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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soundoff (723 Responses)
  1. Jerry---Illinois

    Oh Cindy, Cindy Cindy, Cindy- whew I think the wrong McCain
    is running for President. Buy the way your eye shadow is also
    running.

    September 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. TRBoston

    *** That should read "lie about anything and everything"

    September 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. thegoreyears

    Those mean women. I hate women, too, Cindy. They've always been mean to me. Nasty things, women are. Demanding honesty. Gawd how I hate them for that.

    September 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. james

    please give me a brak!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Alison

    Honey, if The View hosts asked the toughest questions, you've got another thing coming. You're husband's campaign is shameful. And so are you.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. carol

    I think Barbara did a good job on McCain, is Cindy jealous? If she would stop wearing all those expensive clothes and get down to earth like the rest of us she might come across a little better. I guess if she has the money she can flaunt it. She is not worrying about the people and where there next meal is coming from

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. McCain stands beside Palin as she LIE!

    CNN………….CLOSE quick AGAIN…this is reference to McCain gains ground in new poll of battleground state……..Why is is that Sarah Palin has the highest approval rating of any Governor in the United States? 80%. Nuff said. Sarah Palin 12 & 16′

    Let me PLEASE answer this question…………..When interviewed, many Alaska's said that Palin is not the person McCain is trying to SELL her to be. If she is elected to be VP, we will suffer what they have had to suffer since she was elected Governor and back stabbed the old Mayor to get his job. That McCain statements about Palin are mostly lies and we hope the American voters FIND out the truth before they enter into those voter booths. They BEGGED that they names not be included with their comments when published. They made it clear that they are AFRAID She will seek RETALIATION against them by abusing her power of authority as she has in the past. This is how Palin got those approvals.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. John

    Actually Cindy, it IS what the American people are thinking.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Live Evil

    Ah, what are you "sheeple" going to do when McCain gets the Presidential nod come November? I can't wait.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. People make no sense

    If you vote for McClain/Palin then you deserve what you get and I hope it is horrible so I can get a good laugh.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. QG

    Hey Cindy....

    Do you know what the Bush doctrine is?

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. drfox

    I guess cindy thought her and her husband weregoing to get a free ride on the viw. Big mistake, this is not the old mike dougles show. Maybe ther you can do a song and dance, but times have changed, you better come ready .

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. e.Rivera

    He did get schooled by Whoopie didnt he.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Welcome To My World

    Wealthy people like Cindy are use to having people laugh at their jokes when they are not funny and bend over backwards to accomodate them. In the workplace, she's use to people doing what she says without having to justify it.

    This is not the world the rest of us live in. It a world where people, who are accountable for results, get to play.

    Mrs. McCain ... as an heiress that inherited the $100M beer business from her father ... serves as "chairwoman" but she didn't earn her way to this position. As the "owner" of a privately held company, she isn't accountable to any shareholders ... she get's to be as incompetent as she likes without concern of loosing her "job".

    Similarly, John McCain, as a United States Senator, REALLY isn't responsible for delivering ANY results. How many times have you heard him say, I reached across the aisle, I proposed this bill or that bill?

    What he really is saying is that he "MADE THE EFFORT" or that he "TRIED TO CREATE a law" ... not that he ACHIEVED anything.

    Furthermore, as a Senator, the things he " WORKED ON" were not a list of discrete objectives from his boss, the people. He get's to wake up and make a decision on what he wants to try to advance.

    What the McCain's endured on the View was a situation where they had to substantiate their claims and effectiveness and they didn't like it.

    Tough .... stop whining.... and get something DONE other than by people kissing your butt due to your hiearchrical position. You are not running to be King & Queen.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. PE

    Gosh, rich and dumb at the same time....= dangerous.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Tiff of lithia springs

    They should have picked the McCains apart. People are loosing their homes and the McCains don't even know how many homes they own.
    That is so ridiculous. And for people to say that they are going to vote the Repub ticket is unbelievable. If this country votes those buffoons in WE will get exactly what we deserve.

    September 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. DGW

    Wow Cindy had meat left on her size zero figure! Woew, give me a break! Whaaaa!
    Don't go back on the View!

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. John

    Ms Mccain should look at other news before she complains ,In Alaska the did not tell the truth about how many anti Palin people showed up not only when she came home but then she left.They are saying when she came hoem their were upwards of 1500 demonastrators against palin and this was not even bought up,When she left they said about 100 demonstrators when their were over a thousand if you look their are viedos of them and you can see for your self.Now it comes out the McCain camp even lied about other accounts at other ralleys. How can anyone actuall believe The GOP at this point and that includes McCain/Palin the non mavericks of today

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Spouse of Military

    "How Sorry" I feel for the McCain straight talk express.. Some one was actually doing their job. Thats what reporters do.. Cindy. They make the public to wake up and smell the coffee.
    Good job "The View"
    Keep at it..
    CNN has to do more of the truth and fact telling.

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Anna

    Why do people keep talking about McCain's affair?
    It happened to an unhappy man in a failing marriage while they were separated (and after a grueling five-year ordeal in Vietnam).

    There is no evidence that he ever cheated on his current wife.

    At least McCain was readily willing to go on the View (for the second time!) and speak in front of the NAACP and other groups who are not as likely to support his candidacy. It took Obama MONTHS to get up the courage to commit to Fox News Correspondent Bill O'Reilly.

    Presidental Material?

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Emily

    The View is not a news show. If you can't stand not controlling the tone of the venue, don't agree to do The View.

    It was clear to me that John McCain was controlling his bad temper.

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Corey in ATL

    Shame on you Cindy McCain! As a lifelong Republican voter I wonder if this is all the Republicans are going to offer a hurting country...lies and divisive politics. Crying wolf whenever someone points out the hypocrisy is insulting to the American people. Is this how John McCain would run the country and how Cindy McCain would represent us as the first lady. It's "SELF FIRST" not country first. The lows Cindy McCain and John McCain will stoop to be elected is pathetic. I was going to vote for John McCain, but if this is all the Republican's can offer, I'll never vote Republican again. The McCain's and the Republican's divisive politics have sent my vote into the Blue column. This country needs a leader for everyone. As sick as it makes me feel, I know Barack Obama is the best choice and I'll be voting for a Democrat for the first time ever on November 4th.

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Bob

    The real problem here is that it is being left up to shows like the View and the Daily show to discuss the clear hypocracy of the McCain-Palin team. If all journalism is today is covering 'both sides of the story', then we might as well not have it. It should be about finding the truth in the story. If you choose as a candidate to ignore reality (and your own comments and record in the past) then you should be challanged by the press.

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Phantom of the Oprah

    IF this election was about the ISSUES- Hillary would NOW be the strong nominee of our party.

    You want it both ways- YOU brutally demean and discredit and trash the most qualified woman- then you demand and install the least qualified rock star who has a nice smile and gives a great speech.

    And then YOU pretend that you voted on issues rather than on image and remind others to focus on the issues. I voted for HRC- I WAS voting on the ISSUES.

    Obamabots voted for the self-serving, self-impressed, bragging, self-proclaimed charismatic totalitarian who would be messiah.

    You all were hateful to the woman who had the BEST position on
    EVERY issue. You claimed SHE was a liar. You denigrated her and YOU forced Obama on the party. You lost a lot of supporters with that vitriolic tactic.

    Now you are doing likewise with Sarah Palin. Be careful. It will backfire again.

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Ilene

    Yes Cindy...that is exactly what intelligent Americans are thinking. Maybe the stupid ones who don't think are listening to you.

    September 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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