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. Denise

    Poor McShane.. Is that all he has to throw to Obama "the celebrity status". I am getting annoyed by this wave of attacks from McCain. I though he would focus on issues and try to create distractions.. but its not working.

    When he finally discusses issues.. he calls Mr. Obama "Mr. No" I guess he is clearly Mr. Yes then. I am not lookinf or a president who say yes to everything. If no it the appropriate response... then No it is .

    And.. We all know why McCain did not comment on the John Edwards situation.. b.c he did the same thing with his ex wife when he hooked up with Cindy. Yes.. read up on the facts.. and you will see it all.

    August 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. john

    Senator McCain has become the official court jester. Poorly thought out strategy on the part of his campaign. This is becoming just plain boring. Anyone considering voting for the court jester should ask themselves one simple question...has ANYTHING really improved during the last eight years??? This is a question that cannot be ignored. An individual is elected on his vision and promise, and once elected has a responsibility to deliver. Bush hasn't, nor will McCain with the same policies as Bush. I pray that the close mindedness will end and Americans will chose to move away from the lack of vision and inspiration that has diminished America's standing through out the world.

    August 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. bimmer

    Is it true that Obama has an extramrrital affiar too?

    August 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. CT from Chi-Town

    I think this is a "great" strategy. Keep telling your audience that your not dynamic! McCain has given up on the "inspirational" part of leadership, and continues his McGrampy Pants approach to wooing the voters. You Go Grampa!

    Barack '08!

    August 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Lorelei

    What a juvenile tactic. This is not a playground, it is a national forum.

    August 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Jill-IN

    McCain – so jealous, so transparent. Whatever!

    August 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Emeka Maduagwu

    It is amazing that somebody who wants to be the president of the most powerful country in the world has, in the past four weeks or so doesn't address issues like American economy, health, social services, etc except to talk about Obama as a celebrity . I think people are already tired of this his drab campaign strategy. I beg McCain to please address his campaign with maturity.

    August 9, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |

    Not much choice this year. We can either vote for Insane McCain or Bam Bam Obama. I think I will vote for None of the Above.

    I wish these candidates would discuss issues such as: economy, jobs, banking, housing, and the Iraq war.

    August 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. David Wolf

    Seems the only substance in McCain's recent speeches are about the lack of substance in Obama's.


    August 9, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Dog!

    He's about as much a celebrity as if I'd shaved my dog's backside and made him walk backwards.

    August 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. David Newport, OR

    this guy need to focus on issues instead of name calling. What's up John? No policy ?

    August 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. just cant get it right

    John Mccain: DHL, USS Forrestal, 894 of 899, blonder after blonder....gaffe after gaffe, lie after lie warmonger and confused...confused about even where he stands on the issues...they change in the direction of his lobyiest winds...and he wants to attack...Obama, Russia, Iraq and Iran... do I smell a draft in the McCain Camp? at any rate HE stinks

    August 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Paul in Dallas

    Well what do you have to talk about, Mr. McCain? Seriously. You are running for The Office of The President of the united States. You make fun of Senator Obama's inexperience. But instead of giving the American people your vision you behave like an ill-mannered school child. I was undecided but you have given me nothing but this. I'm finished with you. I'll join the other millions of American and vote for hope instead of your childish foolishness and reactionary politics. You are way too old to be told to grow up. You are really starting to turn people off, big time. Do you honestly think acting like a child will help you win?

    August 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. mary, colorado springs

    McCain is REALLY going green.....with envy. His actions are so childish and senile, as well as desperate, that he is striking out in all directions, hoping to hit a target. This man is too old to take on the job as President, and his mentality proves it. He has no sense of setting priorities and his actions in the political arena make one wonder how he would react in a crisis. Would he stop and think, or just fly off in all directions without any goal or purpose in mind? No, I think not. His actions now are of a desperate man without a plan, and are tantamount to disaster.

    I M 4 Obama

    August 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Obama '08

    All i have to say is that...McCain, grow up and stop being so ridiculous and stupid.
    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Envy is such an unbecoming trait in someone who wants to be president.

    Just cause poor John McCain can't fill up someone's living room to hear him talk about all the policies that got us into this mess in the first place, now he's whining about it.

    August 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Tyler in Raleigh

    If Obama is a summer blockbuster, can McCain be a silent movie???

    It may have been funny the first time, but if his entire "positive" campaign is going to be about this 1 point.... thats pretty sad.

    August 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. RC

    More nasty attitude. Not for me. What a put off ths guy is.
    I would never vote for a ship burning shot down songbird anyway.

    August 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Mike D

    we don't need a guy who can give inspiring speeches, we need a disabled american like john mccain

    August 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. C Redoble

    Who ever said celebrities aren't capable of governing?
    Ronald Regan, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
    Jesse Ventura, Jack Kemp and Fred Thompson were
    all celebrities before holding office.
    Even McCain became a celebrity of sorts, as a returned POW,
    before holding office.

    August 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Cherokee

    McCain needs to ease up on the negativity; he might be the next John on the hot seat.

    August 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Guy from Delaware

    I find it ridiculous that McCain is getting away with calling Obama a Celebrity because if i remember correctly, the Republicans have no problem with electing Celebs, i.e. REGAN, Schwarzenegger.

    August 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    so, does that make McCain Grumpy Old Men 3?

    August 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Chris Andoe

    McCain is such a grumpy old downer.

    August 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. sinbad

    It's funny that what the McCain campaign thinks they are going to win this election by calling Obama a "celebrity" or the "antichrist". As much as McCain would like people to believe he is different and a "change," I guess he is right I haven't seen such juvenile, elementary school type election tactics since "Saved By the Bell" went off the air.

    August 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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