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. Trevor Guerlain

    The book should be titled: The Audacity of the Whole Truth, or How Barrack Hussein Obama Tried to Con the US of A into electing him to the Highest Office....better yet: Americans Are Chumps for Thinking Obama is Fit to be President.

    No-Bama 08

    August 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    Corsi is not worth a comment. As for McCain, I believe he hears only what he wants to hear.

    August 15, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Mike

    Hey hold on. The dems have a great sense of humor. Just look at their candidate and leadership! They're jokes.

    August 15, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. PW, CA

    Maybe he didn't hear it....he's old....sometimes I don't hear things....but once the question was repeated to him, why was his answer "I didn't hear it".....hmmmm

    August 15, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Allison R.

    So if I write a book stating that John McCain supports the KKK and believes that women shouldn't serve in the military (or even work for that matter, they are women after all), will I be placed on the NYT best seller list too? Shame on Anerica for allowing this to happen. Truly, for a country (and media) claiming to be so "modern", it disgusts me that an indivdual's name or ethnic background still determines his or her reputation. Muslim because of a middle name? My middle name is Marie. Does that make me stamped without papers? Disgust at the perpetuation of worthless news and racism.

    August 15, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. G. Rodriguez

    These are the same tactics used by the Bush campaign. The same smear-fear garbage. Consequently, you can expect the same results if they win. A military that is unable to respond to any new threats because it is mired in Iraq. Ten billion a month to Iraq while that government is banking billions in oil sales. A loss of prestige and influence for the USA on a global level. An economy on the brink of a recession, with deregulation as at least partially to blame. Sounds great doesn't it? Makes you just want to go out an vote for McCain for four more tortured years of poor judgment, "stay the course" mentality..

    August 15, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. carol

    Our very good men and women and their children, who gave so much to fight for our country had too because of the lies that they sold us last. Now they need us to stand up and be American by not buying it this time.

    August 15, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Allison R.

    agh. America. not anerica

    August 15, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Mack

    Whether or not Obama has the experience needed to become president, his motives for the betterment of our country are honest and true....

    McCain is a devil....America is NOT in his best interest. He's looking out for himself because he doesn't want to be poor normal citizens like us. If you think McCain cares about you or what's best for our country....then you've got another thing coming. He's an old foggie who apparently can't hear. How will he be able to hear the needs of America?

    August 15, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. E

    good to know mccain thinks the election is funny, does he also think the job is funny? will he point and laugh at injured vets and starving children? will he find it funny when he continues to piss on the constitution like his buddy Dubya?

    Is it funny to watch your corporate buddies to get rich while the rest of the country spins into an enormous economic depression?

    August 15, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. California Gold

    McCain gave an answer to a question he didn't hear?

    McCain must be hearing those voices again.

    August 15, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Sandee from Portland, Or

    I admire Obama for switfly responding to all the things said about him by the McCain camp; however, I think it's time for for both sides to get off the meaningless rhetoric and get down to the business of serious campaigning about the serious issues facing our country.

    August 15, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. 1SG G. Barrow the infamous, "Texas Trail Dog"

    Just like OBAMA and his supporters to blame their opponents for any negative comments. They do not realize that people do have their own opinions and don't have to copy others like their man OBAMA>

    August 15, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. David

    He didn't hear the question? Then he was having his 'senior moment'. It is loughable. Is this the guy who wants to be the leader of the free world?

    August 15, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. amyholmesfan

    could we get an analysis by ms holmes. i'm sort of tired of mr wolff. we need new blood, new hope, new analysis. the "same old cnn politics" is more of the (mc) same.

    a news of hope is needed badly!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Brian McDougall:

    Carville is a liberal; Mary Matalin, his wife, is a well-known conservative.

    GET IT NOW?!?!?!

    August 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Mary Matalin partnering with Corsi in publishing this book exposes her as an extreme right wing pundit. She no longer should be taken seriously when expressing her views.

    August 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. time

    OBAMA Being out smarted by the right,while the right makes suckers out of the media. While Obama pays for adds on CNN,MSNBC,FOX and other spending millions the right and Mccain just use a 25 minute desktop made add puts it on the web , talk the add up use there people at the stations its talked about all day and Obama's spending millions for a few minutes.
    Obama stop spending your money and play the fools in the media like Mccain and his people.

    August 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. frank hsu

    Like Obama said, McCain is just another Bush...swift boat and all...

    August 15, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Kris from AZ

    MCcain heard the question. but some poeple will believe he did not. It is the way poeple are I guess. MCcain sense of humor is that of singing Bomb bomb bomb...bomb bomb very twisted. That is old school racist, ignorant, and yesterdays way of thinking. He is the man of yesterday. MCcain is NOT the man of the future. THE FUTURE BELONGS TO US. We need a person of today and thay my friends is Barack Obama. Toast....To the future. Our country. Our world is ready!

    August 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. CRob

    Obama = Socialism

    August 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. 1SG G. Barrow the infamous, "Texas Trail Dog"

    Just like OBAMA and his supporters to blame his opponent for comments they don't make. They somehow don't realize that people have their own opinions and not that of others like their man OBAMA copys.

    August 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. Don't Follow the Flock

    I guess I missed the part where "gotta keep your sense of humor" became so controversial and disrespectful. I mean, Obama continues to preach change and a new form of politics, but then sends his surrogates out to practice the same shallow, transparent poltiics we've all grown so accustomed to.

    Wake up, sheep.

    August 15, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Don't Follow the Flock


    you're an idiot (source – me)

    August 15, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. John H.

    The term jerk is too good for McCain. He is a hateful arrogant old dirt bag. What a waste of a human he is...

    August 15, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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