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. James From Chicago

    McCain is absolutly right. As a life long democrat, I will be voting
    for McCain unless Hillary is VP

    August 9, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. ssm

    Obama's campaign theme is solve the problem faced by America..

    What McShame's theme.. Obama the Celebrety...

    McShame is too old for any solution.. he just want to spend his rest of his life in Capitol Hill and Air force one.. in between, instead of playing video games, he'd rather put some bombs in different part of America..

    August 9, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA





    August 9, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. andrew s. rostolder

    you are a total loser.......... if that is all you have, bag it up dude.......... oh yeah, the biker contest you want your wife to enter is toppless?????????? duh, can that oldtimer heart handle that????????

    August 9, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Gary

    Disgusting and sad to see McCain sell his soul to the Karl Rove style advertising machine. I voted for McCain two elections ago, but wouldn't touch him with a stick these days. Obama has called it: the Republicans are good at negative attack ads, and bad at governing.

    No matter who has the White House, the country is in for tough sledding – made tougher because the goof in office has wasted precious time to develop an energy policy. Add to that the Billions of dollars and thousands of lives lost in Iraq for no clear purpose, and an economy moving in reverse, and you have a recipe for a tough road ahead. At least let's vote for somebody who is looking forward and who is trying to generate ideas.

    Sadly, McCain is done – he's got nothing new and he knows it.

    August 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Amanda, SD

    "First, we'll call Obama an elitist."
    "When he insists he grew up poor with a single mom in Hawaii, we'll say he's exotic."
    "When he says exotic is a code word, we'll say he's playing the race card."
    "When he moves to the center, we'll say he's a flip flopper. If he doesn't move, we'll say he's a wild-eyed liberal"
    "When he draws big crowds, we'll say he's a mere celebrity."
    "When he gives a good speech, we'll say he's too slick."
    What if Obama just ignores you and turns the other cheek?
    "Easy, we'll say he thinks he's Jesus."
    –David Horsey, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    August 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Pam

    And the negative campaign goes on.

    August 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Bud InTexas

    You are pathetic!

    August 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. steve, alabama

    mcshameless should know who qualifies as anti-christ, as he's one of them.

    August 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Trent

    I sure hope we don't elect this jealous, mean-spirited, angry and bitter man to be our president for the next four years.

    How depressing that would be for our country – and the world.

    August 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Independe

    What's the matter McCain, not the poster boy you were in 2000 and it bothers you.

    Maybe the reason people don't like you as much anymore is because you aren't the man you used to be.

    I don't know who the h*ll you are now, but I do know you aren't the man of 2000.

    August 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Dan

    Old, senile, warlike, belligerent = a draft, and a sad direction for the world

    August 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Wayne

    It appears John McCain has "Celebrity Envy" his celebrity is small !!!

    August 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Obama 08

    Obama talks about his plans for our country. McCain talks about Obama – does McCain have nothing to say other than to slam Obama ?

    August 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. steve, alabama

    does anyone really read what CNN has to "report"? LOL

    i'd rather read national inquirer. at least they are not hypocritical, LOL.

    August 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Charlotte

    Obama best watch out for his EGO it might get him into big trouble. John Edwards knows about EGO. Obama acts as if he is, THE ONE. I cannot believe the DNC (Dumb Nuts Committee) and their choice for the nominee. I received a donation request from them, and I sent it back with a notation, No money/No vote. Main reason, Kennedy, Kerry, Dean, and Pelosi..I hope they can't pay for the football stadium Obama wants to pat himself on the back. His Presidential Seal was the biggest turn off for this voter. I am beginning to believe he is the Anti-Christ, nothing else explains his popularity. I mean really, what on his resume, qualifies him for the job of POTUS?

    August 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Shawn

    If the worse thing he can say about Obama, is that he is too famous, then he is in serious trouble.

    August 9, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. MB

    give it up old man

    August 9, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. gpm

    This must be some kind of joke from a guy who cannot talk unless he has a stack of note cards to tell him what to say...

    I understand that you are such an outstanding speaker that people fill large places just to hear your famous words..."my friends the surge is working"...duh

    You surely must have earned all A's when you graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 ranked 790 out of 794.

    August 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Independent are getting more tacky, tacky, tacky....going to run a good clean compaign....haven't seen it yet......

    By the way, what is your agenda????? I get it, it is called "Putting down Obama." Right????????

    You have lost my vote and you lost it a long time ago.....

    August 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Naomi, Texas

    Can McCain talk about issues without personal attacks that only make McCain himself look bad? Does he not get it?! Americans in general don't like a grouch no matter how much they might not like Obama... Quit it McCain!

    August 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. newz4i

    Senator McCain: attack, attack, attack. This guy is blood thirsty.

    Senator Obama: new add talks about America's future, how to build it.

    Let's build each other up in our community instead of attack each other.

    O - B A M A – 2008

    August 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. California Gold

    The backlash has begun. Senator McCain is a candidate with a negative mind set which overrides any ability to campaign on issues that are crucial to the future of the voters and the world. McCain's candidacy is a referendum of negativity and rigidity rooted in ignorance. These are not qualities I want in my White House. His chances to win are dissolving and he is too blind to see.

    August 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. patricia mo

    It doesn't matter about the bickering really, it's just something expected and typical we all have to weed through during a campaign.... of course they are not going to compliment each other much they are oppenents. As long as we... as voters can look through the murky waters, spellbound speeches, and their verbal attacks, and are able to weigh the historys of both parties, look at what they have done and look realistically at what they have to offer... only this will enable us cast our votes this November concerning what is best for the country as a whole and not just an individual gain.

    August 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Yeah, but watching McCain is like watching a boring old Charlie Chaplin film. One minute in and you're snoring.

    August 9, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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