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. Buckhorn

    To bad this sad old man has nothing new to add. He just has to be a spoil sport and run down his opponent. I thought McCain was a celebrity. How many years has be been in politics and how many books has he written. He's just suddenly found himself on the back burner when it comes to being looked at someone important.

    August 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Beverly Tatum

    McCain has shown us all he is not Presidential material. His attack ads have crossed the line far beyond what we have ever seen before. I have lost all respect for McCain as a person and believe he does bot have enough honor to even continue to serve in the Senate. Debate – not attack – with tasteless, untruthful, and arrogant ads. McCain has shown us who he really is and he is not worthy of leading this nation. He obviously has nothing of substance to say since all he can do is attack Obama for his brillance and popularity both at home and abroad. What a sad old man McCain is. He should just retire. Maybe he should go on vacation to Czechoslavkia and take some lessons on how to use a computer so he can be part of the 21st century. He is out-of-touch, bitter, ignorant, and lacks the moral character to lead anything. If this is the best the Republican Party has to offer they are in deep, deep trouble. Obama will win and the country will cheer and smile with relief that we finally have someone intellgent and insightful in the White House.

    August 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Rick in NJ

    Enough already.

    August 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Joseph in PA

    Campaigns are a showcase of views and ideas for the future as well as a highlight of one's past work. If all Sen. McCain can do is to show his jealousy at Sen. Obama's popular ideas and inspiration, then that says a lot about his lack in those areas.

    Were not many of the same criticisms used against President Kennedy, yet he proved to be the right man at the right time with the vision and bold inspiration the country and the world needed.

    Sen. McCain, as a teacher, I can only tell you what I tell my students: If you have to raise yourself up by putting another down, then you lower us all.

    August 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Sam

    I have lost all respect for McCain and his campaign.

    August 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. NormK

    McCain's ads offer no solutions to existing problems and contain no substance. The only thing he's able to do in those ads is to criticize, whine, complain, gripe, and take shots. This is exactly the opposite of what he initially said he was going to do, before he flip-flopped again, that of running a clean campaign. Probably just forgot.

    Finally, the ads he approves of should be run on Saturday morning during cartoons.

    August 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. CHEATERS!!!

    McCain has pegged Obama as an out-of-touch celeb.Pathetic!!!
    Ok Old white haired wrinkly Dude ……find something else to talk about …how about issues or something that you are very familar with Cheating on your sick Wife ***Give John Edward some Advice ……that celebrity Jive is about 2 weeks old-are you Jealous of Obama because he speak well and you sound like you are in the OUTHOUSE with a newpapper in your hand …you know what I mean.I was an undecided Independent ….now I will vote for Obama Thanks Senator for helping me out ,because of you I am tuned in on the celebrity Senator Obama…..Thanks again McAttack!!!!

    August 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. kays

    Mccain can talk all he want just to get elected, wasnt he the same guy few months ago that objected the call for drilling on our shores, wasnt he the same guy that voted with his friend Bush and Cheney to give tax break to the oil companies and others that shiped our jobs to over sea. Where have he been since his fellow rep Bush and Cheney took over the country's economy and dismantled it to what it has become today? Wasn't him and Bush/ Cheney that made this stupid decision that has lead to the death of four thousand plus Americans and uncounted innocent Iraqi souls that has perished. Americans are smartter now than there were four years ago, we will not make the same mistake and elect a war monger any more. Enough is enough

    August 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. David

    John McCain really has no dignity. Negative, bitter, jealous remarks from a constipated old man that can't hold the attention or the imagination of the smallest of crowds. Where is the maverick that we respected in years past? McCain has been pathetically manipulated and handled by the Republican machine. Sad for a candidate with such potential.

    August 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Republicans Hate America

    McPhony has nothing to say so he just attacks. Since Obama is on vacation McLoser will have nothing to flip flop on to agree with Obama so he is left coming out with lousy commercials for a week until Obama returns and give him more ideas to copy off of. In the end Obama will haunt his dreams.

    August 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. blaise

    My soul is truly troubled to know that American ignorance has grown out of control and the media is only antagonizing this by blasting out gossip. There is a person who once said there are three things people talk about one is people, (thats gossip) two is things, (that materialism) third is ideas. I am tired of people only talking about people and things we need to talk about ideas. Furthermore the idea that we can't have clean renewable energy is BS.. Just think if we invested all the money that we spent the Iraqi war was invested into clean energy like solar and wind along with infrastructure for the future. Then we would not even consider building new coal plants. I grew up on the Navajo reservation and near there is a coal power plant in page Arizona. To see the pollution it creates is unimaginable not to mention the coal plant near Laughlin Nevada that gets its coal from the Reservation using a fresh ground water for a coal slurry to bring the coal to the power plant at the same time wasting good water and dumping it in the Colorado river. Enough is enough ask your self do you want another George Bush federal government who sued California for making the auto industry design a zero emission car. Please watch the documentary who killed the electric car. Then go stand or sit next to a busy road notice the noise and the pollution if you stand their long enough you will get a nauseous. If you vote for John McCain you might as well start huffing gasoline. Please by no means do huff gasoline it is very bad for you. The Technology is out there lets use it not for war but for a better world for future generations to come.

