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. alex

    WOW why are democrats so bitter? Lets look at facts.. Palin has more experience and is more qualified to be Vice President then Obama is president. The democratic party top of the ticket has less executive experience or any experience realy then the republican bottom ticket.. Liberal Media taking over the country what ever happened to objectivity and true story telling. The story is no longer the capmaign it the media bias.

    And really folks WHY IS BARAK NOT WILLING TO HOLD TOWN HALLS? I think that answer is obvious we just all choose to ignore the answer. Last night I watched Obama speak in Columbia university so charismatic, so well spoken, when it was all over, I looked at my wife and said what most Americans did WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Yolanda/SA, Tx

    CNN that should have been your network probing...Missed out on that one...

    This was way overdue and I am glad the Women on the view (except for Elisabeth) took full advantage of this opportunity. Sounds like McCain is trying to run Obama's campaign too, by telling them "If he had agreed to the town hall discussions then maybe things would be different"...

    Once a Republican always a Republican..Their way or no way...

    WAT TO GO "The VIEW"

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    I'm sooooooooooooo glad, finally a WOMAN grilled McSame "live" on TV! This is genious and this is, what CNN would never be brave enough to do!. great. go on America. more those tough questions to the "reformers" hahaha he got really grilled and I love it :D

    Obama 08

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Manny

    "4 WOMEN WHO KNOW DARN WELL SHE'S NOT QUALIFIED.

    THAT IS AWESOME!!

    L.O.L."

    but...

    4 DEMOCRATS WHO KNOW DARN WELL OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED (HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON, JOE BIDEN AND CHRIS DODD)..HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET THE PRIMARIES!!

    LOL

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Hypocrits for Obama

    Everyone is suffering from Obama fever.

    So much Pro-Obama media attention...and such grilling of the others. The same thing was done to HRC.

    These tactics are getting Old.

    If Obama is so great and if he is so desired by the Nation- why does everyone have to jump on his bandwagon and do his fighting for him?

    Maybe because he stole the nomination?

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Reagan

    I did watch Palins interview and this woman is what real women stand for AND speaks the truth!!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. bc

    just watched the view and its plain to see that whoopi.joy and barbara are in the tank for obama just as cnn and msnbc are. you don't need lipstick for those pigs there just pigs.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Ariana

    Go girls! But not the annoying blonde.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Mike

    McCain is running a disgusting campaign of lies and smears, keeps throwing falls accusations, and CNN is sitting on their hands. At least Walters asked some relevant questions.

    CNN your bias is getting more apparent by the day.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Obama

    THE VIEW,Thank to all you ladies for asking McCain the right question except for that silly Elizabeth.(Every time he got his foot in his mouth she would step in).Barbara needs to interview Palin to get the TRUTH out of her.McCain didn't know what hit him with the correct questionswas asked. He know also those recent ads are LIES.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Dazed of Seattle

    They put him on the spot just like his V.P. pick. They are both trying to ditch the issues and go with their same old let's talk about we the people. Unfortunely you are not the people, you are the other people. And for you dumb republicans who think you have this all wrapped up, think again. Your learders look and sound like what they are, idiots that have no real answers except drill, drill, drill to make our pockets fatter. Read this, maybe it will help you see or you probably already know since you are so intuned with your Party:) Hahahahaha.........

    With the Arctic ice-cap melting far beyond average for the second year running – and with US petrol prices above $4 per gallon – there's growing pressure to exploit the reserves beneath the seabed.

    The governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, in her speech accepting her nomination as Republican Party candidate for vice-president last week, said the country needed to produce more of its own oil and gas."

    Take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska – we've got plenty of both," she said.

    Executives from the oil giant Shell, whose multi-billion dollar plans have been held up by court actions brought by environmental campaigners, are now optimistic that public opinion is shifting their way.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. MIKE J.

    The Republican Party is very, very, concerned about their tactics not having an affect on the real voters!!!

    John McCain does not have the TEMPERMANT or JUDGEMENT to lead the great country to a prosperous FUTURE!!!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. The BOTTOM Line......

    SHE AINT GONNA REFORM NOTHING.......... SHE'S A GOP LAPDOG....SORRY, I MEANT "PITBULL"!!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. jeff

    So when Obama's on The View are they going to ask him who and what he's going to reform, or they going to just ask him about his daughters and his b-ball game?

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Tony

    These are just of bunch of left wings pigs with lipstick.

    Most including WHOOOOOPIE are about as stupid as they come.

    The ANNIOINTED one would be great with hugs and kisses because he is a CELEBRITY.

    This is left wing media as usual.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Joe, from NY

    Oh and one more thing.....YOU ROCK BARBARA......NOW LETS GRILL PALIN WITH QUESTIONS SHE CAN'T GIVE CANNED ANSWERS TO!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. R. Cooper

    She is not going to reform ANYTHING!!! She doesn't have clue!! American people need to stop being sucked into the circus act!! This same lady with NO EXPERIENCE and WHOM NO ONE KNOWS can potentially have us all disappear off the face of this earth with her RIDICULOUS comments regarding Russia!! Don't Be Fooled!!!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. j

    Typical media bias....there never any tough questions when Obama and his Wife Michelle were on...it was a complete love fest!! Thanks liberal America, we appreciate your biased coverage and subjective coverage of this election. Because of people like you, we (McCain-Palin Supporters) will have no problem winning this November!!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Melissa

    I can't stand the view!!! Its not a fair view...the show should be called the Liberal View.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Unite

    The View just did CNN's JOB...THANKS Barbara Walters!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. MaryB

    Go Barbara! Finally someone is not afraid of being called "sexist" and really challenging the GOP ticket on their bogus propaganda!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Yolanda/SA, Tx

    CNN that should have been your network probing...Missed out on that one...

    This was way overdue and I am glad the Women on the view (except for Elisabeth) took full advantage of this opportunity. Sounds like McCain is trying to run Obama's campaign too, by telling them "If he had agreed to the town hall discussions then maybe things would be different"...

    Once a Republican always a Republican..Their way or no way...

    WAY TO GO "The VIEW"

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Chibeardan

    The mainstream news media should take note. This is how an interview should be done. Good work, Barbara!

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Vic of New York

    Hey "PALIN POWER" in Barbara Walters words: amazing what? She came off as nothing less than a beauty queen bimbo.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. cherrystrawberry

    YEA BARBARA WALTERS! Now she is the type of journalist that should be vetting potential candidates. And I am so glad the hard questions came from a woman.

    September 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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