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. Mark

    And there he goes attacking again...

    Americans want SOLUTIONS, not ATTACKS!

    August 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Jon from PA

    That's all well and good McCain but, the here in now won't do us any good when 5-10 years from we are still dependent on old technology. Also, it seems strangely odd that you continue to bring up this celebrity issue as if it really matters. its one the thing to be given celebrity status; its another to search for it. I think Obama has been given his because he is doing exactly what he should inspire the people. And, last time I checked, Bush has had a couple of tv shows to add to his celebrity credentials, i.e. Lil' Bill, maybe u should check it out. its a good watch

    August 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Chad in Cincinnati

    Is it me or is this starting to sound like a bad high school student council election? McCain says: don't vote for my opponent, he is too popular! I'm the guy nobody likes and thats who you want running things!

    Is that really going to be your theme, John?

    August 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Pat, Atlanta

    Senator McCain what aren't you talking about your POW years ads. I sure all of us would like to hear them.

    August 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Jim

    McCain keeps talking about Obama's popularity as if it that's a bad thing. Maybe he's popular because he speaks for the vast majority of the population, and not just the 25% of the population who support the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney/McCain administration.

    August 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. SwayingVoter

    Sen. McCain may want to use this approach with caution. He may have forgotten the President Reagan was also a celebrity and went on to be a great President. Perhaps Sen. McCain should tone it down a bit and stick to the issues.

    August 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What a nasty and whiny old man. If he wants to talk about balancing the ticket, he better look for someone with a functioning brain to balance his and move away from the Bush mentality.

    August 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. ben

    Whoever writes McCains speaches must be a left over from Hillary's campaign. Slamming Obama is like throwing rocks at your neighbors pet dog. You wont hurt the dog but you will lose a good neighbor and also the respect everyone else had for you. What amuses me is how some of you idiot blogers will think I am calling Obama a dog. I am not it is only a way to make a point. I say VOTE FOR OBAMA

    August 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. jim carolan

    Is this what this election is coming to? McCain isbecoming sadder and weaker as the campaign continues. Maybe he should select a running mate who knows the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni and can read a teleprompterand who can run an honerable campaign.

    August 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Sam

    Following McCain's analogy, if Obama is a blockbuster, McCain's campaign is analagous to the hygiene films they played for you in 4th grade about brushing your teeth and eating right. Almost completely un-interesting, full of facts that everyone already knows, with no new ideas. Like those old films, McCain will soon be relegated to a forgotten shelf in storage closet of history. Buh Bye!

    August 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Obama Fan

    That's actually pretty good advice from McCain to Obama for a running mate. Balance is key on a ticket

    August 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. shekar, clarendon hills, il

    All McCain can do is whine about how popular his opponent is. In the meantime, the world laughs as the US is nosediving into a recession and Iraq is looking for creative ways to spend their $79 billion budget surplus. Oh and did we mention all the top grade hashish flowing out of Afghanistan?

    McCain's initial support for the war has cost us over 6000 US lives and nearly a trillion of our tax money. 6000 men and women. I don't see how voting for him can make any sense.

    Good luck in November America. Our future will really be in our hands when we vote this time.

    August 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. world has change

    Now i get maccain he is jelous of Obama cause he did not spend all his years like him planning to become the president of united states. To maccain he deserve it cause he fought in a war america lost and now wants to kill more to win a war at his old age but Obama his making it difficult for him to do that. Well Maccain To be a president is not by your choice to decide its by fate so maybe you should stop attacking obama because it took you this long to be were you are today but maybe you should see and look at yourself and realise the world is changing and stop wasting your time.

    August 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Greg

    McCain is 100% correct!

    "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."

    Good one McCain! It certainly doesn't hurt that it's quite funny because it's true.

    August 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Anita

    Maybe Senator McCain should spend more time speaking about his plans, and quit worrying about Obama. He sounds more like a jealous teenager than a seasoned Senator. The more he harps on Obama's celebrity, the more I tune him out.

    August 9, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Bubba

    First he criticizes Obama, then he says Obama has no plans, but when it comes time to address his plans, McCain can only bring up generalities of old tired make the petroleum industry rich plans with a little of green technology mixed in.

