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. Zero.

    Too bad for America. you mean John... USA today, means "Useless State of Affairs".

    July 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    K Jones:

    So we need to work on our race relations you say, yet you also claim to fully support a justice on the supreme court who believes that her race makes her superior to those of other races?

    Instead of just regurgitating the lies and hate that are spoon fed to you from liberal websites and media, you might want to try and think about what it is they are programming you to spew.

    July 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Jaz in Chitown

    @ k.jones

    What policies would McCain had kept? 50,000+ troops in Iraq? War in Afganistan? Look at Obama's record, he's keeping the same policies too. And, he thought there were 57 states – although I doubt a fifth grader educated in the public school system here in Chicago would know that's wrong...but thank goodness Obama was wise enough to put that guy in charge of U.S. education.

    July 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    John, uh, they follow you so they can read first-hand your idiotic tweets. It's not that they love you, it's a game called "gotcha". Ha ha ha ha ha

    July 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Lisa, Saugus MA

    I bet more Obamabots wished that they listened to a voice with experience rather than one who says one thing and does another.

    Senator McCain, I am glad you are enjoying Twitter and I hope you do well in your upcoming Senate campaign. The people of AZ are fortunate to have you as their senior senator.

    John McCain was my senator for 7 years when I lived in AZ. He is a good man who did a lot for the state.

    July 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. beevee

    Old dogs too can learn new tricks. My be too late.

    July 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Come on y'all, give the man some credit. Remember it was just a few months ago, he didn't even know how to use this technology! One is never too old to continue to learn!

    July 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. tweet this

    Question is How many of those Million did you buy ? oh wait you cant remember just like you cant remember how many homes you own

    July 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You probaly have to enter your AARP number to view his page.

    July 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. LisaSterls

    He got plenty of votes. Obama did blow him away you libs are saddly mistaking. Keep up the comments, you guys sound loving and peacefull. Funny how negative the libs realy are.

    July 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Learn? Wish he'd learn to keep his yap shut...

    July 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. amy

    If you don't believe that number is inflated, then you'll probably also believe McCain is an expert on the economy...

    @ "GOP = Party of Tolerance" – PULEEZE! The entire world knows different.

    July 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    @k.jones July 14th, 2009 4:25 pm ET
    Who cares how many followers John McCain has, he would have carried out the same Bush Administration if he would have been elected president.
    IF you were being fair, you would recognize how the current admininstration is following plenty of the Bush Administration policies. I imagine you have a major problem with that too, right?
    McCain MIGHT have followed Bush policies, Obama IS following Bush policies!

    July 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    John who gives a rats butt about your ability to twitter? And what does that have to do with the crisis at hand? You supported the multible bailouts, all of your rich friends are happy, what about the American people John?

    Blah, Blah, Blah. The American people said No bailouts No way, but the wealthy got their bailouts, they got to keep the summer home in the Hampton’s, they got to keep their big bonuses, what did the American worker get?
    None of these Elitists in either major party care about the American people, they are all working for the "Progressive Government" bringing about the "New World Order" and these plans have nothing to do about holding the values of the U.S Constitution, our freedom and liberty is being sucked away while we eat our Big Macs.

    July 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Creative Woody

    Not bad. Only 9+ months too late.

    July 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. deby

    Oh boy, yippy. Let's get real now. Like this jerk doesn't have better things to do than to be wasting time on this twitter crap. Try spending as much energy paying attention to the real business of this country and not so much on how many fans you want to convince us you have. I can honestly think of much better things this man could be spending time tracking and watching. But I guess when you flop as bad as he did with picking Palin as a running mate, having any "friends" left is something to brag about I guess Thank God he never got elected President. It would be twitter this and twitter that. Enough of this crap please

    July 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter

    .... to which he added, "now get off my lawn." Have a nice day!

    July 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. southerncousin

    A major accomplishment for a man his age and all the Obamatrons can do is defame and defile him because he ran against the lib they stick their hand down the front of their pants for.

    July 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. beth

    @amy – You are right. Just saw Lindsey Graham's interview of Sonia Sotomayor. It was insulting to women in a big way the way he was talking.

    July 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter

    Glad to see he can use a computer. He sure can't fly a plane. (He crashed 3 of them.) Have a nice day!

    July 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    @Amy July 14th, 2009 4:45 pm ET
    McCain's buddy Lindsey Graham is currently talking to Sotomayor in the most sexist condescending manner you could believe for this decade
    No he didn't. He is using her words to explain how if used by a white male would cause people to raise hell and you know it! What hearing are you listening to?

    July 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Bill says soustar has no idea how to blog and hit enter once. lol

    July 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. didi

    now this dude is learning email....stuff..........good for this coot......

    July 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Thats right you old fart way to follow Obama,like it will make a difference

    July 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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