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. Sonny, CA

    Can you please talk about yourself sir, and what you can do to help this country?

    August 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. john

    Barak (hollywood) obama is a farce and when he loses the election , he can move to tinsel town and start acting in movies and tv. oops I forgot he already is acting. Democrat for McCain

    August 9, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. kim

    Bossy old man isn't he.The nerve trying to tell Obama what type of person to pick for V.P. McCain should concentrate on his own campaign.That will keep him busy enough.

    August 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Gstreet

    I am disapointed that McCain chooses to spend his time trying to bad-mouth his opponent rather than focus on his own positions and answers to the troubles facing America.

    August 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Rayne Williams

    So, John McCain, whose campaign has given us Paris Hilton and 'The One' ads, is saying Obama's speeches have no content? Does he even realize how comedic that is? It's very sad.

    August 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. David

    Oh old McCain. Stop your name calling and stick to the issues. Sounds to me like you're afraid to focus on Obama's experience and better ideas.

    August 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Poor Sen. McCain, still only able to give a speech about Barack Obama...what, pray tell, is wrong with someone knowing how to give a good speech? McCain talks as if the fact that Sen. Obama is an eloquent AND charismatic speaker somehow precludes him from having judgement or a plan of action. McCain knows he is going to lose...he needn't soften the blow to us. Maybe he could talk about himself for a change, just to give the Repubs reason to think that THEY are voting for someone who maybe knows how to "deliver" and deliver ON a speech.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!

    August 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Adil

    McCain strategie = ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Red vs Blue

    I like McCain, but I think his campaign tactics are going to ruin his chance of winning. Highlighting Obama's popularity is not a strong argument for why McCain is a better candidate. I agree with many of McCain's policies, and he should spend his money making himself out to be a better candidate than looking like a jealous opponent.

    August 9, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. KP

    the jealousy is oozing out now

    August 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Isn't Miss Buffalo Chip a celebrity as well?
    I can't believe McCain is getting away with his 'prepared' speech where he was threw his wife into a lewd bikini contest!?
    If Obama had done that, which he would never do, the McCain forces would have, rightly, been campaigning that anybody who wants to pimp out a potential first lady into a 'banana eating' topless orgy was unfit to be president!
    I am sure his evangelical, family values supporters condone his actions!?

    August 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Denis Jonnes

    Luckily, for the Republican Party, John McCain is an absolute zero on the celebrity scale, so he should really win big in November. All power to the Nobodies ! ! !

    Denis Jonnes, Washington D. C.

    August 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Please include the details of these nuclear plants: where, how long to be built, financing of and details for the waste. Talk about empty words!!

    August 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. JB

    From McInSane's camp, it seems as if anyone who can string three or four sentences together without reading from a teleprompter is an over educated, elite celebrity.

    Relax, John.

    August 9, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. robert from Florida

    It is such a pity to see McBush only way of attracting attention to himself is by talking about his intelligent and charismatic oponent.

    Every time he does this , it remind us Republicans of what rubbish we have as candidate....

    He has nothing to say about himself, and God only knows now, what he has to hide....

    All I know is that there is KARMA and the law of balance
    can only bring about the opposite results from his attacks

    Thank you Senator Mathusalen,
    Bring it on,

    You are doing us a GREAT favour !

    August 9, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Suzanne

    I am appalled at the direction of John McCain's campaign. Who has made him look so un-presidential, whiny, and childish? American voters deserve better than watching a candidate laugh at his own sad jokes and cheesy comments about the other candidate. I jump party lines when I vote, but McCain does not inspire my trust with all this foolishness. I want to see a seriousness of purpose and direction in a leader and this man's leadership style pushes me away.

    August 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Confused voter

    Why is John McCain trying to attack Barack Obama for being too popular? Isn't being popular a good thing when you're trying to get as many people as possible to vote for you?

    August 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Debby, NJ

    You better get it all in now...As usual you wait for BARACK to go away so that you can began your childish talk...BARACK THE VOTE !!!
    By the way the VETS do not want to hear your lies.

    August 9, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Nathan

    Pure and simple: McCain's campaign is basically reduced to name-calling. There is no substance, no vision for the future.

    August 9, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. bob in LA

    If Obama is a summer blockbuster, then Mc Cain is the expensive bomb. Maybe good at the premis stage but them lacked an interesting plot and starred the wrong people.
    McCain may be a nice guy and I am sure he cares about America. But, when it comes to ideas, he's a remake. When it comes to interest, you could go to the snack stand and miss nothing,
    Even his attempts to paint a portraitof Obama and an elitist or a celebrity are as best a tired TV movie.

    August 9, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. GERRY

    Just because you are no match for someone much younger tehn you.
    Won't help you a bit to keep being so negative.

    August 9, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Christy

    Obama is popular because we need him.

    August 9, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Robert Sparks

    McCain is always a day late and a dollar short. He doesn't have an original thought of his own so he spends his time nipping at Senator Obama's heals. People tell him what to say, he gives speeches from cue cards, the only thing he likes in life is money, and in the end I'd have to say that he's really not smart enough to be President.

    August 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Jim Nammack; Kentucky

    McShame's campaign strategy seems to be limited to personal insults, name calling, and innuendo. If McShame had anything of substance to say, either about Obama or his own vision for the country, I'm sure he would. We need a president that, when facing a challenging situation, can do something other than have a temper tantrum.

    August 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Roger from California

    John McCain is a complete imbecile. He may talk of the media's love for Obama but he loves to talk about Obama more. this whole week he's been marching around like a gossip girl talking about his opponent instead of himself. I don't believe as americans that we can afford to have another idiot in the white house. he takes everything out of context. he should be held to the same scrutiny as Obama. instead of attacking policies he's attacking character and that pretty low for a honorable pow.

    August 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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