August 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
12 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."

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. Thomas in PDX

    I am ashamed to have supported McCain in 2000. We might as well lower the voting age to 5, since that seems to be the maturity level that American politics have plummeted to.

    And you know what? We keep on lapping it up. Discernment and respectability are dead...especially in politics.

    August 15, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Josh in Denver

    Hmm... Somehow having experience with Middle Eastern cultures is a bad thing? We need a President who can fully understand the root of our problems in the Middle East. McCain can't even get the three tribes in Iraq right.

    Stop hatefully implying that all Muslims are evil.

    Obama '08 (whether he's Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish... Who cares!!!)

    August 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. steve

    When the Georgia crisis errupted, Obama was vacationing in Hawaii and made a pathetic small statement. Unfit for foreign affairs, unfit leadership. At least McCain knows what happened to the policy of appeasement.

    August 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Jessie Colt

    Its funny.. he couldn't hear a question about something as petty as a book.. what is going to happen when he cannot "hear" a question that if he laughs off could result in a renewed war with Russia?

    Is this what we can expect if he is elected "I did not hear the question" ??

    Great.. just what we need.. not only is he an adulterer and a liar, now he is too hard of hearing to even be able to answer questions..

    This country is going downhill fast if this is the best that can be offered up as a Presidential Candidate.

    August 15, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Rave

    Write a book called Flip-Flop and a 1000 pages wont be enough to document McPain's flip-flops..
    Grow up America.. this man is there to destroy us.
    Just look at Georgia..all his big talk and what happened? They accepted defeat.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    August 15, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. eye's of the wise

    Keep the pressure on this story, Mccain must denounce this man and his book to have any credibility. Corsi is the kind of character Sen. Obama was exposing when he said they are going to say he does not look like other President on the dollar bill. Only a bigot would be concerned with how many men of color Barack's mother chose to fall in love with and marry.

    August 15, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Carolyn

    Either McCain is a jerk or he is hard of hearing – either way not a good candidate for leader of the free world. Can you just hear it – well, the President didn't really hear Putin say he was invading a European country.

    August 15, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. milbs

    Seriously, what is wrong with these people? Worse, could 41 percent of the population actually be listening to them?

    August 15, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Houston Teacherey

    McCain is fighting for his base, the wealthiest people of this country. Obama wants to raise Their taxes, not ours! Wake up, America!

    August 15, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Keith Schath

    Interesting comments about Obama being sensitive or whiny, the fact of the matter is that a nation of idiots that believes everything they hear or read put Bush in office, that same bunch believes statements such as "we need to drill for more oil", or "the surge is working", or my particular favorite "McCain is a hero, we can trust him". If Obama isn't aggressively responding to and attacking the overall bulk of lies and misrepresentations it all goes down as truth to too many people. The overall amount of what the more well informed americans see used as platforms to rally a bunch of lemmings and gerbils that is totally unfounded lies and misrepresentations is unacceptible.

    August 15, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Steve

    Wah, wah, wah

    How can such a cry baby like Obama be President.

    August 15, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Mauri

    More than anyone else, McCain has repeatedly dismissed the type of criticisms of Obama. But it seems to be now that if this is Obama's lack of appreciation for McCain's high-road about such things as are included in Corsi's book - then he should just say, "Swing Away!" Also, seems like that instead of Obama and company spending all their time doing tit for tat, he should be brushing up on his reactions to such world-shattering events as the Russia/Georgia war. That would seem to be more presidential.

    August 15, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. texas democrat

    i remember ronald reagan always taking a nap and the vp bush sr never beening in the loop. god i can't take another group of old men running the white house again. now let's see mccain has frequent bouts of cancer, broken arms and now hearing loss. is he fit to be president? i won't even mention his old age of 72.

    August 15, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. Francisco Cardenas

    Actually, in truth, the Obama campaign has been the most divisive and smearing ... and really they kind of make me wonder why their candidate will only do 3 debates with McCain who they keep smearing him about his age ... obviously his age trumps Obama's ability to debate!!

    August 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. Independent for Obama, CT

    I wonder if he would cliam he didn't hear when he receives a 4 am Phone call.

    People don't take any chances

    OBAMA' 08

    August 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. bill scott sr.

    i think if john McCain was sued for defamation of cheractor, it might make a difference.
    something has to happen. McCain is to sick and much to old and a bad temper to be any president. its really terrible when you have to discredit your opponent in order to try to win. that should be against the law.
    shame on those republicans.

    August 15, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Old Artillery Man

    Too bad Joe Lieberman or Lindsay Graham was not there to whisper in McCain’s ear to correct another one of his gaffes.

    August 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. dan

    He won't comment on it? What a coward.

    August 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Mary

    How, honestly, given McCain's pathetically incompetent campaign, could anyone vote for him to run our country?

    August 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Joe in Chicago JJR60616

    So John McCain didn't "hear" the question...

    So he either really didn't hear the question (too old) or he responded with a flippant remark to the question (too dumb to comment off the cuff)

    Either way he's not the man for my vote for President.

    And I'd never heard the stuff about McCain dumping his first wife for another after her disfiguring car accident and his cheating on her before he divorced her... At least until I started seeing the Dem responses to this book so I gotta say whatever he is thinking by letting these people attack Barack Obama might just blow up in his own face.

    Here's a novel on the issues and let us decide.

    August 15, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Americans have little or no sense of humor about anything now – puritan roots coming out in all these people that spent their youth with sex, drugs and rock and roll

    August 15, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Jackson

    At least McCain knows there are not 57 states ... so many of you act like NObama has never misspoke ... petty, pathetic, whining liberals!! .. which is why so many conservative Democrats will vote for McCain!

    August 15, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. e.

    Please, Senator McCain, show some integrity.
    Please, Mr Corsi, get a life and show some integrity.

    August 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Michele, Oregon

    Obama aside, I have now come to believe that McCain would be one of the soldiers laughing his guts out while Jesus was mocked with the crown of thorns. Everything about him tells us what side he would be on.

    August 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. J.C.

    Perhaps it's time for Senator McCain to use hearing aids.
    Some people much younger than he is are using hearing aids.
    There is nothing shameful about being able to hear better.

    All candidates have said stupid things and they did say they are bound to misspeak once in a while since they are so zoomed in on the minute.

    August 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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