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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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. TerryD

    Regarding Cunningham's rantings, it is a true indication of what the Republicans truly feel about Barack Hussein Obama whether it is overt or covert.

    There is a spiritual truism; The trust shall set you free!


    February 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. EBJ in Texas

    McCain SHOULD have thrown this moron under the bus, then backed up over him twice. But one thing the senator did that is not accepted by far right conservatives is that he apologized. You would NEVER find the likes of Rush, Billy, Ann, or Sean say "I'm sorry" for ANYTHING that they say or do and they can be wrong as two left shoes. These people are so mean-spirited and spiteful that I can't see how they can live with themselves. Sorry John but I don't thnik they ever will accept you because you have a HEART and they don't!

    February 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    Well McCain isn't going to commit political suicide.
    With Obama running (for the most part) a clean campaign, McCain can't win through slander and he knows that

    February 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Jean Alex

    I'm so proud to call myself a "LIBERAL"


    February 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    Cunningham should have known better.

    It is one thing to demonstrate contrasts and voice disagreements. It is quite another thing to introduce "shock jock" tactics in a forum where the international press is in attendance.

    If he can't take McCains denouncement–he hopefully will listen to mine.

    Grow up and act like an adult.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Uncle Sam

    John McCain again shows why he is so respected by all Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike.

    February 27, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Gordon

    John Mcain is taking the right tack. The US got where it is today by working together. What hurts the US is partasianship. IF the Democrates and Republician go for the Win/Win instead of the Win/Lose scenario then more would get accomplished. Reaching across the aisle is what is needed, particularly at this time in US history. The ultra conservatives do not speak for the majority, they just speak louder and more often. I am a Republican, but the ultra conservatives do not speak for me.

    February 27, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Go Get Um!

    Obama (AKA "Speeches") will not last one debate with MCcain. Hillary will not be there Speeches to agree with. Speeches will have to give a speech or fumble all over himself as he did in last night's debate.

    February 27, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Arizona

    I really must be idealistic. For people to vote based of Ideas (Obama is specific he has a whole book out about each thing and how he'll do it, just need to read it and not accuse him) then actual race. Even some people going as far as saying Hussein like it shows what the tru person is. My Middle name is Brian what does that show of me? Does that make the person i am? You know how much easier it could have been for Obama just to change his name to better fit the scared americans. Basing a decision off a middle name or color or even gender is the worse thing you can do for the country. Voting for McCain over Obama because Hillary lost is doing the exact opposite of what you really want so there must be something else behind it.

    I'm A white, Veteran American. I did not fight for this country so it could say that Middle names, gender, and race means the quality of the person. Grow up.

    Someone said that Obama would have to give money to his tribe in Africa...What a racist argument. He was born american raised american and is fighting for america.....Grow up america, or it will leave you behind

    February 27, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. RICKY

    Never heard of Cunningham before and I hope to never hear from him again.

    McCain has my full support as a Purple Heart wearing Viet Nam veteran.

    IF I was a democrat and had to vote I would mark "none of the above"!

    February 27, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. PC

    Cunningham will be like any other conservative when the time comes to praise McCain, when the time comes to say "I was there behind McCain", and when the time comes to take credit for all the good things that McCain will possibly have accomplished. He, like most other conservatives I hear bad mouthing their canidate, will try to take credit when all they did was almost literally tear their party down.

    Despite having a radio spot nation wide, Cunningham still felt the need to scream to get his 15minutes of fame and then whine when what he said wasn't praised.

    February 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. go hil

    good one Cunningham, im rooting for you or Hil, keep exposing these losers

    February 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. john

    Most of the comments I have read are from people who do not know mr. Cunningham, other than the loud manner in which he spoke, all he really did was use Obama's real middle name. While Mr Cunningham has a unique way of getting his point accross, he is also a very polished attorney and is intelliget enough to not say anything that isn't fact. Mr Mccain wold have been much better off to say nothing of the comments, and would have looked better to both parties.

