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. Eric

    Does EVERYTHING dealing with this man deals with violence and killing?! Someone should look into that.....

    June 20, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Elaine B, Milwaukee, WI

    Unfortunately, the pig we won't see flying is the big bloated expense for this useless and unending war in Iraq. Trillions we could be spending to shore up levees, help people keep their homes or give us some relief from the gas prices. AND, one must note, having a pig game at a time when images of drowning pigs and heroic pigs who made a swim for it on the stubby legs makes shooting them down a bit, well, icky. Bad timing, John Boy. Bad form.

    June 20, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Pam

    Too bad McCain won't be able to play it, he doesn't know how to use a computer.

    June 20, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    Is shooting and war all Elmer Fudd thinks about ????????

    June 20, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Hope McSame is having a nice day in Canada, what with the endless war he supports, flooding in the Midwest, broken levees that should be fixed before rebuilding Baghdad, a deep national recession, $4 a gallon gas caused by speculation and a weak dollar that his pal, Dumbya has let slide for eight years, and that his shortsided giveaway to Big Oil won't fix for 10 years...Enjoy Canada, Grandpa! Stay there...

    June 20, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Brian

    Finally an honest post! Much better than thos Republicans pretending to be democrats!

    June 20th, 2008 9:29 am ET

    I dont care who he picks as vp. I'm rich, so i dont care about gas prices. I love war so i dont care if we stay there 150 more years. And it's man's world so who cares about women rights! All reason's i'm voting for John McCain this fall!!!

    McCain's my friend!! 🙂

    June 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Crush Rush

    After 34 years, John and the Big Oil Boys are back in business in Iraq.Nice timing,tells me why we went there in the first place.

    June 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. dan

    People are still talking about the NAFTA thing? Uhhh, the canadian government came out and apologized to the obama camp because it was actually a CLINTON PERSON who gave them the :wink wink: go educate yourself and look it up. Of course that "unfair media for Hilliary" was pretty much hush hush on the entire topic. Just like they didnt say a word even though the Clintons are currently being sued for campaign fraud. Could you imagine if Obama was being sued for campaign fraud? It would be EVERYWHERE. But ya, the media is soooo unfair to Hilliary.

    June 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Good idea John. Facebook is good. Obama is bad.

    Maybe Obama is not a Muslim now but wasn't he raised as a Muslim?

    As I recall his dad was a Muslim and later his mom divorced him. Then Obama's mom married another black Muslim and they moved to a Muslim country where they lived there a spell during Obama's formative years.

    He may not be a Muslim now, at least that is what he tells us, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors with him and his hurricane wife. Isn't she a piece of work?

    To be safe, there is another choice.

    Do you want to risk our country with an unknown who was raised in a foreign land? I don't think I want that risk.

    June 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Michelle

    I think it's a good idea and gets across the main point:

    Much taxpayer money is wasted on pork barrel spending.

    June 20, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Jessica, NY

    for the record, I'm an Obama supporter. Doesn't mean I can't like something McCain does, I think this is quirky and fun. Lighten up people.

    June 20, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. independent for O

    how lame.i have pogo.

    June 20, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Brian

    Why use pigs? Use big Hoover dams.... oh that's right pork is ok for Arizona just not the rest of the U.S.

    June 20, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Poooooorrrr McCain, he will never get it and that staff, I hope he isn't paying them.

    Flying pigs, how tacky. But since he doesn't know how to work a computer, what does he care?

    June 20, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. This Is Just Lame.

    I am sorry but I find that insulting. Why does McCain think young people need a video game to find information about his candidacy?

    June 20, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Michelle

    "The kids over in Iraq lives are a game to him. "

    Response: The above post is pure tripe.
    McCain has a son serving in Iraq.

    June 20, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    They Should Make A Game With Mccains Face On A Waffle. . . You Could Get Points By Flip Flopping It!

    June 20, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Kathy

    But I feel sorry for all those low-income folks who financed Obama’s primary campaign — and are now being asked to finance his general election campaign. Obama is more than happy to take their last $100 — money that could be better spent to fill their gas tank or to feed thier children.

    How thoughtless of the man – $85 million of already dedicated public funds is not good enough for Obama?

    Doesn’t OBAMA see that he is only adding to the burden of the average american (SMALL donors) who he is now asking to SUPPORT him through November?

    So Obama will BUY the presidency — now that’s democracy!

    June 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Why try 08

    Who ever came up with this game is doing McCain an injustice. Are they trying to help him or hurt him. This game does nothing but resonate age. That's the last thing McCain should want anyone talking about.

    June 20, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. keepitreal50

    McCain is a lightweight. Obama is a HEAVYWEIGHT. Nuf-said.

    June 20, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    How About A Game With His Wife Cindys Head . . . You Could Score Points By Tossing Pills In Her Mouth!

    June 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Wow

    This is stupid. Congrats McSame for making a stupid game!!

    June 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Sujith, NE

    "McCain currently has approximately 150,000 supporters on Facebook while Obama now has roughly 1,020,000 supporters on the site." – Numbers baby, numbers ....need to say more?

    Obama 08 !

    June 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Has McCain ever played a video game in his life?

    How old is he again?

    How old was he when the Internet was INVENTED? What about those darn video games?

    -Game sounds super lame. "Lets go shoot some veto's Benny, wanna join me" Ya right.

    June 20, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. @Eugene - simply kris, NE

    You are a repubelican..sorry i meant IDIOT !

    Obama 08 !

    June 20, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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