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. Justice League

    Hope he got expressed written permission from Midway/Bally to use this game. Otherwise it is blatant copywright violation. Tomohiro Nishikado designed the original back in 1978. Way to go John, using archaic vid games for your campaign. What's next? McCain PAC-man? That one's from Midway/Namco, so you better check with them first.

    June 20, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. RC

    it's official. McCain is McCrazy. Just jouvinile.


    June 20, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. 123456789

    Hey Democrats for McCain.......Thank you for voting with us, However we feel you are laughing stock of politics and could never truely welcome you turncoats......we will enjoy your votes and "USE" you to the fullest. Do you expect anything from us in return.......LMAO

    McCain 08

    June 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Barbara

    I think McCains pigs fly game is stupid and why would you want to make a game of killing pigs?
    The man is as stupid as his Bush counterpart

    June 20, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. jw

    This John McCain comes across as one of the most hypocritical politicians ever. For every accusation he launches at Obama, inevitably he has committed himself. The latest, which I have yet to hear CNN report, is his oft repeated phrase, "I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company." Yet his tycoon "princess" wife has bashed Ms. Obama for her statement, "For the first time in my life...." Funny how selective of a memory both Mr. and Mrs. McCain has.

    June 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Mcshame

    sorry dude facebook is for college kids. do something better with your life Mcbush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Gene

    Who exactly are the pigs supposed to represent? 🙂 Is there a hidden message there?

    June 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. kayla

    mcsame, you're toasted. america the beautiful Obama 08

    June 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. MD

    Is one of these pigs McCane?

    June 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Dj

    DUMB! By the way, is 10 years old the minimum voting age now?

    June 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. It's a done deal

    10 bucks, McCain has no idea who to surf the net. This site represents the work of others. Let's get real, shall we.

    June 20, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Shannon

    Very scary , lots of war undertones.

    June 20, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Susan, PA

    I WILL VETO EVERY BEER. No Budweiser for me.

    June 20, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. walcavich@comcast.net

    Brian: you must be so used to the GOP lies that you actually don't think they are same. Brian I'm well of but unemployed so do I care about gas, food women's right ..you bet you butt I do. If you stand up for McBush, McCheney, McRumsfeld and McRice ethics and lies told to the american people then I guess you also embrace the fallen GI's as Collateral damage in the war for oil.

    You disgust me you conservative mouthpiece.

    June 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. canuta

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

    Indie Dem, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    Oh, this is going to be brutal (for McSame, that is). Its almost too painful to watch.

    June 20, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Nathan

    One of the founders of Facebook works for the Obama campaign. Also Obama has over 1,000,000 people on his Facebook list while McCain struggles to reach 200,000. Nice try McCain but you are falling way short.

    June 20, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Christopher, Louisville, KY

    What a neat application. It is a shame the candidate doesn't have the knowledge to actually play it. If you can't even send e-mail, you are not qualified to be president in the 21st century.

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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