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. Eric Cooper

    Well,what else do you say when your down and out? I think that this is more proof that McCain knows that he's finished, it's over!

    August 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Jacob S, NJ

    So the man born to an admiral, remarried to a beer heiress worth over a hundred million dollars, proud owner (supposedly) of eight or nine houses, who flies in his wife's private jet and whose main claim to fame is the story of being a PoW for a couple years in Vietnam is calling the guy who was raised by a single parent and born into very modest means a celebrity?

    Obama's claim to fame comes from nothing more than his hard work and skill as an orator, politician, and intellectual in general. McCain's comes from who his dad was and being held prisoner for a few years.

    If one of these two men can be called a celebrity or elitist, Obama is not it.

    August 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Peter M

    McCain is a demented, creepy old man. He offers nothing and can hardly remember what he just said a few minutes ago. Someone needs to put him in a retirement home.

    August 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. al landers

    wasnt mcsame guilty of infidelity himself marrying his mistress?

    August 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Epithets are juvenile. Aren't there issues anymore? or is the fact of limited dialogues on pertinent topics telling us something in itself?

    August 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Vdr Esq., District of Columbia

    Wow, who ever heard of running a campaign on attacking your opponents popularity? Like, how does that go? "Hey, you're bad for the country because people like you more!" Republican policies are a failure at every level and have driven this country into the ground, the democratic opponent could be pink with a tail and still beat the Republicans. People are broke, afraid to buy toys, afraid to buy food, unable to afford as much food, can't buy gas, can't get mortgages refinanced or move, unemployment is rising, our national debt is out of control and the global bad guys are having a hey day because we're bogged down in two wars that are only marginally related to terrorism, immigration is out of control and medical coverage costs are through the roof. Highest unsolved murder, robbery and rape rates in our history and the government is spending billions hunting marijuana and its users, filling our prisons with non-violent criminals. And yet McCain wants to talk about how popular Obama is . . .

    August 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. An Independent Voter

    And what content does McCain have? Please stop printing his lies. Everytime you print this rhetoric, some uninformed voter thinks it is true. It would be nice if you focus on the issues. That is were the substance and the differences betrween the candidates is found. Just because McCain says something does not mean you had to repeat it. People are counting on you to give them information they can use to make thier very important decision about who should be our next president. Please do not continue to let them down.

    August 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Larry/TX

    I don't think I've ever seen a contest of any kind where an opponent tries to belittle his foe by decrying how "appealing the other candidate is. This tactic is aimed at one the most basic and unreliable aspects of human reasoning...."if something seems to be good to be true"...then reject it. I guess along these lines, we would reject Mother Teresa...because lord knows no-one could be that pure. Let's just over-look all the good she has done in the world...because it's just a matter of time before she shows her true colors. Listen, the fact of the matter is hat a few people, thank the lord, who genuinely feel a calling to do good for soceity. Hopefully these kind of peole are sufficiently skillful in the execution of their ideas to pull it off. I reject the notion that politics is so screwed up, that no-one can really change things.

    August 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Ed Ward

    Give it a break, John.

    Your botched link to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton shows us how desperate your campaign has become.

    And the gas tax holiday you propose? Try selling it at a carnival side show. It won't work here.

    August 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Michael

    As a republican I find this new theme disgusting and is even further alienating me from John McCain. How about focusing on policy instead of attacking Obama. I find this new theme to have a feel of jealousy and his new campaign ads subtly linking Obama to being the antichrist is so appalling that I fail to have words.

    I personally cannot stand the pseudo-patriarchal right wing judeo-christian ideological fanatacism that has controlled the party and this campaign and McCain's obvious cowing to that fringe element has lost my vote. I don't want Barack as President but I want "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" and Obama is like Paris Hilton even less.

    On a corollary side-note, I find it laughable that offshore drilling is being used as a campaign issue while real potential energy independence is being ignored like through shale development in Colorado and Minnesota while alternative energy is being persued. Sigh ...

    August 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. s

    McBush in a word: pathetic. Here we are in tough economic times, mired in a bogus war, and losing credibility around the world due to
    condoned torture, etc. And all the Repubs can come up with is comparing Obama to Paris Hilton. Pathetic.

    August 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. PUMA 4 HILL

    That about says it all... doesn't it?

    And PUMA agrees... the far left made a mistake, or should I say, are happy they were able to select 'the one' that will be their puppet.

