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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soundoff (942 Responses)

    which blockbuster is he referring to ....the Dark Knight that saves Gotham...with McCain playing the part of the "Joker"

    August 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. paul j hamel

    Senator McCain may try to reduce Senator Obama as a "blockbuster";
    However, Barack is a world "blockbuster"' in many eyes of the citizens of the Plant Earth.

    August 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Sue

    McCain sure comes across as jealous these days.

    August 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. JJ

    Who cares what the old man says?

    August 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Stan

    With those remarks McCain has shown he can not put forth anything but noise. Where are McCain's platform, policy, or new ideas. Seems like all that the Republicans can do is attack the other guy.

    After 71/2 years they need to get a life and new ideas. We've seen Swift Boats and attacks and that is all they have. Senseless.

    August 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. jFA

    On the demented claims that "The One" is 'the antichrist':

    One chain e-mail claims that the Antichrist was prophesied to be "A man in his 40s of MUSLIM descent," which would indeed sound ominous if not for the fact that the Book of Revelation was written at least 400 years before the birth of Islam.

    August 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. tammy

    stupid. lets discuss issues.

    August 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. CLUC


    August 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. jFA

    On the demented claim that "The One" is 'the antichrist':

    One chain e-mail claims that the Antichrist was prophesied to be "A man in his 40s of MUSLIM descent," which would indeed sound ominous if not for the fact that the Book of Revelation was written at least 400 years before the birth of Islam.

    August 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Matt in San Antonio, TX

    The fact that John McCain and his campaign have to attack Obama for his "celebrity" status shows that they don't have much to offer. If Senator McCain has good ideas that will move the nation forward, let him communicate those. All I've heard so far is lower taxes– despite record deficits -and stronger defense (we already spend over half a trillion a year). Those ideas sound a lot like a continuation of the Bush Administration. We all know how that's gone. One very prominent Republican once asked "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?" I'd like to add to that...'Are you better off than you were four or eight years ago?' If so, vote for more of the same. If not, let's not take another step down the wrong road.

    August 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. An American

    Only in your head McCain, only in your head. He is just like us, it's how you choose to perceive him that makes you think this. That "my friend" is the problem.

    August 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. linda

    No one wants to continue to hear what Mccann nasty attacks are-this is the only way he thinks he can win-for he has forgotten"what goes around comes around-this is a 72yr old great grand dad" who is suppose to be enjoying his life-instead he is trying to be someone's president, this man is hallarious to himself,if he gets president we all will be in world war again-he was a Pow for 5ys so he lost 5yrs of his captivity so what makes anyone thinks he is fit for President-just because he was a POW- not enough experience,for he was out of the war for these many yrs. he has health problems and at this age-he is surely to get alzheimers sooner than later-just step aside "PAPA" and let the younger generation give it a shot-your days are over-just go and collect your S.S. and live out the rest of your life-stop being negative since it was your wife who he has called "a CONT" ) said you would not go negative so she lied also-what is next for the old man, & all of his old counter parts-have you noticed what all of his friends are old men-all around him is old or older men, & he has the nerve to go celebrity on someone- will he remember anything later on, for he just can remember now-so what will he remember in 8yrs, for his mind will not last that long.

    August 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Max

    McCain: "Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama this & Obama that!

    I think John McCain is proving day by day that he is still a representative of the 'OLD STUTUS QUO' which has been dominating washington over the last five(5) decades without getting much done.

    This clearly reflects in the methodology & logic of his 'Old Style' campaign, in which the 'Angry Campaigner' like his hand in glove buddy George W.Bush Jr.

    They both arrogantly & angrily attack their opponents instead od addressing the real issues & how they will bring solutions for American families.

    My advice to John McCain 'The Maverick No More' is that he stops whining about Obama and his great judgement, achievement and progress and start 'talking straight' once more about issues.

    John McCain's campaign is all about 'Obama this & Obama that' What about 'McCain this & McCain that'?

    August 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    You're a very little man, John McCain. In every sense of the word.

    Grow up. Get off the low road, or go down on the low road. People HATE your constant belittling jabber.

    August 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Steven in CA

    It's really tough to watch someone who has garnered so much respect run a campaign that is unfocused, negative, and disrespectful. All I can hope for is an election that isn't based on fear. In their personal lives, Americans are courageous, level-headed people. Why is it that Republicans always win by campaigning to our fears, our worst selves?

    August 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Josie WA

    And what does McBush think about Ronald Regan actually being a celeb/movie star?

    August 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Eddie

    If Obama is a blockbuster, McCain is a bomb (think Ishtar). After talking about running a respectable campaign, that old man just can't help himself from taking cheap shots at his opponent with little substance behind his statements. He's adopted Rove's playbook in a desperate attempt to win in what is most likely is his last chance at a presidency.

    August 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. BlueDog Dem

    Yeah, I guess after 8 years of George Bush it would be intolerable for America to have a President they genuinely admired and held up as an agent of change who reflects their long surpressed desires for this country like honor, truthfulness, character and intelligence. My goodness...who could stand that?

    The Republicans are already desperately trying to tear Barack down in order to have a chance in won't work...America is absolutely tired of the politics of destruction practiced with such dexterity as Bush/Rove and now, McCain.

    If you can honestly say that you and our country are better off today than eight years ago...cast your vote for McCain...he will lose by a landslide....

    August 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Chris Kaiser Omaha, Nebraska

    I am of the opinion that they should really start getting further into the topics of debate. Like the future of our planet. I am slightly biased because I do not trust McCain, but one thing is for sure: It IS a good idea to inflate your tires and the buildup of all those little things is why roughly 5% of the world's population (us) consumes roughly 25% of the world's resources. Yikes.

    August 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Sean Dunn

    Is it possible that the litany of issues facing this country is going south for John McCain, so these pathetic “swift-lebrity” attacks are all he has for the fall? Say it ain’t so, John. Please tell us the Maverick isn’t down to shooting spit balls.

    What happened to the serious debate? What happened to substance? Barack Obama needs to stay above the fray – and find himself a VP who will beat the heck out of this nonsense.

    August 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. aware

    Politically McCain is Mr. Clean! 🙂

    But, Obama is Mr. Machine (the end justifies the means). Obama's problem of pleasing those who have the power to make or break him to advance his career is his inability to get off the wrong track train!

    Jut think about it! Obama's excessive, expensive government programs would put America in the poor house while it killed business and personal incentive. 🙁

    August 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. J. Weidenbach

    Senator McCain has lost my respect. Instead of presenting specific instead of vague plans for real issues, he spends most of his time being a denigrator to his opponant. He's selling a poor package. These are not leadership qualities, nor are they noble or diplomatic.

    August 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Lee

    It is desperate, sad and mostly Ironic that John McCain is slamming Obama for being "short on content". McCain, the man who formerly and correctly I think, touted his experience, is resorting to cheap shots rather than sticking to the issues that matter to most Americans. Would he call this campaign tactic "content"?

    August 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Cathy

    Ahh, I'm so sick of McCain harping on this. Yes, I agree but GEEZE doesn't McCain have anything else to talk about? Let's hear more about McCain's platforms and plans and less about his take on Obama's status. McCain- move on. Your voters aren't going to vote for you just because you don't like Obama....let's hear what you have to say about how you'll help our country.

    August 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |


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