September 14th, 2008
05:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Cindy McCain: Tough interviewers 'picked our bones clean'

Cindy McCain criticized media coverage of the campaign.
Cindy McCain criticized media coverage of the campaign.

(CNN) –Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, criticized the media at a weekend fundraiser, telling supporters that the hosts of The View “picked our bones clean.”

"In spite of what you see …in the newspapers, and on shows like The View - I don't know if any of you saw The View yesterday, they picked our bones clean - in spite of what you see, that's not what the American people are saying and what they are believing," said McCain, in a recording obtained by ABC News. "They are now seeing a clear difference with these candidates, and they are seeing who is going to make the best president, and that's why we're pulling ahead."

Earlier: CNN's Bill Schneider on Cindy McCain's tough tone at the GOP convention

John McCain had a tough exchange with the hosts of The View during a recent appearance, during which he was pressed on the credentials of running mate Sarah Palin, claims in his campaign ads that co-host Joy Behar called “lies,” and how many houses he and his wife own.

Watch John McCain get grilled on The View


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  1. AndrewK

    They picked your bones clean because your rotting meat was stinking up the room, and there wasn't much else to brag about. Cindy McCain can't defend her husband's answers on substance, so she's defending them on the authority of poll numbers instead.

    September 14, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. McCain/Palin 08

    I thought McCain did a good job fending off the vipers at The View. Take the time to watch the entire segment. Really, do you think those nags are going to intimidate someone that survived REAL torture?

    I can understand Mrs. McCain wanting to point out the treatment her husband received – Walters was rude. Tough questions are okay, but not allowing the man to answer is rude. Did they allow Obama to answer his questions...with all his uhhs and ahhs?

    That slavery question posed by Whoopie was ridiculous and offensive. I suggest you CNN sheep learn a little history...the Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists and has always supported equality.

    Your inability to recognize how the back room Democrats push your 'anger' buttons is sad. Just read what you've all written above...pathetic and predictable. Develop an original thought – repeating buzz words like Rove, Halliburton, same, Bush third term, and seven houses (when did success become bad? – your Hollywood gods are wealthy) leads me to believe you can't articulate your thoughts outside of the narrow parameters of your mantra. Really, if anyone marches in lock step – it's your side.

    September 14, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Open Your Eyes

    The view needs to be taken off the air. Nobody cares what those women think. They were rude, disrespectful and did their best to humiliate and embarras. This seems to be a repeating pattern with most if not all democratic interviews.. Everything they have to say about the McCains can also be said about Hussain Obama. Who gives a rip about how many homes they have anyway? Now lets see if CNN can handle an e-mail that isn't for Obama.

    September 14, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. smurfchek

    All you dems are afraid of how McCain is gaining on Obama. Obama should be winning big time in the polls, but he is not. I think people are beginning to see him as a money spending liberal big time.
    Why should he tax people who work hard for there money and give it to some (not all) people who are just plain lazy. We have to pay for all these single woman just having baby after baby with many men who do not support there childred. It goes from generation to generation. My husband worked hard for what we have and why should we be taxed on investments that we have for our golden years. Yes, I consider myself lucky that my husband had a job that paid him very well. We put three children through college and never got any rebates and paid thousands of dollars in fedreal and state taxes. He paid the top amount of social security for years. We live in the NY NJ area which is not cheap to live with high taxes and insurance. We also pay our own health insurance which is very expensive. Why should Obama punish people like us for working hard. We are retired now but I feel sorry for our children who will be punished for trying to make a living and giving it up for Obama's special programs that he will need billions of dollars for. I agree we need something done about things like health insurance, immigration and keeping jobs here in USA, the things he is promising is crazy. I do not want the kind of health insurance Canada has, it is a nightmare, but something has to be done about hight premiums for health insurance. He wants every child to get a free college education. I know kids who worked very hard to put themselves through college and parents who sacraficed for education there children. My husband worked in steel mills in the summer to help his father pay for his college. Why do we have to pay for that. Also, why must we pay for all the immigrants health insurance and there elderly parents who they bring into this country and get social security as soon as they set foot in USA. That is one thing McCain or Obama would not discuss. They are all afraid of talking about it. Obama will cost us taxpayers big time if Obama is elected.

    September 14, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Ronnie Patrick

    Well today is the 14th and all kinds of truths are coming out about the VP pick. I am just getting the news and just wait there will be more bad news that will hit the fan. We must turn out in larger that large to vote for the Obama ticket. I fear new reports are going to get worse if we don't support Obama now. We don't have a lot of time to play with what is happening in this election. You now see Sara is not what John McCain want you to believe. Were you paying attention to her interview and the answers she was giving that alone is frightening. John McCain is trying to make a fool of the American people and you guys that have not awaken to what is going on will get us in more trouble than we are in now if that is possible and believe me it is like voting for Bush all over again. I am afraid after learning the truth about the VP and knowing the truth about John McCain. It is so important to make a change from John McCain Bush to Obama and trust the change for the better and look forward to a change and a new beginning with new ideas, new everything for the better.