    August 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. kevin

    mccain has a hard time understanding or is he in denial; that the world leaders of the past has left a sour taste to people, on the world stage. it to me is viewed as the exact copy of the roman empire. going around imposing their way of gov't rule on other countrys. which some agendas are good and some are self serving and BAD. ie; the oil war going on in the middle east and such. people of the world are tired of the bully tactics of the US do it my way or your an emeny of the state. now tell this to russia and china who the united states saved and recused from total collapse. only to have globalization and how getting the MONEY is the rule. REMEMBER WHEN IF YOU brought a foreign car you were black-balled in the 70's. now thats out the window GREED is the order of the day. its called CHANGE now the people of the world want to see someone pf a different hue of color step up to the plate mccain. quit stooping to the low end of the campaign tactics. and by the way MOSES was black.

    August 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. BH

    A weekly radio address, just like the president? So, who is being presumptuous now?

    McCain keeps resorting to negative, personal attacks that are immature and meaningless. Obama goes after McCain on the issues.

    Clearly, this is all McCain has. It is truly pathetic.

    August 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Ricky

    McCain just doesn’t get, America got tricked on the negative ads of Carl Rove during Bush’s 2nd term and America is tired it. We live in the information age were its a lot easier to get the facts and McCain is running a 2004 Campaign, its 2008 and I for one would rather have some one that can unite people from all walks of life just by the sound of his voice and POSATIVE talk, then “SURGE” SURGE” SURGE” “DRILL” DRILL” DRILL” “ATTACK” ATTACK” Attack” my way or no way…America needs a face lift, grow up old white haired dude get positive!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. william Spivey

    Big McSame you are a lucky man. You have Cindy to push your wheelchair. Who pushes your brain?

    August 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Martin


    Get over it. You're old news. "Pun Intended"

    Obama 08, 12

    August 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Peachy Keen

    While you may be used to things being short on content, i.e. your wife's intelligence or your own speeches, fortunately Obama's speech's do not suffer this malady.

    We look forward to the democratic convention.

    August 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Sarge in Florida

    McShame you are a disgrace to our country with your fowl mouth and thoughts. I can't see you as the next president of this country. You are so jealous of Obama that it is sickening to hear your voice. You have no plans to get this country back on track. Your camp does nothing but slam Obama. No wonder Cindy has to drink so much beer, because if i had to be around you I would be drunk all the time. Maybe she should smack the crap out of you and your pea-brain might start working again. I think Cindy should start the SURGE right now with you. Go to your rocking chair old man!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. joe

    mc cain is out touch wih american peoples, he does not have no ideas how to deal with our problem,remember one thing republican party destroy america and looth all america wealth.

    August 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. AMAforObama

    The green eyed monster just won't go away........jealousy in not befitting a presidential candidate.

    August 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. McEnvy

    GREEN IS NOT YOUR COLOR... MR. MCCAIN. Are you serious? It is so obvious to Americans that you are at priviledged candidate, the wealthy candidate, the candidate who wants to be a star (SNL). You are so jealous and you are behaving like a jealous little boy.

    August 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. judy, Wisconsin

    I can't believe the gall of this man and the gullible supporters of this man. Both Reagan and Swartenneger are real celebrities but because they are Repugs, they are great. Since when is being liked and respected a BAD thing in a world leader. He complains about substance from Obama-what the heck plans and ideas has he offered? This old man is so green with envy that a man like Obama could be the greatest leader of our time, he can't stand it.

    August 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Erdy

    I will vote for Mc Cain, he is a great person not a criminal actor like this Osama Binladen, Funny name, cant be trusted, specially in this dificult times of crisis. We need a Matured person like Mc Cain. A veteran that can be trusted. Vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mc Cain.

    August 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Marty

    In the Republican playbook, you take the strength of your opponent and turn it into a weakness. With Al Gore, it was cutting edge policy wonk = intellectual snob. For John Kerry, military hero = military fraud.

    Now it’s Barack Obama’s turn. Extraordinarily popular public figure with exceptional oratory skills = extraordinarily popular public figure with exceptional oratory skills. Huh?

    The more we see of John McCain, the more he looks like a complete goofball. All he can do is talk about Barack Obama, with increasingly desperate undertones of jealousy. “OK, sure, he’s good, but so?”

    What about you, John. What do you offer? Oh, that’s right, “drill here, drill now” – an obnoxious exercise in pandering to the majority of Americans, who don’t yet understand that off-shore drilling doesn’t offer any immediate relief to soaring oil prices, that, at best, such drilling will impact gas prices by only a few cents in about ten years, that such drilling comes at a potentially enormous cost to the environment, and that the only persons who will benefit from it will be the oil companies. Yep, one last gigantic handout from the unprincipled thugs who have controlled the executive branch over the last seven and a half years and driven this country to the brink of economic disaster.

    As the voting public becomes aware of what a fraud the off-shore drilling proposal is, the more John McCain will be exposed for the fraud he is.

    August 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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