August 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Campaign says McCain didn't hear question on attack book

McCain isn't commenting on Corsi's new book.

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. Alec in NE

    Guys, this isn't the Obama camp whining over something trivial (which it is), this is the DNC. The fact is, neither the Obama or McCain camps have been playing the game respectfully in the slightest, but everyone needs to realize that this is a political campaign (that special time every four years when all of those straight-faced, honorable politicians get to make fools of each other).

    – From a freethinking, intelligent, and concerned supporter of Barack Obama.

    August 15, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. sandy

    Well, just goes to show you how this man thinks. If you remember, he thought it was funny when he sang bomb,bomb,bomb,bomb,bomb Iran. Pretty twisted if you ask me. Looks like the Republicans are up to the same tricks they used to get Bush reelected and I truly hope the American people don't fall for it. This election is too important to all of us and to our grandchildren.

    August 15, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Pat

    If he didn't hear the question how will he hear the answers in the Oval Office? Or was it just another of his humourous smart remarks like his "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran." This man is showing more signs of senility, old age, and incapability every hour! NO McBUSH!

    August 15, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |

    it is alot of things that McCain is not hearing lately. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ONE OF THEM!!!

    August 15, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Sherry for Obama

    yea right

    he is such a liar

    August 15, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Mark

    Truth hurts whom? What truth? Last Honest Man, you are being a bit sententious aren't you?

    August 15, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Peter M

    Is it customary for McCain to respond to questions he did not hear? What was his response in regards to?

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

    I wouldn't waste my time reading Rubbish, Hope its listed as FICTION or at least Creative Non fiction.

    August 15, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. Al - Florida

    Dear Obama supporters... say whatever you want about McCain

    ... just remember NO LOOTING when you loose in November.

    August 15, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Democrat

    What a numnut. Get that old man out'a here.

    August 15, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. eve

    omg, do we live in a free country or not? anyone has a right to come out with a book, and they have a right to write about a presidential candidate. that doesn't have anything to do with Mccain. they both need to stop demanding the other to start "denouncing" people right and left. Stop with the stupidity, and focus on what you're gonna do to fix this country. and barack really really needs a thicker skin, he's acting like a whiny little girl (even the all worshipping liberal media says he can't take criticism).

    August 15, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. truth pls

    America has been swift boated. Ignorant predominantly poor folks can't seem to vote to get rid of the hand that oppresses them. McCain may not win but either way America has already lost all credibility in the world and is almost poised for WW3. So....Laugh at that republicans. It's not so funny is it?

    August 15, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. jt

    Look at those two faces, how similar corrupt and crook...

    August 15, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. time


    August 15, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Patrick Fischer

    Does Obama even understand the meaning of free speech. It means people who don't like you can say whatever they want about you, and it is up to everyone else to use their freedom of listening or reading to take in whatever they please. A Democrat bashing freedom is nothing new though.

    August 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. 1SG G. Barrow the infamous, "Texas Trail Dog"

    Just like Obama and his supporters blaming his opponent for comments he didn't make. They don't realize people have their own minds and thoughts on the matter not like OBAMA who steals from other chandidates.

    August 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. tito valentino

    I just lost all my respect for Mccain today. Its really a SHAME. Cant believe this. That Guy just want to be President no matter what

    August 15, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Go Obama!

    but McCain didn't denounce it either. He is horrible.

    August 15, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. MBFLA

    Let's write a book full of falsehoods aboout McBush and see how his sense of humor holds up!

    August 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Not only did Senator McCain not hear the question about Corsi"s book, he apparently does not hear nor listen to the American people.

    August 15, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. buddhistMonkey

    Any time there's a mention of Corsi's book at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, it should be pointed out that it got there because of bulk purchases by conservative groups which end up giving them away or selling them a few weeks later for pennies on the dollar. Gaming the system so that conservative books hit #1 is standard practice for imprints like Mary Matalin's.

    Oh, and on a related topic, it was great to see Larry King drop the big hammer on Corsi's head the other night. I didn't think he had it in him, but he did, and it was an epic take-down. If only the rest of the media were as good at exposing the truth about Corsi and his ilk.

    August 15, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Mike

    Obama doth protest too much...

    August 15, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. robert Turner

    CNN was to Obama what FOX is to the Republicans. So many people were turned off by CNN .They all tell me they may vote for McCain if Hillary is not the VP.

    August 15, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Remy

    It is sad to see many talk about the church obama belongs but none is ready to check the reality of the statements from the churches.

    McCain cry for war. Haggee too do the same.
    Bush wabt war. McCains too want the war.

    Why do this McCain Camp not anything on the PEACE of the world except Obama?

    Are you all Americans want to kill people by supporting this old rotten NcCain?

    August 15, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. Mir

    OMG–the book was completely debunked by the RIGHT, not just the left. That the book is a bunch of lies or exaggerations and can't be taken seriously is waht McCain probably meant, not that he personally thinks racist innuendos are funny. In any case, I it's a shame McCain's camp said he didn't hear the question because that alone raises the "age" issue facing him. But bottom line is Obama needs to lighten up and figure out the difference between when people are laughing with you (McCain) and not at you.

    August 15, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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