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. B, Illinois

    As an Independent that used to revere McCain, this gutless campaign has turned me off of ever supporting him.

    August 9, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Reasonable

    THis is silly. If McCain has the receptive ear of the public, would he really be talking this way? NO. He would be saying "People are energized", "there is hope in my champaign", t"his election is inspiring people."

    This is jealousy talk you did in high school.

    How about giving us a laid out energy plan instead of attacking someone who can articulate themselves.

    August 9, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Adam, Los Angeles

    Lay off the HATORADE McCain! Lay off the hatorade.

    August 9, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Chris K

    You Republicans really need to smarten up. McCain's strategy is entirely defensive. Obama is this.... Obama is that.... – keep it up and you'll be wiped out of the senate as well.

    Since when is being popular a bad thing? That is what the attack is... "oh look at Obama.... he's so popular he must be without substance".

    Wrong. It is the message of change, the message of hope and unity, and the message that there are no red or blue states – only the United States – that attracts millions.

    Wake up America.... or vote for McCain and make sure the Saudi royal family has another profitable four years. That's what is really important to America isn't it?

    August 9, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. John, College Park, MD

    The blockbuster analogy is dead-on. Obama lacks substance.

    August 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Misty

    Please McCain–
    Enough! 'Celebrity' Line!!!
    Why don't you speak about yourself– what you are about? (Nothing, Nada, Zero, Khalaas! Khali, all words meaning Empty!!

    - that when you give a speech or hold town meetings– you have to pay peopleto come and listen to your babling-

    You call yourself a Maverick– look up the meaning– you do not fit– you are more– "going with the wind"– without a brain.

    Obama is the "One"– The one to be "Our President" of the USA. You and your repub friends better respect him– Because no matter what you or your other "my firiends" say– Obama is the "Only One" fit for the job.

    August 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Bil Zipperich

    MCain strategy istoattack one of Obama's strengths (a take on the Swift Boating of Kerry the Warrier).We can onyl hope that the voters will see through this subterfuge.

    August 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Susie Tx

    Celeb ad is Pathetic!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. warren

    The innane, yet viscous personal attackes by McCain are reported in the media as though they mattered. The media bias for McCain has become very obvious to many people. You in the media may get him elected, but over the long term your credibility while decline to nothing more than entertainment. Already many, many people are turning to the internet and other sources for news.

    August 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    john mccain is a load of garbage! grown men shouldn't be jealous of anothers popularity. maybe if mccain had a personality he would be popular too!

    August 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Daryl in Seattle

    Yeah right. As direct as Mr. McCain?? The man whose only campaign strategy is to DIRECTLY hurl personal insults at his opponent. That's what we need in the White House. Sure old man.

    August 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. andrew

    yes, obama is more popular than you. why keep reminding us?

    August 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Proud American

    McCain is coming across as bitter and jealous. McCain needs to stop focusing on Obama and pay attention to coming up with atleast one good idea for America.
    McCain=More worthless leadership!

    August 9, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. clysly desales

    What about somebody who could balance John McSame in case he falls down the steps? Now that's a good vice presidential candidate.

    August 9, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. MO


    August 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Liz T

    McCain's recent statements show clear signs of jealousy. Purporting to be using humor, they are, in fact, full of sarcasm. And, as Jack Nicholson said in Anger Management, sarcasm is anger's ugly cousin. McCain has a problem with anger.

    August 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Malcolm

    Seriously John McCain, can you focus on talking about YOURSELF and what YOU plan to do for America instead of incessantly attacking Barack Obama?!? Don't you think Americans have had enough negativity with recent years filled with terrorism, multiple wars, tragic natural disasters, difficult economic times?!?! Your energy plan is a complete joke – you talk of putting 45 nuclear plants up as a "solution" without pointing out the obvious – it would take at least a decade to construct them, and they would not only create further nuclear waste that we'd have to figure out how to dispose, but it would possibly make us dependent on yet another imported energy source (uranium).
    John McCain, your campaign sank to a new low when you decide it would be fine to air your NEGATIVE campaign ads during the telecast of the Olympic Games _opening ceremony_, a joyous occasion meant to champion world unity and goodwill. If you want to run political ads during the Olympics, at LEAST make them POSITIVE!! What you did is unpresidential behavior and unsportmanlike conduct.
    A note to the media – it's NOT bias to point out negativity and untruthfulness, it's your DUTY!! I don't know of ANY other presidential campaign in recent memory that has been so filled with non-stop nastiness and lies than the John McCain campaign. It's like a Karl Rove campaign on steroids and it is a dishonor to the great democratic traditions of our nation. Folks need to grow a spine and confront this growing monster of negative politicking otherwise you will allow it to become our master!!

    August 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Christian for Obama

    Mr. McCain, do you have anything of value to add to this campaign anymore? Day in and day out, I am shocked by the dishonorable and negative campaign that you continue to wage. You are no longer the man that I once admired and respected. From your attempts to portray Mr. Obama as not like us, as a celebrity similar to the likes of Britney and Paris, as even the Anti-Christ (shame on you for this one), you move farther and farther away from being a man of honor. Honestly, it's scary. How can we trust you to lead our country if we don't even know who you are anymore? What upsets me most is that you promised to wage a positive campaign about real issues, instead you've tried to tarnish the good name of a good man and a good Christian in Mr. Obama. Mr. Obama shares my values and actually offers a positive and hopeful vision for America. He has earned my vote. All you have offered, Mr. McCain, are disgusting ads based on smear and fear. Our country deserves better.

    August 9, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. former Lieberman intern

    seems like McCain has alot to say about Obama's strengths, seeing how he has none of his own

    August 9, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Ruth Taylor

    It seems to me that Senator McCain might wish to focus on a comprehensive, sensible approach to meaningful energy conservation, rather than picking schoolyard fights with his opponent.
    He appears jealous of the attention Obama gets.

    August 9, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Disgusting, John McCain. Instead of using your time to build up your platform, you use it to diss your opponent. You're the empty suit here.

    Sir, you have no honor.

    August 9, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. judyb

    I think John's lost his sense of humor. Just wait for the first debate and then the world will know who the real empty suit is...the man in a Naval uniform!

    August 9, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Neutral

    Obambi has KENYAN CITIZENSHIP since 1963 – that's another BLOCKBUSTER!

    Where is Obambi's loyalty? Kenya or USA? He had DUAL CITIZENSHIP.

    August 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Lisa in Cincy

    Jealous to the very core.
    How can you point fingers at anyone when you have 9 homes?? Elitest and JEALOUS – that's KING contradiction.

    August 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Jerry---Illinois

    Will the real John Mccain stand up!

    Bomb Bomb Bomb
    Drill Drill Drill
    Attack Attack Attack

    Sounds like a nice old white haired guy to me.

    August 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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