September 12th, 2008
01:36 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain gets grilled on The View

Sen. John McCain was a guest on 'The View' Friday.
Sen. John McCain was a guest on 'The View' Friday.

(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.

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  1. Randy

    Now we know just how desperate the media have become. Even the view has jumped on the bandwagon of McCain/Sarah must be stopped. They don't seam to realize that every time they go off on either of them they give a vote to the other side. Keep attacking you liberals and McCain will be President and Sarah will be Vice-President.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Mark Wagner

    How dare the women on 'The View' challenge Palin's creditably. They are so sexist.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. gl

    his new negative campaign ads that several independent fact-checks have called downright misleading. McShame is still lieing.

    Why do McShame keep say his ads are true when they are not. This man is not fit to be our President. He is a straight face liar.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Jaketoo

    Listen to all you wacky blind liberals......treat everyone the same. You liberals were attacking her without even knowing ANYTHING about her. Please get a life.

    There is more dirt about Obama that no one talks about. Oh yeah, liberal media.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Moderate and Balanced

    It must hurn like hell for CNN to see the VIEW doing their job!!

    Wake up CNN!! DO YOUR JOB REPORT MCCAIN LIES AND INTERVIEW PALIN (for what she's worth :)

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. NYJane

    Many thanks to The View for asking the questions the other media outlets are afraid to ask. I only hope this will force them to follow suit and press McCain and Palin on the issues and their nasty campaign.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Stupid Comment

    To Anonymous,

    It's called a relection pool and there were hundreds if not thousands of flowers in that pool..STOP OVER ANALYZING THESE CANDIDATES, PLEASE!!!!!!! If McCain had done the same thing, someone would've mentioned that. It's not like he took the dang flower, crumpled it up and threw it in the pool for GOD'S SAKE!!!!!!

    Next time make an intelligent analysis rather than an uneducated one!!

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Tainopwer

    Well what did anyone expected? This show is bias wen obama and Michelle were in the show it was all love and roses. McCain go in and aggressive attack began even before McCain sit down. could not wait to grill him.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Never Barak Obama (PUMA)

    Now that is what you call a true leader!

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. demwit

    Hey..... Maybe Rosey will come back for a Palin special..

    We can bill it as a celebrity match up of wits. Feline Fright Night!!

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Corey

    She confronted him on lies plain and simple. Also, what is that supposed to mean, "If Obama had agreed to the town hall meetings"? Is he saying that he's making the negative ads as a way to punish Obama? What the heck is that about?

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Andy J, NY

    Chi4Obama September 12th, 2008 1:42 pm ET
    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

    ------------

    This is what i don't get about Obama supporters-

    What happened to staying above the fray and running a different kind of campaign because hes a different kind of candidate?

    Guess that went down the tubes, huh?

    Talk about more of the same, Obama is putting forth the same liberal agenda that the dems have been pushing since the 60's and 70s... morons.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. CB2

    I agree with earlier post that Sarah Palin's body language was very confrontational. Can you imagine her sitting down with world leaders pointing her little finger. I've never so scared for my COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, John McSame wants to play these he didn't do what I wanted him to do...so I went negative. Do you not know that that speaks to his true character. Obama should really come out with an ad...suggesting that McSame would do the same in meetings/treaties with world leaders. They didn't agree to this (leave in the blank)...so we gotta go to war. This is really scaring me.

    I'm pray to GOD that Americans make the best choice for us: economically and keeping us safe. McSame hasn't done anything substantial in the last 26 years. How come is going to do something now. Because he is running for president.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. bert

    I am proud of AMERICA because AMERICA is standing up for Barack Obama and the change he will bring to AMERICA. Great actions, lead to great results. Vote for Obama 08 and 2012.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Leslie

    Thank you Barbara, we can always count on you to get to the nitty gritty. I would love to see you interview Palin, it would be historic.

    a fellew Bostonian

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Shellie

    I am completely surprised. Happily surprised. I didn't expect this from the View. They hit on very key issues that need to be addressed. False adds, women's rights, Palin's qualifications. Thank God! We need to focus on real issues and not just stupid drama like "lipstick on a pig". McCain's ugly campaign gets worse and worse and I cannot support lies and mis-information. It's the same ol' policies, same ol' Bush. Go Obama!

