McCain: I'm No "Tech Freak"


OK, OK. We've all seen the stories: John McCain is "technology illiterate" and doesn't use e-mail. And some think it's a big problem. After all, his opponent, Barack Obama, is a BlackBerry-toting, social network-exploding, Web 2.0 kinda guy.

But in an interview, McCain said he's starting to use the computer more each day and, believe it or not, reading e-mails!

All kidding aside, I can't blame the guy too much. Sure, my 80-year-old grandfather has been on the Web longer than me and is becoming quite the salesman on eBay. But as the 71-year-old McCain notes, he doesn't like text messaging (or e-mails, I imagine) because he'd rather talk to people on the phone. I'm the same way, though both are quite handy at certain times.

"It's not as if I'm out of the loop," McCain told the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci. "I understand the criticism, but I don't think it's fair."

He may have a point. But put up against the tech-savvy, soon-to-be-47-year-old Obama, who continues to rouse young, tech-centric, newbie voters, it's probably more of an issue than he'd like to admit.

His campaign is striking back...sort of. This little doozy came out today, and the GOP machine promptly removed all comments after Obamaphiles flooded it with mocking retorts.

But does any of this really matter? Yes, political campaign coverage does become a full-blown beauty contest, but will McCain's admitted tech naivete—or Obama's perceived tech prowess—affect your vote?