February 27th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain apology angers conservative host


Watch talk radio host Bill Cunningham on CNN Tuesday.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - A conservative radio talk-show host said that "he's had it up to here" with Sen. John McCain after the GOP presidential candidate repudiated the commentator's remarks about Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at a campaign event.

"John McCain threw me under a bus - under the 'Straight Talk Express,' " Bill Cunningham told CNN on Tuesday, referring to McCain's campaign bus.

Earlier Tuesday, Cunningham spoke at a McCain campaign event in Cincinnati and called Obama a "hack, Chicago-style Daley politician."

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  1. Realistic

    Cunningham is a wacko. McCain would do better to tell the radical conservatives and evangelicals/Pharisees go to stuff themselves, and instead court the moderate voters in both parties.

    February 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    I'm actually proud of McCain for stepping up and denouncing Cunningham. The Bush administration tended to silently approve some of the vicious and divisive attacks that conservative talk show hows made on prominent democrats, and I think that contributed to the polarization of the American political scene that has occured over the last 8 years. McCain has made it clear that he's not the kind of republican that believes that all democrats are devils. That's encouraging.

    I'm still not going to vote for him because I don't agree with his politics, but I was encouraged by by McCains comments.

    February 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Kevin

    Cunningham is a man infected with hatred. Look at the symptoms everyone, and be able to identify this illness, because we're going to see a lot of it in the coming months.

    February 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Dan in MA

    if you think this is ugly, just wait. I'm sure its only going to get worse. I don't know why anybody thought this year was going to be easy.

    February 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    Bill Cunningham is an idiot.

    Yes We Can.

    Obama '08!

    February 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    this guy is clearly nuts...how does he not see what he said as wrong...guys like these ruins the spirit of patriotism and honor this country stands for

    SHAME ON YOU!!!!

    February 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Kim

    If he goes with Hillary Clinton that means he was for her all the time. Is he a real conservative? Please this guy is joke!!!

    February 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Bayou Joe

    Let me be the first to apologize for McCain's apology. It appears to me that many people in this country cannot handle the truth. We are at war with an enemy that will resort to anything to destroy this Nation.
    McCain should be doing everything to expose Obama and Clinton instead of praising them as fellow Senators. Just because they are in the Senate does not mean they have the best interest of the United States at heart. As president they can do more harm to our country and that is what we should be concerned about.

    February 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Brian

    That's what happens when you get idiots to speak on your behalf. You apologize for them.

    February 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Steve

    It's like Cunningham speaks in YouTube comments.

    February 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. FELISA

    bayou joe, i reject and denouce you

    February 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Xtina, Chicago, IL

    John McCain just gained a little respect from me for throwing this guy under the bus. He clearly deserved to be thrown under the bus, would have been better if someone put the bus in reverse and ran him over again though.

    February 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Greg, NY

    But wait! Did McCain denounce AND reject Cunningham's comments or just denounce, or just reject?

    We need Hillary over here stat to clarify this situation.

    February 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. William

    Mr. McCain does not need support from the likes of a fringe element "hack" like Mr. Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham makes his living on lies, distortion and slander. The sad part is that this just gives Mr. Cunningham publicity.

    February 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. vic nashville,Tn

    The best event so far in the primaries , Sen John McCain proved himself as real politician
    We can’t trust Mc Cain we don’t know when he will throw us also . We have to join with Bill Cunningham and support Hillary Clinton

    February 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. John

    These comments by Cunningham says more about Him and his Evangelical Christain conservatives. To put Christain and conservative in the same jucstaposition is a contradiction in terms. These people are neither Christian nor conservative a more accurate description of both would be raving hypocritial bigots.

    February 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Leah, New York, NY

    I don't think McCain is losing anything by losing the support of this one. Let Clinton have him – he'll go great next to Ann Coulter.

    February 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. tmd

    Well said, Kevin!

    February 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Di

    I thought it was a hoot!!! Someone with a dispairaging word for Barack....its about time!!!

    February 27, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Tom Swift

    I guess Bill Cunningham is getting exactly what he set out to get when he pulled his stunt. Publicity.

    McCain wasted no time denouncing AND rejecting him.

    McCain '08

    February 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. RichardMichael

    Bayou Joe you made your 15 minutes of fame. It's to bad you are not smart enough to realize how the repuglicans are minipulating you. You and your ilk would not know the truth if it hit you smack in the kisser. You repuglicans have your own truth and the rest of the world has theirs. It's too bad your truths are lies!

    February 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Tony, Wilton, ME

    Cunningham is beneath comtempt. Nothing more need be said.

    February 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Dyinglikeflies, NYC

    Aren't we tired of these radio guys trying to take over the conversation and make the story about them? This two-bit Limbaugh wannabee is insulted? Hey, he had no right to go off on a diatribe and use McCain's presence as a way to get attention in this way. It's guys like you who have ruined our politics, and there is no place far enough under the bus for you to be thrown.

    February 27, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Holly

    I am so proud of Senator McCain for doing this. I am glad we have an extremely dignified candidate as the GOP nominee.

    February 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. politically correct

    What a hypersensitive ninny. What's in a name? Does not a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Is it not insulting to those who share his middle name, to see one so insulted by that very name? Many candidates have used their middle names. Do you think anyone would be proud to have the name "Milhouse"? I would rather be called Hussein.

    February 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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