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. meme

    who has asked Obama any tough questions besides O'Reilly. he was stuttering and spitting during that interview. why would sara go on the view..to be treated disrespectfully? they have no right to do that. and who is barbara wawa anyway..she ratted out her only affair to sell books..give me a tough question they asked michelle. 3 of them are dried up..the 4th admittaby by herself can't get a date. the only reason the show isn't cancelled is because barbara wawa is dropping her own money into it. a waste of time.

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Independent Dave

    I read on Wikipedia that the chef was not fired but transfered to the lounge of the state legislature, still on the government payroll. Again they need to result to half truths and misinformation to bolster their VP choice.

    Also the airport speech by Gov. Palin was revealed their energy plan, exploit Alaskas gas and petroleum resources, period! What about renewable fuels and energy? How has Alaska invested in these alternatives while under the direction of Ms. Reform?

    September 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Ryan

    When will the sexist mainstream media stop being so sexist and mean to Palin? Sexist. Sexist. Sexist!

    Oh, right. The View is hosted by four women.... ummmm.... well, they were interviewing McCain ABOUT Palin. So, why are the four women being so mean to McCain. They must be sexist towards men! Sexist!

    (Please plant your tongue firmly in cheek when reading this)

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Leonora Burton

    If John McCain mentions Town Hall meetings one more time I will throw up. He should get on with meaningful discussions on the ecomony, alternative fuels and, the most important topic for me – how the heck is he going to deal with the Barracuda Monster. She is already out of control and it can only get worse.

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. John in Ohio

    "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."

    So... it's perfectly okay for the McCain campaign to do whatever it wants to do, say whatever it wants to say, tell whatever lies they want to tell, because Obama didn't agree to the demands that the McCain campaign made for a series of townhall debates unlike anything in the modern history of Presidential debates.

    Go ahead, look up presidential debates from Kennedy v Nixon in 1960 to the debates in 1976 up to the present, and tell me where you find an election with more then 4 general election debates. McCain wanted Obama to debate him before they were both officially nominated as the candidates of their respective parties! And Obama's refusal justifies lies and smears from the McCain campaign? Does that make any kind of sense at all?

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Jill- IN

    On Not for Profits and Volunteerism, one more thing: Just because someone works for a not-for-profit, volunteers, organizes not for profits does not mean that we don't have executive experience or top notch executive skills. It takes loads of organizational and executive skills to manage these things. Can you imagine this country without volunteer organizations, community organizers, not-for-profits and volunteerism. It takes real talent and executive skills to manage it. It takes exceptional organizational skills to achieve advanced degrees, it takes exceptional executive skill for a senator or congressman to manage his staff in D.C. and at home, AND it takes outstanding Executive management skills that Obama has displayed to manage his campaign organization.

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. J

    I have respect for Mccain as a veteran , and as a man. Sarah Palin may have all of the potential in the world, but at this time she seems to be overachieving by being the governor of Alaska. This is not the same John Mccainfrom 8 years ago, and by no means is that a compliment.I feel sorry for Sarah Palin that his campaign tried to use her to win the election. The honeymoon is over, and she is in way over her head. That is no disrespect to her, or to women. You don't jump off the deep end unless you can swim.

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Chris

    By the way, McShame, Obama didn't agree to these Town Hall meetings because he's not about to give you any free airtime or press. Pay for yourself, old man!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Dick M`

    Mc Cain was not very smart to go on such a stupid show with hosts who like to fight amongst themselves to generate ratings. Since when did Barbra Wawa become such a political expert. Tough questions fed threw her from whom.

    September 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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