John McCain: My Pop-Culture Favorites

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?
JOHN McCAIN: Batman. He does justice sometimes against insurmountable odds. And he doesn't make his good works known to a lot of people, so a lot of people think he's just a rich playboy.

Who controls the remote at home, you or Cindy?
Sometimes I win the arm wrestling contest, but 
 foolishly she continues to try to assert her control over the 
 remote. This is a battle that will continue for a long time. But there are shows we agree on. We like the reruns of Seinfeld. I really like Curb Your Enthusiasm. I kind of like Dexter, too, although it certainly has a macabre side to it. I'll tell you that Cindy likes Big Love — I haven't watched it much, but she enjoys that. And I like The Wire a lot, too. That's a great show.

You seem to really know your cable TV. What about the Internet? Do you ever look at the campaign spoofs on YouTube?
I've seen some of them. Some of them are too painful for me to watch. One of my favorites is ''It's Raining McCain.'' But I also like that early one they did for Obama 
 [in which celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson recite lines from a speech as if it were a song]. That was really excellent.

Have you or any member of your family ever voted for an American Idol?
No. [Asking his wife] Cindy, have you ever voted for an American Idol? [Pause] She says she has. She says she voted for Jordin Sparks from Glendale, Arizona. That's news to me.

Who is your favorite TV or movie president?
President David Palmer [Dennis Haysbert] on 24. He's fabulous. He's a guy who makes tough decisions, he takes charge, he's ready to sacrifice his interest on behalf of the interest of the country. My least favorite is the one that got stabbed by his ex-wife but who, according to your magazine, may come back to life, along with Jack Bauer's daughter, Kim...

Um, not to put you on the spot — but on 24, Palmer was the first African-American president...
You know, I hope that I and all Americans can be color-blind about any president.

More of the Presidential Pop-Culture Debate:
Barack Obama: My Pop-Culture Favorites
John McCain and Barack Obama: Vote on their pop-culture platforms

Originally posted Aug 06, 2008 Published in issue #1006 Aug 15, 2008 Order article reprints