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. Willow, from Iowa

    McCain is running the most negative campaign I have seen in quite awhile. Instead of knocking Obama, would he please begin to orate on the issues and what he will do to help our country? Issues, please.

    August 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Harry A. Haney

    It's too bad that the only way some people can make themselves look good is to try and make their opponent look worse. If you really believed that you were the best person for the job you wouldn't even be mentioning your opponent. You would be talking about all your qualifications and all the wonderful ideas you had to change the direction of this country. Apparently, John McCain doesn't have any. He used to be a maverick. Now he is just a sellout.

    August 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. BOO McCain

    John McCain does a radio address?? It must be SOOO boring! Also who is McCain to say what kind of VP Obama should get?? McCain wants to be a celebrity so bad, he is having weekly radio addresses, trying to be a comedian, when all he is doing is making his campaign look like even more of a joke!

    August 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Mary

    If McCain would stop worrying (hating on) about Obama's celerbity, and talk about what he can do for all americans not just conservative american, may be he could get a lead in the polls and more important; a lead in the electorial votes. You think?

    August 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Larry Heath

    OK, so you guys covered the Edwards sex deal fairly. How about shedding a little light on the McCain divorce and his Vicki Iseman affair. How about some investigative reporting there?


    Larry Heath
    Arlington, Texas

    August 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Franky

    Ohh and by the way Senator, I think the Democrat you're talking about is John Edwards...

    Man Dems, you have no idea how close you were to destroying your have no idea...

    August 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. R- U- AWARE!!!

    McCain has pegged Obama as an out-of-touch celeb.Pathetic!!!
    Ok Old White haired wrinkly Dude ……find something else to talk about …how about issues or something that you are very familar with Cheating on your sick Wife ***Give John Edward some Advice ……that celebrity Jive is about 2 weeks old ***are you Jealous of Obama because he speak well and you sound like you are in the OUTHOUSE with a newpapper in your hand …you no what I mean.I was an undecided Independent ….now I will vote for Obama Thanks Senator for helping me out ,because of you I am tuned in on the celebrity Senator Obama…..Thanks again McAttack!!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. OBAMA

    Obama does not want to be a celebrity! John McCain had a role in the movie "Wedding Crashers" and he has the audacity to say someone else is trying to be a celebrity....

    August 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Greg - Mpls

    I see the old white haired dude continues the attacks with no semblance of a plan for the country.

    August 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. mickey

    More condescending commentary and denigration of the person who is Barack Obama. John Mc could only wish for the kind of interest and excitement that Obama's candidacy has created. Despite that contrived exterior McCain comes off as sarcastic, impatient and arrogant.

    August 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Chris O.

    I'm so tired of all the negativity coming out of McCain. All it does is reinforce my decision to vote for Obama.

    August 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Bill

    I like how the McCain camp keeps painting Obama as a 'celebrity' like it's a bad thing. First, no matter who wins, the President of the United States automatically becomes an international celebrity. Secondly, why does John McCain think it's so bad to have a president that people actually like? Maybe in his old age he's forgotten a time when we had a president with high approval and popularity ratings, but c'mon, it was only eight years ago!

    August 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Let me get this straight. Obama is talking about issues, and McCain is talking about Obama.

    Who is short on content?

    August 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    Both parties have put up the sorriest slate of candidates in my memory.

    August 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. m roman

    I can't help but agree with Mccain on this one.

    Low on content, Empty suit.

    "Big hat, no cattle" as they say in Tejas.

    Its really disheartening to see so many americans be so gullible to be sucked in by simply his persona. Sure you have to be able to build bridges with others, and be a likeable guy, but OB is high talk, low on experience, over-states his minimal experience, and uses it to say he is "not like the existing establishment" along with the message of so called change.

    Its hardly being cynical to say no way in hell is this guy any different, and to be so gullible to believe he could actually get something done when/if he gets in office.

