Sure, John McCain blasted Barack Obama’s international popularity earlier today, but that doesn’t mean he’s above name dropping. Take, for example, a 1999 speech he delivered to New Hampshire high school students, who McCain’s clearly trying to impress with a tale about bonding with his then 15-year old daughter:

In pursuit of that, a few months ago I went to the MTV awards. What a guy, huh?

In New York — I now know who Puff Daddy is; Busta Rhymes, he was wearing a dress that night. I’m going to try and borrow it from him for part of this campaign. And who here likes Nine Inch Nails?

I knew you’d like Nine Inch — well, I kind of lean towards the Back Street Boys. Thank you very much. Obviously, a woman of taste and class.

Anyway, we had a great time at the time MTV awards.

It’s worth noting that Britney Spears performed at those particular awards.

Journalist Mark Nickolas also reminds readers that one of McCain’s daughters, Sydney, works in the music business.

Meanwhile, here’s some MTV video of McCain discussing discovering Elvis and the aforementioned music awards. He says he was particularly impressed by Nine Inch Nails. Can you imagine the Senator singing “Closer.”

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