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. Jim Hall

    McShame is a wrinkled, bald, and an old man enough said. I think I have heard this from somone else. Jim Hall

    August 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. TW

    Maybe McCain's cynical campaign has realized the dire straits that American families are having to negotiate. Obama has inspired hope–hope that McCain only wants to squash so he can backdoor his way into the White House and continue the gravy train for corporate special interests.

    August 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Jim in Indiana

    "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 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 other words, yes to drilling offshore, at taxpayer expense, when we already have the ability to drill right now on oil-company owned property.

    In other words, yes to nuclear power plants, at taxpayer expense, even though few taxpayers want a nuclear power plant anywhere near them, and even though there is still no solution as to exactly where and how to safely store the radioactive waste from these plants.

    In other words, yes to eliminating the gasoline tax, which funds our roads and bridges, and employs thousands of workers on those roads and bridges. And even though the oil companies can easily increase the cost of a gallon of gas by the amount "saved" by eliminating the gasoline tax.

    In other words, Senator McCain, let's say yes to spending more of taxpayers' money, even laying workers off and letting our roads fall into further disrepair, to accomplish exactly what could be accomplished right now by the oil companies spending their own money, right?

    In other words, Senator, let's say yes to your gimmick ideas simply so you can get elected, since you have no chance in hell of ever getting any of these proposals enacted by Congress, right?

    In other words, Senator, nice rhetoric, but no realistic plan for actually using our taxes for an energy policy that stands any chance.

    August 9, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. TXMomof2

    Sounds like jealousy. I guess he's mad he's not more famous. Look out John. Be careful what you wish for. John Edwards' marital problems might have people looking into your past. You might become more famous really soon.

    August 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Smart women

    The only reason I like mccain policy is only one reason safing Iraqi
    people.he is right waiting to be safe Iraq,whather staying 100 yrs,20 yrs.he is good for that.


    August 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. victor

    i believe McCain is just too jelousthat he cannot deliver a capturing moment other than to provide a boring drama of himself parading in Bush closes but in fairness to Bush he can get people to listen even do he spit RUBBISH

    August 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Dr. Ken

    When this guy was running for the presidential nomination in 2000, I really supported him. But since then, we have seen just how nasty he can be, how thin his commitments are, how explosive his temper is, and just how childish he can be. He is no different than any other egotistical politician – anything to get elected. And that constant use of "my friends" reeks of con man. If it wasn't for all the morons who voted for Bush Lite, this guy would have no supporters at all. Heaven help us!

    August 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Evelyn

    Where would he have the Nuclear power plants built, near his home,because I sure would not want one near my home or the city I live in.

    August 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. keys

    McCain are you crazy.? Wake up! Why so many lies? What's up with this negative ads.....what happen to what you stressed earlier?
    I admit if mccain win, i'm moving to the UK!

    August 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. scat398

    Tax break for middle income families, stopping a war that kills thousands of our young men and women for no reason other than big oil profits, and a move towards a responsible energy plan. I guess if that is short on content then McCain is right, but it sure doesn't seem short on content to me or anyone else for that matter.

    What exactly does John McCain stand for? More war for oil, no tax relief for middle income families, and no energy plan. Give it up McCain we don't want your garbage ideas anymore. Real reuplicans are switching to Obama and the democrats because they represent the true values of the republican party, not this disgusting mutated form you and your lackeys have created over the past 8 years.

    Republicans For Obama 08.

    August 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Sheila

    With every sentence out of McCain's mouth that has the words "Barack Obama" in it, he fails to propose, he fails to project, he fails to outline his own agendas, his own platform and policies. It is reactionary, defensive.

    One must launch upon an offensive strategy, ignoring the competition, referring to him as only "my opponent," etc. This is standard procedure.

    Who told McCain? Apparently no one.

    August 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. sylvia

    He is a joke. he should be a comedian instead of running for President.

    August 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Dr. Ken

    This celebrity thing is doing nothing more than broadcasting McCain's envy. It's childish and, sadly, pure McCain.

    McCain – "experience" means absolutely nothing. Experience (ala Cheney and Rumsfield) got us in deep manure in Iraq and made our name Mudd throughout the world. What counts is morality, sensibility, willingness to listen to others and admit when you've been wrong, an even temper, and diplomacy based upon mutual respect. Mr. Obama has all this, and that, my friend, is why he is such a celebrity.

    August 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Northwest Washington

    Enough already with the continued mind numbing topics!

