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. Republican for Obama - TEXAS

    McCain is a nasty, mean, angry old man. He makes crude remarks on everything.

    August 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Ken Bowling

    Hear no evil, speak no evil from the man with no vision. That's a big surprise.

    August 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. E T Hill

    If anyone believes the lies that this author has in this book, then maybe they have a case of I'll believe anything to get a Republican in the Whitehouse again". Leave Obama alone!!! Maybe they want to get John McCain in, the adulterer from his first marriage in. Anything to keep the Whitehouse in the wrong hands. First with "W", and then Mr. Robotics.

    August 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Ron Democrat turned independent

    what is it about the obama campaign that make them blind, if there is or was a candidate during the primaries or now that as constantly laughed and made fun of his opponent it's obama. he constantly ridiculed Hillary and he's doing the same to McCain, but if someone makes fun of him all he does is cry. this man makes me sick. he couldn't be a good layer, he couldn't be a good organizer, he couldn't be a good senator. he left each position before accomplishing anything concrete and now a bunch of idiots want to make him president . go figure

    August 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. mello doug New Mexico

    Really...this is all you need to know about Republicans, and John McCain. Reprehensible, dishonest, and repugnant are the first things that come to mind. McCain has yet to display any honesty or integrity. Yep, he is following in the proud footsteps of Bush and the Republican congress of the last 8 years.

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. bobmul

    How is not commenting different from endorsing? If Mr. McCain were an honest fellow, he would have the courage to disavow the trash written by Corsi.

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Darel

    Instead of editorializing about "the many long-discredited falsehoods," why not back up that statement with some proof about which are false.

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Nate

    Don't ya mean John Kerry?

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. jcrain

    Good thing Mr. McCain can both hear and pay attention to questions from the press. At least this question is regarding his opinion on a book and not if we should go to war.

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Daryl from Seattle

    Suuure he didn't hear the name of the book. Are we to believe his hearing aid was malfunctioning or that he thinks what this country is going through is a joke?

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. just bob

    Either McSame heard the question and responded with the "gotta keep your sense of humor" line or he didn't hear the question and is just rambling incoherently at the voices in his head.

    In both cases, it's scary anyone would even entertain the thought of voting for him.

    August 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Spanky

    "Repeat the lie" seems to have become the republican mantra. What a despicable pack of liars. Disproven and discredited, they repeat over and over falsehoods and outright fabrications. Their outright contempt for american values is simply staggering, yet they call themselves patriots. It is the republican majority that have proven themselves unfit for office, and no matter what happens in the presidential race, america will have it's say in November, and it will be a terrible day for the republican party. And GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. patrick

    Maybe Senator McCain could look into hearing aids if he did not hear the question. Just a thought!

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. David Peter

    McCain didnt hear the question because he is old. DUH

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Thats what happens to your hearing when you become Elderly, you make bad decisions, the next thing to go is his sight, all of that is trying to catch up with his mental stabilty. (senial). And this is who they want to be the next president, its really nothing wrong with him its something wrong with these FOOLS that would vote for him.

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. R Christensen

    So – Let Obama prove Corsi wrong. Produce a birth certificate – a valid one. Stand up for USA while on foreign soil – take time to visit wounded US troops without cameras rolling.

    Corsi can write what he wants just as the NY Times can. Only Corsi has done the background work the the NYT never does.

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Jann, Denver CO

    McCain is a liar and a fool

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Troy Fugnitti

    John McCain didn't even have a campaign until he started smearing Obama.

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Adele

    Somebody should write a book about McCain numerous infidelities, how he dumped his first sick wife and how Cindy stole drugs from her own organization and see if he will think its funny.

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. David Bond

    Barrack's guys could take a look at what more could be possible if they elegantly extinguished the offending (dis)information. There's a school of thought that offers that treating the attack as real makes it so.
    Beyond that, why not encourage people to read the book or not, but to certainly think for themselves. It's their truth that matters most to them, as does mine to me and you to yours – non?

    Lastly, it would seem that-again-accepting the Republican nominee's comments as injurious to Sen. Obama makes them just that. Really, you couldn't help but laugh at what you claim is laughable accusations, could you?

    Respectfully – D Bond

    August 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. bridgette

    This is a non story.

    August 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. RepublicanforObama

    Get your Johns straight CNN. John Kerry (and not John McCain) ran as the Democrat candidate in 2004. I know Republicans have complained about him not being conservative enough, but that is a stretch.

    August 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Emiel

    While trying your best to keep ignoring all of McCain's gaffes and flipflops, people at CNN seems to be at least subconsciously aware he is the ultimate opportunist. Why else would you call him the 2004 Democratic nominee???

    August 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. David

    Shoud the last line of this article read, "John Kerry" and not "John McCain?

    August 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. OH NO!

    Strangely enough... I believe the old f*rt really didn't hear the question. That's what happens when you get old. Does anyone still really believe an old deaf fool should be president of the United States?

    August 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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