April 15th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain camp pulls its proposal - for passion fruit mousse

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/15/art.splitrec.cnn.jpg caption="The McCain camp pulled the offending passion fruit recipe."] (CNN) - For a few hours Tuesday morning, the latest campaign trail drama seemed to center not on policy or politics - but on pasta farfalle.

At least three “McCain Family Recipes” posted on John McCain’s campaign Web site and credited to his wife Cindy – including Ahi Tuna with Napa Cabbage Slaw, Passion Fruit Mousse, and Farfalle Pasta with Turkey Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms - appeared to be direct copies of dishes created by the Food Network. Another seemed to be a slightly altered version of a dish prepared by TV chef Rachael Ray.

The similarity was first noted by a New York attorney and appeared in a report on the Huffington Post Monday night.

The McCain campaign quickly moved to quell the controversy over cabbage slaw. “Apparently a web intern added Rachael Ray to our policy team without her knowing it,” McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds told CNN Tuesday morning. “He was swiftly dealt with and the page is down for revision. Our apologies to Food Network …but according to our press assistant the passion fruit mousse is really worth trying.”

Cindy McCain appears to be the only candidate spouse this year to devote a share of the official campaign Web site to recipes; neither Bill Clinton nor Michelle Obama currently have posted their favorite dishes on their spouse’s presidential sites. No word yet on when the Arizona senator's wife might unveil a new plan for the nation's Ahi tuna lovers.

Published on: April 15, 2008 at 8:45 am

Filed under: Cindy McCain
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. SGS

    Cindy, Deary, Sweety-

    Honeybun, it's 2008. Got anything else to contribute? Bless your heart...

    April 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Mike

    To Independent-Woman-Voter-For-Obama, speaking of recipes, go fry up some corn bread, collard greens, have some sweet tea, and let Obama know how "bitter" you are.

    Go Hillary!

    April 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Fendley

    Does anyone have a copyright on recipes? Leave McCain alone. He will be our next President, because Obamanites, with their ignorance will, God forbid, beat Mrs Clinton. And no way will God allow Obamanation to win the Presidency.

    April 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Beka

    I just want Hillary to go away so we can get to the business of marginilizing the traitors who vote for these republican fools.

    April 15, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Tbest

    Speaking of Elitist!! She has probably never cooked a meal for herself so she has to steal recipes.

    April 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. david

    why does cnn consider this to be news...type in a recipe and see how many similar recipees come up from numerous websites. Even if they cut and pasted them right off the website I don't care. I don't support McCain, but this does not matter. Maybe a better story is why is this campaign wasting time putting out recipes.

    April 15, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Briana P

    Is this an attempt to make Cindy likable ? Through recipes on a campaign site. They seriously can't think we are that stupid.

    April 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Ricky Marlin, New Orleans, LA

    The recipe section of a candidate's web site is just so cutesy family values I want to hurl.

    How about "Lame Duck With Neocon Sauce?"

    April 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Peg

    It's disgusting.......a little woman back in the kitchen again.....talking about recipes and dusting. Give me a break!

    April 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. C.J.

    Obviously CNN ran out of material...again. Or maybe McCain really only has this much to offer. But what else can we really expect from the Republicans except addressing an issue which no one cares about, try to rally attention around it, and hope everybody forgets about what is really important

    April 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Gail

    If this had been Michelle Obama, we would have had two days of "Breaking News Headlines". We picked a part one sentence she said in a speech. Seems to be a double standard.

    My friends, I really like the touch of throwing the Intern Under the Bus!!!

    April 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. mitch from ark.

    who cares?

    April 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Peg

    For you people not voting for Obama, maybe Hillary could be MCains running mate, they're best friends and think pretty much the same way on many issues. It would be a "Dream Ticket" for sure.

    April 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Farren Ballanst

    Recipes are the least of what Cindy McCain has stolen. At least this time it wasn't drugs from her own charity.

    April 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Phil From VA

    Do you think McCain's wife cook? yeah right.

    April 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Adam; Phila, PA

    This is rediculous. Cindy McCain has a lot of money, that's known. However there is no point on attacking her appearance.

    April 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. John Elitist McCain

    So, does she really cook, is that a lie too?

    How stupid.

    April 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. dj

    Cindy McCain must be excused. She is a former drug felon, who stole drugs from her job and was convicted. She is not at all opposed to stealing.

    April 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. RP

    This is getting to be funny. Just how rabid are the Obama lovers? The Democrats are so busy bleeding each other that they have forgotten that we were looking for real change in America. Just what change are they bringing? Is the change that you have to be a complete fool to vote for a Democrat? Why couldn't they put up a serious candidate....wait Joe L. is now an independent. "Loony" is looking like a synonym for "change". Let's bring back that old guy from the South that was one of the speakers at Bush's party. He at least stood for something as a Democrat.

    April 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Doug R.

    What do receipes posted on some McCain website have to do with the race for the presidency?? And it's his wife that 'stole' these receipts from the Food Channel. I believe she owes the American people a sincere apology. The McCains are flakes.

    April 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. FD

    I recommend that Cidy add "crow" to the menu.

    April 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Paul F

    I'm afraid John McCain was secretly brain-washed by the Viet Cong when he was a POW. What if he's a deep sleeper agent they're finally close to getting into the White House?? They could trigger the secret command and he would turn into a obediant agent to do their will!!

    April 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Ranger7

    Just another example ..that McCain ..is at best... a mascot for the Republicans!! ...What he says and does ...is just ..NOT RELIABLE!!!

    April 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. ohmy!

    Not sure what to even say about that! haa! I just laughed, but that is what i do when I hear anything to do with McCain!

    April 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Sean

    I thought that people's mistakes arround thecandidates cannot be used against them? Have we forgotten Rev Wright already? Obama's people and his supporters need to make up there minds before the media actually starts looking in to his terrorist friends.

    April 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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