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. Tubby The Tuba

    This is America and you can lie about whatever you want. The Republicans have been doing this for years.

    August 15, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. tony

    the Obama campaign appearently doesn't have a sense of humor nor do they appear to have any sense at all. our nation faces many serious problems ones that will make the cuban missle crises seem like an SNL skit they better grow up or get out of the way. this country needs leaders not whiners!

    August 15, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Obamacan

    Why would anyone in their right mind vote for McCain? People say they are afraid of Obama b/c they don't know him, or he's not one of us, he's too risky. The BIGGEST RISK to this country would be for McCain to get elected.

    August 15, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. George from Westerville

    "But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said later Thursday the Arizona senator actually did not hear the question"

    Something tells me that will be a common theme if Senator McCain is elected president.

    When Regan was president, it was "I don't recall".

    August 15, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Gene

    I'm gonna run a clean and positive campaign. What? A book comes out slamming Obama with every lie and internet rumor ever created? Oh, come on.. doesn't Obama have a sense of humor?

    McCain makes me sick.

    August 15, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president!

    Low Road McCain aka McBush. Washington definitely does need to be cleaned up.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    August 15, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. ShirleyY - Seattle

    why is the media hard on John Edwards, what about John McCain he cheated on his wife and she was sick and left her for Cindy McCain.

    Leave John alone, his private life is between God, his wife and him.

    Everyone in the media bashing John Edwards, I am sure has done this or something worse.

    August 15, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Peter of Oregon

    My friends, I sense McCain's lying. Let me give you some straight talk... his response to the question was "you've gotta keep a sense of humor" later he said he never even heard the question but would not comment.

    August 15, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. joyce knapik

    One of the supposedly false comments is that Obama belonged to a radical Christian church when in truth he belonged to Trinity United on the southside of Chicago.Excuse me, but how do you think the church of Rev. Wright might be described? I think radical militant describes it perfectly.

    August 15, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. mike

    LOL , Obama cant defend himself so he jsut attacks mccain, wow,

    contradictions you can believe in!

    August 15, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Bayou Joe

    Hey Mel ,,, Cindy is not running for President.... Lots of people are addicted to prescription drugs... You candidate used illegal drugs...and nothing is made of this... by the media... How do we know he is not on drugs now? You Obamamites have selective hearing and knowledge. Blinded by Hope and Change I guess.

    August 15, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Shannon

    A few weeks ago they said that McCain does not speak for the McCain campaign on Social Security and now they are saying he didn't hear the question. Wow, there is a LOT Of covering up going on this year with the GOP. More than usual.

    August 15, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. lihansen

    Obama and his staff are beginning to whine. The end is near. Maybe Hillary can save the election.l

    August 15, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Baron for McCain

    Why should McCain disown a book he did not write? Why don't reporters understand when a candidate does not want to answer a silly question? Why does Obama take everything so personally? I shudder to think that this whiner and his campaign whiners might run the White House.

    August 15, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. John McCain

    Hilarious comments, guys! Seriously. Good stuff. Keep 'em comin'.

    August 15, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. lihansen

    Do you ever notice that there are still no answers coming from Obama and his people....only fingers of blame pointed at everyone else.

    This turkey won't fly.

    August 15, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Jason Salyers

    As the Convention are coming closer and closer by the day, McCain's tactics are becoming more and more vicious. He heard the clarion call of Obama's supporters; America is fed up with the same-ol presidents and now is time for something fresh! GO OBAMA!!

    August 15, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Peggy

    Isn't it time for this author to be prosecuted for slander? Or perhaps sued??And do people have any idea how easy it is to debut on the best seller list for this genre??

    August 15, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |

    Mcain is the same man that payed no attention to the lies that got us in the war in Iraq. I hope the voters heard that.

    August 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Paula

    CNN-why have you not reported on the conflict of interest with McCain, his campaign manager with lobbyist ties to Th country of Georgia? If you have time to report on Obama's swim in Hawaii, why not this GLARING truth?

    August 15, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. James

    This election is a sad indictment on our country's intelligence and level of political discourse. It hurts me to think what kind of country will be left for my children.

    August 15, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. JImmy in California

    McCain didn't hear the question while he was awake. Will he hear the phone at 3am?

    August 15, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Who Cares?

    Get over it! Obama and his camp were warned that the Repubs would chew him up and spit him out in little pieces. All of you supporters said to bring it on so here it is. That's what Repubs do so quit your whining and "man" up!

    August 15, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Brian MacDougall

    Uhhhh.... let me get this straight: this would be the Mary Matalin who is James Carville's wife who is publishing this book? Nice. Team Clinton strikes again. What horrible bolt of cloth are the Clintons cut from, anyway?

    Just another entry in the column that makes me never want to see her hold public office again.

    August 15, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Derek

    I don't understand why there is a big issue if he is a Muslim, too me it seems that the media feeds the fear of religious intolerance which then is reflected elsewhere in todays society.

    August 15, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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