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. Shannon - Texas

    HA! This is hysterical. Althogh I wouldn't take those facebook numbers too seriously- we already know that Obama has huge support from the younger crowd! Also, I TEHCNICALLY support both because I wanted updates from both camps-

    This game is really cute though 🙂

    June 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Binh

    LOL McCain shows his age. Thanks but no thanks.

    Pork Invaders! Oh, I'm so hip! The kiddies on Facebook will love me because of this!

    June 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Sophia Chicago

    This is the model of a game from 1980? Hint to the McCain Campaign, Atari is no longer the top selling game.

    June 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Speechless

    Do you think that it is possible for an Obama supporter not to personally insult Sen. McCain?

    June 20, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Deniese

    Eugene take a chill pill, you have eight years to complain so slow yo roll dud!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Peter E

    Oh come on people! Are you so naive to think that either one of the candidates is clean? Even the 'agent of change' Obama accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contribution from oil companies. (you can look up the Newsweek article on it if you don't believe me)

    June 20, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. ted

    Dudes: this is just a campaign gimmick. Nothing more.

    June 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Republican for Obama

    First and foremost, I call it genious, but won't get my vote for it. I have to respect this though, no doubt about it, it's great Marketing.

    If only he could carry out the concept of vetoes, rather then war. He will take from it that we like war, not money. And if I only rack up millions with tax cuts, but spend BILLIONS on a war, then am I not actually still losing?

    Furthermore, isn't it odd that his first big internet application is very 'war like' in shooting things? The man isn't even elected and he's already started another war.

    What's next? A shooting game where you kill US soldiers over seas and you get a free replay if it lasts 100 minutes?

    June 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. BE

    It's a tiny facebook game. McCain is just attempting to paint himself as a fiscal conservative. If you're reading anything else into it, you aren't as smart as you think you are.

    June 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Ms. D

    To: The Mccain supporters,

    Before you keep attacking Mrs. Obama regarding being unpatriotic, you better do some history on your candidate. Because Mccain said he was not proud of his country until he became a POW and start missing the freedoms of his country. Now I can take a word or two out or add a word or two. My point is stick to the issues because everybody is from different cultures and backgrounds and everybody is not proud of everything the United States do!! But it don't mean they are not patriotic!!

    June 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Pork? You gotta clean the mud from the pig first, Grampy. Maybe Mr. McSham needs to fire all the lobbyists doing business from his bus – including Phil Graham and his multiple dubious connections – from his campaign who are currently funding foreign dictators and warlords. Maybe that's why Cindy's planning a swing through Burma to shore up any deals or connections prior to the general election (?) McCain you are such a dirty, rotten, conniving hypocrite wrapped in pseudo-patriotic clothing. Let's talk about the Keating Five, shall we, big guy?

    June 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Paul, Riverside, CA

    Gotta hand it to the McCain group. I am an Obama supporter but this is clever.

    Point – McCain.

    June 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Nikolas

    Wow. Pity John McCain doesn't have things going for him like race and gender to carry him through, and actually has to rely on capturing a majority vote in a country where such things count more than policy and past history. Sadly amusing how so many people on this forum don't get the reference that the video game represents. And these people have a hand in the future of this country?

    I have no doubt that America will get the president it deserves.

    June 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Jason

    Supporters of Obama stop this stuff be adult. You continue to drive voters away as you are ugly and vile on every post. Your not helping the cause. Also spouting juvenile insults while claiming to be sooo smart is quite stupid so get over yourselves you are not as witty as you believe. Not to mention half of the things you say and believe about your candidate and say about McCain are absolutely false which bolsters the other sides argument that the young and stupid are trying to steal this country with a paper thin speach artist.

    June 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    What a joke, John McCain don't know how to play this himself and this is like trying to put a square into a round hole. LOL

    June 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    Given the miniscule level of respect that he's shown for women, the PIG game is quite appropriate.

    June 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Linda K.

    To Earl (and everyone else),

    I don't want to hear any more jokes about Kentucky, Tennessee, or West Virginia. I'm a Kentucky resident by choice and this is one of the best states I've ever been in. (A little too Republican yet, but otherwise. . .)

    Stereotyping doesn't help anyone. Don't spout off generalizations when you have no idea.

    June 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Most of the so-called earmarks are not pork. Yes, there are some projects that are pork. Most are not, though. Well over 95% of the earmarks are Congress' way of designating how money already budgeted in other bills is to be spent.

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    It's game over for McCain,
    He's done, specially if Hillary gets on him,
    Hillary will tear him apart,
    How many days before the crazy little guy snaps,
    you know its coming,
    you know it is truthseeker

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    This from the pseudo-patriot who wraps himself in the image of the flag with the blood of more than 4000 soldiers on his hands? Hypocrite! Consider firing all the lobbyists from your campaign, McSham, especially those – including Phil Graham – who are doing business with foreign dictators and warlords. And now we find out you haven't always been proud of your country either. What a joke you are, Grampy.

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Michael

    Mr. Osborne, I've read your criticism of the intelligence or lack of intelligence in people in Tennessee and Kentucky. I see you're from Michigan. And your point would include the incandescent brilliance of those from Detroit?

    June 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Eugene is delusional

    Eugene, don't know what tree you fell from, but it certainly wasn't the one of knowledge or logic. First off, the meeting with the Canadian official had nothing to do with NAFTA. Second, how is it Obama's fault that supporters booed HRC? Third, you talk about lying for votes and say that Obama's guilty of it when in fact the biggest panderer ever was Hillary with her gas tax holiday that she wanted to make effective this year (when she's not even president), just to mention one case. So get a grip on reality, will you!

    June 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, where was he during the first term of the Bush administration? There was pork flying left and right. I can't recall anything that Bush vetoed. What was McCain doing to convince his REPUBLICAN colleagues to cut out the crap? That is what I want to know. Where are the speeches and votes? Show me that and not this cute game. I want facts and not cuteness from this guy.

    June 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Sean Attwood

    Wow, John McCain, that is about as neat as getting a religious pamphlet on halloween. You tool! Get a clue, man.

    June 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. John Smith

    I guess Hillary and her "bitter" Clinton supporters need Obama (and supporters) more than Obama needs Hillary..

    Obama can win those battle-ground DEM states without the help of Hillary.

    Hillary needs the help of Obama to pay her sagging bills, loans etc. This is how terribly Hillary managed her campaign. I guess Hillary and her bitter followers need to beg Obama to come their help!!!

    Bottom line, call on McCain to help retire Hillary's debts, loans...!

    June 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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