voters are taken in by this old, old man from Arizona. Get a life. Get a grip. If you can not find a clue, try to find someone who at least suspects.

    May 17, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "...And with the passage of the healthcare reform bill – I won't call it Obamacare,..."
    ---------------------
    I don't use that term either. It is called ACA, Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is a mythical monster concocted by some on the right wing who simply do not like the President. They claim not object to the same personal mandate they once supported in the past.

    May 17, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. pjfla

    Why should anyone care what McCain thinks or does or tweets. He is out of touch with reality and should go quietly into the desert.

    May 17, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Dan

    I may not agree with John McCain's political philosophies, and I did not vote for him to be president. However, i would never wish death or anything else on him. He has been a great servant to our country for many years. If he was the candidate in 2000, I probably would have voted for him, but he was a different candidate in 2008. I think he is at his best when he speaks plainly and authentically, without reservations, such as moments like this. It is refreshing, and I wish he had acted more like this when he ran for president.

    May 17, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Shane Botwin

    If McCain had chosen Snooki instead of Sarah Palin, he would probably be president right now.

    May 17, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Paul1st

    The article is about tweeting. The point McCain wants to make is that he will never raise taxes. This includes taxes on items that have been proved to cause cancer – like tanning beds. Maybe McCain can introduce legislation to repeal taxes on tobacco and extend that to prohibit states also from doing so. While he is at it, why not take the next logical step and repeal taxes on alcohol? Our deficit can go up along with deaths and medical costs.

    May 17, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the very real deal)

    It is called ACA, Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is a mythical monster
    =========================================================
    Obamacare IS a monster that has driven up costs for everybody. It is a HUGE NEW GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. It has ZERO cost reduction. All it does is GIVE healthcare to some at the expense of others (increased taxes, Medicare CUTS, unconstitutional forced product purchase, etc.)

    May 17, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. C. Howe Yulikit

    Wow, this is soooo topical and relevant!

    May 17, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    This snooki reminds me of another woman in his life. Remember how that tyrned out?
    All you are emohasizing is thatbwhile the rest of the yiung people of the world learn our youth is busy following this nobosy from not even nj.
    Who cares about his tweets?

    May 17, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Obamacare IS a monster that has driven up costs for everybody.
    -----------------------------
    Obamacare is a myth. The ACA is hated by most liberals because they think it was a gift to the insurance industry. You know what? Insurance companies are not complaining about it. They just released numbers yesterday indicating that most of them had a record year for profits in 2010, and expect to have a better year in 2011. Where's the beef?

    May 17, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    For Bush, Cheney and his daughter Liz, and Rumsfeld to say tortured works really put John McCain at odds with them because he says it doesn't. If torture works then that would be an admission that John McCain, while a prisoner during the Vietnam war who says he was tortured, would have given up U.S. secret information. Thank you Mr. McCain for speaking the truth which again makes Bush and company eat their own lies.

    May 17, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Robert Vukovic

    McCain is a Melanoma survivor. He should have used this opportunity to warn Snookie and others that tanning beds, like direct sun light, can cause skin cancer.

    May 17, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Just Wondering

    2 questions

    1. Can you get an STD by tweeting with Snooki?

    2. Democrat Class Warfare – what have you been smoking? Whatever it is, it must be some powerful sh!t. You are clearly out of touch with reality!

    May 17, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Michael in Houston

    Hey McCain...what is it about you having this knack for making the most uninteresting and brain depleted female idiots into some sort of celebrity.

    May 17, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. EatRunDive

    Driven costs up for everybody, DCW? Please give us a real-life example of how YOUR costs have increased.

    And FYI, politics IS class warfare

    May 17, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. diridi

    senile...o.k. old idiot...that's it.

    May 17, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. bw1

    that's not snooki - who is that in the picture? a jersey shore love child?

    May 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |