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. Scott, Tucson

    After we had four years of Obama and his spend it all democrats bankrupting this nation, McCain and Palin would have looked pretty good after all.

    February 26, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. AV

    If he doesn't feel the need to email, why does he have a Blackberry?

    February 26, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. RR

    I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks...
    Although, it's usually beneficial to teach them BEFORE the big show.

    February 26, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. shucks

    Who cares!

    February 26, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Michael

    Dinosaurs using electronics.
    All the tech in the world won't help unless you are willing to evolve.

    February 26, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. We love Sarah

    Well it seems that McLiar suddenly can move his fingers that he once claimed were disabled from the Vietnam war; and did not allow him to use a computer.

    We need to learn who his PT is so that we can use his techniques.

    February 26, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. wow he looks old

    thank god he did not get elected president

    we could not see more of Palin but how bad a president he would be

    February 26, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Alicia

    I used to like him. He now looks like an angry, bitter and jealous grumpy old man.

    I don't think it was a coincidence he and his Judas pal, Liebermann, had Burris, dumbo, in the middle of them walking in.

    February 26, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    OLD OLD OLD.... why doesn't he retire to one of his wife's mansions?

    February 26, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Phillip Bunn

    John McCain is rapidly becoming "The Old Fart" joke of America." First he trots out "Backwoods Bimbo" and looses her upon the general public, now he continues to grunt and raise his eyebrows every time Obama speaks, just as if he actually has a better idea of how to handle anything. It is so sad to see " a hero" go down in the self indulgent flames of arrogance and ignorance.

    February 26, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. California Gold

    If he has nothing to say, he would "never felt the particular need to e-mail." Regardless of technology, he remains out-of-touch and sadly behind the curve. He gives our tech savvy senior citizens a bad name.

    February 26, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Libertarian

    Did anyone actually watch the Jindal response to Obama's speech? OMG!!!!!! Was that THE MOST FAKE bunch of crap you'd ever seen? When it started I actually thought it was a Saturday Night Live spoof. HONESTLY. It took me a few minutes to grasp that it wasn't. LOL!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Al, NY NY

    his first message....dot/dot/dot, dash/dash/dash, dot/dot/dot. Oh wait, that's not twitter. That's the latest technology the old guy has

    February 26, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. Surrounded by juveniles

    Is there anyone posting who is out of school?

    February 26, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. false_techn0_prophet

    What an innovator. At least he can keep in better touch with the lobbyists.

    February 26, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Shot in the Dark

    So, how long will it be before he and Cindy get a new dog?

    February 26, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    He's too old to have this kind of technology. It just goes to show that he's still out of touch.

    @No Hillary = No Obama

    You sound like an idiot.
    He needed a Blackberry when he was deciding to postpone the first presidential debate. Mr. McCain is behind in the times. Sorry old geezer.

    February 26, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Huey Lewis

    It's hip to be square...

    February 26, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Big Ed


    February 26, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. roy

    John McCain: OUR MAN FOR THE 1970s!!

    February 26, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Dan in Philly

    Talk about a wannabee.

    Hey, "No Hillary=No Obama"! How'd that work out for you?

    February 26, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Neal Klomp

    So, its not like it changes the facts, which are A) that his pushing 80 or B) that he really has no clue what these techie things are about.

    February 26, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Sue

    "McCain should have been President" – really? And just how would he and the ethically and morally challenged governor grandma be dealing with things? I suppose you think the stock market would be rising, jobs would be raining from the sky, and the world would be at peace?

    More like: tax cuts for the wealthy send even more dollars offshore, unemployment rates soar as McCain promises but can't deliver on business tax cuts, the stock market drops below 7000 as more money is thrown at bankers, who thumb their noses at their customers and take a bonus, nuclear war is imminent as McCain threatens Iran and N. Korea, home prices depreciate even more as McCain tells people in default "tough luck." Oh, and his VP would be posing for photographs with her arsenal to keep the NRA dollars flowing to Republicans. Meanwhile, the VP mansion would be home to the daughters, the babies, the sort of educated father of the newest baby...are you serious?

    February 26, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. bill

    McCain should call Biden and get the number for recovery.com. So much for dems and technology.

    February 26, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Rich from Az

    Nobody's interested in what you might have to say, McCain. You're an angry old fart. Whats your relationship with Cindy (besides cold) and money. Me thinks you're the 4th horseman of the "Apocalypse." You can't even take care of Az. Jindal-Steele-McCain-Palin-Scary

    February 26, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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