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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    Hes right Obama is a blockbuster on Blue Ray...which makes McCain a B movie sent straight to Beta video collect dust ...

    Obama 08

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

    After Paris Hilton made a complete fool of the 'Wrinkled Old Guy' by speaking far better on the energy issue than McBush, in her video.
    I would have thought McSlow would have dropped the corny celebrity bit.

    August 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    No one wants to continue listening to mccann & his false accusations about Obama-why don't he just go somewhere and live out the rest of his life doing something constructive instead of being a "grandpa" out to be a president-for what-all his friends are old just look at them when they are surrounding him they all are old men,all of them,we need new and lively people to run this country-just because he was a prisoner of war for 5yrs -so that is telling me that for 5yrs he did not fight , so just for him being a prisoner of war and he was not the only POW so that donot make him a fit person to run this country-for 5yrs he was a POW & was out of the war to me they did him a favor to be a POW. He cannot talk,swippers his words-the old solider needs to give it up and go on home at the age of 72yrs,got health problems & all what will he have next? I am pretty sure no one was listening to him in his radio address-people are tired of looking & listening to him I know the people in D.C.are they just turn him off and that is a good thing. MCCANN is a crook and a lier only for himself and friends in high places-and those with money. All mccann can do now is throw stones, for his wife lied too she said Mccann was not going to go negative & attack his opponent , & look at what happened "MCCANN went there", if this man gets president we will doomed worst than bush could be or do-now u talking about a mess Mccann will have this country in a "hotter mess" can't Mccann just go away for he will be beat down with problems he cannot solve & his age is really going to slow him down because he will get older then forget more than he remembers now-but he doesn't write his speaches he just reads what someone else has written for him now that is a crock-can't even talk about the gas prices for stumbleling over his words-pitiful now who wants an old man like that I sure don't. & a lot more of us feels the same.

    August 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Dinah

    McCain is a great BS artist!

    August 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. T. Green

    I dont know why that little man has to keep bashing Obama on his status... John Mccain and his stubble little arms can TRY and take some notes

    August 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Jim Jones

    John McCain = George Bush = Cater to the super wealthy and right wing regligious nuts and screw the rest of us.

    This country cannot survive are third Bush presidency.

    August 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Dave

    Obama has plenty of substance.

    70% tax rates, reckless and inefficient healthcare spending, ignoring our generals...

    Well, it's certainly not the type of substance that Americans want.

    August 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Bibek

    I hate McCain and his dirty Politics....

    Enough is enough....

    Lets hear what you can do for America, not what Barack can't do! 🙂

    August 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. the us abolish century old clinton dynasty

    this old guy mccain has nothing to do, to say
    this old guy mccain is jealous
    this old guy mccain is old and is demential
    this old guy mccain needs to go home take viagra and take a nap
    this old guy mccain along with this old woman clinton are old news, old dynasties, old history, dark history

    August 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    McCain is a petty, jealous old man with a mean temper. He has no plans, and just promises that because he is old he holds the secrets to the universe – such as bringing peace to the Middle East, to win wars, and to fix our economy – he tells us no answers, just if he is elected he would do all of that. McCain has nothing to say unless he is talking about Obama – frankly, I think he is infatuated with him.

    August 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Chris

    McCain doesn't have to worry about content in his speeches because nobody's listening.

    August 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Bodo

    Senior citizen McCain does a nice job reading the speeches that are prepared for him by others, even though I wish he would not make it quite so obvious, like stopping in mid-sentence for the phrase to continue on the next page. But as he gets hopelessly befuddled as soon as he is asked a question, I wonder how he would to in an actual debate without crib sheets. I suppose they will have to find a way to provide him with answers.

    August 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Awele

    Does Macain have anything better to offer the American citizens? His personal attacks really are childish and offers no solutions to the Americans.

    August 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    Who Cares what McCain says. He's a proven liar.

    August 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Candice - TN

    Once again McCain is jealous that people like Obama. Jealous people aren't excited about his stupid ideas, flip-flopping to match his party, and negative politics. Green is not a good color dude.

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Xavier

    John McCain is the one short on content. He will lose come November, and lose badly.

    August 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    Let's see: Obama is addressing health care, the economy, energy prices and the Iraq disaster.

    McCain addresses ... exactly what?

    Get some rest, my friend. Or at least let us get some.

    August 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. SBAMA

    another patheric attack, when will this guy talk about his policies or lack there of....

    August 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Lev S.

    Does John McCain have anything to offer other than attacking his opponent for his charisma? I used to like the maverick, but now he is just a bitter old man.

    August 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. ChrisP

    Funny how even the Bush administration is instituting Obama's solutions and McCain still has his head in the sand. What are your answers to our current day problems McSame?

    August 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Steve

    John McCain is the biggest hypocrite there is. Sadly to say John McCain has become John McComplain. You know when attacks on character and using Britney Spears and Paris Hilton things are getting desperate. You know when you are losing when your message is lost. For a so-called maverick who promised a clean fight based solely on the issues John McCain certainly isn’t living up to his promises. That raises the question: If McCain can’t keep a simple promise like a clean fight, how do you expect him to keep the harder promises like not raising taxes or pushing for cleaner energy?

    Going negative is not going to help McCain at all, he is just showing how desperate he really is and that he has nothing else to offer. I could see the Republican National Committee going negative but McCain going negative clearly shows his desperation. The only thing that will help him is to start praying, not that he is going to be the next President, but that he will he healthy and not go Senile or get Dementia before 2016 when Obama leaves office.

    What were Republicans thinking picking McCain as the nominee out of all the choices they had. They are suppose to be about family values but McCain left his first wife and children for a woman young enough to be his daughter (Cindy McCain), he is almost 18 years older than Mrs. McCain. Also Mrs. McCain owns some of the largest beer distribution companies in the US, just more good republican family values I guess. Also with all the plastic surgery Mrs. McCain has had she would be a better candidate for Barbie than the first lady of the United Sates. What a great example to set for our young girls Mrs. McCain.

    August 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    Better a summer blockbuster than a McBush re-run.

    August 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |


    August 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Bandit

    McSame doesn't have anything to say. And if he did, who cares.

    August 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. OC

    I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. As we know, we have been misled and lied to and the country has taken a giant turn for the worse. This election is more than voting for Obama or McCain. This is about doing what is right. McCain does not act presidential. He lies and makes up ads that have no truth to them. He insults the intelligence of the American people. He has no guts to stand up for himself and his own principles but lets himself be guided by the same backroom mudslinging Washington politicians. Wake up America! I do not like liberal ideas and believe in less government, but we can not take another 4 years of a Republican president with the same large cast of administrators who will only continue the bankrupt policies of these last 8 years. Do not vote republican until they return to honest and decent principals worthy of our vote

    August 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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