    September 14, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. Rebecca - CA

    Poor Cindy shouldn't trust the polls... they are no more reliable than the vetting that was done on Palin. The balloon is leaking and beginning to fall. It won't be long before reality sets in .... no matter how you package them....it's the same Bush agenda....

    1. TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH
    2. CONTINUE LOOKING FOR EVIL TO DEFEAT = MORE PRE-EMPTIVE WARS
    3. LESS DIPLOMACY / MORE WAR
    4. SUPPORT BIG OIL= DRILL,DRILL,DRILL!
    5. APPOINT PRO-LIFE SUPREME COURT JUDGES (overturn Roe v Wade)
    6. SUPPORT TORTURE (McCain was against it before he was for it)

    We don't need to "reform" the Bush policies, WE NEED TO CHANGE THEM!

    September 14, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. Mike

    Rolls his eyes....More fake outrage by the McCain directed towards the media. If they found the questioning tough because they are running a very closed, secretive, and dirty campaign. Every time someone calls the McCain camp to the floor on their distortion of facts they get all bent out of shape about it. Maybe he should stick to real issues instead of launching attacks every other day. It is kind of funny that they can't come up with anything positive to bring to the table so they steel other peoples ideas, like that of CHANGE!!!! Suddenly they are the reform party and the party of new ideas. But, there is only one person who has brought any new ideas to the political reality in Washington, and that is Barack Obama.

    September 14, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. Independent for Obama

    It seems to me that the Mccain campaign and the Republican party has lost credibility and respect not only from the national media, but from many voters in this country. I mean think about it, the RNC was a complete joke, two chief republican strategists were caught on live tv (msnbc) expressing how "cynical" the Mccain campaign is, Mccain himself is attacking the media calling them bias, the VP candidate for the GOP is basically inexperience and hasn't done anything substantial during her time in politics, the republican campaign is linked to lobbyists, records show that Palin and Mccain have in fact recieved federal earmarks, and to top it all off, both of them have been caught lying to the national media and also the American people. If you are part of the republican party and you took a serious look at the electoral map, you shouldn't feel all that comfortable knowing that typical republican base states like North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Lousiana and also Virginia could potentially turn blue.
    White Independent voter for Obama/Biden 2008-2016
    P.S.- The right change will indeed come to America!

    September 14, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. Gary, CA

    Wow, this should be called the CNN Liberal Ticker! Yeah, like the View is a well balanced news show. One conservative and a bunch of shout you down, low blow, blindsiding liberals. I guess McCain should be reprimanded for running such a "dirty" campaign, I mean with all of those fact filled respectable and civilized political ads the Dems are running each day, come on people!

    September 14, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. TKI

    Yeah, blame all on Obama, for not accepting your so-called townhall-meeting proposal. When you run out of honest argument to present to the American people on why you think you should be president, it is only logical that you resort to lying, hoping that it sells again; afterall, we've bought it before, maybe we are still dumb enough to buy it again. And, how can it be an affront on the electorate if they end up believing it for real? How I see it, the mother of all the lies, so far, has been how he is said to always put country first, and the claim of the word "maverick." How can you be a maverick, and be said to put country first with such a reckless pick for running mate? Some went along with the notion that he would "rather lose an election than lose a war," as he likes to say; but, certainly, he's betting again that the electorate does not have the brains to sought through all the lies. The talk of a "clean-picking" surprise on the View gets my sympathy for sure.

    September 14, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. raj

    guys should see Jon Stewart clips on Gender Card. It was an excellent clip on what McCain campaign and the Republicans are about. Like the lady on SNL said, "mainstream media" needs to borrow the "pair" from the girl who played Hillary Clinton and ask questions on issues and not roll on the farm animal crap

    September 14, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Patricia A Camerson

    Finally people who pay attention to the facts, I have been so angry listening to lies being told by Palin . I have worked for 50 years in a management position.. was PTA President,.. girl scout leader,
    cub scout mother....., Home Room mother for each of my 4 children,....volunteered numerous hours a year....
    worked beside a staff during a terrible strike for 7 months and was responsible to bring the 2 groups together in a cohesive work environment. and I was very successful..I had a special child born with a birth defect who required extra care and I gave it alone..{who has graduated magna cum laude from college and law school } I could go on about my accomplishments...but the point I'am trying to make is I don't think I am qualified to be V.P and neither is Palin.. She reminds me of a high school age show off .
    One other thing I don't understand... why does her husband attend all governors meetings and has all e-mails and letters copied to him.?
    I agree let's check some of McCain's claims on the View:

    September 14, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Dems are idiots

    Im amazed that people think that McCain is running a dirty campaign....and I guess that Obama HUSSEIN has been honest! Get real!

