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."

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. Teresa

    Aren't we voters smarter than to believe everything we read and do we really expect our nominees to defend their opponents honor at every turn. Educate yourself and don't depend on anyone be it a book author or media to spoon feed you.

    August 16, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. John

    Obama sure is sensitive enough to be a Muslim… he needs to quite complaining.

    August 16, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. Dan

    I see nothing wring with his statement. You do have to have a sense of humor. What's the problem here? I'm an Obama supporter, but I see nothing wrong with this statement. Flippant means to be courteously condescending. Based on the syntax of the words uttered, it is not flippant. But, it depends on the inflexion in his voice, which would require the entire context to be witnessed and how it was delivered. Thus, it is difficult to determine precisely any conclusion to develop a judgement on. I remain neutral, but love analysing other pundits who are not qualified to analyze such things;)

    August 16, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. Diana

    Racism is ignorance–Don't count on the people of this country to remain in this state of ignorance. Vote for a change in this backward way of life–

    Obama '08

    August 16, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  5. clnton12mccain08

    oprah will be there for the whining obama. This Democrat family for fair play & McCain PUMA

    August 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. jm from sc

    McCain looks every bit of 90 on this mug shot. It's amazing so many people are discussing voting for him. The polls should be indicating a landslide victory for Obama.

    August 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. John

    I think its funny.. but you have to have a twisted sense of humor to be pres... everyone is going tosay anything about you and if you cant laugh at it; you already lost. Obama is taken the Barry Bonds route–he is not suing or denying.. just blasting the reports... which means there is some truth in there.

    August 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  8. john

    there is one trend dat is evolving from the mccain they keep smearing obama but when they are confronted about it they say they were having fun.mccain has taken the low road in this campaign.The writer has serious credibility problem was he nut the same man that said the governmnet was behind 9/11,was he nut the same smeared the catholic church,was he not same man that smeared islam.this man's lies are endless unfortunately ameriacns are falling for this

    August 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  9. Cal York

    People who read this garbage, and believe it, are truly un-American. This SOB, Corsi, who Swift Boated John Kerry should be Tarred and Feathered. He sunk Kerry.....but the real question is why didn't George Bush go to Viet Nam? At least Kerry went to Nam. Is Corsi the guy that smeared Max Cleeland too? I can't believe idiots in this country drink this Kool-Aid.

    August 16, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. ANGIE


    August 16, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  11. Adam

    Hey, I'm a stereotypical McCain supporter.

    Despite the fact that McCain plainly lied and/or displayed clear signs of memory loss, I will just ignore it by saying "who cares" and call Democrats names like "whiners."

    That about sum it up?

    August 16, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. SAGG

    susan August 15th, 2008 7:31 pm ET

    Oh my goodness, had it been a book about McCain, you would be laughing and yukking it up. What exactly is it you want McCain to say?

    There's that laughing thing again. What is it about Repubs and laughing? Why are they so obsessed with it?

    August 16, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. Bonita

    What a sore loser. Obama will win the election irrespective of all these false allegations. Time will tell?

    August 16, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. yoyo

    Who cares, CNN? More about BigFoot, that is where the real news is at. You guys are right on the money to make that the top of the list of headline news! I just got done reading the most recent Sun newspaper, and thought, "These guys don't even come close..."

    August 16, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  15. Carl from MI

    This guy is the worst kind of slime!! It's lies and dishonesty... and once again... the GOP Presidential Candidate is going to let it slide. His book isn't about facts... it's unfounded storytelling that conservatives are just chomping at the bit to believe.

    Whatever happened to McCain's statement of running a positive campaign? It went the same way as GWB's statement of firing anybody involved in the Plame incident. And THIS is who you conservatives want to put in the Oval Office?

    He TRULY is McBush.... WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!

    August 16, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. Staghelm-Horde

    Yep.. truth does hurt.. all these LOLBAMA supporters think he's untouchable and reality is starting to set in, all this and more will come to light in Oct/ Nov. Voters will see this kinda of truth out of Obama, the media will attempt to downplay it but we will see through it.

    August 16, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  17. Elizabeth Nalliah

    Most of the Republican attacks and inuendos against Obama will not stand an impartial scrutiny. The sole aim of the Republicans is to use strong emotive language in order to discredit Senator Obama. A close reading of their stuff, reveals their venom. Such attacks are beneath Democratic campaigns. A writer or journalist should bolster their satements with facts .

    August 16, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. jayjayaye

    So what happens if Senator McCain becomes President McCain, his phone rings at 3 A.M. to tell him that Los Angeles has been nuked, and he answers, "Gotta keep your sense of humor," and hangs up?

    August 16, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. derrick

    I'm sure if Obama was in an election with Osama Bin Ladin; the folks that say all this lies about him will vote for Osama and label Obama the terrorist.

    My suggestion to Obama is he has a better chance of making the world a better place if he goes to Kenya and help them build a democracy that is not filled with hate as it is in Zimbabwe and the United States. The Kenya people will work with you.

    War is sweet to those who haven't experienced it. – Latin (on war and peace)

    August 16, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. john

    I am a British citizen hoping for a john McCain win, this will ensure you arrogant yanks sink into oblivion. simple as that

    August 16, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. Albert in New York

    Shame on you to willfully publish lies. Shame, shame, shame!

    August 16, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. Houston Teacher

    Is it just me or do I detect a resemblence between Corsi and McCain? Perhaps Dean is right.... they do all look alike.

    August 16, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  23. bush league

    Who cares? I cant wait til the undecideds get a close up look at McCain in the debates. LOLOLOL.

    August 16, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. Ben

    I think McCain's reaction to Jerome Corsi's abominable new book is abominable. I did vote for McCain in the primary but in Septemeber I'll be voting for someone who doesn't find smear tactics so amusing.

    August 16, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. jayjayaye

    What in blazes need "moderation" in this question?

    August 16, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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