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. Dawn in MN

    McFlop would never be a blockbuster. Where Senator Obama would be a 4 star movie, JMcHasBeen would never make it to the movie theater. He'd keep flubbing his lines.

    August 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Jeffrey

    So, I guess what McCain is saying is that Obama is articulate and popular...? C'mon...anti-christ, Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton? Have at least a modicum of dignity!

    McCain is a desparate old man who has decided to run a dirty campaign full of personal attacks. You would think that after Bush, Rove & Co. dragged him through the slime 8 years ago that McCain would stay above that. But, I guess if you spend enough time at the trough with pigs you're bound to end up pretty stinky yourself.

    These recent ads are an insult to the American populace & are un-American and un-patriotic as well. Show some respect for the electoral process and the American voter.

    August 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. bobo

    i'm a democrat and i agree with senator mc cain. obama is all blow and no show....freinds from illinios say the same thing, a lot of talk and little performance.

    August 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. MInnesota against John McWar

    John McSame Campaign Strategy: Attack the other guy because we do not have anything positive to show for ourselves.

    John McSame Health Care Policy: Let the market decide

    John McSame Economy Policy: Let the whiners fend for themselves because "I am not very well versed in economic matters"

    John McSame Energy Policy: Attack Iran and hope for the best.

    John McSame National Security Policy: Attack Iran and hope for the best.

    August 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. B. Brown

    Mr. McCain should be putting out his own productions rather than unnecessarily criticizing the work of his opponent. I guess McCain is feeling rather inadequate since he lacks substance, so it seems he has settled on diversionary attack tactics.

    The only review that will really matter is the one that will be conducted on Nov. 4, 2008. My guess is that Mr. Obama feels pretty good about his chances while it's obvious that Mr. McCain does not.

    August 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Kimberly from Houston, TX are so jealous! Act your age, white hair dude!

    August 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Jeff from Jersey

    McCain's best scenes were so long ago they were silent movies!When sound finally arrived McCain's stardom was over.The more we hear him,the more we understand that he should have retired long,long ago.The only "substance" to his "talkies" is the high pitched whine of a "Fatty Arbuckle" that hasn't said a thing of "substance" in decades.

    There should be an entire episode of "Walking with Dinosaurs" devoted to McCain.

    August 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Jeanne Saunders

    Obviously, Mr. McCain thinks he can win the White House, not on his own merit, but by constantly bashing Sen. Obama. Guess again, not gonna happen. We are sick of it, it's pathetic!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. TheTruthHurts

    What's McCain gonna say. He's decided if he can't be what America wants, he'll change what America wants instead of change himself. I think it's a good thing to try, but if the debates are more than an hour, it will become clear that Obama has plenty of details, depth and knowledge to go toe to toe with NO problem. Only McCain kool-aid drinkers don't see that Obama is more intelligent. That fact may not make him a better president, but it will show through in a debate.

    McCain will probably have the best one liners. He'll probably have the most simplistic solutions. But are challenges are not simple and we should never again take the easy way out. We need leaders (and followers) who understand the complexity of the problems and the complexity of the solutions.

    August 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Republican who loves OBAMA

    Our country is at war, people are losing their jobs and homes everyday, fuel prices are at an all time high, and the only policy McCain can come up with is bashing Obama. I have not heard any REAL solutions from the GOP, just the same old tired politics of bashing someone's character to further their own agenda. I hope voters are watching closely this election year, and voting for who has the better judgment for this country. The only solution McCain is offering are lies and distractions that insult our intelligence as Americans. Vote smart.

    OBAMA '08!!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Ok! I got what OB is. Now! What about you or what your going to do!
    I know you are a POW/War Veteran. I'm a Gulf One Vet and DAV member for life. I want to hear why I should vote for Mcain 2008 that used to be Mcain 2000 that I like.
    PS I'am a Dem! Talk to me John, because your new camp is really pissing me off.

    August 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Me

    McCain seems incapable of taking the election seriously. The ads he's ran has been foolish at best, and at worst blasphemous. If he can't take this election seriously, are we suppose to think he can take being President seriously?
    Stop joking around and give us something of substance.

    August 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Karrie

    Maybe I'm a little slow, but what's wrong with being a celebrity? Ronald Reagan really WAS a celebrity before he became Governor then President, and he's the only Republican I've ever voted for......twice!