    I think he can talk well about things, but he is quite empty when it comes to actual substantiative ideas or proposals. He has his celebrity experts like Buffet and Oprah on his team, becuase he knows americans ar ehighly gullible and quite simply so seducted by good marketing. What he is doing is just marketing himself, and probably better than mccain, which is why mccain is attacking it.

    Obama does it though, and gets away with it, because he knows how to do it well. Just because though he is a good marketeer doesn't mean he is anywhere near havingthe qualities of a good leader, namely:

    +Being of service
    + be able to work with others
    + strong ideas
    + strong principals
    +good values
    + gets the job done
    + understands and respects others opinions and cultural differences
    +thinks globally
    +doesn't exert hegemony


    You find me someone like this, actually willing to be in office, I will vote for him.

    Obama dood ain't it. Unfortunately americans don't look any deeper than the service and give lip service to the tough questions that need to be asked by relying on the media to do it for them. And the only reason media does any of it, is because of greed and big bucks and getting the viewers and subscribers.

    August 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. H. Thompson

    Every time you pull this crap, Senator McLoser, you dig yourself deeper and deeper into your demise.

    August 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. John

    What does McCain means that "a serious energy plan involves a lot more yeses than nos"? Doesn't it depend on the questions being asked? It probably shouldn't be yes to ignoring the environmental impact of any energy strategy. There are still many reasons for pursuing other energy yielding avenues. To name two kinds, there are economic and environmental reasons. Even if we implement policies based on economic considerations alone, we shouldn't be naive enough to suppose that environmental ramifications will not influence the economy sooner or later.

    August 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Andy in Seattle

    It's all negative. WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES MCCAIN? Whoever is going to vote for McCain, seriously, shame on you. Talk about the biggest sellout to the GOP fear machine. Obama talks of hope and improvement and positive things that he wants to happen in this country.

    What is McCain offering? Same old GOP fear tactics that got us here in the first place. So, once again. All you stubborn voters who are going to vote for McCain, shame on you. This isn't a celebrity contest, this is our lives. Educate yourself on each of their policies and you'll quickly realize that Obama is the only candidate with forethought and intelligent plans.

    August 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Brian

    Well said John, Obambi is a lot of fluff without much filler.

    August 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    McCain's lobbyist handlers have hit a strategy they like.

    The fact that it's complete BS doesn't bother them one bit.

    Of course, it does concern those of us who would like to see a debate about ISSUES.

    My friend.

    August 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Disillusioned

    I don't know what is more sad, the fact that McCain tries to use this 'Barack is a celebrity' argument with a serious face, or the fact that this is the only bullet left in his meager arsenal.

    He can't attack him on substance, or policy, or anything else that would be pertinent. He went back on his vow to run a clean and divisive campaign. All I hear from McCain anymore is either an attack against Obama, or something in the form of:

    Noun, Verb, POW.

    Without the ability to define himself on his own policies, I'm beginning to think that POW means exactly that:

    Prisoner of W.

    What a shame.

    August 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. smile!!!

    mc c said: Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster, TRUE, no dispute here.

    And watching you mc c, is like watching a big winter lackluster. ALSO TRUE.

    August 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Gary Akers

    It's a fact I have been pointing out for the last year and a half. All of his speeches and "Change Speak" is full of eloquent prose. The only problem is, they run on and have no substance. And that's the bottom line... But as per the usual, people will be tempted by the smoke and mirrors, and the flashing lights and cameras!

    August 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Disillusioned

    *I meant to say clean and undivisive* – oh well.

    August 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    John McCain's sole claim to fame (and experience and wisdom and intellectualism and leadership) is and always has been a very long and disgusting stint as a prisoner of war. He has used that to climb into the Senate (where he has done virtually nothing) and yet has the unmitigated gall to criticize Obama. Get real, McCain, and talk about issues and problems and solutions, not the usual republican crap.

    August 9, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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