    August 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. A. Wooden

    McCain needs to move on to the issues! His trying to define Obama as the "number 1 celebrity" or an "elitist" isn't going to work. For those who have studied Obama will see through all this. I can't wait until the debates so America can see who can best represent us in America and around the world.

    August 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. ScienceMan

    Once again the floundering Sen. McCain makes this content-free frivolous remark. While McCain flogs this useless argument, Sen. Obama is preparing to demolish him in the polls, based on competence, preparation and a well-deserved reputation as a hard-working serious thinker. Sen. McCain needs to find a new toy - this one is broken.

    August 9, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. James

    Guys toast, thats all there is to it, and the few comments in favor of McCain sound like they are coming from 12 yr olds, i think we can wrap this up.

    August 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. gloria pitman

    couldnt put this on the page it was intenteded for im not a fan of oboma but i think it was sick of edwards to endorse oboma after what he has done and to top that off run for presidnt of the us he was desiving mr oboma hs wife and the american people . if there any more polatictoins out ther doing thes things or othere wrong things you all better come clean now or it will get out there some how. is there a real good and honest politicition out there. thank you gloria

    August 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. What's Up CNN

    CNN are you GUYS posting TODAY ???

    August 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Sharon - NC

    Celebrity actually means that Obama is celebrated. Because he's fresh and new and young. And McCain is none of those things. McCain makes 'celebrity' sound like a dirty word. That's because he's envious. Again, is that the best McCain can do? Obama is celebrated; gee, what a kick in the gut.

    August 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. What's Up CNN

    Cnn are you GUYS posting TODAY???

    August 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Sickofinanities

    The world recognizes Sen. Obama for his leadership qualities, intelligence, education, character, and personality such as charisma, grace, gratitude, empathy, goodwill and so on. He's indeed popular – good thing – he strives to win the popular vote in every state. This is not to be confused with air-headed (or not) celebrities as the McCain campaign ad portrays him.

    Sen. MCcain, on the other hand, can honestly be called a celebrity, in the true sense of the word, having made cameo appearances in various TV shows.

    But all of this celebrity nonsense is just noise on the system . Let's discuss the myriad of serious domestic and foreign policy issues facing real people in American and the world and which of these two presidential candidates will best provide the most effective leadership to address these policy issues.

    Policy – substantive issues – who best to be President – can we talk about these in an informed and mature way?

    August 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Mickey, NY

    Back to your bamboo cage, loser.

    August 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Joseph adewole

    McCain slam Obama today, McCain slam Obama tomorrow...has McCain nothing to tell The Americans why is he running for the Presidency of United States.......and what change he could bring to the people suffering in America. One wonders whether he has anything to offer the American People at all!! America is the Greatest Country in The world; it is not a beer why can't McCain concentrate on telling Americans what he could do for them and why is he shouting Obama today, Obama tomorrow.
    Definitely, Barack is giving him sleepless nights...l bet!...........

    JFK once said "What so ever l do today remain for or against me, l wish l could work for 26hours a day before am gone............"
    The only thing that could be attributed to McCain is slaming Obama...what a shame!!!

    August 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. McCrazy is going DOWN

    Obama is now a celebrity because people like him. They go see him and send their money to him because they like him. McCrazy wants you to think thats a bad thing. And we also pray for him, and pray that the Republicans get lost. Here is a prayer right now.
    Lord please protect Obama and his family, and when those nasty Republicans try to rig the voting machines BURN their hands off Lord. Put that devine laser beam on them and BURN those suckers hand off at the wrist,
    Thank You Lord. Amen.
    OBAMA '08

    August 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Steve

    Broken record..... Any new ideas John? Let's hear 'em! Otherwise, just shut the heck up. We're tired of you doing nothing but slamming your opponent, without presenting any of your new ideas. Yes, as you say, you have experience. Yes, as you say, you've voted for some bills and against others. But what differentiates you enough from your Senate buddies to make America think you're presidential? Not much, so far.
    Presidents don't whine about their opponents. Presidents don't snivel about how their opponent draws more crowds and has more charisma than they do. Presidents don't keep talking about the things they've done in the past, they talk about what they can do in the future. I'm not hearing that from you.

    August 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. R.O.B.

    This guy is hilarious. He wants to claim that Obama is a celebrity, but it seems like he's the one practicing for the "funniest campaign ad award".

    August 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Ken

    I was impressed with the first one but now I think he is too much!

    August 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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