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

Campaign says McCain didn't hear question on attack book

McCain isn't commenting on Corsi's new book.

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."

Related: Book blasted for 'vicious innuendo'

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.

Watch: Is Obama being swift-boated?

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. Ryan

    Excellent so we're possibly looking to nominate a man for the most powerful position in the world who can't hear a question properly but will answer it regardless. Very interesting indeed.

    So Mr. President, do you think it's wise to start WWIII?

    McCain: Yes, I think it's very wise.......wait I mean no. Wait what was the question, I forgot it already.

    August 15, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Mike Dallas

    Did not hear the question or did not remember the question...

    August 15, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Duncan Bruce

    I think the Straight Talk Express is spinning and about to crash. If John McCain didn't hear the question, why did he answer it? Honestly, is this man capable of being President? I think not.

    August 15, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Bayou

    Don't you just love the respect that the Obama Nation has for our elders and statesman. Someday you too will be old and I hope that you have accomplished half of what John McCain has accomplished in his life.
    'No wonder our country is in such a mess. We are producing college graduates with no respect for anyone and no knowledge of our history.

    August 15, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. KATE

    yeah, and I am going deaf too!

    August 15, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Grace

    American can't afford a president who would speak non-sense before hearing a question. Terrible and lousy excuse for someone who wants to be my president.

    August 15, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Joel

    If he didn't hear the question then why did he answer it?

    August 15, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Ron Nebraska

    Maybe it's just another example of McCain "not speaking for the campaign ".

    August 15, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. EDW

    As an independent, I see that the Dems are not whining. They are quick to respond to these attacks because in the past John Kerry was not quick to respond. I think the Dems are doing an excellent job.

    August 15, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. ben

    I think McSame did hear/understand the question and meant to give the answer he gave. Why is anyone surprised at the type of campaign being run by the McSame camp and the RNC? I'm not and I don't OBAMA and his camp are surprised. In the beginning we all knew they will do anything and I mean that literally to disrupt the OBAMA camp and or get McSame in office. More of this LOW ROAD stuff to come in the future. I wish that wasn't the way it is but we all know.

    August 15, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Former GOP member

    What do you expect, I have NO respect for McCain and or the GOP. They have shown their true colors. McCain is not a man of his word, I don’t even know why people expect him to reject this trash book, he wants to be president so bad he will do anything. Im very very disappointed with McCain it is clear that he will do anything to win. How sad!

    August 15, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Sammy

    McCain seems to be saying more questionable things the last few weeks. To be fair maybe its the strain of campaigning. The question is, if we accept the spin then just what did he think the reporter asked him? What other events have been happening the last week or two where people need to maintain a sense of humor? CNN you should go ask his campaign.

    August 15, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. DR. YES


    August 15, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Jeff from Jersey

    McCain won't hear the phone ring in the middle of the night either!

    August 15, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Dan

    Funny how the Dems aren't screaming "that's swiftboating!" about conspiracy-theorist Oliver Stone's biopic of Bush, which is scheduled for release just prior to the election. Stone is well known for injecting pure fantasy into his movies, which the less-than-historically-educated public will interpret as fact. After all, if it's about real people and in print or on film then it must be true, right?

    August 15, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. TCE

    Not sure which is worse, his lack of hearing or his lack of ethics.

    August 15, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Josh

    Coming from Arizona, I'm not suprise of McCain's hearing skills. I'm still trying to find out what he has done for Arizonan.

    August 15, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. jo

    people are lossing their houses while you are joking sir...

    August 15, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Nom Deplume

    Next you libs will be complaining about the color of his ties.

    The sooner we strengthen state's rights, the better. We need balkanization and we need it now. I would love to see NY'ers try to start a War of Eastern Aggression. Delaware Water Gap as the new Bull Run.

    August 15, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. TCE

    Sooo, which is worse, his lack of hearing or lack of ethics. ("What did you say, whose attacking, uhh, what. Sorry, can't hear you? Problems with the economy, still can't hear you?"). Will somebody please help this poor man and get him out of politics before our country is further ruined!

    August 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. JP

    Why is this shocking to anyone? McCain will do or say anything to get elected. Nothing wrong with that. It's up to the voters to decide if that's who they want as President. And right now, that's what close to half this country wants.....

    August 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "--Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee John McCain."

    Any body could make a mistake.

    August 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. And He's a Presidential Nominee

    If he speaks without being asked question, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe he should also undergo an psychiatric exam to determine if he's hearing things too. And his hand could be on the pulse of the nation. Lord Help Us!

    August 15, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. B. Wood

    John McCain opts for the patented Ronald Reagan ploy.


    August 15, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. s.b.

    You can be muslim and not practice the religion of Islam. His father is Muslim. His step father is muslim. He was raised muslim in a muslim country andhas a muslim name. He is at least half muslim, undeniably. He does not practice Islam currently. That's a seperate point.

    August 15, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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