    Lets talk about the percentage of oil that would be set aside for exclusive US public if we start your plan for off shore drilling. Lets talk about the continued downward spiral of the housing market. Lets talk about the increasing unemployment rate. Lets talk about about continued fall out of millions of Americans who either can't afford, can't qualify or have been dropped from medical insurance. Lets talk about why torture is now acceptable.

    So many topics and so Little time.

    August 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Tod Davies

    This dude is just sorry.

    August 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. franco

    "Where are your standards"

    The efforts of Obama's followers trying to justify the unjustifiable (Obama's actions) result childish, comic, ingenuous, ingenious, amazing, sad, irrelevant, and even......pathetic!

    "where are your standards" you ask me!

    Hey!!! You need to direct that question To YOUR CANDIDATE... TO OBAMA....! It is not about my standards but about Obama's standards. That is what really matters.......

    Obama who in the primaries claimed to fight Washington insiders and their money for influencing politics and politicians in our country.........Obama who right now is effectively receiving "those legal donations" precisely from those Washington insiders to finance his presidential campaign......

    "Where are my standards" you ask me...

    And you know what??? Obama has said that he is receiving "those legal donations" to be competitive.

    And you know what??? Obama, you and I know perfectly that he is totally unable to be such a reformer because he need "those legal donations" from Washington insiders to succeed politically. Obama himself has said it.

    You know what???? It is not new to politics in our country. You seem to be disconnected from this reality. But I am sure you are not. I believe that from shantelle or from hey you but not from you......

    The fact about Obama remains, anyway:

    He is receiving those "legal donations" from Washington insiders. The same Washington insiders he claimed to fight to finish their influence on politics and......politicians.

    Obama lied. Obama is a fraud.

    "Where are your standards"you ask me...

    August 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Keith in SC

    McBush is no different than anyone else. He sounds like a grumpy old man who wants the same attention or more like he received in 2000 and is not getting it. Neither candidate should have this tit for tat stuff going on, but McCain is definitely taking it to lower levels. But that is our society now and he's playing to that audience..."I can't do better on my own, so I tear down the person beside me to make myself look better"...crabs in a barrel! Maybe McCain was a superficial cheerleader in his former life! Stick to the issues, John!

    Obama '08!

    August 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Pepou

    We heard you McJealous, anything else you want to add, like REAL important news and/or reasons why one should vote for you ... ?

    August 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Rob

    since when is it a bad thing to have a platform that is popular and that has people rallying to and supporting? Is this jealousy on the part of McCain? Mr. Obama has ignited the imagination of the country and beyond it sure beats the heck out of the alternative – think about it.

    August 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Joe Jacques

    McCain continues with this line of attack at his own peril. He is opening himself up to scrutiny in regards to the much larger body of work he has done in the entertainment world. Can't wait till all Americans sees him doing his really funny but not very presidential SNL skits. Also his charges of elitism may blow up in his face when people realize that it is his family that is worth hundreds of millions and it is he who lives a rich mans life. This will only point out that Obama is much closer to an ordinary American than McCain.

    August 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    McCain is retarded.. He isn't going to win, obviously. Obama is no celebrity, you are Jelous because people actualy like him more than you. Old fart.

    August 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Darryl Miller

    I am a veteran and I find it hard to watch John McCain stand up and utter the lies that he cares about Veterans.. He never stood up for vets until he started to run for president just like he never believe in Civil Right until he started to run for president.. He don't car about Black nor does he care about Vets.


    August 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Uche (Truly Independent)

    I have a few question's for Senator McCain I'd like answered first:

    How long does it take for Offshore drilling to affect the price of current gas prices?
    How long does it take to build 45 Nuclear Power plants? Where will they be located?
    How clean it coal technology? How much will it cost to make coal technology clean?
    Without gas tax, where will the money to maintain roads and other transport infrastructure come from? What will happen to those that will lose their jobs?
    Your votes in the Senate have cost American jobs, what makes your current policies (if any) better.

    You can change your mind and position on every and any issue but you attack Obama when he becomes more informed and changes his position. I think AMERICA today has gone beyond the days era of negative politicking and smear campaigns and are focused on issues that will make life better not just for us now but for our children so I think your campaign should follow.

    August 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Walt D

    McCain's such a jealous man. Over the years and with the help of the press, he has built up his image as the celebrity of the Vietnam War both as a veteran and POW. So Obama, a celebrity like all senators, now stands out because of his competency and McCain gets jealous that this person, who happens to be younger, is a bigger celebrity than he. What a big man McCain is!

    August 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. aaaaa

    McBush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 fraud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    August 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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