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. donna4hillary

    August 15th, 2008 6:49 pm ET

    i read on that Obama's economic plan is more factually sound than McCain's…
    obama plans on eliminationg taxes all together for 17 million people. did you get that? 17 MILLION PEOPLE WILL NOT EVER PAY TAXES AGAIN under obamas plan. my question is this. who will pick up the tab when all that tax money is not collected but is still needed to run the governement/economy etc? oh thats right, you and me because we arent rich but we arent poor either so we must be okay financially right? fat chance. i dont like his plan it reeks of socialism...

    August 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Grover J. Liese Honolulu, Hi.

    Answering questions that you haven't heard seems a strange habit.

    August 15, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. JC

    I just bought the book and have read about 1/3 of it. Although some of the claims may be far-fetched, there is some degree of truthfulness to some of the facts of the book.

    These sentiments won't be popular on a "blog that is normally blindly supporting of Obama, but yeah...sometimes the truth does hurt. I think it is legitimate to question what Obama is portraying in this race is real. I don't think it is – he is like every other politician. Say what the electorate wants to hear to get elected.

    August 15, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. poor widdle tiddy-baby

    Hussein doesn't need your ranting about everything the Repubs say about him. He did just fine whining his way through Hilary, and he won't let you down crying his way to the general election.

    August 15, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Kongtooth

    How was that even bad?

    Gotta keep your sense of humor?... sounded to me like he was calling the book a joke...

    Obama has some pretty thin skin... not a good trait in a leader.

    August 15, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. mac

    best friends forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mccains friend likes to write books. hey bud can you write a book about me?

    August 15, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. The Way It Is

    Corsi's on a mission to sink Obama? Well, Mission NOT Accomplished, not this time. If people weren't ready to lose their lunch over mention of the word "Republican," tripe like this might seem more significant. But on this go-around, only the Rush-lovers will be queing up for this garbage.

    August 15, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Pepou

    Get a hearing aid, Grandpa ! Or retire to your nursing home in Arizona. Good luck when the phone rings at 3;00 am !!!

    August 15, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Hearing vs Brain

    The problem is not his hearing it is his chicken-brain. He is just a high school graduate who seeks to be a president humoring himself by running aginst the Harvard grad.

    August 15, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Christian for Obama

    McCain and Corsi are just two peas from the same pod: their smears and lies sicken me. God help us if that war monger McCain becomes our next preisdent.

    August 15, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Godson

    There ALL a bunch of bigots. If you vote for McCain and you earn LESS than 50k a year you must be racist.

    August 15, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |

    obama is such a jerk. ....just sit down and shut up stupid.

    August 15, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. SW

    McCain know these folks. Remember what they did to him in South Carolina about his adopted (black) daughter in 2000? Makes it even more disgusting to me that he's *one of them* now.

    August 15, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |

    obama is just mad because every word is true and he knows it. He's such an actor and thinks everyone in this country is stupid. He's such a fake.

    August 15, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. BJGT

    So now McBefuddled is both deaf and dumb?

    August 15, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Pat

    I'm an independent, who tries very hard to discern the true from the false in each of the elections. Years ago, I was a fan of McCain because I thought he was truly a public servant who said it like it was, regardless of popularity, etc. This campaign, though has made me see him as a shallow, power hungry, petty and untruthful man, and it's very sad. All that talk about not running a negative campaign has been completely forgotten. His campaign strategy is simply to try, by any means possible. to discredit his opponent, and I have no idea what his stand on any of the issues is. The ones he has finally articulated seem to change by whatever audience is in front of him at the time.

    August 15, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Al

    MCWar never heard the question
    what a surprise LOL
    I have said all all along you dont have to worry about a 3 am call bc he would NEVER HEAR it…period
    This guy is just too dam old to be president
    you better be careful Americans who you vote for

    August 15, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Ron

    Libs are always so defensive... Who cares if its true or not, don't read the thing...

    August 15, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. McCain is out of touch with America



    August 15, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. ex-Republican for Obama

    Corci is as low as they get.

    August 15, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. BJ

    Why does he need to comment on the book? It has nothing to do with him... It's NOT McCain's job to defend Obama the messiah!

    Obama is running scared now, and will say anything and do anything. TIME for the DNC to NOMINATE HILLARY CLINTON!!!

    August 15, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. Motov8n

    He is also a BIG LIER!!!!

    August 15, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |

    Why are people so outraged by McSane comments? John McCain is a republican using Karl Rove tactics to win this election to continue the Republican doctrine of the rich get richer and continue to squeeze and screw the working people. There are two possible explanations for McCain's behavior, either he is lying about the whole question deal or he is just simply too old and needs a hearing aid. How is he going to be able to answer the 3 AM phone call if he is not able to hear? Also, it could be that he did not understand the question?

    Once you get to be John McCain's age, sure you probably don't remember what you did five minutes ago.

    Jonh McCain was born before all the baby-boomers, that's how old he is? Perhaps, he is suffering from dementia. I'm just saying.

    August 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Kathy

    He didn't hear the question? Really? I think his comment speaks for itself.

    August 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Mama T

    McCain and repubs are dirty politics as usual. Tired of same OLD, same OLD...

    August 15, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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