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. OT

    What is McCain even talking about? Poor old guy, he seems lost. He's fast becoming the kind of guy that plows his Cadillac into a crowded outdoor Farmer's Market. Babbling and confusing the gas and the brake...

    August 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. sarah

    JM is simply ignorant and I've become quite tired of "name calling" used as a campaign strategy. It's tired and OLD.

    August 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Frank from Peterborough

    What a sad commentary on a person who has served as a Senator for 26 years. Obviously he has nothing to offer without showing he has abandoned his maverick image to cater to the core of the GOP.

    Being jealous over your opponents popularity is one thing but continually advertising it is shear idiocy.

    August 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Chris

    Except for winning a senate seat and the Democatic party nomination, Try to name anything Obama has achieved.
    I may agree with McBush.

    August 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. JD

    ...and John McCain should consider for VP someone who knows which countries border Iraq...

    August 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. andy

    Look, we're a dumb, uninformed country. We voted for Bush twice and now people are considering voting for McCain. It's just sad on so many levels that these simplistic, negative ads work and people are either too lazy or too stupid to understand the issues.

    August 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    McCain have not a clue what he is talking about. The people that should be helping this poor man is really hurting him with their poor quality of ads or what have you. McCain does not want the people to remember that he also left his sick wife for a woman with money.

    August 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Pfunk

    John McCain should find a new job. And I got just the job for him, greeter at wal-mart. He would creep people out but theh title fits him.

    August 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Lorelei Kraft

    Any thought I had of supporting McCain has evaporated with these ads. We are facing serious problems, and instead of giving us his solutions, McCain turns to the Rove playbook. SHAME for not honoring your pledge to take the high road in this campaign, John!

    August 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. emily

    McCain is sounding more and more pathetic...I now cringe at the sight and sound of him. He is so lacking in substance that he has to stoop to this repetitive banter about Obama's popularity. I honestly used to like McCain, but he's really convincing me and a lot of others to vote for Obama in November. Who could stand four years of McCain's childish cynicism?

    August 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. J

    The highest position in office calls for someone with celebrity quality.
    Someone that the world loves. You have it backwards McSame!!

    OBAMA 08

    August 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Donald Winston-Day

    This 'celebrity' attack isn't going to work out too well for McCain. His campaign should take into account that if what they say truly is the case, they shouldn't bring it up so routinely. The majority of Americans have a certain love for celebrities, especially those that have a positive message.

    McCain honestly feels that Obama gets too much media coverage, but it's only natural for him to be covered more and be more thoroughly examined when he is routinely attacked day in and day out.

    Obama 08!

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. rob

    Sour grapes. Great leaders are always celebrated.

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Wentzville, MO

    What? His commentary is illogical! He starts by stating that four years ago America heard a fine speech from an Illinois state senator. Then comments about how soon speeches without substance are forgotten. He implies that Obama is just a "Blockbuster".

    Excuse me? Four years later.... not "an hour in" ... an America is still remembering the man who made a patriotic and unifying speech at the convention. FOUR YEARS AGO in his "blockbuster" speech Obama inspired America and people are still inspired. America is paying attention to the Senator from Illinois and his message.

    As the President, Barack Obama will set the tone for the nation's administration toward and for our citizens and our global neighbors. He'll surround himself with likeminded men and woman with the experience to make things happen under the umbrella of his vision. Just as the CEO of Ford doesn't design the cars and trucka himself but sets the tone or direction for Ford, Barack Obama will set the tone and direction for the nation.

    Obama brings a fresh vision of a united and caring nation.

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Carl

    Seems to me that McCain is the one with no substance. What political substance does calling Obama a celebrity have? Calling Obama a celebrity doesn't end the war in Iraq, it doesn't lower energy costs, it doesn't feed hungry children. Will somebody please ask McCain to run an ad with substance. At least Obama's attack ads talk about politics & policies. Why is this thing even close? It's not racism, but people do fear the unfamiliar. Everyone says "I don't know enough about him." The man has published 2 books, & is on the news more than any other one person in the world. Wake up America... How do you turn being young, smart, popular, and forward thinking into a personality flaw?

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. tom

    McCain should add someone around 12 years old, so they have the same understanding of Government, and they can balance the age of his ticket down to about 75.

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Freedom Lover

    So much for changing the tone in Washington. It's already getting annoying listening to this guy–what we need is 4 years of this crap. Straight Talk express is just now learning to "watch" the internet and has never sent an email. So out of touch.

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. TheWeaselMcCain

    If Obama is a celebrity, then you must be was Paris Hilton dubbed "an old white guy" who's definitely out of touch with Americans.

    McWeasel take a nap. Obama's on vacation.

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |

    McWrinkle, is "drill, drill, drill, drill" not working for you. No CROWDS?

    August 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. MBFLA

    Does McCain have nothing more important to say than "Obama is a celebrity"? Meanwhile Obama has been speaking to the real issues. Let's see if McCain has anything of importance to say while Senator Obama visits with his family this week. It will be a waste if all he can do is these petty attacks.

    August 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Turning the page

    When Senator McCain becomes president, in his state of the union speeches, he will be telling us what it would have meant if Senator Obama had become President. Sen. McCain doesn't have a plan of what he will do once he becomes President. He knows Sen. Obama's plans better than he knows his own – that figures since he has none.

    Lord, please have mercy on this country!

    August 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. randy

    John macbush your simple jelous of obama.

    August 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Jim in Raleigh

    Well, McSame used to use his political influence in his home state to try to manipulate the Democratic primaries, so it's no surprise to see him trying to manipulate Obama's VP pick on a national stage. McSame ought to worry about his own political image. He's the third remake of a movie that was unremarkable to begin with! John W. McSame – you met him in 2000 when in the original movie he used the Supreme Court to steal an election. You met him in the remake of the same movie in 2003 when he lied to help start a war. You met him in the second remake in 2004, when he used Ohio to bend a second election. Now you're meeting his third box office bust – when all he can say is, "Let me throw some dirt on the other guy – the way my original incarnation used dirt to beat me in SC. 'Cause honestly folks, I don't have anything new to offer you!"

    McSame – a box office bust in 2000, in 2003, in 2004 and once again in 2008.

    August 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Dick in Sioux Falls

    I'm not sure it's a great strategy to identify your opponent as a "celebrity", because part of the celebrity status is due to Obama's beathtaking performance in out-organizing and out-campaigning and out fund-raising the vaunted Clinton machine. His celebrity status is also partly due to his All-American story of rising from poverty to great leadership at Harvard and in designing and effecting terrific change in South Chicago as a neighborhood organizer.
    No one ever accused John McCain of organizing anything.

    August 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Sounds like plain old jealousy to me. Do you think he'd be complaining if HE was so popular?

    Personally, I'm getting tired of the same old rhetoric from this guy - especially the same old silly, petty rhetoric.

    Got anything important to say, Sen. McCain?

    August 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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