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. Bigfingers

    The View? Could Cindy only get on the air while all the men were at work?

    In other news, look at those awesome mugs!

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

    Kevin, I know we may not agree on things, but that doesn't mean we can't have an open discussion and reach the same conclusions:

    do what is best for the country and ourselves.

    I applaud your attitude as much as I applaud what you say against most of the idiots that post here with hate speech.

    April 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. semp

    Is it true that Hillary was on the rifle that took out bin Ladens favorite goat?

    April 21, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Beatrice

    By the way cindy, you were a part of "American history" the minute you were born. Or were you born in America ? OOPs

    April 21, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. 58 old white ladies



    April 21, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Shawna

    If Mccain wins the WH we will more than likely be in three wars, one with afganistan, then iraq and possibly iran. McCain will make the U.S. more agressive towards Iran forcing them to increase their work towards nuclear power, and then he'll say we have to go in and remove WMD, just like Bush.

    April 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. strong

    Message to Cindy: Go bake some cookies and keep quiet !

    April 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    As much as I detest Hilary personally, she will definitely have my vote should she (steal) the nomination. There is no way that I would every vote for someone as nuts as McCain. He wants a one year moritorium on all Federal growth (i.e. education, infra-structure, Medicare) so that he can divert it for war funds. He is patently insane.

    April 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Margaret

    KG – if you're truly an anti-war voter why would you vote for the pro-war McCain? That doesn't make sense at all.

    April 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. jl

    Although McCain says he is concerned about Obama and his ties to Ayers-

    what about Hillary’s service on a board that

    gave money to a terrorist organization? And her hosting of a terror

    supporting group in the White House? And her acceptance of a

    $50,000 contribution from that group? And the statements of terrorists

    that they are hoping for her to win".

    These are far more serious and documented connections that should

    concern us about Clinton more than those relationships of Obama.

    April 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. TheLeftNut

    I waiting for Cindy McCain to say:

    "They're back!"

    April 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. middle-aged american

    Reading the responses by the readers over the past few days, I see an OVERWHELMING support for Obama. I, too, support Obama and have dug into my wallet 3 times to prove it. It seems what America is saying is "we're not gonna take it anymore!" We deserve a new option, and that option has made itself available through Obama.

    We don't expect perfection or miracles, we expect to have a say in how our government works. We expect accountability. We expect our Senators, Representatives, and even our President to be looking out for AMERICA FIRST, everyone else second.

    Americans are notorious for their generosity the world over, but with the country in its current state of disgrace, we can barely feed & house ourselves. We will lose our reputation as a generous donor because of the corruption of government over the past 20 years.

    So now we shout CHANGE. Now we demand change.

    April 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. mimi de la cruz






    April 21, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Jed in Texas

    McSame is a knuckledragger and his wife ia pure stepford bride.

    April 21, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Janice

    Wow, Obama supporters are REALLY mean.

    I'll be voting for Hillary or McCain. Can't vote for Obama who has a bunch of mean, rude, ignorant people backing him.

    Americans are better than Obama.

    April 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Bonnie

    What I want to know is what happened to his first wife. This man is not all peaches and cream. Somebody is riding on somebodies coattails and I do not think it is John's SECOND WIFE.

    April 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Jax

    Those of you that bash Cindy for backing her husband are absolute HYPOCRITES!!!'

    What exactly do you call what Hillary did? When her husband makes a fool out of her infront of the whole world with an intern and she stands by her man...... PLEASE!!!!

    April 21, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Larry

    liar, liar, pants on fire.

    April 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Kevin, MN

    "Go McCain(from a liberal independent anti-war voter)!"

    So......your saying your an idiot? Why would you vote for the one candidate that wants us to stay in Iraq ? You make your decisions based on a few comments on an internet message board??

    April 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. TeamObama

    I have enormous respect for McCain, he would have been a good president in 2000.He's too old now.

    April 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. kim portland, oregon

    Not sleeping at the switch, that is really interesting, thanks for the info. i had no idea about that requirement of a POW.

    kevin, if you're talking about our mentions of the c*word, we're just quoting mccain in HIS OWN WORDS talking to his wife in public. we're just letting the mccain supporters know what kind of man he is. he has many many faults, but his vile mouth, anger, and record of physical attacks are all very important things for people to know about the man. they are just a few of the MANY reasons he should never be president!!!

    i hate that word as much as anyone else, and the fact he called his wife one says A LOT about his lack of character and self-control.

    April 21, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Steve, New York, New York

    What on earth was that stupid joke he made about "bombing Iran?" When white judeo-christians get bombed and killed, it's a tragedy, but when it's some other group, he makes a song joking about it, or (like those loser Neocons) he likens killing them to a video game (shock and awe)?

    It was that ridiculous attitude that helped get us into Iraq in the first place.

    Go Obama (yes, I'm Republican)!

    April 21, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. I just don't get it

    I'm an Obama supporter, and I also like Hillary Clinton. Clinton supporters have been saying this whole campaign should be about issues, yet if their candidate doesn't win, they'll vote for McCain out of spite and against their values and issue stances? That's hypocritical. If you say Obama can't win, that's only because you continue to be like this. I think both candidates are far greater than McCain.

    Obviously your vote is to do with what you will, but simply saying you'll vote for McCain if Clinton loses, leaving no reasoning, leaves you open to being seen as spite voting. Please, no matter who it is, let's unite so we can actually get things done.

    You can't support health-care reform and vote for John McCain.

    You can't truly believe in a green environment and vote for John McCain.

    You can't believe this war should be ended and vote for John McCain.

    You can't think that tax cuts to the richest of the rich are what caused the economic crisis we're in and still vote for John McCain.

    Hillary supporters are making the case for her divisive campaign by saying they would rather go against their campaign theme (issue oriented) and vote for someone who is polar opposite.

    I'm sorry, but Clinton supporters who have the arrogance to call Obama supporters hypocrites without seeing this obvious blotch in their logic astound me.

    Unite '08

    April 21, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. April in Texas

    Umm Cindy you must be in denial just like your husband McCain.. Sad indeed as your so young. I guess hes rubbing off on you.

    Obama 08

    April 21, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Kenneth

    McButton will push that red button! Y'all put him in office, and it will be World War 3 up in here. I especially feel sorry for all of you military personnel and military families if McButton wins.

    April 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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