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. SRM

    Continually talking about Obama's "celebrity" makes McCain seem jealous that he's not inspiring.

    Oh and wasn't McCain going to get us a gasoline tax holiday for the summer. Guess McCain is the one long on talk, short on action.

    August 9, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Stevenage

    I want to hear John McCain articulate his own policies rather than listen to him harbor on about his incessant obsession with Barack Obama. I understand he wants to convince me that Obama is risky. However I see more risk in a candidate that spends more time attacking his opponent rather than reinforce his own credibility.

    August 9, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. RENEA

    And you John Mccain should pick a VP who knows how to tell the truth!

    August 9, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. VA Dem

    Whatever, McCain. You won't be singing the same tune when the sequel to the Obama Summer Blockbuster is released for the public each year for the next 8 years!

    August 9, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Arsik

    I am so sick of this old man.. Why doesn't he just stick on the issues.. If Obama is a celebrity so what.... MOVE ON Granpa do your thing stick on your issues.

    August 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. A. Shore

    Umm, celebrity like Reagan, like a current Publican darling, Schwarzenegger, like ... .

    Aww, c'mon.

    August 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Charles

    You've gotta love the attack machine. They take a single idea and continue to hammer it, whether it's true or not. This idea of the empty suit, lack of substance, whatever you want to call it has been a non entity for a long time now. Obama has laid out plans on every single thing he talks about. It's not empty speeches he's giving. He's given his path to fixing the ails of our country time and time again. The problem is those people that don't want to hear him or believe he has a plan look back to arguments made in January and continue to believe that instead of looking at the facts of the here and now. And what really scares me is that America is ignorant enough take McCain's blatant attack ads as gospel.

    August 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. lightbulb

    Give it up old man, you're just taking yourself down a road that will ulitmately leve your reputation and legacy in ruin. Why can't you see you are aligned with the worst group of politicians in history.

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. jim

    Talk about short on content. John McSame's latest rounds of ads have little or NOTHING of substance. If he had some serious substance to help alleviate all the situations the current administration has helped create, you'd think he'd be talking about those. But because he has little to nothing NEW to say, he takes the lowest of low roads and describes his opponent as celebrity, even mocking Biblical figures.

    I think John McCain confuses charismatic, inspirational, policy-driven speeches with "celebrity". Poor John McCain. What a joke. I consider his latest round of misleading attack ads and speeches an insult to the millions of intelligent men and women who support Barrack Obama. And really, they're an insult to the folks supporting McCain as well. Is this really the type of man you want leading our country? As if the last seven years of Bush weren't bad enough you've got McCain saying he's actually proud of these attack ads.

    My hope is that the millions of people who were mislead by the Rovian, Cheney, Bush tactics of the past 8 years will see through this kind of crap and deny McCain the opportunity to give us (and the world) more of the same failed policies.

    I applaud Sen. Obama and his campaign for sticking to the issues and quickly defending their stance. Anyone who doesn't here the content in his speeches is not truly listening and McCain knows it.

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Unbelievable

    Does anyone else see the irony of McCain saying Obama is lacking substance, but then the only thing he ever addresses is Obama's alleged celebrity?

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Terry

    It no wonder that Obama is getting so much press. The only thing McCain can is talk about is Obama! He cannot talk about how great his party is. They have got us into a war with false information and have wreck the economy. He has no plans. His mind cannot maintain the facts straight. He wife earned the money in the house and he does not know how to use a comp[uter. Just a hot shot pilot who was probably involved in Tailhook. Talk about an elitist!

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Gloria

    Obama has one up on you least Obama can speak.

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Mister Anderson

    My opponent is popular and well-liked is just not a message that will make me vote for McCain. Historically, has ANYONE ever won a campaign by making their opponent out to be "too popular and well-liked around the world"?

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Jamie

    Foolish analogy: The Dark Knight is a blockbuster – maybe the biggest ever – and it's also one of the best films ever made.

    Maybe McCain needs to stop his jealous whining and actually show people what he'd do for them. These ads are the lowest in political campaigning and they've made what was left of my respect for McCain plummet.

    How did the Republicans manage to nominate someone so pathetic?

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Kevin

    McCain has so little to say for himself, and about himself and his own plans and policies, that all he can manage are these infantile and childish attack ads and tactics that are bringing American presidential politics to new, and ridiculous, lows. Nothing of substance to say, jealous of Obama's youth and popularity, the senior senator from Arizona resorts to the "nyahh nyahh nyahh" school of politics. What a loser.

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. dilmont

    Is McCain EVER going start acting – you know, Presidential? All I see is a petty, whiny, insecure and lost candidate. Who wants that for president?

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. G

    John, you're starting to sound envious. Surprising, considering your TV show hostings, film cameo appearances, your heiress wife and lavish lifestyle. Yes, I understand, you used to be the hotshot flyboy getting all the attention and now you're older, no longer handsome, lacking charm, but really, that's a natural progression in life. Releax, enjoy your golden years and don't waste your energy hating Obama for having what you used to have. Jealousy does not become you, John.

    August 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. LT for Obama

    Jealousy and lies rear their ugly heads.

    August 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Clinton/McCain

    He's right! McCain has my vote unless Hillary comes out as the nominee at the convention. The stupiddelegates made the wrong decision

    August 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. caliguy55

    Poor John McSame. He has nothing good to say about himself. All he can do is continue his weak attempts to criticize Senator Barack Obama. John McSame is evidently suffering from senile dementia or Alzheimer's Disease given his complete inability to remember many of his past votes, his blank stares when attempting to formulate answers to reporter's questions, his lack of knowledge regarding important geopolitical facts like the difference between Shia and Sunni (or speaking about the imaginary border between Iraq and Pakistan), and his really dumb moves such as offering to enter Sindy into a nude beauty contest. McSame is a disaster waiting to happen. However, we can prevent that disaster from happening by electing Senator Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. Obama 08!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. silas

    blah blah blah blah . . . . . . . John do us a favor and check into a retirement home after this election .

    Plus we've got good ones here in Texas.

    R.I.P Bennie Mac

    August 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Texas voter

    Obama would make an awesome actor. I think Obama is missing his calling, he could play so many roles.

    August 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    Barack Obama: The Paris Hilton of Politics

    The leaders of the Democratic Party have failed us all.

    Knoxville NFIL

    August 9, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. CG

    McCain is coming dangerously close to just about saying, "Go ahead and vote for Obama but just remember I told you so." Can't this guy start talking more about himself and spend less time indulging in Obama-envy? The Karl Rove JV isn't helping him with this ill-advised and ill-executed strategy of trying to define Obama on their terms. McCain needs to define himself better first-as something other than just another old, cranky Republican railing about tax and spend socialist-leaning Dems and how bad they are for America.

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. gp

    Poor old Mc Laim is obssesed with Obama. So paradoxal he is claiming how Obama's presentation is something you won't be able even to remember how insignificant is but HE HIM SELF IS CONSTANTLY SPEAKING ABOUT !!!!!! He , old and not with gratest memory being captivted with every detail that come from Obamas campain. He may tyr to twist and misrepresent Obama's ideas to American's but not to world.What that say about us???? He is just old and can't control his envy.

    August 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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