    February 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. sam

    let the games begain i just love politics you find out all the good stuff hillary for president oklahoma is with you.

    February 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Chantay

    It's ironic, that people tend to overlook the fact that Hillary praises Obama then slams him.

    February 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Tom - Cincinnati

    Congratulations to Sen McCain in taking issue with Bill Cunningham's vicious, raciest and inappropriate remarks; although Mr. Cunningham is not worth anyone's time.

    February 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    This incident is just a clear indication of where so-called neo-cons are coming from. It points up that if you can't win on issues, you have to resort to such infantile tactics such as dirtbag (Cunningham).

    It's too bad that his IQ is a negative number.

    February 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. David

    The people are ignorant and always have been. The press decides who is going to win. Business has always wanted a Republican in there – in order to get the democrat votes they have to steal either Clinton or Obama voters. They know that Clinton voters, being older and more moderate would be easier to go for McCain. The press continues to kill Clinton's campaign so that Obama is the candidate – then McCain wins – order has been restored and meanwhile all you Obama supporters go home scratching your heads wondering what the hell happened.

    I voted for Clinton as she was the only one who could have beaten McCain and they knew it – that's why all the support for Obama so that he would lose.
    As long as McCain doesn't pick Huckabee then he will probably be president if Clinton doesn't win the nomination.

    February 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Alesia

    For Sandy and whomever else who likes to play the name game. If you are judging the man because his middle name reminds you of Saddam? Then you are as ignorant and shallow minded as Cunningham! Grow up! That is beyond the poorest excuse I've ever heard. You should be ashamed for thinking that let alone putting it in print. Jeez!

    February 27, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Faizan Ali

    His use of the word "prophet" and consistent mention of Obama's middle name is clearly expressing contempt toward Obama and was an attempt to ridicule him in front of the predominant Christian society of USA. I'm glad the Republicans are smart enough to understand the true nature of Cunningham's speech regardless of his justification or intention.

    February 27, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Chris

    Everyone saying he shouldn't be ashamed of his middle name have lost the plot. It's not about being ashamed of anything. It's the context in which it's presented or the picture earlier in the week was presented. It's put out there to play into people's fears. It's just bush league and offensive. No one refers to him by his middle name, so what's the motivation for doing it here? Aren't we all sick of this kind of stuff?

    February 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. LovelyLisa

    Did Hillary Denounce or Reject him yet? How about Ann Coultier? Right.

    February 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Joey McCook

    Hopefully, the unemplyment propanganda will not be used to block people at texas work places. With that problem of computers everything can be expected such as hacks, manipulation of personal information and etc. It is just weird that some people apply for jobs and they don't get a phone call right away within three weeks of applying for a job. Also some emails are send along with online applications and then some people never get a replied online or by phone. Hopefully everything is okay for the people. Hopefully computer systems will not be a major factor with all that media manipulation of national polls as well as to electrnic voting nowdays. Everything can be expected from electronic voting!! All people would agree that they would like to vote the old traditional way paper ballot and pencil. What do you all voters think??

    February 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    So McCain threw Bill Cunningham under the bus. At least now Cunningham is better off there than he was before ... in the gutter with the rest of the traitorous anti-McCain "conservative radio and television talk hosts."

    Conservatives are terrified that McCain will win the primary and take the White House without their help. Then the decent majority of the GOP will realize that they don't need conservatives and their poison to win.

    February 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Shannon


    Are you serious? Your argument concerning Barack's middle name are about as lame as Mr. Cunningham's tirade yesterday. And no, America has not forgotten about Sep 11. Have you heard of heritage? Jeez

    Although, I am not a Republican, I appreciated Senator McCain's remarks yesterday. It shows that we can possibly have a presidential race that focuses on the issues and less with personal jabs regarding someone's extramarital issues, fashion when they visit foreign countries, and speeches that don't credit the author.


    February 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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