February 26th, 2009
10:36 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain 2.0: Senator on Twitter, with a new BlackBerry to boot

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.mccain.gi.jpg caption="McCain got a new BlackBerry device in January."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain said during the presidential campaign that he "never felt the particular need to e-mail," but he has apparently developed an urge to Twitter.

McCain recently began sending tweets to the more than 88,000 Twitter users following him online, offering brief updates on floor votes, media appearances and his hometown Phoenix Suns.

"steve nash hurt? amare too! what now for the suns!," he wrote about the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Senators have been slower than their House colleagues to embrace the micro-blogging technology, but several members of the upper chamber - notably Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Iowa's Charles Grassley - have been among the most prolific twitterers on Capitol Hill.

While other senators appear on Twitter, many of them (or their staffers) simply use the site to send out formal-looking messages and press releases. But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told CNN the Arizona Republican is sending out his own authentic tweets.

According to his Twitter page, the senator is following updates from a handful of journalists who covered his campaign, as well as from a few members of his South Carolina campaign staff.

Buchanan also revealed that McCain is now wielding a brand new BlackBerry, which he picked up in January. That marks a great leap forward for the senator, who spent the campaign attached to his Motorola Razr phone, but never used a PDA.

Throughout the campaign, McCain suffered from the perception that he didn't quite understand the Internet, an assessment that proved damaging in a race against a young, tech-savvy opponent. In an interview with the New York Times last July, McCain said he knew how to use a BlackBerry, but that he didn't have his own.

"I use the BlackBerry, but I don't e-mail, I've never felt the particular need to e-mail," he told the paper.

- CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Swift

    It's ridiculous that Eliot Engel had the nerve to comment back on Anderson's comment. It's pathetic that senators wasted that much time to get an autograph from the president like a groupie. Mr. Engel don't you think it would be a better idea to draft a wonderful and very much needed peice of legislation that would capture the president's attention immediately. Then he would just invite you into his office, don't you think? I think congressmen should be paid by the hour, give them a time clock, and lets fire them when they are late!

    February 26, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  2. Ghost

    beyond popular belief I love arizona, there are so many great people in arizona. Senator McCain should feel privledge to represent such wonderful people from a truley unique and awesome state.... (With the exception of the sheriff, he alienate's and stamps on peoples rights)

    February 26, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  3. Alexa

    Thumbs up! I'm glad that politcians are trying to connect and stay in touch with their constituents.

    February 26, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. Mixer

    Who finds John McCain the least bit interesting......nobody!
    Last election proved that.

    February 26, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. Barb

    Proving he's still got "hip".........John McCain is a ninny.

    February 26, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  6. maf

    Never seen the need to email, maybe because he knows how dangerous that would be for his life and reputation. Wait 'til we get to read some of the comments that he is a "twit" about. It will only be a matter of time before his actions will be troublesome for his future.

    February 26, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  7. Kyle Roberts

    I'll bet Cindy gave it to him for Christmas. He'll ditch it in the "junk drawer" before too long.

    February 26, 2009 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. Porky

    Let me guess, he has one for every house and car he ownes.

    February 26, 2009 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  9. bsmith171

    he should resign along with obama.

    February 26, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  10. Kats Meow

    Why is this old coot revelant?

    February 26, 2009 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  11. vick

    wow mccain just started using blackberry but he cant use emails hahahah than whats the reason to use blackberry device if you dont know how to do emails...... this guy is stupid and ignorant

    February 26, 2009 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  12. stickyideas

    Suddenly the war injuries that prevented him from using the Internet and email have vanished? Odd.

    February 26, 2009 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Right. You mean an aide to John McCain is on Twitter sending Tweets pretending to be John McCain.

    February 26, 2009 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. Ryan

    He probably keeps answering his paper weight.

    February 26, 2009 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. raagos

    Its so old news. what is he gonna with blckbberry . just try stay on news. go away please

    February 26, 2009 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  16. Pete Collins

    Poor John, he actually imagines somebody is reading his stuff.

    February 26, 2009 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  17. Roz A

    I'd like to know what his handle is on Twitter!
    This should be interesting!

    February 26, 2009 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  18. Ken Bernstein

    Oh McCain, you hateful old goat.....it's way too little, way too late.

    February 26, 2009 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  19. JOE

    Is this old fool still around????? I thoughthe was in Crawford, or Dallas, sucking on a Jim Beam bottle with his old buddy..The BUSH..

    February 26, 2009 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  20. JOE

    He looks like death warmed over...

    February 26, 2009 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  21. Cry Me A River GOP

    Um.... your a little too late to be getting in the game now mccain

    February 26, 2009 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  22. John

    McCain increasingly looks like the past: Angry old white Republican guys.

    February 26, 2009 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  23. JOE

    He is not smart enough to use e-mail...He is the biggest phony in the Congress.

    February 26, 2009 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  24. Dumbay

    i'm all a-twitter....maybe , by 2012, he'll get the hang of it....or one of his "young Turks" -payin' Palin? hip-hop beyond-the-leading-edge Steele? or Bobby -Bollywood Jindal?.....is this reality TV, or what?...:-)

    February 26, 2009 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  25. Sue

    Too bad he is also picking up the horrible habit of not using caps when he writes...I'd think an educated man of his generation would use proper grammar and punctuation no matter what.

    February 26, 2009 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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