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. REA

    john mccain have pegged himself out of touch. and he is just about out of TIME GO OBAMA 08

    August 9, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. QuoteMe

    I think John McCain should change his name to John McLie with all the negative rhetoric he is spweing out. It fits him. The Democrats are on vacation, so are the Republicans. The Republicans started this long vacation 12 years ago, thanks to Newt!. Thats why we are in this hole. Further, the Democrats left to organize for the convention! Once every 4 years they got to do this. It is politics, and lets be honest about it. Both parties are doing it! Republicans now are reaping what they sowed last 8 years!

    Vote Independent!

    August 9, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Michael

    McCain is a windbag

    McCain is bitter.

    McCain is surly.

    McCain is still hurt over Vietnam and cannot think clearly.

    My Friends, help me with a McCain description, I'm running out.

    McCain is a washington flip flopper of extraordinary skill.

    Maybe that last one is the really best.

    August 9, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    America CAN do ANYTHING, but canNOT without offshore drilling and nuclear power plants. Doesn't anybody see the hollow promise of this!? They didn't drive ModelTs to the moon!
    If McCain is a 'straight talker', with comprehensive understanding of the energy issues, neither of which is true; he would declare WHERE the 45 nuclear plants will be built and WHERE the storage sites will be, and WHO is going to use the weapons grade uranium from the reprocessing he is always spouting!
    So, in Las Vegas today, instead of saying 'I am going to drill here, now!"
    He could be HONEST and say, 'I am going to store nuclear waste here, now!'
    I have a plan how he could evenly spread the 'jobs' from the 'imaginary' companies who are going to build these plants. One in every of 45 states and the other 5 states get the dump sites! That way everybody is happy! Right?

    August 9, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Judith Murakami

    Jealous, McThuselah?

    August 9, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    plain hater

    August 9, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. rap

    can someone please tell me what issues this man stands for? All i've been hearing for the past few weeks are attacks on obama...but he never seems to offer any solutions of his own

    August 9, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. billylee8

    McCain is showing himself to be a one-trick pony, but this "trick" isn't any good! How anyone can willingly vote for him now (except the most racist, uninformed voter and fantasyland Hillary fan) is beyond me.

    August 9, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. motiv8ed

    The John McCain "celebrity" was in full display at the biker rally in Sturgis. How articulate he spoke...... babbling, blubbering, and stumbling from one word to the next...... until he came to the urging of Cindy to enter the Ms. Buffalo Chip contest..... that has got to be a winner with the Republican Party.

    Should it be that the American people don't recognize the devastating situation the Republican Party has created with their conduct over the past 8 years, they will deserve all that a continuation of that conduct brings to them.

    If Barack Obama had performed that specific act in Sturgis, it would be front page from now until December 2008.

    August 9, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Marcello

    I am starting to be really sick and tired of this McOffThePointHasNothingToSay

    August 9, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Mark (Pasadena,Ca)

    If Obama is "a big summer blockbuster" then McBush is the box office flop.

    August 9, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Char Hinners

    I liked Paris Hilton's tongue-in-cheek video and comments the best on McCain!!!! If this is all he can dredge up to throw at Obama, thank God for Obama taking the high road!!

    August 9, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Nathan

    McCain is the one who appeared in an actual Summer blockbusters ("Wedding Crashers). McCain seems unable to give substantive reasons why he should be president, resorting instead to "lots of people admire the other guy, so he must be insubstantial"

    Unfortunately, it seems John McCain would rather lose his dignity than lose a presidential election; that disappoints me.

    August 9, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    This whole celebrity status is getting old: McCain is running on the celebrity of being a war hero, even though he has not published 540 pages of his 600 page military file.

    He is also running in the celebrity status of being a "maverick" which most people including his own brother have tagged as a "USED TO BE MAVERICK".

    Once again the media is giving him a free ride especially in bringing up Clinton's past while avoiding McCain's. His televised response to the whole Edwards affair told the whole story of his concern that this will be brought up as it should be!!

    August 9, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. mike

    How about Obama slamming McSame for being a liar, a grouch, and a mean-spirted and jealouse Human being! Just because the media knows about McSame, does not mean th rest of us do. This guy is a jerk, and the more I learn about McSame the more I hate!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. josc

    yeah we get Jonh. we're all stupid thanks for the reminder.

    August 9, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Alex

    so let me get this right. Since Obama has decent plans and everyone seems to like him, we SHOULDN'T vote for him? What a goof.

    August 9, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Remember Miamingi

    McCain should know that criticism breeds after its own kind. Spending his energy on critising his opponent will just make others more critical about his own personality and whether or not he atually has anything to offer than criticism. The decision of who is fit for the country belongs to Americans, and McCain should know that Americans do not need his 'fatherly 'guidance to make that choice.

    August 9, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. VICTOR


    August 9, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. punch-a-pundit

    McCain needs to be careful in attacking Obama. This type of campaign will not last until November. Especially when Oprah steps up her attack McCan't.

    August 9, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. jim

    Watching John McCain is kind of like watching an old, punch drunk boxer- he first gets into the ring and you think, maybe he still has what it takes, then you notice he has lost his step, his balance, gets confused with his footwork, has no more authority or speed in his hand work, and then you realize he is a decade or more past his prime, and the only way he is going to survive the fight is through cheap shots, and the only way he is going to win is if someone paid someone off.

    August 9, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Alison, FL

    How presumptious of you McLame, jealous much??

    August 9, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Greg

    John looks desperate, with nothing to say other than griping about his opponent. It's the same old thing that Hillary tried. Barack gives inspirational speeches, so attack the speeches by saying that words is all they are. McCain's speeches are also "just words", with details provided elsewhere. His speeches just aren't very inspiring, to Americans or anyone else in the world. Is that who we want to be the leader of the free world?

    August 9, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. coin

    did mccain forget that the GOP's beloved ronald regan was a bonafide celebrity before he was president?

    It's an odd strategy to be sure. The, "he's popular and people like him, so don't vote for him approach" is a strange one.

    August 9, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Jeff an Independent

    What a grouchy, nasty old man!

    If he had the ability to think in complexity, he'd understand Obama's plan as a long-term solution – compared to McCain's own "say what the polls say" mumbo-jumbo.

    I used to like this guy. Now, he's just a grouchy, nasty old man!

    August 9, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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