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. Nick

    Any point he may have is lost by the fact that he is yelling the entire time.

    February 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Ken in Dallas

    Cunningham has no dignity, and the demagoguery in which he indulges would rob McCain's campaign of credibility. McCain had no choice but to repudiate Cunningham.

    Incidentally, how do Christians get "conservative"? Wasn't Christian charity the ethical underpinning of liberalism?

    February 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    So what's new?

    Right wing radio hate mongers are still doing their thing and Sen. McKain continues to occasionaly take the high road.

    February 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Go Get Um!

    Thank you Bill for doing what the media will not. And that is making this a fair contest by showing the true side of Obama (AKA "Speeches").

    Fantastic job!

    February 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Tommy

    I don't call what Cunningham is spewing "straight talk". It's bigoted hate speech at best and SHOULD be repudiated by all, including McCain.

    February 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Karen

    Someone's picking on Oblahma again. Boo Hoo.

    February 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. LaLa in KCMO

    Cunningham, McCain and the rest of ALL the politicians need stick to the issues.

    We need a government of people who are willing and able to work together for the country.

    Aren't we all sick of this back and forth banter and attacks? It gets us nowhere ...

    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Kim, PA

    i wish al gore would run.
    better yet Lou Dobbs.

    let's just get a separate party started.

    call it the REAL party.
    Lou Dobbs for President!

    February 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. slapstick, FLORIDA

    Not only did McCain throw him under the bus, McCain rode off into the sunset leaving the skid mark (Cunningham) as the trash along side of the road. And what a great place for him to be with the OLD way of doing things.

    February 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. KT

    Hey Di, any so called person that enjoys that type of extreme behavior and utter disregard for human respect is not the type of moral fiber any candidate would want representing them. Good for you, McCain.

    February 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. andrew jones

    John McCain, FYI, you have more conservative bigots you can throw under the bus –
    Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt and Lars Larson.

    February 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. AJ, IL

    The important question is how will conservatives respond to McCain "throwing Cunningham under the bus". Many Independents and conservative Democrats like McCain's repudiation of Cunningham, but will conservatives, especially radio talk-show hosts, see this as another reason to not vote for McCain.

    February 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Debbie

    Call me crazy but if I were campaigning for President of the United States you can BANK ON IT that I would know everything about any person who was going to announce me at a rally for votes!
    Just another cheap shot to be able to be the "Good Guy" and get free press!

    February 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Greg, NY

    Sandy February 27th, 2008 11:44 am ET

    Have americans forgotten the name of person that caused the war in Iraq – Saddam Hussein. Why would you want to vote for someone who reminds us of our enemies...

    Hillary, my vote is with you and I am backing you 100%.


    Have you forgotten the name of the person that caused the war in Iraq? His name is Bush.

    February 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. andrew jones

    Now that Cunnighan has decided to support Hillary, can Billary denounce/reject him for his kind of racial, bigotry and hateful comments?

    I know at least McCain did!

    February 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Sonny

    Talk about a deluded idiot "Richard Michael" and his comments to BayouJoe are so sad that there are just so many stupid people in this country, this jerk is another example of millions of Americans who are duped by BHO. Like it or not his name is Hussein and I hope we still have a country left after four years of his type of leadership, the only enjoyment until '12 will be telling these dumbocrats is "we told you so".

    February 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Mark

    Sandy: what a sad comment. You don't think we should vote for Obama because his middle name reminds you of Iraq? I hope you're kidding.

    Hillary reminds me more of Iraq, because she voted to authorize it. Thousands of innocent lives and nearly ONE TRILLION DOLLARS later, she wishes she could "have the vote back"

    February 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. marie

    I have to say – that with the recent criticisms of Senator McCain – his immediate denouncment of Cunningham's remarks – showed an integrity that is admirable.

    February 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Stacy Clarks, Texas


    are you suggesting that Obama is a terrorist dictator trying to take over this country?!?!

    how utterly silly you sound. Can we now please get back to this election?

    the ignorance and hate, and utter ridiculous nonsence that people write on this blog should be denounced and rejected!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Dave in GA

    McCain should have thrown that idiot under a real bus. It just shows how certain segments in our society are desperately trying to hold on to the "politics of division". Cunningham's actions were nasty and mean spirited. But I don't see any difference in what he said versus the picture that surfaced about Obama over the weekend. The intent of both actions is really issue. Both actions were intended to play on the American people fears on ethnicity and race. Both tactics should be reputiated and dismissed as simple "ignorance".

    February 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. jane

    Cunningham is a racist, xenophobic, sexist wacko.....what a disgrace and a loser......

    February 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. jack

    hillary supporters are so desperate to accept the endoursment of these idiots like Cunningham.

    February 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Kathryn Irby

    There is one thing for sure! Cunningham showed his ignorance, and then some!!! But then, he's a Republican!!! DON'T go figure!

    Kathryn Irby
    Metairie, LA

    February 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Erika from Atlanta

    I may not agree with John McCain's politics but I do think he is the real deal. I think it was very impressive that John McCain denounces the negative ethnically motivated remarks of Cunningham while practically at the same time Hillary's camp is sending out the picture of Obama in Kenyan garb. It just shows that this race should be between McCain and Obama, two serious candidates who want to win on issues ,not all this other garbage. The Hillary camp doesn't seem to get that it is not winning, if to get it you have to do it dirty!!

    February 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. SPQR753

    Cunningham is a loose cannon ball, capable of sptitting unadulterated garbage and if McCain was really unaware it means that John has lived on planet Mars for the last decade or so!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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