The McCain campaign’s “celebrity” attack ad against Barack Obama, linking him to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, recently provoked a response ad from Hilton herself. The McCain campaign has now politicized and embraced Hilton. But in September 2007, John McCain told MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews that Paris Hilton is “the kind of issue” that seems to “get a lot more attention than maybe some of us think” it deserves:
MATTHEWS: Here’s a hard call for you. Given everything that’s happening out in Vegas right now, and Clark County, and you know what’s going on in the news with O.J. — and let me put this in the language of the streets, can the Juice get a fair trial?
MCCAIN: I don’t know. I would not know about that. The last time a lot of people were surprised that he got at least what was in his view a fair trial. But, honestly, I have not been keeping up with it as much as I should have maybe, because it’s certainly — this and Paris Hilton are the kind of issues that seem to get a lot more attention than maybe some of us think they deserve. [MSNBC Hardball, 9/17/07]