September 15th, 2008
05:53 AM ET
10 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 (270 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Sometimes the truth hurts ! And being in denial doesn't help.
    Honesty , open-mindedness and willingness.
    No Pain , No McCain
    All the best.

    September 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. JLO

    Everybody knows that with the exception of Elisabeth the View gang is liberal. What do you expect, they treat Obama like a star and act like attack dogs with McCain. The condescending left in this country can't handle the fact that a REAL American woman (Sarah Palin) has hit the scene. She hunts, she fishes, she rides motorcycles and can still put on a dress and high heels and look good. She represents true America and is just as qualified as Obama. Unlike Obama she has a record. You Liberals are just plain jealous elitist and out of touch losers.

    September 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Farnk, Las Vegas

    First they LIE, then they CRY when someone calls them on their Lie. She didn't act so upset when she and her husband told the straight out lies, oh boo hoo.

    Typical, typical typical. It's not nice to ask us why we lie on a talk show, you're just supposed to ask softball questions, like, is that a new dress, who does your hair, John, are those new shoes?

    Maybe the main stream media will finally get the hint and do Their job. Ask the question about ads that are flat out lies. Media, the View asked the questions America wants to know, so now it's your turn to do your job!

    September 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Jerry

    When The View is described as the most hard-hitting interview a Presidential candidate has has to go through, the cable news networks should hang their collective heads in shame.

    September 15, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. nerakami

    My dear Cindy,

    It is more important to you to defend tough questions regarding your husbands policies and lying, deceitful ways than to speak on behalf of integrity and honor. Your husband has engaged in the most disgusting, nasty political campaigns and we are appalled that you all condone these tactics.

    It doesn't say much for your own character nor give much credence to anything that comes out of your mouth....

    in other words... defend truth and integrity or simply, shut up.

    September 15, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Dee G. from CT

    I don't watch The View mainly because talk shows do not interest me, but I am happy to hear that someone had the chutzpah (sp?) to ask the questions that the so-called NEWS MEDIA refuses to ask. Being an Obama/Biden supporter, and incidentally, a white female voter (in her 40's), it would logically make me happy to hear that someone made the McCains squirm. But hey, I don't have a problem with either Obama or Biden or both having to be put under the same microscope. They won't be as uncomfotable because they have honest open answers for all the same questions. You notice how when the republicans have to answer questions that they simply can't answer honestly – they squirm trying to come up with some lie (pathetic lie, I might add). Hence the one and only Sarah Palin interview with Charles Gibson. It's pretty scary to think that republican voters out there will just blindly go along with all these lies, half truths, and exaggerations that the McCain/Palin campaign is throwing out there. Wake-up people, think for yourselves!

    September 15, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |

    So, if you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, er, make that kitchens.

    September 15, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Kerry in VA

    This from a woman that wears a 300,000 thousand dollar outfit.

    September 15, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. kathy

    I don't usual watch the view, but i'm glad i tuned in.. Barbara Walters did what she is best known for...asking the tough questions. If McSame and his whiny wife didn't want to have to be honest and answer the tough questions then they should have hid from the press...afterall that is what they do with palin....she's allowed to say what's written...and God forbid if she speaks on her own...she opens her mouth and discloses her inability to make sense..let alone lead the country! All the american people have to do is read the blogs.....the only cry babies are the mcsames, palins and the repulbicans...they dish it out woth lies and smears but yet can't take the truth. i even wonder why todd palin has to trail behind his wife at every he on the payroll too?...hmmm!...kinda makes you agree w/the safety commissioner as to the "first dudes" involvement in troppergate~ you can bet she won't do to many "solo" events...she can't be trusted with what idiocy comes from her mouth and john mcsame can't draw a crowd without her....they are making fools of themselves. there was an anti-palin rally in alaska...why isn't cindy mcsame focusing on that?...or haven't they pinpointed any group yet to blame.

    September 15, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Phil

    Lies, lies, lies! That is all the bleeding hearts on here can say? Please expand on these "lies". Maybe you should watch some of the Obama interviews, like the one that O'Reily did. Your savior doesn't have the answers...any answers.

    September 15, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Erik, IA

    If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    September 15, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Richard

    Liar #2. More of the Same old Rhetoric and distortions. The polls don't take into account Cell Phone users (most of the 18-34 Crowd that supports Barack heavily), doesn't poll the underprivelaged. Honestly, how does any poll of 900 people determine what Millions will do? It doesn't!! Reagan was in the same boat and he Crushed Jimmy Carter. Obama will crush McSame as Bush.

    Republicans for Obama

    September 15, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. PK

    If McCain can't handle tough questions and be able to provide a substance respond, how then will McCain be able to be a president? He'll be a splitting image of Bush.

    September 15, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. TC in Ohio

    She's no Michelle that's for sure.

    September 15, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    To LIP

    How is WHOOPI racist all she marries is white men. Check out facts before you start opening your mouth.........Yes White America YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED A RACIST IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT AND DON'T VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA.............IF MCCAIN AND PALIN GET IN OFFICE BECAUSE OF YOU, YOU DESERVE WHATEVER HAPPENS TO YOU.........


    September 15, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Jack Walden

    Once again, It seems that it is women who ask the tough and right questions that are on voters mind. Remember Campbell Brown interview?
    The "male" anchors tend to take it easy. They will usually pick talking points of day out of candidate speeches and then have spin masters from the respective campaigns explain aka spin these talking points. How about getting neutral commentators from say think tank institutions for analysis rather than old, has been party faithfuls (most of current) CNN political experts.

    September 15, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Spoiled Brat

    Her face says it all ... anger, hate, arrogance.

    If she feels beat up on "The View", she should stay out of Washington where the true buzzards roost.

    September 15, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. William in Tokyo

    The ad about Obama supposedly supporting 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergarten students was a blatant lie. The program he supported was actually to help kids recognize and report inappropriate touching. Yet McCain stood there and boldly lied again on the View. If he and Cindy continue to say that it is true, then they are either liars or just plain stupid. I don't think we need them running our country. Sorry, Cindy, you deserve no pity from us. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    September 15, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Brian

    That interview was fair and right on. So far we have heard nothing about any changes from the "Shrub doctrine" from the the Mcsame camp. How about Palin go in Face the Nation so we can see her without scripted answers? BTW, I donated another $50.00 to Barak as this "picked our bones clean" statement just infuriated me.

    September 15, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Annoyed

    Those who criticize Whoopie for alluding to slavery have, obviously, not read the constitution of the United States. It is okay to talk of the holocaust, but whenever Blacks speak of slavery there is a problem!
    Michelle Obama's bones were picked to pieces when she was misquoted about her pride in her country. Cindy should have been asked about her pride in her country after her appearance on The View.
    By the way, Elizabeth, we are tired of you continuing to attack Obama with such hate and anger. Rosie was right about you. When you talk you sound like Sarah Palin:scripted, false and like an illiterate Ms. America contestant. You could learn a lot from Michelle Obama, the Harvard graduate. You are one of the dumbest fools on T.V.

    September 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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