June 20th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
15 years ago

On Facebook, it's game on for McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/20/art.macfbpork0620.jm.jpg caption="Users rack up millions in tax dollars by shooting vetoes at flying pigs in the McCain camp's latest Facebook application."]
(CNN) – Anyone who thought John McCain’s campaign – which launched its very first Facebook application just two days ago – would make a major push on the social networking Web site when pigs fly… is right.

McCain’s new “Pork Invaders” application, launched Friday, is a video game that requires users to dodge incoming projectiles from flying pigs. If a user takes a hit from one of the application’s pigs, the user loses one of the three lives granted at the beginning of the game.

How do you kill the flying pigs? By shooting off vetoes. With each pig killed by a veto, users rack up millions of tax dollars as their score, and progress to the next level - but only after the game lays out campaign talking points like comparing the respective records of Sen. McCain and his rival, Sen. Barack Obama, on earmarks.

On Wednesday, the McCain camp launched “Campaign Cribs: Straight Talk Express” on Facebook, an application that allows users to take a video tour of McCain’s campaign bus.

McCain currently has approximately 150,000 supporters on Facebook while Obama now has roughly 1,020,000 supporters on the site.

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Jason

    that's awesome.

    June 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. DJ, LA, CA

    Memo to John: what about the billions of wasted taxpayer dollars spent on profiteering Bush/Cheney constituents that are seeking guaranteed no-bid projects in Iraq until 2012? What about the all the money you get get from Big Oil lobbyists seeking an extension of your corrupt energy policy?

    June 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. indy dem

    Paying homage to video game from circa 1980. Brilliant. I hope McCain has enough 5 1/2" floppies to make it through election day

    June 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Matt

    ...and the democrats will claim this is a demonstration of how much Republicans hate pigs and all other animals in 4...3....2...

    June 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Yvette


    June 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Earl Osborne MI

    Right out of Roves playbook...the Republicans are full of games and this is just another example.

    I suppose it's good for those in Tennessee and Kentucky....those uneducated white folk will crack open the moonshine and invite the whole clan to play....(do they have computers McBush?)

    Go away old man and entertain the feeble minded people that will vote for McBush 2

    June 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. What do YOU know

    What an idiot. Is this his way of being hip or something? I feel insulted. Heaven forbid his brilliant campaign strategist would think up a game to use that was actually played by people that will be voting in this election. Space Invaders.... Did that not come out on Atari? In like 1980? It's a ticky tack criticism, but it resonates to a much larger problem with this candidate.

    June 20, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Jim

    lol, I take that as an insult, he's treating people on facebook like babies, that's actually funny...wow...

    June 20, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Independent Fred

    I really like Senator McCain my only fear is he's feeling the pressure to shift too far right. While I disagree with his position on the war I still see him as an honerable man.

    If both camps stick to the Issues America will have a choice between two good guys, albeit polar opposites. I suspect the winner will be whomever is closest to center.

    June 20, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Eugene

    Obama is a flip flop liar. He is the same old politician. He flip flop about Public Funding and NAFTA. During the primary, he said he did not aware of his staff talking to the Canadian about NAFTA but look at his position about NAFTA now, it is exactly what his staff said to the Canadian that time. He lies to Americans to get votes. This is change that you can expect from him. Also, at the Al Gore endorsement Obama rally, when the Governor of Michigan mention Hillary name, Obama's supporters boo her rudely. This is the Unity that Obama promise you. This is another change that you can expect from Obama. After all of this, I suggest all Americans do not ever listen to anything Obama say but look at what Obama did instead. He will never get my support or my vote no matter what Hillary say to convince us to support him. I simply can not support a flip flop liar.

    June 20, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. New Day

    Wow! that should really attract the young folk! A game that's modeled after another game that came out before they were born. Pretty sweet. He kinda reminds me of the aunt that you went to visit as a child who would offer you candy. Then after you accepted, happily, you find out its that dusty, old rock candy no one likes.

    June 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. unions are not stupid

    oh my as if we needed it any more high lighted that he is behind on the time he comes up with a game that is a knock off from the early 80's i wounder if he accesses face book through a IBM PC/XT with a supper fast 8080 intel processor LMAO yea that is sarcasm

    June 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Seeing how John McCain doesn't know how to use a computer, how is he going to kill flying pigs? How lame.

    June 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. NoMcSame

    McSame whole campaign is a game. The kids over in Iraq lives are a game to him. Health care is a game. Flip flopping is a game to him and all of his people but come January they all will have a lot of time to play them. This is no game McSame you are in the process of trying to put the U.S. at odds with the rest of the world just like Bush has done. The game is over and you can take your toys and go home.
    Obama08 with or without the PUMA people.

    June 20, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. John Y Des Plaines IL

    Wow what forward thinking! A 1980's video style game. How current and fresh. Is this the type of "new" ideas John McSame has for us if he god forbid somehow gets into the white house? How about some Pong next???

    June 20, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    You can't be serious!! Not only is McCain a senile, angry old man – his web team is completely clueless. This reminds me of my grandpa trying to talk to us about "those new-fangled computer gadgets". Or my grandma trying to work a cable box.

    This is a Dukakis moment for McCain!

    June 20, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Heather

    Who cares? John McCain's presence on Facebook is purely symbolic, because he admitted earlier this year that he has never used a computer. Remember when Bush 41 went to a grocery store, and admitted he had never seen a bar scanner? Same thing. Out of touch with reality.

    Welcome to the 21st century, ladies and gentlemen. Now step aside, and let the big dogs play through.

    June 20, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Eugene – take a deep breathe, man – you are hyperventilating at your own fictional reality. Take some ritalin.

    June 20, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Get real McExxon is talking about honesty, McFlipper, McFlip, Flop, Flip! McChange with the wind. McKill; Women and Children with Napalm! McLeave my wife while she was on her death bed! McDepends that needs to be changed now! Come on, and they think this guy has honesty

    June 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |

    I guess he caught lie and smear Mrs OBAMA on this site. Numbers fon't lie 150,000 to 1 Million by OBAMA is a sad future outlook for McSame.

    June 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Tron

    Way to leap boldly into the eighties, Senator!

    Does the straight talk express have ColecoVision too? That would be totally tubular!

    June 20, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. jonny

    Obama/Gore '08!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Sarah, 23, FL

    The younger generation is will be for OBAMA 🙂

    "McCain currently has approximately 150,000 supporters on Facebook while Obama now has roughly 1,020,000 supporters on the site".


    Out with the old (McBush), in with the new (OBAMA).

    OBAMA '08

    June 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Brian From Knoxville has now transformed into Knoxville Operation Chaos

    McCain will bring out Pitfall and Q-bert next. Maybe Super McCain-o brothers staring Bush and McCain will come out as well. Get that Mushroom, Juanny McCain.


    June 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Does everyone notice this is all about killing, yes: McWar likes to kill. This is his mind set. Let's go to war and kill people, McWar can not think of any thing else to do.

    June 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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