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. dan

    Followup: To the people that don't know WHAT THE ONLY NATION that became completely independent on bio fuels.

    Brazil. Look it up, it took them 30 years to become completely independent. Thats a fact, and not some far flung fiction that your spin doctors will give you.


    August 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. REG in AZ

    McCain is trying to fault Obama for his impressiveness in contrast to McCain's lackluster performance. Then he tries to infer that Obama offers nothing with his pursuit for change as McCain promises just more of the same. Whoever is writing McCain's script should be fired ... but then he actually doesn't have much to work with.

    August 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. victor

    And the lies continue thanks mccain for being such a truthful candidate

    August 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. DFW Guy

    Offlate I am really getting sick of McCain's ads.. Its a political campaign not a comedy show. Such 'celebrity' comments will do no good; make use of the campaign money in the right way (already they lag Obama's election fund )

    August 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Once again, the voice of experience is making more sense than the empty suit.

    Well said, John McCain!.

    August 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Mike, Neb.

    If McCain is going to continue to pursue 45 new nuclear plants you can probably throw Nevada into the Democrat's column. When he gets to Las Vegas to talk with the Disabled American Veterans lets see what they say when he talks about all the radioactive waste that will be shipped to their state if he becomes president. Who am I kidding, he wont mention a thing about it.

    August 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Mark H

    Old Man Yells at Cloud....Again

    August 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Raymond Duke

    McCain is right. Sometimes it takes some age before you can look at a dog and know if it is all bark or does it have any fight to it Obama is all bark. I think John McCain showed so much poise and grace and Wisdom toward yhe Edwards affair. But most of all he showed what liberals lack . That is humanity.

    August 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. jeremy

    hey old man,

    maybe if you didn't spend your entire career as a bumbling idiot, you would have the following that obama does.

    he has a following because he has an authentic message that isn't based upon poll numbers.

    get a life McCain.

    August 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Jealousy is so ugly. Senator McCain, you couldn't fill a 7,500 seat theatre, let alone a 75,000 seat stadium. Is it irrational praise or a recognition by more people of superior intellect and agreement with his policies?

    August 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Pat

    I am a 73 year old Democrat who has voted in every primary and general election since 1960. The only time I ever voted for a Republican was for John McCain in the Georgia presidential primary in 2000. However, he was "swifted boated" by George W. Bush and that was it.
    I was seriously considering voting for McCain in this election. However, his silly attacks on Ombama being a celebrity, etc., which has nothing to do with the serious problems facing the country, have changed my mind. Seems he learned "swift boating" tactics and is using them himself.
    I am voting for Obama.

    August 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Matthew

    Sour grapes, Senator McCain.

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Mo Knows Best

    National Debt, War in Iraq. Don't become upset with a man who can inspire. That is what this country needs,a man who can inspire, our government has failed us over these last seven years. We need to inspire venture capitalist to invest in enregy alternatives, and all new industries, inspiration has guided the world to bring us out of the dark ages. Inspiration led to the tearing down of walls those of brick and those of a closed mind.

    Obama '08 Hillary '16

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Tim

    Really McCain? Your one knock on Obama is that he is too popular? Isn't the presidential race just a popularity contest? Sounds like the loser in high school trying to beat the Jock for Prom King. If that's the best you can come up with against Obama, youre in for a long, disappointing campaign.

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Eyeonpolitics

    I'm not quite sure I understand McCain's attacking the "celebrity" of Obama. Ronald Reagan was a HUGE "celebrity", and it obviously worked out very well for him. McCain needs some new political strategists, unless he's just TRYING to get Obama elected. Very odd.

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |

    I am beginning to wonder why the Republicans chose McCain to run?? He has no substance, no economic plan , no leadership ability.
    All he talks about is Senator Obama...ummm..something is wrong with that...Senator McCain appear to be obsessed with negative campaigning or he has some deep deep hatred for another human beign. Even if I was a republican, I would not vote for McCain after weeks of his obsession. We need a strong not petty leader.

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Geee Whizzzzz

    McCain boo...can we think of anything else to say ???

    Everyone is talk right now.....including you.......

    I have never hurried time before, I will be soooo glad when November gets we can get things moving....

    Then we shall see who is all talk.

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. John

    "John McCain is using his weekly radio address today to continue to attack his opponent, Barack Obama, as a celebrity."

    I really have to wonder where McCain's substance is.

    August 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Mark from Naperville

    Since McCain has to seek out crowds such as he did at the Sturgis motorcyle rally, he has nothing else left in his playbook than to attack Barack Obama. Obama attracts huge crowds because he has something important to say, and people are interested in changing the politics of the past.

    August 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. MW

    McCain, McCain,'re kidding, right? You're running for the office of President of the United States and this is your strategy to win? I used to think you had a serious message. Now, I see an old man acting like a clown.

    August 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    John McCain just makes himself look worse and worse.
    What a putz.
    The more he lies about Sen Obama the more he shames his party.
    Not that they need any help.
    The ads only make us Obama supporters more angry with HIM.
    We will not be moved!

    August 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Uchenna in MD

    Go and retire McThuselah!

    Republican for Barack Hussein Obama!

    August 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Paul

    Who does John McCain think he is giving weekly radio addresses? He acts like he is the president already. I'm sick of his arrogance.

    August 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Ced Alabama

    I would rather hear about who McCain is and his position on issues. Instead, he continues to attempt to define Senator Obama. So what if he has celebrity status. So did Regan. Maybe not on the same scale. It may be dry, but if McCain made spoke about issues that affect all of us. Maybe the media would pay more attention to him.

    By continuing to attack Sen. Obama. Someone may bring up how he voted AGAINST Dr. Martin Luther King's Day. It is alleged that he cheated on his wife also. Now, would he want someone painting a picture of who they think he is???

    August 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Ron

    I'm not sure why McCain thinks it's a negative attack to call Obama a celebrity...

    Maybe it's because Obama is -right-

    August 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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