August 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain again slams Obama 'celebrity' in new radio address

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain has pegged Obama as an out-of-touch celeb."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain is using his weekly radio address today to continue to attack his opponent, Barack Obama, as a celebrity.

“The Democratic National Convention is just a couple of weeks away. It was four years ago, at the same gathering, that America heard a fine speech from an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama. He's done pretty well for himself since then. And the smart money in Denver is on another celebrated performance,” says McCain in the recorded address.

“But even the most stirring speeches are easily forgotten when they're short on content. Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster, and an hour in realizing that all the best scenes were in the trailer you saw last fall. In the way of running mates, Senator Obama should consider someone with a knack for brevity and directness, to balance the ticket,” adds the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

The McCain campaign first termed Obama a celebrity in a television campaign commercial over a week ago. Since then it appears to have become a theme with the campaign, showing up in a number of ads.

In the radio address, McCain also criticizes Obama’s energy policies and touting his own, saying “a serious energy plan involves a lot more yeses than nos. And that is why I say yes to drilling, here and now. Yes to 45 more nuclear power plants to provide our country with electricity. Yes to clean coal technology, so that we can create jobs and use America's most abundant resource. Yes to renewable energy sources, so that we can shift away from petroleum over the long term. Yes to a break from the federal gasoline tax, so that our government helps you in a time of need instead of just adding to your costs. In short, yes to all of the above - to a bold plan for achieving energy independence that starts today.”

McCain heads to Las Vegas later today, to address the annual convention of the Disabled Americans Veterans.

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soundoff (942 Responses)
  1. Listen Up...

    This is getting OLD, just like McCain!

    August 9, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. ran

    what is wrong with mccain. People you have got to vote DEMOCRAT.

    August 9, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Ted van Tol

    By going negative every time John McCain
    is digging his one grave.
    It's getting deeper every day.
    In a few months nobody wil listen anymore.

    Go Barack let McCain do the work for you!

    August 9, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. CM

    Typical McCain, while Obama hits him on facts and issues, he chooses to go personal and talk about intangibles.

    Intangibles do not explain why we're in the state we're in while your party's nominee ran the ship. You are no better since you agree with him 95% of the time. Why else would you vote to support his decisions?

    August 9, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. homestead

    John McCai you are just too old

    August 9, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. homestead

    John McCain you are just too old

    August 9, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Alice in Florida

    LOL! Hit "The Messiah" where it hurts!

    You have my vote and money for now

    ONLY so that I can kick your wrinkly butt out in 2012 by voting for a TRUE leader!

    McCain '08

    Clinton '12

    August 9, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Brad

    Maybe John McCain should start showing us a little substance instead of slinging mud. This is the guy who was going to run a campaign with integrity? Give me a break.

    August 9, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Stace

    For him to be so old, he sure acts like a child


    August 9, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. jaa_canuck

    Why don't these two stick to the issues instead of continuously ripping each other. This is really getting old. And people wonder why voter turn out is so low.

    August 9, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. janey/michigan

    I always marvel @ how Obama supporters rave about his "marvelous" latest diatribe speech and the when you ask them what he said–they say "HUH"? I don't care–he just sounded better than JM! End of Story.

    August 9, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    There is no doubt about it, Mr. Hussein is like the green corn. Nice and tall, pretty to look at but not mature yet.

    He is inexperienced and I don't think he can handle the office of the President.

    Don't fall for his glib and empty promises. I am sure he will raise your taxes and put this country in a tailspin spiral into the black hole of darkness.

    August 9, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Bob - Maryland

    Oh, John, don't you know that every candidate has to show evidence of popular appeal in order to gain more support? You're just envious.

    August 9, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Shannon

    Obama is a celebrity without substance. He gives pretty speeches, but he accomplished nothing in the Senate. He is still in the Senate, but does nothing to try to help struggling Americans. As a matter of fact, like the rest of the Democratic congress, while we all struggle, he's off on vacation in Hawaii. I wish all struggling Americans could just take off and forget our problems. I want a leader not a celebrity, he is already reminding me of Bush, he seemed more interested in vacationing rather than leading too.
    We could have had a real leader in Clinton, and she will be who I vote for. Read the posts by Obama supporters, name calling, hate filled rhetoric, all the while they call for hope and change. It would be funny, if it didn't affect all our lives in such a negativel way. I would bet that most Obama supporters couldn't tell you how he voted on any issue. They just like pretty speeches, and the feel good moment .

    August 9, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Dan Sireci, Buffalo Ny

    John McCain sounds like the kid who always got picked last in dodgeball.

    ... And now he is pouting.

    Wah wah wah, why don't people like me?

    (It's because you're a terrible candidate Mr.McCain)

    August 9, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. John is the one

    this is the real reason John S. McCain is the one....
    you tube, check out-"Republicans and military men on John McCain" this and you , even you Obama people will understand who the real leader is, who the next President of the USA should and will my USA

    August 9, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Bill

    McCain is just envious because few people were willing to hear him speak when visited European capitals – they have heard the same posturing for the last 8 years.

    August 9, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Orlando

    Do any of the Obama supporter still want Edwards on VP slot instead of Hillary – hahahaha.

    August 9, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Mary In AL

    Mccain is a man who committed adultery, left his crippled wife for a younger woman. The man has no credibility or decency! HE should never have access to the White House. He is shameful! His words mean nothing! nothing at all to me.
    I will run to the polls to vote for Senator Obama.

    August 9, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Jozef

    McSenile is so sad. Let's talk about his 1.95 feet in the grave instead.

    August 9, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Elly

    How pathetic... McSame giving Senator Obama advice
    He is such a McSenile bungler bordering on dementia
    I really think Obama is intelligent and capable enough to pick his own running mate
    By the Way when will the media be thru exploiting Edwards for his human mistake and leave him and his family to heal!!!!
    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone as they say in the Bible!!

    August 9, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Pat

    McCain is really looking desperate with his non-ending attacks on Obama. He shouldn't be talking about lack of substance unless he is planning more substantive stump speeches. McCain should consider someone for his ticket with a longer memory span, more gray matter and a mind tuned into our present times and tuned out on war.for his ticket with

    August 9, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Vernon

    Sounds to me like you're reaching old man!!Seriously America do we really want 4 more years of war?.....Keep in mind that McCain didn't even vote in favor of the G.I Bill increase for our brave soldiers......I was totally independent about a month ago ....It's over McCain you're done!!

    August 9, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Illene hebert

    Yesterday i saw an article at the in the US section with the title Why TV news in the US is utter rubish it is a perfect and true analysis of this country's TV news anyone in the US news media should read it and look at themselves and realise how pathetic they really are

    August 9, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. johnnytarmac

    Who does Mccain think he is with his radio addresses? The president? Looks like that old man needs to learn his place. John's not a celebrity, but he certainly thinks he is.

    August 9, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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