August 16th, 2008
09:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: McCain makes a surprising reference

(CNN) - Interesting that McCain brought up the issue of his own personal failings, in light of the recent John Edwards scandal. He never quite acknowledges it, but he is the one who mentioned it.

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  1. ALL the facts please

    What was the McCain scandal with his first wife? I didn't hear about it.

    August 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Love Huckabee

    That's because he's married to his mistress.

    August 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. cal

    mccain did not talk of his own personal failings. what kind of hack reporter is this?

    mccain briefly mentioned he failed in his first divorce, without citing any details what so ever. nor did he mention cheating.

    he immediately changed the subject after acknowledging his divorce and began talking of the country again.

    how about some real reporting.

    August 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. DR. YES

    that has already been out and he is well aware of it.not necessarily very revealing.its common knowledge these days.

    August 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. ice mike

    What are you talking about, Bill? Maybe CNN could, I don't know, DO A STORY ABOUT IT?

    We got two weeks worth of "Sweetie-Gate", but McCain leaves his disfigured first wife for a rich young blonde, and we get nada.

    August 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Janice Crowley

    Mccain didn't go into detail on any of the questions. It was an ordinary stump speech or campaign. Mccain wasn't personal because he didn't go into detail on his first marriage or why it was a moral mistake, he didn't go into detail on his faith belief but he spoke for 10 minutes on Russia or Iraq. It was Obama who made refferences with his mom and grandmother that we havent heard before unlike Mccain with the same old story with a twist. Mccain doesn't want us to know who he is and why he stands for what he stands for. Why?

    August 16, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter VA

    McCain never acknowledged his failings... he acknowledged his marraige as a failing.

    McCain – committed adulty, left a wife and small kids ( that do not interact with him, today), and married his mistress. He devastated his children and more than likely left his wife feeling rejected and worhtless.

    His short comings were never addressed.

    All I got from McCain.... especially the comment about why he wanted to be president was
    1.) If you can't get your own healthcare the heck with you
    2.) If you can't educate your kids, then He has the perfect job for them... SOLDIER to fight in the wars that he will begin and die before they every end

    And the right says BArack is the Antichrist... I think the right needs to check the man who rarely mentioned GOD, Christ or any of the precepts and foundations of the Faith he claims as his. All his answers were self edifying

    Funny .... Barack who is humble and says he relys on God.... The evangelicals shun.

    I am glad I am not an evangelical, but a Christian, a follower of Christ and not politics.

    August 16, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Nicolette

    Tonight was a staged set-up for McCain. He said everything the conservatives wanted to hear. That crowd was for McCain. McCain is completely one sided and unreasonable. Obama is what this country needs, because these issues, they are gray areas. The whole country is not a country of just evangelicals, and McCain, as well as the evangelicals, NEED TO GET THAT THROUGH THEIR THICK SKULLS!

    August 16, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Cupper

    Yeah, he jsut doesn't want you to know the rest of the story.

    That he turned his back on his wife after she was seriously injured in a car accident, committed adultery, and left the mother of his children when he found a younger, wealthier woman. (This is all public record, not induendo)

    Hmmm...these are nice family values. Evangelicals should be very proud!

    Worse, McCain didn¹t tell the truth about this in his own memoir. McCain insisted that he was separated from his first wife before he began dating his second wife. That¹s simply not true.

    McCain also insisted he¹d been divorced for months before remarrying. That wasn¹t true, either. (In fact, the LAT reported, ³McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first

    August 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. Larry

    All of a sudden he gets reflective about the issue now. He has faith that the press won't dig on this one.

    August 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Republican for Obama

    McCain stopped short. He didn't admit he commited adultery with Cindy. He changed the subject. Couldn't wait to get back to another story.

    August 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. CNN Basis Analysis...

    Why is his own pesonal failing not mention in this article. The failing he mentioned was his first marriage and why is this article buried in the articles about Barack Obama's comments.

    CNN, I enjoyed the coverage of the forum, but I have to say that there are hints of CNN being basis in the analysis.