    So sad that the Republican candidate can't give the American people a good reason to vote for him without going on the negative on Obama. Half truths and outright false accusations will not work this time. Too many people can see through these Rovian tactics.

    August 9, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. kennedy

    what happened to the straight talking john mccain.This is ths reason washington approval rating is in the toilet.

    August 9, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. joe

    What about the movie John McCain would play in:
    Another 4000 US dead in Irak
    Possibly 10000 in Iran
    Another 1000000 dead Iraquies
    May be 2000000 dead Iranians
    Gas between $6 and $8 a gallon. More and more the White House becoming a lobying haven for big oil
    More forclosures
    Wider financial gap between haves and havenots
    Huge budget deficits – close to $1 trillion
    And so on ...

    August 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Wisconsin

    What content is McShame ever talking about. McShame avoids the issues every chance he has had.

    Just some generals out of McShame and no real content.

    McShame boughy by big oil for 1.3M

    August 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. james

    Oh please...Watching a John McCain speech is like going to the dentist; painful and irritating. I can't believe this guy has been in politics for thirty years and can't speak worth a crap. I have seen middle school kids give better speeches. It doesn't matter how good your ideas are, if you can't communicate them and get people to buy in, you won't accomplish zilch. Everyone knows that.

    August 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. dan

    Lets hear it now from the democrats who want to say yes to:

    Yes to more tax's so that we have to spend on the economy.

    Yes to only alternate energy so that we are at the mercy of foreign countries for another 30 years. And to people that would argue this 30 years. Look at how long, under a military goverment, that it took for them to become COMPLETELY independent of foreign supplies. Ie: distrubution, cost affordability for the common citizen, quantity so that everyone has access. 30 years people.. You willing to WIAT 30 years to become independent of other nations? If your a democrat, just say yes I am.

    Yes to ratching up environmental laws so that even alternate energy will not be feasible.

    Yes to taxing the coperations at a higher rate so that these same companies will not be able to offer you and myself jobs or stay competiive in the global market.

    This is only because it is senitor Oboma and Not Senitor Clinton. Yes to no idea how to bring down the cost of health coverage. But, then... You Oboma Sheep have no idea about real issues, now do you.

    Senitor Oboma is one thing only. The return of Jimmy Carter and all of his failed policies. Ready for another hostage crisis Oboma followers? Ready for another Cuban Boat lift? Ready for double digit inflation? Yes, these all came about by your Oboma Mentor..... Jimmy Carter. And Senitor Oboma will bring them again. Yes, to you and me.... On the celeberty screen that he so enjoys./

    Oh yes, and one more thing you can count on from Senitor Oboma. No to working accross the asile with the oposing political party to actualy getting things done. There will never be a healing of this nation under senitory oboma.

    2 reasons.
    reason 1: He hasn't a clue of how to make things work. Ie; no experience.
    reason 2: He WILL NOT work with everyone, past record(the only one he has) shows that.


    August 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. carol

    What is up with John McCain he is always bashing and that is going to make him lose the election. If he is so jealous why dont he come over to the team. I needs to set back and enjoy his rocking chair and Cindy and his children. Dont be a player hater. Join Barack and be happy

    August 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Fearghus

    John McCain needs to stop. I'm not even sure what argument he's trying to make anymore...Obama is too popular? Everyone knows who he is? Did I miss something, aren't summer blockbusters the most successful movies of the year?

    He needs to fire his PR folks, they're not creative, they're out of touch, and they are horrible communicators.

    This campaign of his is a joke, what happened to this guy...

    August 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. joe

    lack of substance in his speeches? all YOU do is talk about HIM in your speeches! where's your substance!?

    August 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Lourdes

    Talk about lack of content...all McCain is counting on is NOT being Obama. He can't offer substance of his own because he will either alienate the conservative base that is already suspicious of him for his previously "maverick" positions, or else he acknowledges all the ways that he's changed in order to fall in line with the conservatives, thus alienating the independents. At least if he had stuck to his maverick ways he'd still have his dignity. Now all he can do is attack Obama because he's the empty suit with no real substantive positions. Now if only Americans can get over their fear of the unknown, admit that their reservations are baseless, and make the right decision voting against McCain for the candidate who does offer a better future for our country. Obama 08!!

    August 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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