April 21st, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Cindy McCain: John doesn't have a temper

Cindy McCain appeared on The View Monday.

Cindy McCain appeared on The View Monday.

(CNN)— Cindy McCain on Monday beat back accusations her husband is known to have a bad temper, saying it’s often mistaken for his passion for the issues.

“He is passionate about the future of this country,” Mrs. McCain, wife of presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain , said while serving as a co-host on ABC’s “The View.” “Some people mistake that for temper.” Mrs. McCain also insisted the issue is one of the biggest misconceptions people have of her husband.

The Arizona senator defended the claims again Sunday after The Washington Post devoted a portion of its front page to a lengthy investigation into McCain’s past.

Earlier this month McCain told CNN’s Dana Bash voters should expect him to get angry sometimes.

"When I see corruption in Washington, when I see wasting needlessly of their tax dollars, when I see people behaving badly—they expect me to get angry, and I will get angry," he said. "Because I won’t stand for corruption, and I won’t stand for waste of their tax dollars and I will demand that people serve their country first and the special interests second."

Speaking on Monday, Cindy McCain also said while she is reserved about her place in politics, she is excited about having being part of “American history.”

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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. ABG

    I think if John McCain could control his emotions, he would not be emphasizing we will see him get angry.

    Anger does not help the mind be focused and clear when quick decisions need to be made.

    Also, venting anger is not a good role model for kids to see in a Presidential candidate.

    Senator Mc Cain, please be more proactive, then reactive!

    April 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. aliou

    When will the view offer such opportunity to Michele Obama for fairness sake?

    April 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Doug R.

    I've heard and read nothing but the contrary. He has a temper and hollars and swears often. He is also a liar.
    He should be questioned in detail about his involvment with the Keating Five (which cost the US taxpayers millions of dollars), his adultery and extramaritial affairs, his medical records (which he refuses to release) and his denounciation of the United States and the U.S. government/ administration during VietNam, among many other things.
    No Country For Old Men- great grandpa McCain.

    April 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Better to get angry than be bitter..

    April 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Not sleeping at the switch

    Sam, Menlo Park April 21st, 2008 4:24 pm ET

    Of COURSE he doesn't have a temper. People who have tempers would have tried to break out of a POW prison if they were held there for any length of time.

    McCain didn't.

    The #1 duty of a captured soldier is to ESCAPE.

    McCain never even tried. He valued his own butt too much to try. He was just too much of a coward.

    Sam thank you for saying this. I am a Combat vet and you are right. Many Brave men died doing their duty to escape and cause as much confusion and problems for the enemy as possible. I have felt this for some time about him. He was there for YEARS with NO recorded attempt to escape. It make me think he is very weak and able to be used. BUT try to say it and he will wrap himself in a flag and yell anti American!

    Before all you get all excited about what I just said google S.E.A.R. training We ALL went through it and it was OUR DUTY!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. May

    Cindy vs Hillary, lets put them together and see who will tell the tallest tales!

    April 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Thall999

    The Mannequin does speaketh the "TRUTH" sort of!

    John McCain doesn't get mad much because because of his temper. It all DEPENDS! If any of you had to walk around with #3 (yes 2+1) on you for most of the day until changing time you would be irritiable too.

    John may NOT believe in ear marks but it's Cindy that has to put up with those SKID marks! lol

    John isn't remotely the person he was in 2004. The 2008 version has really lost it. While appearing on the " Wheel of Fortune", McCain asked Pat Sajek if he could have a BOWEL! Vanna turned WHITE! lol

    April 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Alex H

    AZM – Get off your elitist high-horse. This is about McCain.

    April 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |


    OBAMA 08!

    April 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. What about our Soldiers?

    Thanks John, McCain and Hillary Clinton

    For your part in the lie U.S. soldiers continue to commit suicides bidding farewell to their patriotism.

    US Soldiers 4000 + US Soldiers dead, 35,000 injuried, IRAQ's Civilians 120,000 civilian dead.

    April 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |


    April 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. john williams san diego, ca.

    UH...Sam...when you are hanging by your wrists in chains in the middle of Tehran it is not an option..You 20 year olds should study history instead of still clinging to your mothers' skirts..He was offered freedom but refused it because of the other captives...Our country will fall because of idiots and cowards such as you...and you are both.

    April 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Jason

    To SueB, that was a lie. He never called her that. That book was by a democratic operative. It was a recyled lie from the 2000 campaign.

    Notice how they were anonymous sources. I hate how McCain is beign smeared.

    April 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Right Winger

    So what if McCain has a temper. His heart is with my country and I will back him all the way to the Whitehouse in November.

    Barak don't let the door hit you in the derrier as you exit in Denver.

    Hillary will prevail and then lose to John McCain. All the haters of America will not show up in November if their African Idol is not the nominee.

    April 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Thomas

    "He was just too much of a coward."

    You Sir must be an Obama supporter! I love the change and hope Obama's supporters have NONE... You Obama supporters hate Hillary and McCane and thats why he wont win the general election because of the hate Obama and his supporters bring to the table. Cindy, McCane, Hillary, Bill and Obama are all the same, they all have more money then most Americans and want power

    April 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. ladybmore

    I read his bio last night and all the hell he raised with both dem. and rep. I think they need a leash and a mizzle on him. U.S better be
    careful he needs a sike eval. before they let him be president he's having flashbacks and hs an axe to crime with iraq.

    April 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. marty

    Hmmm.....If my husband even thought of calling me "that" word in private, let alone in public, .......!!!! If McCain doesn't have any respect for his wife, how could he have respect for the country??

    Obama '08

    April 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Marinemommilof3

    Ask her why the Pheonix police have been to her house so many times?

    April 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    Really, no temper, hmmm. Cinnnnnndddddy! Stop BS'ng us. The people who worked with John on Capitol Hill disagree with you and say so repeatedly. He may not exhibit that anger towards you but in Congress he does. Oops does this mean the 2 faces of McCain are showing now????

    April 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. kiki

    It is bothersome to see the lack of respect for an American hero on the part of the Obama supporters. They should be ashamed of their lack of understanding and their ignorance of history.

    McCain has a lifetime of service and experience, Clinton has a lifetime of service and experience. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.

    April 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Carrie Pa

    John McCain has a history of a temper. Of course, Cindy would say that he doesn't.

    April 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. @americans

    Today is cindy's off day at the botox treatment spa!

    April 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Gaby


    From what I have seen and read that was reported on the news about McCains' temper, I beg to differ. Cindy can tell me another story. Let's start with the truth about her family recipes, she must think the public is stuck on "Stupid." Here we go again, another one that will say and do anything to win.

    April 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Thall999

    Sam, Menlo Park, you make a good point! I have been saying all along that why would we elect the guy that got caught and told on everyone to be our LEADER?

    When we were kids, the guy that got caught and told on everydody was never selected or expected to LEAD us again.

    Both Obama and Hillary have stellar achievements in college and etc. John is known for being caught, a womanizer and a rebellious underachiever while in the military. I respect his service to this counry but that does not equate to being our LEADER!

    As with growing up, you never let the dumb popular kid lead you around unless you are even dumber!

    April 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. A. Harrison

    Cindy where are your tax returns?

    April 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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