August 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Campaign says McCain didn't hear question on attack book

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain isn't commenting on Corsi's new book."](CNN) - John McCain's campaign is denying Democratic charges the presumptive Republican nominee flippantly dismissed a new book attacking Barack Obama that includes several documented falsehoods.

Asked by the Associated Press earlier Friday what he though of author Jerome Corsi's new book, "The Obama Nation," McCain said, "gotta keep your sense of humor."

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Those comments were immediately slammed by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which e-mailed its 3.4 million supporters declaring, "John McCain thinks smears and lies are funny."

"Despite pledging to run a respectful campaign, McCain is just standing by while Corsi and his publisher, former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, poison this presidential race," read the e-mail from DNC Rapid Response Team.

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But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said later Thursday the Arizona senator actually did not hear the question, and would not be commenting on the book.

The book, which is expected to debut No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, repeats many long-discredited falsehoods about the Illinois senator, including the claim that he is Muslim.

Corsi, who has said he's on a “mission” to take down Obama, also co-wrote "Unfit for Command" - the 2004 book that spawned the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

soundoff (1,035 Responses)
  1. 45 yo white female democrat for McCain

    It's about time someone put the truth about Obama in print. The mainstream media certainly isn't interested in reporting the truth.

    August 16, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  2. David

    McBush is not fit to be President. He is the last one to talk about sense of humor. He looks and sounds years older than 71 soon to be 72. I'm still waiting for the media to ask McCain about his straying from his marriage with his first wife before he divorced her. That is factual data, not the lies and trash in the latest book by Mr. Corsi about Obama.

    August 16, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  3. Brandon Hillary Puma4Mc

    Why should it be considered a smear when its true?
    I can see why Mc Cain finds it and all things obama humorous he is a joke of a selected nominee and his numbers are slipping fast as we lead up to the sham of a convention.

    August 16, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  4. lil

    Look at this picture and you will know whether or Mccain is lying
    about being flippant.
    He is a mean nasty old man who will do anything to win and I am sure
    this book was written and published with his blessings.
    If you look at this picture you can see the mean look on his face a look of emptiness thats always there especially when he speaks to certain
    people just before he does that crazy laugh when he is pretending to joke but he is verrrrry serious. I dont trust him infact I am afraid of him.
    He is very scary dangerous just look at him.

    August 16, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  5. beverly

    mccain, he can't hear , somethings he can't remember maybe he is to old for the highest office in the country. he from the old school, he does'nt want change. far as his war record how many years did he spend in veitnam, i believe he was pow for five years so does he know what to do at 3:00 oclock when the red phone rings, in the white house how qualifies is mccain if he was lock up for five years. it appears he has a score to seattle, wrong country it was alright he thinks for united states to invade iraq, but it's wrong for russia to invade geneva, there is something wrong with picture who is really the enemy?

    August 16, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  6. uesd2bdemocrat

    I can't wait to hear all of obama's supporters crying during the democrat convention. Looks as if obama has caved into Clinton's demands. Looks as if the corruption during the primaries is beginning to cause problems for the corrupt leadership. If obama with all his corrupt cronies can't control a woman, how can he lead a country with all the agendas that those in America have, much less the world? obama is to weak to lead this nation. If you obama supporters are feeling let down now, just think what you have in store for you come Nov?

    August 16, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. John Long

    After two terms of electing the village idiot based on swift boating and falsehoods, if the american public elects another McBush based on the same kinds of falsehoods and lies, they deserve the mediocrity that is sweeping the country – like the number of silver and bronze medals that the U.S is able to win compared to the number of Gold!

    August 16, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. widespread_panic

    I have been reading all the comments on CNN for a few months now and I must say the Obama supporters scare me. You slam anyone and anything that does not agree with your way of thinking. Am I wrong or is this supposed to be an exchange of ideas. I am a McCain supporter but I am an American. I will fall in line with the next President, who ever wins. Can you all same the same? If not, then please move because there are a lot of people that would take your place.

    August 16, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  9. m

    Doug, you are a idiot. The shoe does not fit. There are over 80 false statements in that book.

    August 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Aman

    The population of Danvers is 25,000, or nalery three times the size of the town of which Palin was mayor. I don't want the chairman of our board of selectmen to run for vice president, either.We're going to be hearing a lot about experience in the days ahead. Let me throw out a different name for your consideration. I would argue that John Edwards was the least qualified candidate for president or vice president in modern times. (Except for Palin.)Edwards was a one-term senator who ran for president because he couldn't get re-elected to the Senate. He served slightly longer in the Senate than Obama, but that was literally his only elected office, whereas Obama had had long service as a legislator in a large state.Yet even though his experience was occasionally an issue, I don't recall it ever being held up as disqualifying. Why is that?

    September 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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