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. gorefan

    McCain's ads are going to backfire on him. Especially the ad with subliminally suggestions that Obama maybe the antichrist. Much of the Republican base is made up of evangelical christians and if they believe that Obama is in fact the antichrist, would be duty bound to vote for him. After all, it is God's will (as written in the bible) that the antichrist comes to power to bring about the second coming of Christ. No antichrist, no second coming. Which christain preacher is going to tell his flock to not help bring about return of Christ. And since they believe in the Rature, they'll all be gone anyway, so why not vote for Obama.

    August 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Zago

    It looks like sen McCain is very angry. He can not express the shortest sentence whatsoever without a sheet of paper. His memory is in decline. He can not propose anything that'd make him a better president but to criticize sen Obama. All his campaign is about what Sen Obama is wrong but never why Sen McCain is an alternative. At the end of the day, we wonder whether there will be real people to seat around the bridge with AN ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED GUY.

    August 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Colin

    McCain needs to realize that this angle is getting old. He still has not come up with a reason why Obama's policies won't work. He makes fun of Obama, he makes fun of his policies, yet can never give us a reason why Obama is wrong. Instaed he is trying to distract us by telling us we'er following a celebrity. Seriously, he is treating us like children. What he is say in his ads is that we are not following Obama because he has good policies, but because we don't really know whats best for us so we follow somwonw blindly like sheep. I had alot of respect for McCain but it is waning. Treating the american people like idiots is not the answer.

    August 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Ecomcon

    McCain’s pathetic behavior continues to expose him for the person he really is, a petty and angry little man.

    August 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Erdy

    We need a Hero and not a Celebrity, so lets vote for Mc Cain. A veteran, he will give his life for his country. He's the kind of President we need in this times of crisis. Fellow American, please open your eyes, Vote for someone that can be trusted, VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mc Cain.

    August 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Barack

    McCain is a retard.

    August 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. toni

    I have to say I loved his new ad. When they showed moses parting the seas I couldnt stop laughing. It was funny. But Obama has done this to himself. Obama has a whole different voice when he talks in front of a crowd. Oprah did the same thing when she was with him at that stadium. They both spoke like they were giving a sermon, not a speech. The fluctuations in his and her voices, the long drawls at the end of each sentence. Seriously watch some video. Its kinda commical. But that turned me off to Obama from the very begining. He is a phoney. and Oprah has never voted in her life, suddenly shes backing a candidate. The whole thing is distastful to me. He acts like he IS the mesiah and like he can do no wrong. He has flip flopped and angered alot of Dems, myself included. To the point I have become an independent. What they have done to Hilary Clinton the DNC is disgraceful. The all need to be voted out. Pelosi all of them. But my suggestion is that Hilary supporters should remain committed to voting for her. Why should we vote for a candidate we dont like. There should be more choice. So I intend to vote for her

    August 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. BP

    The jealousy is high with this one called McCain.

    August 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. John Elliot



    August 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Janet

    Yawn. Another McCain ad toting Obama's "celebrity". Ho hum.

    I can't wait until the actual debates. Hey McCain, think you can remember that Sunni and Shiite are different factions by then, or will you have Joe Liberman at your right shoulder to correct your misstatements?

    August 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. andrew s. rostolder

    obama is a block buster and you are a lack luster.......

    August 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Brandy

    John McCain is mentally ill. And anyone who backs him still is wacky. Has this guy ever had anything positive to say? How about, where does he stand on issues and what are his solutions? What does he have to offer that would be better than Obama? Nothing really. And I would never vote for a republican. I cannot believe that there are adults out there who like this guy for his grade school tactics

    August 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Double Jay

    Johnny Mc is sounding more and more like a bitter old man by the day.

    August 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Garth

    Maybe we need a President who inspires people to do things rather than tells us. Barack Obama is a leader and an inspiration to all of us. John McCain is a grouchy bitter old man who is like a near retirement high school teacher who just wants us to sit down and listen to his drivel and not make waves. You act like you don't want to be here either. John, I want to make waves and do things for this country. I am developing a new pride in our country that Bush took away from me. And now that I have this growing, you can't take it away with all your snide little comments.

    August 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Observer

    McCain's jealousy is obvious. He's incapabe of creating a positive, hopeful vision like Obama can, and it's tearing him up. So instead he's going to stomp around the playground and try to get all the other kids to hate Obama. Yep, I remember what is was like to be 10 years old.

    August 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Cyndi

    Pittiful. Is that the best the McCain campaign can do to criticise Obama? Shouldn't they be focused on more substantial issues? I have to give Obama credit for focusing on the issues that are important to Americans such as the economy, gas prices, the real estate market slump, inflation, etc.

    August 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Tom

    Looks like McCain is increasingly envious of Obama's ability to connect. First he derides big crowds while secretly craving for one and ends up with a bunch of bikers whose main hobby is denigrating women.

    August 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. who 2 vote 4???

    Yawn! Tell us what you're going to Senator McCain? Obviously Obama must be doing something right if this is the best McCain has!

    August 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Its funny how McCain is the authority on how someone is out of touch.

    With his 8 houses, $520 pairs of shoes, and having always been covered by Governmental health care, can we ask who is out of touch for real??

    August 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. DR. YES

    if obama is such a 'celeb',why are the polls so close?mccain is obviously not a 'celeb',and yet he is still doing well in the,my question is,why attack someone over and over for something that is not having a real effect on the race?is it just for the sake of attacking and demeaning someone for something he cant control and shouldnt have to?i think the mccain campaign needs to hire some new advisors who are capable of thinking in new ways.they cant play the same old games and expect to win.

    August 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |


    August 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Realist

    All the complaining McCain does about Obama getting airtime is fruitless, now. If McCain, for once, talked about some of his own ideas or plans instead of bashing Obama over and over again, there would be a slight drop-off in Obama coverage.

    Sheesh...the sad part is that people will see this story, and then the argument will begin anew.

    August 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Dee

    Brevity and directness, well if Mr. Mcain would follow his own advise more maybe we would actually know where he stands. Same can be said for Obama but to a lesser degree at least we've been hearing more his actual plans than Brittany Spears.

    August 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Charles Ordoqui

    McCain is going to lose soooo bad. He's too old. Too Yesterday! Vote Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Brian G Iwakiri

    Hey John, why don't you talk about stuff that matters?

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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