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. Karen-phoenix

    Your time has come and gone old wrinkled man!!! I'm in my 60's and can say that. McCain, you are sooo jeleous that you have lost the lime light and TIME MARCHES ON! Out with the old and with the very new, educated, smart and such great judgement. We sooo need to pick a young intellegent president this time! Go Obama !!!!!

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Jeffrey, CO

    Short on content? Has this guy put forth even one of his own ideas? Get Younger!

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Who Care

    MCcain take a week off watch some TV. You are turning the pulic off with your attacks. Talke about what changes you are going to bring about, I have no idea what you stand for beisde war and green eye monster. Do you have a man crush on Obama?

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. David

    Maybe if John McCain keeps drilling, he'll find some integrity. These days, there isn't much that is rarer than that in the Republican party.

    August 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Don

    Obviously the backlash over all the attack ads and general negativity has gotten to the McCain campaign. So now they write a speech where he says 'I say 'yes'" a bunch of times.

    Does anybody else think this guy reminds them of Howdy Doody? Somebody jerks on the strings and his arms flap up and down, his head bobs, his mouth moves, and a voiceover reads the latest script.

    August 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. theo

    I am a support of both Obama and McCain equally, so my vote in November will be a careful one. I would like McCain to talk more about what he is going to do for the country versus the republicans trying to make Obama look weak and un-informed. Mr. McCain has the promise of good times, but we can't predict future events. But with that being said, I feel in my heart of hearts that if McCain is elected to be president, we will be in another war with IRAN. I felt that from the first day President Bush was elected. The republicans measure their credentials by war. On Mr. Obama (notice I show respect more than the republicans by saying Mr.), he does need to state a more forceful stand against countries who want to do us harm. He needs to state to the world that America is yor friend, but don't expect to kick sand in our face and we just lay their and laugh. The eagle flys high because we stand together. We will never stand divided regardless of the political party we are in. Ameria stands for freedom, but we should never try to force feedom on a country. Its much like religion. You come by choice, not by force...

    August 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Fj

    When you don't have any ideas you then attack. So much for "straight talk." I am now completely turned off by McSame.

    August 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. In Houston

    Why doesn't Mc Cain ever have anything singular to say about himself or his policies? Everyone's had enough of Obama in the media, that's why I'm glad he's on vacation. Mc Cain is whining about the same problem he's creating with his ads and these statement. Mc Cain should stick to issues and stop feeling sorry for himself.

    August 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. bob

    Obama is nothing but an empty shirt socialist that wants to raise YOUR taxes.

    August 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Paul

    Nice headline Obama loving network. Seriously, how about a factual headline every now and then. McCain was ripping on media's love affair with Obama. There's no substance with Obama, just segments. We live in a now society, so I guess it's a good strategy.

    Oh well, once the debates start, we'll see what everyone thinks once he has to show some substance.


    August 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Bobby

    Thanks for hyping up the DNC McCain. You could have used your weekly address to talk about issues like Obama did, but instead you used it to talk about Obama.

    McCain is no leader. He's a jealous old man with no ideas.

    August 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Desmond Sequeira

    Mr. McCain, with every word you utter now you demonstrate a huge inferiority complex – not the way to impress anyone. looks like you really want OBAMA o win by a landslide.
    The only one who is short on content is you. I am sorry to say this.
    If the USA does not elect OBAMA, it loses big time!

    August 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. prairieguy

    You're just disappointed you can't speak like him or draw the large crowds he can...might as well have your convention in a neighborhood tavern...get them drunk and they might actually cheer your stumble filled speech.

    You have become a pathetic man since 2000!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Robert W. Getz

    One has to wonder why Mr. McCain is in such a rush to destroy what is left of his career. Why on earth would anyone want to leave the political stage with this as the image History will remember?

    True, Mr. Obama isn't rubbing elbows with drunken rednecks at topless beauty contests while the media turns its head;

    True, Mr. Obama isn't running campaign ads comparing his opponent to The Brothers Grimm, Ish Kabibble and Spongebob Squarepants;

    True, Mr. Obama has a terrible habit of inspiring audiences to believe that America can once again be the place we remember, a country that holds itself to the highest standards of ethical behavior in keeping with the belief that we are expected to set an example;

    True, Mr. Obama isn't a transparent shill for oil companies, nor is he (along with his campaign manager) responsible for the impending loss of some 8,300 jobs in Ohio;

    True, Mr. Obama isn't adept at handling out joke shop tire gauges;

    And neither is he so desperate to win an election that he is willing to sacrifice everything, his good name, his reputation, his honesty, and his legacy included;

    But even with all of these admitted faults:

    I think I'll give him a try anyway.


    August 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. King

    Is it just me, I really think senator John McCain is scared of senator Obama; I don't think taking antibiotic before any infection is advisable and a say this as a medical student. In my opinion senator J. McCain is trying to avoid or prevent Obama from making a great performance once again. However, the political danger I see is that he is over talking about senator Obama instead of focusing on the vision he has for the country.

    August 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Carmelo La writer

    There is no 'celebrity' more out of touch with the real world than John McCain....and when I say celebrity I am meaning he's really no more than a D-Lister.

    August 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Elizabeth, MInnesota

    The argument is insulting to Obama and all Americans – MORE Americans who are voting for Obama than McCain. It is insulting because it implies nobody has listened to Obama. I can tell you every single thing he believes and it is a *LOT* more nuanced, sophisticated, and has more expert-endorsement than McCain.

    August 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Kenton

    Maybe McCain can drill offshore for a personality.

    August 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. WORD UP!

    McCain is losing his mind! This man will do anything to become the next president of the USA. Obama is more than a celebrity; he has become the symbol of the movement. Black America lost King in 1968 but God has sent us Obama! The rise of the civil rights movement has become Obama's strength and McCain can't stop this growing trend. Our time has finally come.

    August 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Jon Allen

    I love the celebrity angle, because it hits the nail on the head. Indeed Barack is a well spoken, attractive guy. But he is like Paris Hilton in that he hasn't really done anything. He has very little experience. He's done nothing that indicates to me that I could trust in the world's most powerful position. Say no to Obama.

    August 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. chas alabama

    McCain is desperate, WHERE IS YOUR FLAG PIN? Gues he can't find a red one with a star in the center.

    August 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. ex republican

    this is coming from a guy who left his first wife for a new "celeb" wife? i think mcCANE is more like brittney and paris than Obama.....

    mcCANE CHEATED on his first wife!!! hit him with that!!!

    August 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. fat john


    August 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Phyllis/ PA

    Hillary or McCain. Both have experience which Obama totally lacks. He has potential but now is not his time.

    August 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Tyrone and Yolanda

    Obama, has a secret agenda and the brothers know that and he will increase immigration so much, that we will control the White House for ever,

    Change radical change my friends.

    August 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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