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. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Of course you are tired of it, they keep catching you looking to be the person that you are: An incapable warmongering rhelic that once committed treason as a POW and now totes yourself as some form of hero because you committed treason.

    You are a lie McCain, and we will all suffer if you are elected. Just like your actions caused your fellow americans to suffer in Vietnam, you will cause us to suffer as well. It's your style, and I see through it. I will not be fooled by you.

    July 14, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. JohnLee

    Sounds like you're a whiner to me!

    July 14, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Democrat for Life

    Obama has my vote.

    July 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Dictator!

    Stop dictatorship. Obama will do what he thinks is right!

    July 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. joe

    If you are tired of Bush you certainly should be tired of Mccain!

    July 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. MJK

    I would like to see a debate... Doesn't have to be a town hall but I think it would be a good way to see the contrast of ideas as they defend them as opposed to written dialogue...

    July 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    No, Grampy, we want you to acknowledge that Czechoslovakia hasn't been a country for over a decade and a half as you referred to
    its current existence in your press avail today. No coverage from the MSM on this one. Big surprise! Imagine if this had been any other candidate.

    July 14, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Call him UP

    McCain-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.Mr Mccain– My Ouestion to you– is why not call Senator Obama and discuss the Town hall events.You always Grand Standing calling him out ,but not personally. Do you honestly think he listening to your every word on the campaign trail

    July 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. nick, houston

    We Americans don't want to hear YOUR CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR CALL US WHINERS because the state of the economy is hurting us with the rising cost of living.

    What we want to hear is you come up with a better plan to address long term energy goals than a "300 million dollar reward to the person who invents a battery that vehicles may travel on."

    What if I offer 400 Million dollars, now what? Not a darn thing.

    Why not offer more in your economic policy than A REWARD AND A PRAYER to counter high gas prices.

    Of course, I am sorry for whining about the gas prices.

    Hey CNN, why don't you post this comment, for once.

    July 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Mike

    There was no mis statement, liar. And Gramm is your senior economic advisor. When Gramm calls Americans who are suffering, Whiners. He is stateing what he and McBush and most of the GOP multi millionaires think. Limbaugh says the same garbage almost every day.

    July 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. P, CA

    This constant coverage certainly does make the process seem to drag a lot.

    "When I was growing up, TV had dignity. It went off. 'Goodnight. beeeeeeeep.' Now it's like some prostitute in Las Vegas, it's up all night." – Paul Mooney

    I have to admit: TV is what got me interested in the details of this year's election. But TV is also what made me sick and tired of it. Now I couldn't care less if Hannah Montana is president, just stop the incessant babble about flag pins.

    July 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    McCain needs to go to sleep. I DO NOT TRUST let alone like this man. He is so full of that stinky stuff. His Hispanic conversation/speach is so off base, he will loose in this.

    July 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    Obama won't do the townhalls. He has too much to lose which should tell you something. He's scared to face a question that he is not prepared for. He did it with Clinton and the voters let him off. This guy needs to be vetted. There are just too many unanswered questions. I want to hear HIM answer the questions rather than a statement read by his staff.

    BUT BUT he aggreed to do 5! yeah right. 3 were already scheduled and one he wanted to do on July 4th when few would be watching.

    What's he scared of? Americans might actually see who he is through there own eyes instead of the media?

    July 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Hey John, we're living in 2008...not 1908.

    July 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    mccain just knows people are seeing his 1000 flip flops

    July 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. rumpusgoopus

    I'm not a supporter of McCain, but I couldn't agree more.

    July 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. mitchell hussein martin

    "The term "Oreo" is often viewed as a derogatory term toward some African-Americans who appear not to exhibit certain stereotypes of their race."

    I saw how you took down every single one of my comments, but its OK Alexander Mooney. How about you go ahead and explain what the black stereotypes are since you know so much about black people. You are in the tank and everyone knows it. You only post blogs that are beneficial to Obama. Tell us the stereotypes you racist!!

    July 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Ricky

    Obama is too scared to talk to anyone now that he has flip flopped on most all of his issues.

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. KMT


    OBAMA 08

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Why not run a magizne cover with screaming and flesh burning women and children with Mcwar singing in his jet, dropping Napalm. He could be singing bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. This would be an outrage to the GOP right wing rethuglicans.

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Real Debate

    I agree 100% with the town hall approach.

    I think Americans would love to hear unscripted unfiltered debates on policy issues, to really understand where the candidates stand on each important issue.

    Enough with the speeches and the soundbites. Let's hear real debate. And by that I don't mean generalized questions asked by moderators. Let's let the candidates ask each other questions, pick apart each others proposals. We need a new kind of politics!

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. rumpusgoopus

    ...BUT, Republicans have benefitted from this more than anyone. This is the whole reason for Fox News existence, after all.

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Frank Lee

    "....Unless the networks are supporting me"

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. dorothy martin

    you are a old fool and you are the misstatement, old goat

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Gary

    gee...he sounds like one of those "whiners" his chief economic advisor talked about last week.

    July 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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