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. Aida, CA

    Why doesn't McCain talk about himself and his vision for America instead??? Guess because he doesn't have anything different than Bush did ......and we all know where that has left us.......a war that has cost us so much in human lives and money, record job losses and foreclosures, skyrocketing gas prices, tragic global warming ....and the list goes on.

    Hope Barack picks Hillary then we can win the White House and show McCain what a Democratic President can do with a Democratic Congress!

    By the way I am a Christian African-American woman who voted for Hillary, will of course definitely vote for Barack whoever he picks but hopes and prays that he picks Hillary.

    Obama/Clinton "08

    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. King in MO

    This guy talks like a sore loser already. He whines "Barack is getting all the attention and the media likes him". You ever think that the people like Obama and the media is just covering what the people want to hear. I really used to have respect for McCain before this election. I hope after he loses, he goes back to the Senator he used to be and not the Cheney lackey he is now.

    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Sarah

    It's pretty pathetic that the only real attack McCain can come up with against Obama is, "people like him."

    And it's kind of ridiculous for him to attack Obama for being "short on content" when his own speeches are TERRIBLE, and when he's been in the Senate for 26 years without accomplishing much of anything.

    McCain is boring and lazy.

    August 9, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. greenfun

    Barack Obama’s father was not a US citizen, and Obama’s mother was only 18 when he was born, which means although she had been a US citizen for 10 years, his mother fails the test for being so for at least 5 years prior to Barack Obama’s birth.

    In order for her child to have been a natural-born US citizen, his mother would have had to be 21 at the time of his birth.

    In essence, Mrs. Obama was not old enough to qualify her son for automatic US citizenship.

    His mother would have needed to have been 16+5 = 21 years old at the time of Barack Obama’s birth for him to have been a natural-born citizen.

    Barack Obama instead should have been naturalized, but even then, that would still disqualify him from holding the office of President under current law.

    At best, Barack Obama is only a naturalized US citizen.

    This is an issue that must be clarified before the election.

    Naturalized citizens are ineligible to hold the office of President as is the case with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    August 9, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Jim

    Why doesn't McCain explain on his radio address why he had an affair with Cindy when he was still married to his first wife. CNN I know you will not post this because you are bias and you want to keep that part of Johns life hidden.

    August 9, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Tammie from Cleveland,Ohio

    Hopefull he will stay there, he won't be missed here in the states.

    August 9, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. J-Syxx

    This campaign has jumped the shark. If all McCain can do is complain about Obama being popular, he should just go home now.

    August 9, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. bush league

    Another stupid criticism by a desperate campaign. Just waiting to get pounded in the debates, and then loses the election in a landslide. Its too late McCain. No matter how long they keep Bush out of sight, everybody remembers what he's done to this country. But dont drop out now. We need you to keep spending millions of's the only thing you can do to help the economy.

    August 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Justin NY

    hey mccain – if you actually somehow get elected as president of this country, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU ACTUALLY GOING TO DO FOR US?!?!?!?!?!?!

    August 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Richard

    Is that all you've got to say McSame? Sounds a big jealous to me. Where is this honorable, responsible campaign you promised us?

    August 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Christopher Toughill

    Many people feel Obama is getting more than his fair share of media coverage this campaign season, according to recent polling data. Even though I am an Obama supporter, I have ro agree.
    So it feels a little sad that when McCain does garner the limelight, he seems to use his time to focus on...Obama!

    August 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. bobby v

    actually, being a good president involves having the JUDGEMENT to know when to say yes and when to say no


    August 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Norma Bradshaw

    Perhaps Mr. McCain has forgotten the Republican 'movie star' who became president several years ago. How does he think Mr. Reagan was elected?

    August 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. YAKROB

    Senator McCain should be concentrating on the many deficits HIS VP pick will need to balance to produce something other than a joke of a GOP ticket. At least Senator Obama is an inspirational speaker – Senator McCain cannot even claim to possess that skill. I have yet to see what skills Senator Bad Mood does have.

