(CNN) – When John McCain agreed to appear on the day-time talk fest known as The View, he may not have been expecting too many hard-hitting questions.
But the Arizona senator was aggressively pressed on VP candidate Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president, as well as his new negative campaign ads that several independent fact-checks have called downright misleading.
Co-host Barbara Walters immediately asked McCain about a remark he’d made that Palin might just be the most "marvelous running mate" ever, asking, "that's not a little strong?"
"We politicians are never given to exaggerations or hyperbole, as you know," McCain joked, before praising Palin as the most "popular governor in America" and one who has united a "spark in America."
Walters went on to press Palin's reformist credentials, noting McCain has served in Washington for more than two decades and asking repeatedly, "who's she going to reform, you?"
McCain began to answer by saying Democrats have held control of Congress for two years, before Walters quickly interrupted: “But tell me who she is going to reform - we aren't talking about the economy, we're not talking about housing, she was chosen to reform, who is she going to reform?"
"The Democrat Party, the Republican Party, even an independent," McCain said, appearing somewhat frustrated, "She'll reform all of Washington."
"How? What will she do," Walters appearing somewhat exasperated said. "What is she going to reform specifically, senator?"
McCain said Palin had a strong record on vetoing earmark spending. "The fact is she was a reform governor, she took on an incumbent governor of her own party and defeated him. She sold the airplane and fired the chef –" he began.
"She sold the airplane at a loss," an unrelenting Walters interrupted.
McCain was later pressed on the increasingly derisive tone of the campaign, and his new television commercial that carries the widely discredited claim Obama supported comprehensive sex education of kindergarteners as an Illinois state senator.
McCain defended the ad’s claims, as well as those of a Web ad that said Obama’s “Lipstick on a Pig” comments were directed at Palin. He added that if Obama had agreed to a series of townhalls he’d proposed, the tone of the campaign might have been more amicable.
"If we had done what I asked Senator Obama to do, I don't think you'd see the same tenor of this campaign," he said. “Why don't you ask Obama the next time he's on this show why won't he be in town meetings with me?"
"You bring us Sarah Palin and we'll ask Obama," Walters quipped.
I think by far the funniest thing Palin said in the interview was how she had only travelled to Mexico and Canada and the Kuwait trip – and how she could practically see Russia from Alaska.
I was rolling on the floor laughing at this person who immediately answered yes when asked to be VP. Anyone that's that sure and is obviously not given to reflection, is too trigger-happy for this powderkeg world we live in today.
Anonymous: Who gives a rip about how they placed their flowers......they wouldn`t both have been there together if Obama hadn`t come up with the idea.
WOW, I bet that makes CNN a little nervous that Walters is hitting McCain with tough questions, huh.
So McCain and the GOP want to play dirty?
Well the gloves have just come off.
Get ready to see a flurry of attacks from Democratic surrogates. It sounds like McCAin just took one to the gut.
The Obama 527's have been unleashed
McCain is great man and everyone loves Sarah!!
Jesus was not a community organizer, he was a carpenter and a Rabbi.
I know Jesus Christ. And for Mr. Barrack Obama, you’re no Jesus Christ!!
Pontius Pilate has more experience than Obama too!
I think since the most of the women on the View are ridiculous, Sen. McCain forgot that Barbara Walters is a REAL REPORTER! Good job!
It's sad that the ladies on the view are doing the job of the supposed real media ... go figure. The best part is mccain using the claim that "obama won't do town-hall meetings with me" to defend him going negative and telling lies ... to anonymous, how dare you use 9/11 for political gain, Obama was the one that suggested the getting together to honor the memory of 9/11 ...
Holy expletive Batman, Barbara Walters nailed him.
Sad that she's having to remind the new scrubs what a real journalist does.
The only other candidate with less foreign experience was before 1921. When less than 5 percent of the population had a college education and less than 20 percent of the population graduated from high school. Where are we going. Backwards….. Did it really take her 6 years to get a Bachelors degree.
And McCain can now say BYE-BYE to White-women's Vote!!
That exchange is a perfect example of the Republican talking points.
They are a mile wide and 1/4 of an inch deep. All the key feel-good words are in there, but if you ask any questions about the "how", there's nothing but stammering and dancing around the subject.
McCain would have done a lot better if he'd had a radio link to Rove. Then he could have been fed the correct answers. I'm sure Rove was yelling at the TV screen in his office as he watched McCain wander around verbally.
I would also like to know why the McCain side is using disrespect to talk about Senator Obama by consistantly refering to him as "Mr" Obama while refering to Senator McCain as "Senator". Surely Senator Obama has earned the repect..
"If we had done what I asked Senator Obama to do, I don't think you'd see the same tenor of this campaign,"
So when he doesn't get his way, his only solution is to act like a 72 year old fool, jumping on the ground and pitching a fit, screaming lie and then having the nerve to defend them when they have been proven FALSE by the SAME source he references?
What a sad state of mind this man has reached. He is not fit to be President, he's not even fit to be a chef in the white house...Palin should fire him too!
Sarah Palin is being exposed slowly as a fraud.
WWIII with Russia? Fight Iran? in Iraq and Afghanistan too?
Unbelieveable that she was chosen! The GOP insulted the American people with her as the VP choice.
She will reform the idiots that come out to see her. How can anyone believe a word these people say. McSane should just let her be the president. Since she such the reformer and the Skies will align.
Joe i agree ...Ladies. ladies , ladies ..please treat John with some softness ..he is a pow and did he not just chose a the tough talking sarah palin as VP.....
Please ..he is a pow !
Did anyone watch Palin Interview yesterday. she is crazy!
So, is McCain saying that he's "punishing" Obama with these negative ads because he didn't do Town Halls with him?
How childish! He's way too old for those shenanigans.
Excellent job, Ladies! I guess he thought yall were going to talk about bread baking or something.
LOL I beth Elizabeth was FUMING.. GOOD STUFF!
He has a lot of nerve basically since Obama didn't agree, then he decided he would throw a hissy fit and make his campaign negative.
ARE YOU FREAKIN Kidding me. THEN HE HAD THE NERVE TO SAY IT AGAIN TODAY.
This man has lost his mind. You reason for being nasty and dirty is cause Obama won't come out and play with you. Where is his meds.
Those folks thinking of voting for him need to get a grip.
Like B's questions press him hard and let's get Sarah in the hot seat.
Baba Wawa let me tell you, I knew Charie Gibson, and you're no Charlie Gibson.
What a sham.
She represents the abject hostility of the entire Obama campaign.
It only helps the McCain/Palin ticket.
HaHaHa.. and "The View" comes through with the tough questions... hang 'em high ladies or give 'em enough rope and he'll do it himself.
...... do you really think that anyone actually cares what those buffoons on the view think?
Talking about Pigs with lipstick