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. Heather

    How does it feel Cindy? It is about time you and your husband were put in the hot seat...it strikes me as rather funny that you guys can dish it out but you sure can't take it. The media finally gets tough with you and you start to whine as usual.

    September 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Why McCain

    OMG – an angry white woman. Why doesn't her anger inspire the same sentiments as Michelle Obama? It is ok for a white woman to be angry and forceful. But let a black woman do the same and negativity is attached to her.

    September 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Max

    The reason that interviewers are "picking the bones clean" of the McCain campaign is because John McCain has not been running merely a dirty campaign, but an outright lying one. Let's check some of McCain's claims on the View:

    1) Gov. Palin didn't accept earmarks as governor? FALSE. She took 200 million in earmarks.
    2) Obama supports comprehensive sex education for kindergarteners? FALSE
    3) Obama called Gov. Palin a pig? Oh, please. FALSE
    4) McCain never changed on anything? FALSE. Think taxes, immigration, offshore drilling, and McCain-Feingold.

    ... And many more.

    September 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. LJinLACA

    The truth can't be grilled. Lies are the lard of politics, which make that sizzling sound.

    Go Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Missy

    Sorry Cindy, that is EXACTLY what the American people are saying and what they are believing! Thank goodness we have people to ask the questions we would love to ask you, your husband & the Palin's! If you want to be the first family you'd better learn to handle the media- not avoid it.

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Give me a break...

    Put on your big girl pants and shuck it up...

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Sheryl

    It's about time someone calls McCain on all the lies he has been saying and the little wife can't take it. To bad. The sad thing is the news reporters are the ones that should be checking into what is being said by both sides, not the fluff.

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Bill

    cindy if you and your husband run a dirty campaign full of lies don't be surprised if americans ostracize you. You get what you deserve via your actions.

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. laurie

    Cindy wasn't exactly "nice"herself..... all she had to do was smile sweetly and say "7" or "8" or whatever the heck number of houses is.....but she had to run off at the mouth with a snide comment.....and at one point McShame looked and sounded like his "temper" just might get the best of him.....and he STILL didn't answer the question..... yeah, yeah, I know, you won't print this....

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. SpreadTheWord

    That's EXACTLY what we are saying and what we are believing.

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Eva, VA

    What, you feelin exposed Cindy? You SHOULD.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Frank from Peterborough

    Imagine blaming the very press that keeps their lies covered up as much as humanly possible. Then a small group of women diced and sliced the poor old geezer and now they are the culprits.

    The GOP mantra is and has always been tell a lie and have everyone swear to it as long as possible then when the truth comes out blame the people who confronted their lies.

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. gluvnast

    it was the VIEW..come on

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Whining Republicans....

    So the media doing its job is "picking your bones clean" Cindy?

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Donna

    oh for heaven's sake. The ladies on the View did not bring up her husband's adultery, his abandonment of his first wife, Mrs. McCain's drug addiction and theft from a charity, her lies about the circumstances of her daughter's adoption. They did what they should have done–refuse to accept bogus explanations and half-truths.

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Ashangulit

    Unfortunitly Mr and Mrs McCain that’s EXACTLY how Americans feel about your campaign. They asked the exactly question millions of Americans have in mind. A the medium have been bias and McCain campaign has been running false campaign. Obama NEVER said he was sex education for kindergarten students!

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. McCain stands beside Palin as she LIE!

    Cindy McCain went on The View with her MILLION DOLLAR outfit and thought she was too CUTE to be asked question that the MAJOR media WILL NOT ask her or her husband and his VP pick...........WHAT a shame, the question asked on The View should have been asked MONTHS ago by the MEDIA reporters and again when Palin was selected by McCain.

    This must be the same thing that McCain FIRST wife said about CINDY LOU?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. PLW

    That's one scary photo. Could it be she's not clean and serene any longer?

    September 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Kmp;

    Oh poor McCain and Family. I have seen you all for who you are and am grateful that people like the women of the view finally went for the meat.
    Agent of Change yeah whatever..

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Michigan Voter

    It's called political campaigning. Has the GOP forgotten how it's done or something? The slightest questioning is called an 'attack'. It's not an attack, it's politics. Happens every four years. If they can't take it, they shouldn't be in the race.

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Doug

    Life is hard when people actually want answers... whaa whaa

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Charles Douglas Lemay

    Cindy McCain is absolutely right!

    The media is furious, because they are not able to destroy the
    McCain campaign and his brilliant choice for VP.

    We, the American people, are onto them, and the more they try
    to disparrage Sarah Palin the more we swarm to her side to
    support her.

    Once again, the Democrats has snatched defeat out of the
    jaws of victory!

    And we have met the woman who is eventually going to become
    the first female President of the United States.

    And it's NOT Hillary Clinton!

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. April in Texas

    Currently the polls seemed tied.... I would gather if your husband John McCain and his VP choice Sarah Palin were not lying to the american people who vote, then you wouldn't have been questioned about it.. You deserve no sympathy from me as when you lie you accept the consequences of those lies.. God doesnt like liars as its one of those ten commandments. Your husband is blaming Obama for not doing town halls with him for the negative campaign he claimed wouldn't be a part of. Obama doesnt have to campaign on McCains terms period... That is childish and even worse from a 72 yr old man.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. brian

    Yes, that's because you can't answer tough questions.

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. TJ-Texas

    WOW...Picked bone cleans....The View made them LOOK A FOOL. Other new shows, need to take tips on how to interview candiates...They did a darn good job...

    September 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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