    If you have national name and face recognition, if you're widely well known, I'd say that makes them all celebrities.

    August 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Billy

    Anybody else think it's odd that Republicans like to tease Obama – a politician – about how famous his candidacy has become, when Republicans have been known to tap a few of their own celebrities – Ronnie Reagan, Fred Thompson, Schwarzenegger: all actors – to run for various top spots? Perhaps Obama should start spreading the world that a little fame for running an efficient and an historic campaign isn't necessarily such a bad thing. Just a thought.

    August 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Sky

    Every time John McCain opens his mouth other peoples words come out.
    America can't afford another mindless President who needs other people to think for them.

    August 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. rita hainsworth

    An old desperate man.

    August 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. richard - Minneapolis

    I'm sorry. The more I hear McCain, the more I hear a bitter resentful old man who cannot fathom that his "heroism" could be seriously challenged by a young, "uppity", man (of color, no less) or that "people like him" could take the young man seriously. For my money, Obama has suffered just as much as McCain (on a different "battlefield", albeit) and is just as heroic. And, I agree with the man (I don't remember his name.) who was castigated for saying that being a pilot shot down in war does not necessarily qualify one to lead the country. Obama has a better sense of the needs of the common man in America. I hope people get that.

    August 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. jubz

    mccain should quit whining. we can go to e! if we want celebrity news; why doesnt he focus on the issues? waste of time ...

    August 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose, CA

    He tears Obama apart. Is that the kind of man we want for President of the United States? No wonder Obama remains ahead in the polls. And even so,the polls are missing many Obama supporters – the electronic, cell phone types.

    August 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Phillip

    This is what happens when someone with all the underhanded, dirty tactics of an experienced Republican politician slams up against a strong opponent who has run a flawless, inspiring campaign. They have nothing to use all their cheap shots on, so they begin to sound downright silly, attacking their opponent on...being popular? Since when is popularity a bad thing for a politician?

    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Paul

    This is absurd that he slams Obama for media attention. If you cater to a larger crowd, the liberals, with more ideas and plans, you will inevitably get more coverage. If you compare Obama and McCain side by side, you'll discover he has far more plans and ideas – even though it detracts from what he might achieve as president. Visit for a comparative analysis that justifies the media buzz response. At least circumstantially.

    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. 'Bama for Obama

    This is so old, McCain. Can't you think of something else. I guess that's all you got on Obama.

    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Chris Hussein, TX

    So was Ronald Reagan. So what's your point? Are you saying that because people like Barak, we shouldn't vote for him? I am not voting for you because you have no integrity, and you're a simpleton. You run your mouth too much and you probably can't even fight your way out of a paper bag. By the way, I am a veteran, and I couldn't disagree with you more on your support for veteran's initatives.

    You offer nothing new. My suggestion to you is...RETIRE. Go enjoy the heiress money, and your two retirement pensions. Take some time for you. How can we trust you to see our urgency when you don't face the issues we face. Regardless of what happens to the economy, you are set. So, drop your papers and get that retirement party scheduled. Hell, if you did, I'd come to it and cheer you on. You're not getting any younger ya' know.

    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. ryan

    McCain sounds like he is possessed and jealous of Obama.
    He is consumed with Obama popularity rather than issue that are affecting us as a Nation.
    I would like to know what Mr. McCain stood for.

    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Joseph Ramirez a.k.a. JOHN DOE

    DISCLAIMER!!! this comment is filled with rat feces just like a good comedy sketch. just like Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Just like CNN and just like you.

    This is the most shameful thing in itself. Shame on John McCain and SHAME ON YOU CNN!! Yesterday when the SOVIET attack happened all you could concentrate on was JOHN EDWARDS, otherwise known as bill clinton. But not really because Edwards made it a point the very same day everyone in the world found out he was a terrible person(aren't we all) he made it a point to show you cnn/foxnews/America and the 'liberal media' that it was full of bologna. excuse my bad grammar and spelling because this is not your ordinary youtube comment.

    BBC NEWS rotates their top story more than you do. When it was focused mainly on the 1200 lives lost, you could only focus on 'family values.'

    Have any of you seen the movie 'Zardoz' ??? Its a John Boorman Film, the same guy who did 'Deliverance,' with Angolina Joelee's father in it. Don't be obsessive over celebrity gossip for once, you sick and twisted individuals. But i read you guys everyday just like BBC.



    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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