September 15th, 2008
05:53 AM 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


Filed under: Cindy McCain
soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. S-Man

    Shut up Cindy. You have no idea what the middle living is all about.

    September 15, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. JR Ohi0

    As an independent my question is. Obama who? What has he done? You want to pick on Palin? Please… She has about as much experience as Obama which isn’t much. Obama is losing because he is inexperienced and people are learning that. Think about it. He has the perfect environment to get elected as a Democrat unlimited money and the media grossly on his side and he’s having problems. He was giving a gimme and is losing it. I myself was going to vote Democrat no matter what, but cannot in good conscious vote for this man who has done nothing except prove that he can’t be trusted. Not sure what the Dems were thinking, they should have put up a viable candidate.
    McCain is the only way to go this time around. At least you have to respect the man

    September 15, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Kathryn

    I hope the ladies of 'The View' get their hands on Palin!
    She thinks she's one tough lady, but with all the lies she's told, they'll wipe the floor with her! I wonder if her husband will whine about how hard they were on his wife.

    September 15, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. brad

    I know, it's terrible for hard questions to be asked and a real answer to be expected... (insert sarcastic tone here)

    September 15, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Unshrub

    She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and now when she must answer questions like everyone else she crys like a little baby.

    September 15, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. elizabeth

    Obama, can't help that he was named after his father. Aren't most boys named after their father. Barrack means blessings.

    September 15, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Sue

    I think Barbara Walters needs to clean up her own mess before she criticizes someone else. Proverbs 30:12. What difference does it make how many houses the McCain's has as long as he is able to do what needs to be done for America and I think he can. People should not watch the View, Oprah Winfrey or any of these disgusting media that think they know it all. As for Sarah Palin, she may be common, but along with that comes common sense and that is more valuable than all the nonsense these TV hosts dish out. Don't under estimate Ms. Palin's abilities until you know her better.

    September 15, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Robin

    I don't think most of McCain's die hard supporters really care that his recent ads are lies. He would have to have a major position change for his supporters to change their minds. As for Palin, social conservatives only like her for her staunch social positions not her economic record.

    September 15, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. tigerakabj

    Oh please Mrs. McCain. I bet John thought he was going on that show to talk about baking or something b/c he forgot (or most likely didn't know) that Barbera Walters is a journalist.

    I was glad someone finally asked McCain tough questions w/o letting him wiggle out of it. It's sad that the View and the National Enquirer are more credible than the MSM.

    Cindy, if John can't handle the heat, get out the kitchen.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 15, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. White woman In Texas For Obama

    Well if the shoe fits wear it honey..
    You are not really pulling ahead because McCain is the better President; you are pulling head because some white people are gullible, and will not vote for Obama just because he is black. Because they hear the lies McCain puts out there and want to believe him because he is white. Don’t fool yourself.

    September 15, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. JJ

    I applaud the ladies on "The View" for asking very direct questions. It's about time someone did. We, the voters, expect and demand the truth and unless these difficult questions/issues are not being addressed these candidates will never be held accountable.

    September 15, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Gary

    It's not easy when someone asks you to answer a question and you have no answers... Is it???

    September 15, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Vera /AB. Canada

    WHAT A LAUGH THE MCGAIN ORGANIZATION (if you can call them that) THEY MAKE ME SICK , I BET THEY WON'T GO BACK TO THE VIEW AGAIN. YOU COULD SEE THE FIRE IN MCSAMES EYES HE WAS SO ANGRY, NOT ONLY THAT WHEN HE DOES NOT WANT TO ANSWER A QUESTION HE JUST TALKS RIGHT OVER A PERSON HE DID THAT ON THE VIEW, I WISH I HAD PUT MY TAPE RECORDER ON BECAUSE I WOULD OF LOVED TO SEE THE INTERVIEW OVER AGAIN A COUPLE OF TIMES. HE NEEDS MORE OF THOSE KIND OF INTERVIEWS MAYBE HE WILL WAKE UP AND TELL MORE TRUTH BUT I DOUT IT. I am from Canada and praying for Obama to be your President . I pray for all the people that have gone through the huricans. GO OBAMA 08/12

    September 15, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. kayrll

    You tell 'em Cindy. What a bunch of "hags", they were out to get you and MAKE A NAME for themselves in doing so. The press ate it up like candy. What a bunch of -#@*rds. We know the truth so let them swim in their FILTH.

    September 15, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Jean 2

    What ever you think about the ladies of The View, they had the "GUTS" to ask the questions, confront the lies and ask for truth. Most of the media outlets seem to be cowered by the part of the industry that fires the reporters if the left is not satisfied with thier search for truth.

    THE NAME CALLING BY EVEN THODE OF US THAT BLOGG OR JUST TALK ABOUT CONCERNS IS THE FALL OUT OF THIS ATMOSPHERE OF DECEPTION AND HATE.

    THERE ARE IMPORTANR ISSUES OUR VERY WAY OF LIFE IN AMERICA IS IN THE BALANCE!!

    COME ON AMERICANS THINK THINK.

    September 15, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. mitchell

    TRY TELLING THE TRUTH THEN, MCCAINS AND PALINS. THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE FROM YOUR GUILT AND ANGER,THAT YOU FEEL OVER YOUR 'TREATMENT', FOR OUTRIGHT LIES.

    September 15, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Mike

    More Lies and Sleeze from the McCains.

    September 15, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Brian

    Yikes! She freaks me out.

    September 15, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. J. Dean

    IF OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN WAS NOT, WAS NOT, QUALIFIED TO BECOME PRESIDENT IN 2000, WHAT MAKES HIM QUALIFIED TO BECOME A PRESIDENT IN 2008, NOW THAT McCAIN IS 72 YEARS OLD, AN OLDER MAN ?
    AT THE AGE OF 72 YEARS OLD, THERE IS NOT MUCH STEAM LEFT TO GOVERN OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY AFTER WE, THE POEPLE OF AMERICA, EXPERIENCED 8 LONG YEARS OF DISASTER BROUGHT UPON US BY GOERGE BUSH. ???
    I AM A REPUBLICAN AND I APROVE THE ABOVE MESSAGE.

    September 15, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Anthony

    Regardless of the high level of disrespect that the angry women of The View displayed towards Senator John McCain, they can never stop the McCain/Palin ticket from surging ahead. