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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  1. Brian

    Please please go away Mr Lier.. Mr NON-straight talk. Mr only wants to be president with no smart ideas..

    just go away..

    August 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. jason

    i don't understand the celebrity approach. i mean: of course he's "famous," he's running for president.

    Why is it the McCain camp wants the notion of being a celebrity to be a bad thing with conservatives? What is he planning to do? Taxing Hollywood or something? That's not a good idea – with less mindless television, people will find time to pay attention to what their government is doing, which could lead to some internal wars...

    August 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Mr C

    It's unbelievable that McBush is giving Obama wining tips.... veepee selection. We really haven't heard enough of this man!

    August 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Necie in OKC

    It is obvious the McCain is JEALOUS of Obama.....Deny it if you want to, but deep down McCain wishes he was just like him (minus the Blackness) but there is no other way to explain why his nymphs insist on attacking Obama on his orater skills, popularity and positions......give me a break!!!

    Jealousy – hater, green-eyed monster.......its a McShame,

    August 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Daki

    It would be interesting if Obama slammed songbird McCain for being the wartime,liar and traitor he is.All you have to do is Google"Songbird McCain" and you will get the true story of John McCain.Why cnn will not investigate this and prove it to be true or false is another show of how bias this news station is.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama is celebrity even he is on vacation media covering him
    Thanks to main stream media
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Jude Leak

    Seems to me like sour grapes. I don't want to hear mischaracterizations of his opponent – I want to hear his ideas. The reason their campaign is choosing this attack is because they know they don't have any ideas of their own that will work for the American people – It's called distraction... but IS THIS ALL THEY GOT? They better rethink this track – it's going to backfire.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. nelly1

    These so called "attacks" get more pathetic with the day.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Bill

    So mccain thinks the word celebrity is a dirty word. Funny he has been the media darling, sweetheart and celebrity for the last 8 years. I think he is jealous of all the media attention is giving obama. Mccain the ex celebrity worrying about obama the rising star.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Jeff in Dallas, TX

    I think it's funny that McCain is now concern trolling about Obama's running mate. Does he think Obama is stupid enough to take advice from a man that has never polled above 45% (and that only once!) this entire cycle?

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Anthony

    McCain staying the course of desparation. He can't beat Obama on the issues, so he has to degrade Obama as a celebrity with the likes of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears.

    Unfortunately for McCain, everyone is on to this desperate ploy.

    August 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Puffin

    All McCain can do is to make sleazy remarks or, boss everyone around. What a petty character.

    August 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. mollygonz doesn't matter what you say about Obama. All that shows through you is jealousy and insecurity. I feel bad that all you have to focus on is Obama. It hurts when there's someone brighter, smarter and more confident than you. I really don't think that Senator Obama and his supporters care what you think about his oratory skills. You are so scared and it shows.

    August 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. informed florida voter

    The faster they rise, the quicker they fall. Obama is a fly by nobody and once his skeletons force themselves out of that closet door that the mainstream media is trying so hard to hold shut, he will become less than nobody in a hurry.

    August 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Limbolew

    McCain, a swiftboating piece of slime, wouldn't know honest substance if it hit him in his own celebrity-former-pow-scarred face. Or maybe he would. Let's see. He wants to privatize social security, screw the survivors of Katrina, say to hell with more benefits for our veterans, rip out of the arms of women their freedom of choice, and continue policies which history has deemed ineffective, including drilling here and drlling now. Slimebucket!

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. WhoMe

    Jealousy gets you no where Mr McCain and all the celeb comments show thats just what you are

    GO OBAMA!!

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Nadine

    McCain needs to stop whining! If only he could do what he slams Obama for. McCain not only can't give a speech worth listening to, he also has no content and no long term vision. Can you spell boring...MCCAIN. There must be a reason why he always tears down Obama, he has nothing else to offer.

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Linda

    I am not voting for Mccain, but I do see his point. Barack lacks substance when he speaks. He has shifted gears many times, we would have been better off with Hillary. All poilticians are the same, but having experience matters a great deal. wake up America... we are going to hand this to the republicans

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. gene

    Our choice this year is between a big summer blockbuster whose best scenes have already been shown in the trailer or a rerun of last year's razzie winner.

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. thomas

    Boo Hoo! I am so tired of listening to this "hero" whine and complain over this! Obama is charismatic, a talented speaker, and just plain more interesting to watch. Listening to John refer to attendants of his droning, dusty ramblings as "my friends" evokes images of 1940's political hopefuls speaking through mega- phones.

    Who wants that cry baby in charge of anything except perhaps the activities room of a retirement home.

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Tracy, IL

    It would be soooo nice if the candidates would start having serious discussions about the issues. McCain talks about Obama's celebrity status and accuses Obama of being "short on content". Yet, I can't remember the last time McCain said anything that related to the issues. I am still waiting for some sort of detailed plan on his view on how to fix the economy, deal with the energy crisis, etc, etc. All I hear is bomb Iran, drill, and build nuclear power plants all while leaving the Bush tax cuts in place. How will he pay for all of this? Continue borrowing from the Bank of China? I think not. McCain's has no plans other than to attack, attack, attack.

    Obama may have his short comings and the media may have hyped him a little too much, but if you can get past all of that and do your research you can see that Obama at least has a vision for this country AND a detailed plan to go along with it. Go to his website, do your research and you will see Obama is more than a celebrity. Until McCain grows up and starts acting like the leader he wants to be, I will not listen to anymore of the fear mongering, BS that his campaign has been spewing out.

    Independent for Obama

    Tracy, IL

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. joey

    If Obama is the summer blockbuster, does that make McCain "Grumpy Old Men 3"?

    August 9, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Lee from FL

    I think we have an Obama fan here in our midst,his name is John McCain.

    im so sick of this guys attacks already!

    August 9, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Slacko

    John McCain thrived on being a political celebrity for his entire career. In fact, his website used to have an article regarding his celebrity status - until he started attacking Barack Obama. Then he wiped it from his website.

    Basically John McCain is a hypocrite and is the only celebrity in this race. Anyone thinking of voting for him should consider the fact that his entire campaign is based on misleading political ads that bank on Americans being stupid. It worked in 2000, and 2004. But not in 2008, John.

    August 9, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Cory in Little Rock

    I expect my POTUS to have a more comprehensive plan for our nation that "Surge" and "drill here, drill now".

    Why is it that most of McCain's ads feature Obama? Why is it that whenever I listen to McCain speak, he's mostly talking about Obama?

    And even when McCain brings up his "favorite topic"... Obama, he doesn't talk about substantive issues, he tries to make jokes?

    People hate Bush, but want to vote for McCain? Where exactly do their policies differentiate? How has he been a "maverick" recently? What would he do differently?

    Would someone please enlighten me?

    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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