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. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Casual observer...you're right.
    We are seriously in trouble when our citizens cannot respect our elected leaders, and our Presidential candidates.

    April 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Mack

    You Obama supporter think that you will be able to name call others for Obama's to get into the White House. Name calling is only going to drive people away from voting for Obama especially Hillary supporters.

    April 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Meghan

    Does anyone know if they asked her about the affair or addiction to prescription drugs?

    April 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. R. T.

    The types of people who post this craxy anti-McCain stuff make me want to take a second look at Obama to determine if these nuts and he have something in common.

    Thanks to them, Nader is starting to look better all the time.

    April 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. The Corp

    And a temper is a bad thing? You nadless liberals are so pathetic! Although Joy Behar has bigger nuts than Obama – what a tool! That show is so freaking irrelevant.

    April 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. AZM

    Alex H...

    You're right... just read all the fine examples of it on this thread!


    April 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Mike Jones

    Cindy why do you have a prenup if John does not have a temper?

    April 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Mary May King

    To refuse release from captivity at the hands of sadists until others have been freed, to do this in the heart of enemy territory, while injured and sick in body and mind, requires attributes of character only a handful of people could probably understand. It speaks to his unwillingness to place others at risk without a willingness to endure that risk and all of its pain himself. If you are honest, you know that is NOT a Bush clone. To bail out of one destroyed plane and fly the next is expected of any warrior. To bail out of two and fly the next is remarkable. To bail ouf of five? And CONTINUE TO FLY INTO ENEMY FIRE? Now there is a fitting use of anger! If you are honest, you know we need more of it. Not running from non-existent sniper fire or cowardly hiding beneath a pew while someone attacks America.

    April 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. kim portland, oregon

    so i see there ARE still a few kool-aid drinkers out there, i wondered who those 19% who still give bush a positive rating were!!!

    jason, you are dead wrong. he did and SAID everything in The Real McCain. see we democrats/liberals use some "tactics" the repubs arent at all familiar with, they are called RESEARCHING, reporting FACTS, and not LYING!!! i know it's hard to change your brain pathways, but it only takes 21 days to break a habit and change the pathways in your brain, so you CAN BE retrained to actually ACCEPT the truth, which is actually backed up by those pesky things that so bother the righties--REAL FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the truth is the enemy of the righties, they cant afford to tell it b/c they dont want to give up the millions they are making with their lies. wake up!!!!

    mccain called his wife the c*word IN FRONT OF THE PRESS, so there is plenty of proof you can see with your very own eyes. and the angry war-mongerer also attacked a congressman in arizona in front of everyone who was in the senate that day. both stories are air-tight with plenty of proof. go check for yourself; research is a good thing to try before you vote and $crew up this country even more.

    April 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Erin

    Oh, Cindy, you lovely co-dependent stepford wife.

    Don't ever change.

    April 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. John Basilone

    Dear "Not sleeping at the switch":

    Combat vet ot not, your rant exudes your ignorance of conditions in the Hanoi prisons.

    I have many friends who were POWs with McCain. They never mounted an escape either. They explained the enormous difficulties involved and the problems they would face even if they could get outside the walls. Additionally all attempts had to be OK'd by the senior POW officer. There was group punishment if anyone was caught.

    Several attempt swere partlysuccessful, Iie, some survived until recaptured and some were killed outright. (Hanoi area prisoners). Several POWS in SVN did escape in completely different circumstances.

    BTW, as a combat aviator, 324 missions, it's SEER, not SEAR.
    As a "Combat vet" you should have known that.

    April 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. The American People

    More lies, Cindy where are your tax returns?

    April 21, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Timeforachange, Raleigh,NC

    McCain "I will demand that people serve their country first and the special interests second."

    Why do politicians have a need to serve special interests at all? They are in office to serve the American people and the country. That's it!
    McCain is not what this country needs unless you want more of the same. This country needs a totally new direction.

    April 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. reader

    I am completely, absolutely disgusted by most blogs here.
    Cannot even to read them anymore.
    Most these bloggers think they have all the right to insult, to call names, to ridicule, to trash those they do not like.
    It is such a trash to read. It is unbelievable how much hate is expressed here.
    And some do not make any sense.
    Hate, so much hate. Mostly it is from Obama loving bloggers: they fly down on new blog like a swarms of wasps stinging mercilessly, without any scruples, dissecting every single word and move. It is disgrace to humanity, to other people's right to have their own opinions, ideas, lives. It is almost evil.
    It is shocking to get to know how people can think and behave.
    I went to these blogs out of curiosity, got upset on many of them, and have enough of this "wonderful" experience.

    April 21, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Everybody knows that he has a temper, and yes his temper is a PROBLEM

    April 21, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. joe

    please can someone say to ms clinton if she knew that her daugter would be sent to irak would she vote yes for the war.

    April 21, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Kevin

    I am Black Obama supporter and I am appalled by some of the personal attacks on the McCains. I disagree totally with their politics and I do not believe Mrs. McCain when she says he does not have a temper, however that is no excuse for the name calling and mean spirited attacks. There are enough differences on the issues to debate than to stoop to that level.

    Obama '08

    April 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Kimber Grace

    The posts on this subject are indicative of the people who are voting for Obama, which is exactly why he cannot win the White House. Go McCain(from a liberal independent anti-war voter)!

    April 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Kimber Grace

    Although I am almost as far a lefty as possible, Tony Snow has fought a brave fight against colon cancer and I for one am wishing him all the luck in the world. I may not agree with most of his political views, but he is a good man who loves his family and I hope he is around for many more years to come!

    April 21, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. TheLeftNut

    Cindy wears the pants and makes sure that John doesn't forget to put his on.

    April 21, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Yeah, obviously Senator McCain doesn't have a temper if he could stand, like a simpering dope, next to our slime-ball president last month.

    Of course Bush and his cronies said that nasty stuff about Mrs. McCain eight years ago, so it is OK now. I guess, along with no temper, John McCain has no integrity and no regard for his wife's honor.

    April 21, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Richard, FL

    Independents need to decide if a person who publicly cusses out fellow senators and publicly calls his wife the c-word is the person they want answering the phone at 3 in the morning.

    "When I see people behaving badly—they expect me to get angry, and I will get angry," doesn't cut it when a critical decision needs to be made in a rational manner. Imagine what would have happened if a hothead had been our president during the critical Cuban missile crisis.

    April 21, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Mike R. California

    response to Sasha Kando:

    Liars like Hillary and Bill have been in the Whitehouse.
    I guess a republican is held to a different standard by liberals.

    April 21, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. david goldmen






    April 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Beatrice

    What the heck did he think the African Americans in Selma was going to do ? He really don't give them credit for having good sense, huh ?
    Oh well, thats just a sign of his times, long ago times.

    April 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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