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.

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. Typical White Person

    "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."

    So what are these "several documented falsehoods"? I haven't seen a single one on any news site or cable news channel. As much as CNN is in the tank for Obama, you would think they would be listing them one by one and giving you footnotes to cross reference if that was the case.

    August 15, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Chris in SC.

    The sad thing is there are plenty of idiots in this country that will believe the BS in this book. Over the years Republicans have perfected the art of playing to the least common denominator. They really know how to manipulate their ignorant base.

    August 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Arack Bobama

    By "swift-boating" you of course mean getting the real truth out about a candidate who portrays himself as the opposite of who he really is, when the main stream media refuses to do their job?

    Yes, we need a lot of "swift boating" on these hucksters and charlatans like Obama!

    August 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    > Truth hurts

    The truth is, you are a moron.

    August 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. stephanie

    hmm, how can you answer a question if you didn't hear it? not the best excuse, mccain.

    August 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Alan Boyer

    so did McCain laugh when George Bush smeared him in 2000 about his adopted daughter?

    August 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    You can tell a lot about a man by what he thinks is funny. Is that 'Bomb Iran" video still out there? Let's see that on a commercial. Maybe after the republican convention.......

    Go Obama !!!

    August 15, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Foreign Observer

    McCain will engage in relatively little dirty work himself, but he most certainly will reap the benefits of all and any smear with a glad heart. I think even Bush distanced himself from the Swift Boat attacks... here's your "I'll run a clean campaign" McCain - he's clean because he has his boys work the latrine for him.

    August 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. BKoi

    McCain loves it, naturally! It saves him money, and he reaps the benefits, without sticking his neck out! Who do you think is behind all this garbage? Lets just say it's not Obama's friends. So much for McCain's not going negative. But it makes sense , he's old , his biggest deal is war war war! He's joined at the hip to Bush, yadda yadda yadda ! My friends, I feel another surge coming on!

    August 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. Francisco Cardenas

    this is for the moderator .. two of us at work used the same computer to comment on this ... of course we are McCain supporters .. but how come neither comment was used for this article?

    August 15, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian



    August 15, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Don

    Obama and McCain, and their supporters need to stop all the stupidity. Enough with all the name calling and witty remarks..Most of the blogs are full of lies and misconceptions on these men and no one talks issues...but sure cry about it. Someone said above that the truth does..the truth is that we as Americans are spoiled and somewhat stupid..We would rather call people names, trash Hillary and whoever and not face the problems of this nation.

    August 15, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Mike Harley

    I saw the video of his response, and it's obvious that he heard the question. The stright talking express guy has fallen in with the scum bag liars. John McCain WAS a hero and he is NOW a dirt bag.

    August 15, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. jimmy


    August 15, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. NM


    August 15, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. JOHN


    August 15, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Not this time GOP

    Liars, God hates LIARS McCain and the GOP

    August 15, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Tiffany

    If he didn't hear the question, what is the "Obama Nation" supposed to get a sense of humor about? Good Lord. The McCain campaign should at least make sense when it lies.

    August 15, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. Patriot

    It does, what the Obama camp replied clearly hit the nerve. (b)

    McCain is just another crook. To think I wanted him to win the election in 2000... no wonder the same scumbas who have thrown this country to the ditch are now suddenly supportin McCain.

    Truth hurts.

    August 15, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Gaylon Barrow the infamous, "Texas Trail Dog"

    Just like OBAMA and his supporters always blaming their opposition for someone else's views. How ignorance is bliss.

    August 15, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. David

    How sad. How can any self respecting American spend money on this book. You want to talk about being unAmerican? This book is the grandstand of what it means to bring down a fellow American through lies. Any American who buys this book should be ashamed. Any American who buys this book should never and I mean never raise the American flag again. This goes beyond politics. Republicans and Democrats should stand up and say "Shame on you".

    August 15, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Christopher

    After nearly 8 years of Republican filth, lies, deceit, borderline treason, and the unconscionable desecration of the Constitution, our sense of humor is OVER. Enough of Republican filth. They have done so much damage to this republic, shredded America's reputation, and crippled our power and influence to such an extent that we cannot laugh it off any more. We're taking this scum out in the next election. A little revolution may be good from time to time, but now, it's absolutely essential for the safety and future of this republic. McCain got PLAYED by the Georgians, and he would have us in three wars at once! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    August 15, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. Gaylon Barrow the infamous, "Texas Trail Dog"

    No comments.

    August 15, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Ceee

    Why isn't anyone writing about the early life of John McCain? I'm sure someone could (1) detail each of the five times he lost his planes and explore why he was ever given another, and another, and another and another, (2) examine his poor showing at the Naval Academy, (3) and relate anecdotes about his cheating on his first wife. As far as I know, each of these areas are true history (unlike some books I could name) and not a figment of imagination. Please, GOP bloggers, let me know if I've been given incorrect information about Senator McCain. I'll look for you to correct the record if I am in error. Seriously. Isn't what I have read previously and just repeated about McCain true? Was my source as unreliable as Corsi?

    August 15, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Jacquie H

    It's the stupid factor. All the McCain can depend on are the people who have no critical thinking skills, who believe any crap they are spoon fed because they need others to think for them...they still believe the Republicans can deliver the American dream to them even as they kill our sons for oil wars, wreck he economy and then convince them that taxing the very people who are making the big bucks off the backs of the little guy will somehow get them a job or a mortgage when the truth is that if they can scare the little stupid guy into believing that some black democrat will tax them, take away their guns and their freedom (which is now an illusion thanks to McBush) and if they spout the enough lies the dumb people will believe. Hopefully the smart people will outnumber the dullards. It amazes me how the poorest people vote for the very guy who could care less about them after the election. They are a means to an end, once that is done, they can keep the illusion that the enemy is coming to convert them into muslims at gunpoint and steal all the money they don't have in the first place because the rich Republicans have it all.

    August 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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