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)
  1. Jack Kelly

    Does this guy really think junior high politics is going to earn him the presidency? What's next, calling Obama a 'doodie head'?

    Call me another swing voter for Obama, because John McCain's presented nothing new to the people other than that he can do the best flip-flops of any politician out there today.

    August 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. John

    Who does this guy think he's fooling?
    This garbage is like slamming Einstein for being a genius

    August 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Dan

    OBAMA is blockbuster and you are?Tired grumpy temperamental McSame.FYI Reagan was a celebrity and he did very well.

    By the way,stop the LIE's on your TV ADs, you are too old for all this foolishness! Straight talk my behind!

    The same lies and tactics and temperamental judgement that sent us to an un-necessary war with 4000+ deaths in your hands.

    Where is Cindy's Taxes.How come your transparency does not extend to that. Obama and wife, Bill and Wife have all released their taxes.

    No more pork, but u were renting out your family's private jet to youself and we were paying for it.Have you heard about conflict of interest?

    We are all tired of the BS.

    August 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Disguted

    This man is pathetic. Go home grandpa, your time has past.

    August 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |


    August 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. keesa from new orleans


    August 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Disgusted

    This man is pathetic. Go home grandpa, your time has past.

    I can't believe your contributors are taking this lying down. What a waste of their money!

    August 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Rich in Seattle

    Everything McCain says is short on content. Can he do anyting other than attack Obama. Is he obsessed with Obama or something? I have no idea where McCain stands on any issue now a days, he has flip-flopped on everything he ever believed in. Is he only talking about Obama to divert attention from the fact that he's sold out? McCain is a joke and I am ashamed I ever liked him. He's no better than Bush/Rove.

    August 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Lorenzo

    Stand up for the people that have had enough of this hickey faced idiot named McCain and have had enough of his games. This is the same idiot that claimed he would run a "clean" campaign. Guess this is the Republicans way of being clean! WHAT A JOKE!!!

    August 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. nate

    On the clip on NBC etc this am., When they asked MCain for a comment on Edwards, he looked like a cat on a hot tin roof and mumbled "no comment". Gee I wonder why...?

    August 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. RFO

    OK John we get your point, very blunt and shallow point.

    Now how about you, how about the issues you and GWB stand for??

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Sue

    Jealous much John?

    August 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Benjamin Wagner

    Is this the best the McCain campaign can come up with? Basicly, at least to me he is saying "I have no dirt to dig up on you and hopefully American ignorance will help me win."

    August 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Andy

    Could we ever hear McCain talk about anything else except being negative about Senator Obama. He doesn't answer questions, just sputters and says "no comment". He doesn't have an original thought about things that really matter, just criticize Obama. Personally, I turn him off because he is so negative. Makes it a no brainer for me to decide. And I live in Arizona and I'd like to say it is not a McCain state as far as I'm concerned.

    August 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. sefb

    haha! could mc Cain make it any easier for Obama?

    August 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. lil

    john mccain is a dirty nasty old man who sound like a bully on the play
    ground trying to provoke another another child into a fist fight because
    mccain is so jealous. But it wont work mccain Sen Obama is smarter than you he is not going to let you take his milk money and he not going to give you his seat and go to the back of the bus.

    August 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. lynn

    Obama has a great energy plan that does not tie itself to the oil industry but allows for alternate energy and clean coal etc like John McCain. But Obama actually wants to spend money to make it happen, unlike McCain and tax the oil companies so he can help regular folks with the cost of making the transition. McCain won't do that. He loves those oil companies. McCain reaped huge dollars and a big fundraiser from Hess Oil right before he switched on offshore drilling. And McCain had better come up with a plan to store the waste from those 45 nuclear power plants he wants to build. Yucca mountain isn't going to happen, so at least come up with a plan for the waste if you are going to promote that as a power source. It is McCain who is short on the details.

    August 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Leigh

    The only thing John McCain is in touch with is the super rich and
    the same old politics we've had with Geoge Bush for about 8
    years too long.

    August 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Beverley Allen, A Ccanadian Observer

    What's the point? McCain is getting pretty stupid, how can you attack someone because they are popular? Sounds like jelousy to me, yeah, McCain is pretty bitter over Obama's popularity. Good grief, it that what this has come down to!

    August 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Marie in California

    You've got it absolutely right, McCain! Obama is little more than a rockstar American Idol guy with a white toothy smile who just happens to speak very well when he's got a teleprompter (otherwise, without his script, he's pretty much "speechless"). And his fancy rhetoric is nothing more than "glittering generalities."

    No substance. No character. No judgment. No experience. No solid plans for our country. The ONLY thing Obama has going for him is his "celebrity" status....and that sure isn't enough to be a successful president!

    Was for it's McCain all the way!

    August 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Nonie Fox

    "Short on content." Is McCain really audacious enough to say that about Obama's speeches? Pathetic, Sen. McCain. I haven't heard anything more substantive from your speeches.
    Also – please stop with the chuckles and smirks when you refer to him. It's demeaning to you. You should have more sensitivity after the attacks on you by Bush, et al in South Carolina. "Dark skinned daughter." Does that ring a bell, Senator? Now you behave as if those very same people like you. Isn't this a flip-flop for you?

    August 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Frustrated American

    I hate McCain....

    August 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Chris

    "'But even the most stirring speeches are easily forgotten when they're short on content.' Then I guess your speeches must be short on content, Mr. McCain. Since I haven't forgotten one of Obama's speeches.

    August 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Charles Wong

    This is so ironic to me. McCain entire message against Obama is based on the idea that he is long on style and short on substance, and yet, I have not heard any substance from McCain. While Obama talks about energy plans, McCain releases silly ads about Obama's being "the one". You are the my friend who is keeping this debate shallow, not the gentlemen from Illinois.

    August 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Peter from Victoria BC

    This guy is a walking joke...say it enough times and the "sheep" will believe it. I hope that the American people have learned from the 2004 swiftboaters succes in destroying a viable candidate with lies, fear and inunendo. Just incredible!!?!

    August 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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