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. bobby

    mccain has got to stop with all these silly celebrity comment.i always thought mccain was going to be the older person in this election and act like a smart elderly person.but i guess i was wrong.these comments just make me continue to lose respect for him.i think we need a president who does not act like a kid.

    August 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. mango123

    I think McCain is hoping Obama will tab him as his choice for VP. There is nothing about the old dude that says front runner. Old and tired is as old and tired does and says.

    August 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Desdemondo

    Is Mc Same-Bush not able to come up with something more constructive and relevant to the many pressing issues facing Americans?

    Who the hell cares whether or not Sen. Obama is a celebrity? Good for him.

    My concern centers around issues such as health care, education, energy costs and the unnecessary and expensive war in Iraq.

    If Mc Same-Bush can not address these issues in a responsible and constructive manner, he had better zip his trap and stop being an irritant like a pebble in a shoe.

    August 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. tai

    he gets more and more pathetic as days go by

    August 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Wells

    If Obama is a blockbuster, he is The Dark Knight. Sure the movie is popular,action packed, and all-around awesome, but it also has a great plot and fantastic acting–it has substance.

    August 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Democrat for John McCain

    Obama is a fraud. John Edwards also came out with his confession. This is what today's democratic party is. Nancy Pelosi is enjoying San Francisco with gay parade and freedom for all. American people know what it is and they will have a choice this November. They are taking advantage of partisan media but it is with us to throw them out. National Enquirer was after John Edwards sine 2006 but the major media including CNN never mentioned a word of it. Suddenly when the cat was out of the bag, CNN and others spent whole time last evening on this hot topic.

    August 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Floridian

    Is it just me or is this line of attack getting very old. It makes McCain look like a persistant whiner.

    August 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Connie

    It took one day to sell out the football stadium for Obama's speech, I am guessing that the McSenile campaign can't give there's away.I am sure that if McSeniles memory was what it use to be he could come up with several pretty good speech's like Lincoln, Kennedy and Dr.King, but to him maybe they were empty also. Fight on Obama 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. keith

    What makes John McCain think that his speeches are more substance based than Barack Obama's speeches ? They are both trying to sell themselves to the public for the presidential vote, we all use words to express ourselves... we have no way of looking into the future to see whether or not John McCain's words are to be gospel no more than we can with Barack Obama, so John McCain needs to get off of that soap box.

    And furthermore, this propaganda about the experience that John McCain and all those who seem to protect John McCain including the media boast, needs to look at the 20 to 25 years of government service he's already fulfilled... what did he do during all those years of "experience" to address global warming, dependency on foreign oil, foreign diplomacy, the deterioration of our American infrastructure, our medical insurance disaster, and our crumbling economy... just to mention a few. I don't see where experience has made a difference in our country's prosperity. And for that matter, where has experience played a progressive role throughout history in the presidential seat ?

    The John McCain campaign suffers from Obama Mania ! Which is jealousy, anger, lost entitlement, and old age. At some point people need to grow up and realize that his so-called heroic patriotism days as a POW are decades behind him and he is no longer the so-called "maverich" which was even questionable in his prime. Obama wants to see a better America just as John McCain wants to see a better America. Only Obama's message has more eloquence and inspiration than John McCain's. Similar message's from both candidates, but different delivery. The message is clear to all American's. I guess if you can't trash the message, you might as well trash the messenger.

    August 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. mike gargiulo

    pathetic and desperate as usual for McCain. Lots of time spent on this crap, and little on specifics around his plan to fix the mess his party has put the country in. typical and sad.

    August 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Paul

    For all you Obama zealots out there, please provide some shread of intelligence in your posts. I get sick of the McSame comments. Most of you are college kids who has been influenced by your liberal loving professors. It's unfortunate that some of those professors have such an influence on young people. It's only later in life do you realize that those professors are just as ignorant as everybody else. I know because it happened to me when I was in school. Keep an open mind and watch the debates with an open mind. I think you'll be surprised at what you see.

    August 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. dollorbil

    Old news lets move along to the next one.

    August 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Nicole

    McCain needs to stop these negative attacks- the are annoying. Why not talk about the facts?

    August 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Oma

    Mr. McCain should worry more about his own campaing and his own programs, so far all we hear from him is what's wrong with Obama.

    August 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Jim Stutzman

    This does call into question the "Fair Reporting" that CNN and other networks supposedly adhear to. It is anything BUT "FAIR REPORTING" with the scew towards Obama. "The Savior of America". Very one sided editorializing at best, Liberal media control at it's worst. No, I don't like McCain either. They both flip and flop more than a hooked fish on my line.

    August 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Wanda

    McCain is running scared. And as usual the G.O.P. is taking the strength of their opponent and trying to make it a weakness. They are the champions of dirty politics.

    August 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Vivian

    McCain's Campaign is pathetic and out of step with the times. Grow up and get with it. "McShame" suits him well.

    August 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Mike K

    The average American voter will get all their information about the candidates from what they see on television. Right now, all I see about John McCain is how much of a "Celebrity" he thinks Obama is. I see him handing out tire guages to mock Obama. I hear him claim Obama doesn't have enough experience in politics. I even see him claiming Obama is "The One", comparing him to Moses. We barely hear anything about HIS views. His energy policies are the same as the Bush Administration. His view on the Iraq war is the same as Bush's, too. He talks about Obama's speeches being "short on content", but at least they have ORIGINAL content and don't follow the policies of a FAILED REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION. The bottom line is, if you are happy with the way things are (and I don't think anyone is) then feel free to vote for John McCain. If you want TRUE CHANGES then the only choice is to vote for Barack Obama.

    August 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Dave near Buffalo, NY

    Holding down the showmanship is something both candidates and their eventual running mates should focus on, however since it substitutes for committment, leadership and knowledge, don't expect much from any of them. It's a sad state of affairs when the people running for such high office have to engage in theatrics while most of us have to work hard to keep our financial boats afloat.

    August 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Mark G

    Please give it up McCain. No one wants to hear it. It is tired, old and if you have nothing better to are desperately in trouble.

    August 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Rob

    Now we see why they called him "McPunk" even in high school.

    August 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Paula M.

    McCain continues to stomp on Obama regarding Obama's popularity and so called "celebrity." He appears to be so jealous he cannot stop himself from saying hateful things about Obama. McCain needs to stay on message on the important issues instead of slamming Obama. Negativity does not become him. I used to admire McCain for his independence. He is not independent anyone. He is tied to Bush on most the issues.

    August 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Lawrence Moses

    Better to vote for a so -called celebrity who at least inspires us that we can believe in change than to vote for an over the hill old man who stumbles when he speaks and needs his campaign to dictate his every move.

    August 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. wow

    what the heck is wrong with this guy? if i didn't know any better, i would think he has a huge crush on Obama lol! all he can do is talk about about focus on what you are planning to do with this country, huh Mccain?? Gosh is he ever annoying..

    August 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. christoph

    if mcCain gets elected, i'm leaving the planet!

    August 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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