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Van Halen to McCain: No You Can't

8/29/2008 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John McCain used a Van Halen song during his big speech earlier today and the band wants to make one thing clear -- they're not running with McCain.

Van Halen management tells us the band had no idea McCain was planning on using "Right Now" during his big entrance in Ohio telling us, "Permission was not sought or granted nor would it have been given."

For the record, Dubya used the same song during a bunch of his campaign speeches back in 2004, but sources close to the band tell us, "They're not political, they're just rock and roll."

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31.

AL GOREs VAGINA    

OH MY GOD !, WHAT IS McCAIN THINKING ? HE HAS PROVED TO ME THAT HE IS IDIOT ! IT WOULD TAKE ME TOO MUCH TIME AND TOO MUCH BRAIN DAMAGE TO SAY WHY BUT I AM SOOOOO DISSAPOINTED WITH HIS PICK OF GOV. SARAH PALIN ! I THINK WE LOST IT !

THANKS JOHN McCAIN FOR LETTING ME DOWN AGAIN, YOU LIBERAL, EGOCENTRIC JERK !!!

2154 days ago
32.

Crabby    

Why would I care what David Lee "assless chaps" Roth has to say 25 years after he was relevant? Why should TMZ care? Oh, that's, they are part of liberal Time-Warner.

2154 days ago
33.

That Guy :)    


Here is a little something on Sarah Palin:

"She brings a strong anti-abortion stance to the ticket and opposes gay marriage -- constitutionally banned in Alaska before her time -- but exercised a veto that essentially granted benefits to gay state employees and their partners. "

and

"Palin, who led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at her high school, could help McCain's standing with social conservatives who have been skeptical of him. "

2154 days ago
34.

Will    

"14. Who the hell is Van Halen? Oh, that's right they're "Looser has beens".

Posted at 3:25PM on Aug 29th 2008 by Ramira 52"

youre an idiot. Those loser has beens made over $93 million on tour this year alone and are the highest selling tour this year.

Get a clue.

2154 days ago
35.

That Guy :)    


Liberals make me sick!

Isn't there a conservative version of TMZ somewhere, maybe owned by FOX, that I can go to and read about -- good conservative values, news about my church, God loving artists like Amy Grant, etc.?

2154 days ago
36.

umm?    

#31 ... Thanks for that bit of info that you consider "dirt" on Palin. I am now voting for her.


2154 days ago
37.

crazyisascrazydoes    

Should have used the song "Hot for Teacher", doesn't she look like the teacher in the video.

2154 days ago
38.

noitall    

THANK GOD...There's someone truly unique and fresh on the campaign scene now. Because MILLIONS OF US ARE "OVER" THAT PHONY ASS OBAMA!!!!

And if I have to hear about Martin Luther King ONE MORE FREAKIN TIME!!!.......ENOUGH, BORING, WE GOT IT!!! GUESS WHAT, SUCKERS?...TURNS OUT KING DIDN'T EVEN WRITE HIS little "dream" SPEECH. IT WAS WRITTEN FOR HIM BY A HIRED SPEECH WRITER!

Look out, OBUMMER, you just got F*CKED!!!

2154 days ago
39.

AKGirl907    

Did anyone notice Sarah Palin's youngest child's full name is Trig Paxson VAN PALIN. Ha ha ha! WTF!

2154 days ago
40.

crus    

Yes, we will be the minority, but, most of us on here will be old or buried by then, so, you're not riling any of us up. But, just think, Blacks and Hispanics running the country and business??? ha ha ha ha good luck, you can have it!! Can anyone say ROME???? The Barrio vs. The Watts, thank God I'll be dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2154 days ago
41.

That Guy :)    



Mc08 -- me too. We conservatives need to stick together!!! The gays should not get any special treatment, in fact they should get the opposite. If they want to dance around and be ... gay, then they need to pay the price.

And don't get me started on the baby killers.



2154 days ago
42.

honesty    

I cannot believe that someone would use a song without consent, or actually use a recording of a band without permission. That is as crazy as someone listening into our phone calls without a warrent, or reading our emails without cause. We don't torture people, like the Godless Japanese did with waterboarding during WW2, when we prosecuted them for war crimes for that! This is America! Things like that just don't happen here. People respect each other's constitutional rights, especially the republicans!

2154 days ago
43.

crus    

AKGirl907, you're a dirty little girl aren't ya?? Gotta love the liberal chicks, so much experience in the sack!! Don't like their politics, but, with so many different partners, they do know what they're doing under the covers!!!

2154 days ago
44.

Lea    

Come on!!! We were singing and dancing to the song. It was a great pick me up today. Some had not even heard of Van Halen before today. And some were going to buy a VH CD this weekend. Why wouldn't Van Halen appreciate the publicity? They will need money to retire soon.

2154 days ago
45.

shelly    

I would think a fading group like Van Halen would want someone to use this song. They need to deflate some ego in that group.

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