    September 14, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. Mike

    Cry me a river stepford wife! "How dare they ask us real questions about real issues facing this campaign. Were you aware that Barack Obama wants to teach kindergarteners how to have sex? I can't believe you would ask us about substantive, fact based inconsistencies in our campaign". Cindy is right. Get back to the mudslinging garbage that was so effective for POW John. It's a sad day in America when the toughest questions a candidate faces come on "The View". Good work ladies... I never thought I would say that.

    September 14, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Diana

    This is so funny. I watched the show that day and I laughed, because they thought it was going to be easy. Little did they know, because for some reason they feel like they are not supposed to be questioned on anything. It's like this if they can throw a punch then they should be able to take a punch. We just getting started wait to after the debates. Now if Sarah wants to go on a show besides Oprah, she could go on the view.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. Kristin

    What did the McCains expect – a love fest? All of us need to be held accountable for the words we utter. We can't just keep on lying and expect no one will notice. God, their egos are HUGE!!

    September 15, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  17. John

    Come on people, get your facts straight before you go bashing anyone. Gov Palin did not request earmarks herself, they came from universities that are working to better the way fishing and stuff is done up there so we don't over fish/crab. And it is done in full view, not behind some closed doors in a shady, smoke filled back room. Earmarks are part of running congress and budgets. All I have to say is if Obama gets elected, hold on to yuor wallets if you make more than 30k a year, then you are rich in his eyes and you will be taxed to death. All politics is dirty, there are no saints here on either side.

    September 15, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  18. legal eagle

    Palin VP –Scary

    McCain Pres - scarier

    Cindy McCain "First Lady" - scariest of all!!

    September 15, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  19. Erjon

    Future First Lady do not worry about what the media broadcasts, American People know what the truth is, and that's why John McCain is going to be the Next President.

    September 15, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  20. Jose

    The press are picking McCain and Palin apart, but thats a good thing. Exposing the lies, deceit, corruption, and the Bush policy. With Lehman Bros, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and regional banks going under; yet people want to vote another term for the Bush/Chaney/McCain/Palin/Rove/Nixon ticket? Didn't we learn from 1974? Neo-Con's can't be trusted. Who fixed the economy every time it goes bad? Democrats. What party rescued us from a Great Depression and two world wars? The Democrats. Who's party puts us in big deficit spending, curtails civil rights, always the center of scandal and corrption, and always fools American's? The Republican Party. WAKE UP AMERICA. These jokers and posers have had long enough to screw up our country. KICK THE BUMS OUT! Lets us begin "The Great Republican Purge of 2008." November 4th, the day that the GOP dies as a party!

    September 15, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  21. patrick

    to my fellow americans, this is the most important election in our lives everything is on the verge of collasping. economy, housing, wall street, gas prices, and wall street, the value of the dollar. and you you have two intelligent men (obama, biden) and then you have two intellectually challenged people mccain 894 of 899 and sarah palin 5 colleges in six years just to get a bachelors degree. and people actually think they know what they are doing. they do not have a clue. we understand that the white americans are the majority and it is basically up to them to decide who the president is going to be and i understand that. but to let the mccain/palin ticket win (or be winning) on just lies and smear is a sad day for america. no other president of harvard law review has ever been president. the highest qualification of office should be morale character and judgement. if mccain/palin win america loses. the writing is on the wall look at all the protesters in alaska people who really know (the real) sarah palin. it seems like she is an anti- christ. and people are swooning all over her, for what? because she can lie and lie and lie. some people think she looks attractive on the outside. how do you think she looks on the inside (from what i have seen and read and gaging from the people that really know her) it is not pretty at all. and john mccain the adulterer ( how can any christian right or left wing who honestly believes in christ can cast a vote for him is only fooling themselves. all empires eventually collapse and america will suffer the same fate. we will be consumed by our own hatred. we cannot continue down this road to destruction. before you cast your vote think. what would jesus do?

    September 15, 2008 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  22. Teri

    Everyone thinks foreign owned banks are going to step in & save us from this financial crisis...I don't believe they will until after the election. If we are stupid enough to elect McCain-Palin, they'll all be happy to just watch us implode or starve. Survival of the fittest, and let the oil junkies kill themselves.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. JC

    John McCain is a Liar and I do not Trust him to make any decisions for me or my family. My Vote is for BARACK OBAMA for President!!

    September 15, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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