July 14th, 2009
04:16 PM ET
14 years ago

'Not too bad for an old guy,' McCain says of 1M+ Twitter following

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has passed an online milestone.

The former Obama rival now has more than a million followers on the microblogging and social networking site Twitter.

In a statement announcing the achievement, McCain said he was "both honored and humbled" to have amassed such a following. "It has been one of the most enjoyable experiences in my long political career – not too bad for an old guy," McCain added.

McCain's increasing use of Twitter marks a major shift from the presidential campaign when he said he "never felt the particular need to e-mail."

Earlier this year, McCain also became the proud owner of new BlackBerry.

In addition to slightly more than a million followers on Twitter, McCain boasts more than half a million supporters on Facebook.

Filed under: John McCain • Social Networking • Twitter
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. soulstar

    conan said that mccain twitter on his garage door opener...lol

    July 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    McCain is unstoppable for 2012!!!
    He is hip and knows new technologies like no one else.
    If he could run again with Palin they could both learn from their 2008 campaign and do a better job this time!!! America believes in second chances.

    July 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. donttreadonme

    We would have been much better off with you John. Your age hurt you in many people’s minds but you are truly a great senator!

    You put country before self interests maybe Obama could learn from you!

    July 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He must have senior citizen following.

    July 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. k.jones

    Who cares how many followers John McCain has, he would have carried out the same Bush Administration if he would have been elected president. I'm also tired of hearing about Sarah Palin and she would never make a good president, considering the fact that she did not know that Africa is a continent, even our children in schools know that answer. Obama, Obama is doing a fine job and I pray that Sotomayor passes her confirmations with flying high marks and yes she is a wise Latina woman. America needs to grow up and work on the race realtions in this country.

    July 14, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Mitch

    People who are into Twitter need to get a life....and fast...

    July 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. amy

    Riiight, McCain. Keep on telling yourself that America likes you......

    July 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. The Weatherman

    It is amazing how Obama is forced to go McCains way or follow Bush policies. I'm laughing every day at the voters who are uneducated but rant anyway.

    July 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Nu

    I'm among the Million but I honestly don't believe McCain is actually updating his tweets. I think it's an aide.

    July 14, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Ken

    I think most of his folowers are either: (i) awaiting his apology for the abysmally stupid move of putting Palin on the 2008 ticket; or (ii) awaiting a twitter sign from god that Rush will choose Palin for the 2012 [R] candidate. If any of them are awaiting a twitter on a subject of significance from McCain, they will be as old and grumpy as he is before they realize their folly.

    July 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. HikingStick

    Perhaps some are following on Twitter so they can get news from his next hunting trip before it hits the mainstream press: "Oops...I did it again!"

    July 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Robin

    Senator McCain has done more for his country then most of us.

    July 14, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ donttreadonme who said "You put country before self interests maybe Obama could learn from you!"

    He picked Palin. That wasn't putting "Country First."

    July 14, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. cool dad

    you keep on twittering you old twit. I didn't vote for McCain. Like Roulette, I always bet on black!

    July 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. maude

    Sarah Palin is a DIM BULB. She had plenty of time to prepare for various interviews while running for VP. I thought she was "acting stupid" in the Katie Couric interview, only to dazzle us later. It was NO ACT! It should be clear to the voters of America, that the Republican party is making a point with Sarah Palin – "See, there truly IS someone LESS informed (aka more stupid) than George Bush!!!! And I did not think it was possible.

    Keep up the good work, GOP!

    July 14, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Midwest Native

    Wow, it's nice to see how tolerant people are when a GOP persona is the focus of an article. I'm waiting for the inevitable tide of "Party of 'No'" and other derogatory remarks to flood this discussion thread.

    I see this article as an interesting example of how pervasive social networking is becoming in our daily lives– regardless of which party the networker belongs to.

    July 14, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. SF

    Apparently Twittering to one's own self must count!

    July 14, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. come on CNN!

    @ k.jones

    Because Obama's administration is is wokring out so well for us? You must be one of the millions of idiots who have no idea why they voted for him.

    July 14, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. ab lafontain

    Mcain and palin two TWITS that will never make it!!

    July 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Alicia

    @ soulstar.....I hope they do run again. I am sure Letterman, Leno, Maher and every other comedian does. I used to respect him. Palin ruined this guy's name.

    This is just toooooo funny for words. LOL

    July 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. ~~ July ~~

    senior citizens with nothing to do ..... jajaaaaa

    they sure are united.

    July 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Michael

    Yeah, it's amazing what a room full of republican interns can do – but unfortunately a new study shows that Twitter is not something that most young people but much faith into or continue using for very long. One of the reasons is because you cannot VERIFY who's actually at the other end of a Twitter or a Follower.
    Unlike facebook where you can access photos, info and more in depth personal info about someone. how many Facebook fans does the 'Old Man' have I wonder. Not FANS, but personally, on his Facebook page?
    I'm guessing it's nowhere near the same number. This is most likely because the number of Twitter followers is bogus. Anyone with an email (real or not) can join, and follow.

    July 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. not a Jackson or a Palin fan

    GOP = Party of Tolerance

    You are absolutely hilarious!

    July 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. amy

    McCain's buddy Lindsey Graham is currently talking to Sotomayor in the most sexist condescending manner you could believe for this decade.

    July 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. bruce

    omg, this is some kind of joke for news, right?

    July 14, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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