July 14th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain: Voters are tired of 'the cable monster'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/14/art.mccainlaraza.gi.jpg caption="McCain had a few media gripes on Monday."] SAN DIEGO (CNN) - The man who once jokingly described the political press corps as “my base” has a few complaints about the state of American media.

In a New York Times interview Sunday, John McCain lamented the non-stop news cycle spawned by cable news and the Internet.

“We are in a situation today where all words are parsed, all comments are diagnosed and looked at for whatever effect they might have,” he told the newspaper. “We have to feed the beast, the hourly cable shows, the instant news in the blogs and all that. That is just the situation that we’re in, and I’m not complaining about it, because that would be both foolish and a waste of time.”

But on Monday, addressing the National Council of La Raza, McCain did air a few complaints. He once again challenged Barack Obama to a series of town hall-style campaign events, calling it the only way to have an uncluttered dialogue with voters.

“A lot of Americans have a expressed their frustration with the sound bites, the charges back and forth, the cable monster that has to have a news story every hour,” McCain said, calling it a “disappointment” Obama has yet to agree to a town hall.

Despite the fact that both McCain and Obama organize daily conference calls featuring campaign surrogates, the senator said voters are “tired” of surrogates and their gaffes.

Americans “don’t want hear the misstatement,” McCain said. “They don’t want to hear the surrogate who may have made a mistake.”

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. susie

    During the primary Obama stated he would debate McCain anytime, any place. Now, he changed his mind. What a flip-flopper!

    July 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Big D

    Why is McCain the one complaining about this? He's had cushy coverage from the press, while Obama has had to battle relentless coverage about every little thing, whether substantial or not. And yet it's McCain who's complaining and Obama is accused of being a whiner.

    July 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Howard in Kirkland

    My oh my ! what ever happened to the Jimmy Carter plan for energy and gasoline for your SUV.

    Funny how it is coming back to bite both parties on the backside because they were to busy to pay an attention.

    Carry on, nothing to see here

    July 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. lovable liberal

    Biting the hand that feeds him...

    July 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Independant Thinker

    Obama won't go up against McCain because he really stunk up the joint the last time he went head to head against Hillary. If it is not written down for Obama to read, he will do a poor job. He cannot think on his feet.

    July 14, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. MI for Obama

    I'm an Obama supporter, but i got to tell you, This is the smartest thing John McCain has said.

    July 14, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Carmen Colorado

    Mcsame needs to go home and try to do something at home not be a president because he will not remember what he is doing. At this age he needs to think of what is important to him because if he remembers that he is lucky. I am not close to his age but I am a senior and trust me I would not want that job, just enjoying the grandkids and everyday is enough for seniors. He needs to do a decent job and he can not do a decent job at this age he has proven that by his speeches.

    July 14, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Indiana Bob

    The Obamabots won't even show McCain the courteousy and respect of using his real name. They refer to him as McSame, McShame, McBush and other childish references. Yet nobody that opposes Obama can even speak his actual middle name, Hussein, or they are accused of being a racist. Even posting an unaltered picture of Obama in muslim garb is considered racism. Even though Obama had the picture taken because it was in his political best interests at the time. It just happens that it is not in his best interests now, so anybody that posts is a racist. How pathetic.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    July 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Please vet for Mccain that has the interest of America under speciak interest and lobbyiest in mind.

    DOn't vote for Obama who share your value and your interest in mind.

    I hope you will be happy to live your next 4 years as you have lived your last 71/2 years.

    July 14, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Disgusted

    I think some of the whiners diverted their attention and precious gas and grocery budget to shell out money for the new iPhone..

    July 14, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Dave from Virginia

    I have to agree with John McCain, a War Hero, oh yeah forgot Obama, how much time did he spend in the Military? the public service? oh yeah thats right 2 years in the Senate, that makes him the best choice to lead the country, right. I agree, CNN soon to be known as the Obama News Network (ONN) keeps telling me how historical it is when we all vote for him and if we don't oh we are all just old white racists. Guess Snoop Dogs going to be SECDEF next too. He is just as qualified as Obama

    July 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Things that make you go hmmmmm

    McCain hates the fact that everyone of his lies ,misstatments and HUGE Gaffs is INSTANTLY available on the internet. The Days of slow news and minimal information are OVER.

    If I had at least 5 gaffs a day I would hate the " Monster" too!

    July 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Charlie

    Let me see, Mr McCain is drawing how much disability and retirement from the Armed Forces,How much for being a terminal Senator,How much from Lobbiest kickbacks,not to mention his wifes money interests, and he and his Economic adviser say that the recession is in MY MIND?

    July 14, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Elena in California

    McCain what I really think you are saying is ...... wait, um, um, um, I'm drawing a blank.....

    McCain = Bush

    July 14, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. smart1

    John Mc Bush admits that he doesn't know how to use a computer , he is learning how to get on-line????!!!!! Who the heck wants a President that doesn't even know how to use a computer. He is not able to work a computer how would he run an entire country. Mc Cain doesn't know that Czechlosvakia is no longer a country. This man would NEVER be my President and anyone who votes for him is as dumb as he is. Barack will wipe the floor up with him in a debate so Mc Bush supporters better hope he doesn't debate with him. Mc Bush will embarace their party.

    July 14, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Elena in California

    Hey, Rip Van Wrinkle, times have changed since you last ran for president, and lost..

    July 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. dale anger

    Waaah! Whiner! McCain is a whiner. Niner , niner niner. John McCain is a whiner!

    July 14, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. William, from Cali!

    The so-called media, is in the "tank"; ither "for this canidate or against the other", totally bias reporting...............look at the "New Yorker", for example...........

    July 14, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Sandra

    Town hall debates...go to South America after you finish touring the Middle East...maybe go back to Iraq one more time before the election.

    Only the underdog tries to dictate like this (remember Hillary and the "one more debate").

    Obama needs to call his own shots in his campaign. Let McCain whimper about no more town halls while he brushes up on his geography.

    July 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Hate to break it to you

    Why can't Barack first campaign on the issues and spend these first few months after grabbing the nomination to introduce himself and campaign like McCain did while the primaries were still going on? It's amazing to me that as soon as he grabbed the nomination, he wants to debate, but not giving him time to introduce himself. Some of the clinton supporters that are going over to McCain side or not voting complain that they don't know Obama, but when he out there trying to get his policies out and where he stands on the issues so you can get a better feel, they complain he's not accepting the challenge with McCain. He'll most likeley wait until after the convention because first he needs to accept the nomination and make it official then go out and debate afterwards. Besides, we still have a few more months to go, so I think it's fair to say we can hold off a little while longer.

    July 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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