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. terrance, richmond

    No to the energy bill that was designed to support those things, though.
    The only thing McCain is good at is insulting Mr. Obama and the intelligence of the American people.

    August 9, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. charles

    my friends, the surge, drill now drill here im the old grumpy bold guy confused and l approve this message.

    August 9, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. haha

    MCbush just dont have anything to do with the election. always bashing obama for his great ideas. i havnt heard any plans he wants to do.. what a joke he is. this isnt a laughing matter.. these are serous times.. GO OBAMA

    YES WE CAN!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Michigan for Obama

    Obama is made fun of – in the primary and now – because of his oratory skills...I have tried to watch McCain speeches (I have an open mind) and it's painful and boring. Even if you are a McCain supporter, you have to honestly admire Obama's ability to deliver words, ideas and proposals in an inspirational way...easy to listen to.

    Some people criticize the Obama ability, but I feel it is also important for a President to have the ability to inspire and deliver a speech so that you want to listen...when was the last time we actually were inspired by political speeches?

    August 9, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    I hope those disabled veterans (I'm one myself) out in Vegas ask this joker why he either doesn't show up for votes in the Senate, or votes against EVERYTHING that helps servicemen and women, both active service and disabled. Talk about an empty suit, the man offers nothing but false and misleading accusations toward the next President, Obama.

    August 9, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Jenny

    McCain needs to STOP commenting about the Democrats black choice.
    Focus on what Republicans need to hear.

    August 9, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. truth from detroit

    mc cain is tired!!!

    so are his ideas!!!!

    people are so ready for something diffrent & mc cain knows it....

    he needs to put on his depends under garments & take a rest!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. aaron

    Talk about short on content!!! What of substance has McCain said in weeks? And his comment about Obama's energy plan is comical. Apparently his energy plan is less than just yeses and nos. Its just yeses. The man is becoming a parody of himself

    August 9, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. America for Truth

    The right wing Republicans and John McCain are in full swing with Murdoch media machine (Fox News, Wall St Journal, Washington Post, New York Post, Weekly Standard etc). The illusion and deception game. Lie, cheat and provide enough misinformation to confuse the people. John McCain and right wing republicans are only for the rich and big business (Oil, Drug and Insurance companies).

    Vote to Stop the Corruption of Misinformtion

    August 9, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Fordy

    Why doesn't John McCain talk about himself? Why is it that every utterance from his mouth includes "Senator Obama" Seems to me he is swooning over Barack just like the rest of us. I bet he'll vote for Obama in November.

    August 9, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Fed Up

    Does anyone else find it ironic that John McCain criticizes Barack Obama for being "a celebrity" and comparing him to Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears, yet McCain is the one that is really acting like a jealous Hollywood starlet?

    August 9, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Nugget texas

    What a nasty, bitter man. Keep him away from the White House. We don't need any more of this.

    August 9, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Celestine

    Senator McCain, you may want to know your colleaque has been a constitutional law professor. He understands the law, in a way that you don't. I am not sure you may even understand the if he decides to teach you.

    August 9, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. muffy

    McStupidoldman never learns he just keeps berating Obama and his jealousy shows through his comments.

    I hope Obama starts taking the gloves off and tells the voters about McStupid is all about, Keating 5, another corrupt deal for land he is in now and how he treats his wife. He is a dumb nasty corrupt geezer, green with envy.

    August 9, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Ann

    It is obvious that John McCain has never read or heard one of Barack Obama's speeches.

    August 9, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. PA

    Obama – a celebrity, liked by many...puff...puff...

    McCain – actively campaigning to be disliked by all

    August 9, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |



    August 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Pam

    Its about time McCain started saying what he's going to do instead of saying that he doesn't like Obama. I realize that most republicans are dumb enough to fall for that but the indepedants aren't he needs to be a thinking candidate not a Rovain drone.

    August 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Foreigner2

    Seriously, where is McCain going with this ' celebrity' label nonsense? It seems like the only actor in this election is McCain. Its no wonder he can't get past 45% in the polls.

    August 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Paula, Seattle, WA

    "Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster..."

    Well then that would make McCain Ishtar!

    Wah wah waaaaaahhhh!

    August 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Dennis

    *yawn* is this all this guy has got? Obama the celebrity, the Antichrist, etc.?

    August 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Kyle, San Diego

    This man and his campaign is so sad.

    August 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. axt113

    lol, McCain is dipping into the same well a few too many times, he needs to think up a new tack

    August 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Dylan

    And watching a McCain speech is a little like watching a silent film from the 1920's.

    It's clear what the McCain strategy is: when you have nothing new to offer and nothing to run on... ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK.

    August 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. cindy

    Almost every day, I drop a notch of respect for Mr. McCain. I never expected this kind of character attack from him. At first I thought it was a low tactic and that he and his campaign would see the moral failure of the attack. But it just gets worse.

    Listen, I'm for Obama and I'm a democrat but I listen well to both sides and respect their points of view. I felt like this was a good opportunity to have a great president because I could have easily been pleased to have McCain president, should Obama not win.

    Not so now. The continued negative, personal attacks have floored me about McCain's integrity. I'm so shocked he chose this tactic.

    I really thought he was a pretty good guy.

    August 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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