    August 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Baba Kifo

    Trickle-Down Economics does not work, and never has worked. Essentially, Trickle-Down economics is the platform of Sen McCain; big business >>> individuals.

    McCain's plan for expanding the various energy industries will benefit the industries greatly, while Americans overall may not receive any benefits from the expansion. But the GNP and GDP will rise because big business profits will drive it up, even if individual Americans' real income does not grow. So, even if "We, the People" continue to struggle economically, business growth can prevent a recession, and the administration can claim economic success. But Americans will still be struggling.

    Lastly, The United States of America used to be a leader in Technology and Innovation, but dependence on petroleum hinders the technological progression of this country. There are, pretty much, no more advances to be made with petroleum products. But the country's industries are so dependent on petroleum that the growth of technology to replace it has not been supported. We cannot progress in terms of technology until better energy sources to support future advances are developed and perfected. We need to do more than just break the dependence on "foreign oil". We need to break the dependence on oil, period.

    August 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. DOH!

    Obama = Blockbuster
    McCain = Straight to DVD

    August 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. tom haddad

    John McCain is out of touch. Why is he playing such childish games of words instead of trying to focus on what's good for this country.
    He's obviously jealous of Obama's popularity. Maybe if he would grow up and act like a person qualified for president, he'd get more respect.

    August 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Lynn

    Will this backfire? It is obvious to me that Obama has a lot of substance as many fine and memorable Presidents have had in the past. That people are drawn to his being isn't a disqualification for his becoming President of the U.S. rather perhaps a good thing for a potential great leader. And by the way, as a deeply committed Christian myself, and appreciating that fact in Obama's life, there is no way Obama is an anti-Christ.

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. MH in TX

    Come with something better McSame!

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. eugene from new york city

    Its amazing John ... an Energy policy full of yes alright .. in fact a policy full of yes huh thats the solution yes to Big Oil drill on our shores to line your cronies pockets .. yes to the iraq war so my brothers and sister can die for what wrong intelligence (NO WMD's in Iraq) oh lets not forget while helping big oil...... hmmm i think thats why most american would rather have " Dr No" i don't see you pushing hard for wind turbines or solar energy just nuclear and oil shame on your same ol' John Change is coming

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Chris

    I realize that opponents are opponents in matters of politics and especially the presidency, but seriously, give me a break. I keep hearing about these ridiculous attacks on Obama's 'celebrity' status as if its some sort of substantial claim against the man. Then, to completely invalidate the line of argument that Obama is all show and no substance, he rails against Obama's energy plan on specific points. Pick a tactic McCain, because it's hard to have it both ways.

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Sally Medd

    I think Senator McCain is looking like a bitter, jealous, and fooish old man. The attacks he is making on Obama are baseless and he knows it. I can' t imagine that the U.S. would elect a man so obviously immature.

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Travis

    McWar is sooooo pathetic....he doesn't have a plan to get this country

    out of trouble sooooooooooo let's bash Obama.

    McWar you should call Billary to see how this kind of campaigning did

    for her.

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. KJ

    Wow – enough already McCain. I thought that you were an honorable man who stayed above the fray but you are proving that is not the case.

    Instead of constantly critizing Senator Obama and taking negatively about him – why don't you give the American public some positve talk about what you bring to the table???

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Hojo

    McCain voted NO in 2005 to Senate bill 784 that would have reduced our dependence on foreign oil by 40 % by year 2025. McCain voted NO in 2005 on Senate bill 791 that requires the use of renewable fuel sources in place of fossil fuels. McCain's voting record on energy independence reflects a man who has been in the pocket of BIG OIL in the past. Now, he is trying to fool the American people for election purposes only. He knows that drill now, drill here is only an election slogan and will do NOTHING to lower the price of gas or reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

    August 9, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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