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. HENRY


    August 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Bill, PA

    Hey John , your rhetoric is getting old, like you. You got to bring something new to the table!!!!! Same old, same old.

    August 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. davit

    In other words, Obama's speeches offer a vision, and touch people in a way that makes them feel that their country and do better and they can do better. Meanwhile, McCain's speeches offer more of what we've already had for the last eight years.

    August 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Nunya

    Nice John – so glad you decided to run a clean campaign that focuses on the issues.

    It's really a shame to see someone who spent so much time on building an honorable reputation throw it all away in such a short period.

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. AJP,Richardson, TX

    McCain is a typical scum bag Republican.

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I notice Senator McCain isn't commenting on the Edwards affair.

    It's not like he's done this,... oh,.... wait,.... yes, that's how he met the trophy heiress.

    Never mind.

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. NickNas

    Thats right John..Having a President who people in this country LOVE and people around the world RESPECT is a BAD thing. We should ALL want to be dispised and hated yes THAT is what we want John.

    Keep saying it over and over until it becomes the truth. It may just work on 1% of the people out here.

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. C

    Ronald Reagan was a celebrity.

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Austin Chuks, Lagos, Nigeria

    McCain has totally lost touch. He seems to have nothing to campaign for other than talking about Obama. US deserves a better president.

    McCain is old enough, but he behaves like a kid, while Obama who has a better judgement to lead, keeps asking him if 'attacking character of his opponent, is the best he can offer to the US of A.

    Obama should be elected, so that a quality difference/change can be made in the lives of millions of Americans.

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Sabreen60

    McCain is negative and arrogant. His negative numbers are very high. He doesn't have viable policies so he's trying to make this campaign about Sen. Obama. He's also coming across as jealous. It's going to backfire on him if he continues. He's coming across as a liar because he said he was going to run a respectful campaign.

    August 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Concerned Texan

    Way to go John! Are you trying to give him the white House or what? Are you on Mr. Obama's staff or what? Why all the publicity for him when he seems to be doing ok without all this? I don't understand the intent.

    August 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Anonymous

    awww is ikkle McCain jealous?

    August 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. G. Penley

    AMEN!! Obama is like a fart: a lot of wind but no substance.

    August 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Neal

    If I remember correctly, wasn't the big republican guru RONALD REAGAN a CELEBRITY??? Like a famous actor or something?

    August 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Joe

    If Obama is a blockbuster, then McCain is the 'Planet of the Apes' remake:

    The first one should have been buried, much less make another one.

    And the new one is still older than history.

    August 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Bryce Beamish

    John McCain is a crotchety old man.

    He'll be shaking his fists at the world all the way to his rascal scooter-ridden, lifeless existence as a forgotten has-been.

    August 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Mike

    With his custom Italian shoes and eight plush homes. McLame may not be a celebrity. But he sure lives like one.

    August 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Concerned

    The McCain campaign is revolting.

    August 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. former Repub

    yes to big oil, yes to surge,Yes to fight an unjust war, yes to no specific plan on renewable resources, yes to dangerous nuclear power, yes to drilling, yes to the rich -That's the real John McCain

    OBAMA 08

    August 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Marc in Arlington

    Right in the gut, Senator. Don't give this media creation an inch. I won't trust my children in the hands of this no substance empty suit. Give him hell, John.

    August 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Greg

    This is typical McCain, sleezy and full of crap. He keeps saying Obama has no interest in helping America? Then why is it John McCain who is running ads that are calling Obama a celebrity and saying "he talks too much" as a campaign strategy. I got news for you sleezeball McLame, that kind of garbage is not helping the American people and needs to be stopped. So much for your lie about running a "clean and decent campaign" You are a JOKE McCain

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. mcbush!

    hmmm..... don't you think it might be a good idea to have a president that the world actually likes and respects? john mccain is old, and can't seem to give a speech without reading it off a cue card. Obama! 08!

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Noans, South Pasadena

    Let's not fall for the same old lies and support for the rich by making their tax breaks permanent, while raising taxes on the working poor which is exactly what McCain said he is going to do.

    McSame owns 8,9 homes, gets great health care, we the voters pay for, and has voted against every bill supporting our troops. And McCain says Obama is out of touch.

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. xavier

    Someone sounds jealous! Kinda like the awkward jerk in high school that everyone hated.

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. d999

    I remember mocking people way back in 2nd grade. Didn't McCain ever move beyond 2nd grade?

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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