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. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    OMG, please go away old McScary!

    August 9, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. mike E DANVILLE,VA

    I wish Mcain would talk about himself. He sounds like the guy next door who complains about everything.

    August 9, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Blablabla

    So was Ronald Reagan.

    August 9, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Walter, Long Beach

    It's sad to watch a man disgracing himself in public.

    August 9, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. caron

    cnn stop reporting it and he will stop saying it

    August 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. katharine

    Maybe Obama is popular because he has a better energy plan, because he is right about Iraq, because he has a plan to deal with our health crisis and our education crisis and our mortgage crisis. Maybe Obama is popular because he is smart and fair and honest, not snide and jealous and nasty. I loose more respect for John mcCain every day.

    August 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. YS

    Here goes the presumptuous president with his weekly presidential speech talking about Obama’s arrogance. ..

    August 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. blueandproud

    He use big pretty word. Me no like. Me speak Stupid.

    Quite a campaign platform.

    August 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Mike Kaplan

    Isn't it pathetic that the McCain campaign spends most of their time complaining that, in essence, Obama is too popular and exciting?

    When 200,000 people show up in Berlin to cheer an American presidential candidate, how exactly is this a bad thing? Especially compared with the RIOTS that greet George Bush when he shows up in Europe (or, last week, in South Korea). John McCain will probably just get yawns.

    McCain just comes off as a jealous, grumpy old man when he spends so much time complaining that the other guy is too popular. If this is the best they can come up with, they're cooked.

    August 9, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Sam Willer

    Just die already old man!!! Some of us want to get on with the plan of repairing what your party has done to America.

    August 9, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    This guy just can't find anything else to say. What a joke he is.

    August 9, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Rick

    OK Mr. McCain. While thousands of innocent people are being killed in the Republic of Georgia, a soverign country that has been helping us in Iraq, you continue to play your dumb political games in attacking the Democratic Party. Shame on you Mr. McCain.

    August 9, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. dan

    Mccain is such an imbecille.

    August 9, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Ann

    Mr McCain, this country has serious problems that need to be addressed. Can you please address them and stop the stuff on Obama?

    How are you going to fix the healthcare, social secuity, economy, energy problems?

    August 9, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Joseph M

    Senator McCain:

    Get serious, stop the loon-y dialogue. You all have but forgotten the American family. You're behaving in a manner not becoming you or your station in life... Mr. Senator.

    We need help, and it looks like we're not about to get any either from you or Mr Obama.

    Former Independent

    Joseph M

    August 9, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. REA

    john mccain have nothing to talk about positive concerning our country just more of the same jealous blah take a nap mccain obama08

    August 9, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Mr Republican

    I wish McCain would talk about what his detailed plan is for dealing with illegal immigration and stop worrying about what Obama is doing.

    August 9, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Tom S

    Great, McCain is a man of substance! Can't wait to hear how he'll accomplish his promise of a balanced budget. Surely this man of substance is not lying; he must have detailed specifics that he's going to share with us before the election....right?

    McCain is being transformed by the Republican party into what he's claimed to hate. His ambition has gotten the better of him before, and it's happening again....

    August 9, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. rhoward

    It is sad that McCain's campaign is based solely on tearing down his opponent. This is not a campaign for student body president and I wish his campaign would reflect that.

    August 9, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. pete

    John McCain, thank you for your strait talk express. What happened to you?

    August 9, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. blaising

    Ouch!! Can someone say...JEALOUS. Last time I heard stuff this catty was on "Sheer Genius"!

    Has Joan McBush had a gender-change operation or something?

    Shortly after former President Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer's Disease, McCain told this joke at a GOP Fundraiser:

    “Do you know the best thing about having Alzheimer's?
    You get to hide your own Easter eggs.”

    August 9, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. sue calgary

    MCCAIN what is your position on the issues??? we've heard enough of your touting Obama's celebrity status! What will you do if YOU become Presid of the US. ...(silence), I thought so! You are all smoke and mirrors, no new ideas or fresh initiatives to offer. Stop the negative campaigning and get on with the issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Dealt

    Talking about content, what's the content of a speech about someone else's speech? Mccain's sinking fast into mouldy ridicule. He's making a play to the worst in americans.

    Also his bragging is a bit hollow. The famous "surge"... Obviosuly ANY substantial increase in troops will improve ANY security. But that's not victory in any way. Iin the next breath he says troops can't be withdrawn in 16 months. Is there even a plan or his is just to press down on an open wound hoping the bleeding will ... blow away?

    August 9, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Michel laterreur from Canada

    on the money for Mclain

    August 9, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. suck it

    shouldn't our president be a celebrity anyways? someone that is in the news MORE than britney or paris?

    August 9, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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