    August 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Kris a Dem from MCcain land

    I think that was very good of MCcain to be truthful on a personal level like that. He is human like everybody else. I disagree with his stances but he is human. I understand.

    August 16, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. lul

    mcCain is fit for story teller not for a president ! insead of answering the question , oh boy he just tells a whole lot of story. MCSTORY!!1

    August 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Every Wilson

    John McCain was on his game, he was irreconcilible on every issue, uncompromising, thuwart, conventional, alienistic, hard, symbol of the old guard, partisan, old politics, old washington, old way of thinking, nonfuturistic in thinking and nonintrusive as usual. But, he wants Americans to believe, he is diplomatic, a communicator, thinker, non-partisan, compromiser, thoughtful and caring. He is dangerous for America and the World! As a leader whose idol is Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt Whose big stick, cowboy policies helped to shape republican ideology, I am strongly concerned that if he is elected, their will be less diplomacy and numerous Wars and conflicts around he'll draw America into, to support their political platform. We have that already with George Bush, and our country is reeling due to supreme egotistical, arrogant, lone ranger mentality. The hundreds of hours of rehearsal paid off for McCain today, he did a George Bush on America again today! When will we wake up! Look like its back to the future again! Will we ever learn! Will this country ever begin to realize World War III will happen when we have leaders wh are ardent uncompromising agents their ideology who will forcefully succuumb every country in the world if possible to our countries detriment.. America Notice John McCain did not confess to Adultery or abandoning his invalid wife! Barack did confess to mral failure of drugs and alcohol! What a difference!

    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. Kris K from CA

    McCain has a life time of examples of his poor decision making....time after time he has hard luck stories to share....and he is a priviliged kind of guy...he has no understanding of the regular citizen and doesn't care to...he only has his own vision and does not relate to other points of view. He is very limited in his"world view" and that is scary of all of us normal people.For example, I am pro-life (for me) but feel all women should have a CHOICE.

    August 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. Brian, Pittsbrugh

    He mentioned his "first marriage", but didn't say why it ended. He answered quickly and moved on, avoiding the real issue. And you're giving him credit for it. Why can't the media talk about it? Even in your post, you don't say it... ADULTERY. McCain cheated on his wife.

    Is there some secret media pledge to not say it?? McCain CHEATED ON HIS WIFE. Why is it impossible to talk about in the mainstream media??

    August 16, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Wendy

    John McCain is going to have to mention it alot more in the future. He's going to have to explain what type of morales he has to leave a crippled wife behind for a wealthy young model. What kind of man is he. What kind of homewrecker did he take up with? How could she show her face in public and actually sneer down at others.

    August 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. CB

    Obama spoke from a personal faith base level and from his heart. John McWar did nothing but campaign and spoke of war and every answer.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. TXMomof2

    Okay, so he opened the door. I am waiting to see if someone actually walks in and asks him why the failure of his first marriage was a moral failure on his part. If marriages fail without someone having done something to cause that failure, it is just a tragedy. For it to be a personal moral failing is an admission that the person in question committed some sort of immoral act to cause the marriage to breakdown (like cheating on a disabled wife with a much younger, much richer woman). So friends in the media, are you going to pursue that one, or just let it drop?

    August 17, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. aware

    McCain is straight forward, authentic and humble. And, these are all attributes Obama lacks!

    McCain 08! 🙂

    August 17, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  22. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    HA – Keating 5 wasn't one of his failings? Bull. No morals at all except in his pandering stump speeches.

    His own mother sued his ex-wife – a cripple – for heaven's sake !! The entire family is rotten.

    August 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  23. Christian

    He opened the door. He cheated on his wife too. He will not get my vote.

    August 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  24. Carl from MI

    He cheated on his wife and dumped her for a VERY wealthy Cindy.

    Why is that SO hard for him to admit in public at a time when he's being so 'personal'??

    August 17, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  25. nelda

    Did anyone notice that McCain didn't add more to that line? Why didn't he mentioned that he cheated on his wife and married a heiress 5 weeks after the divorce?

    August 17, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
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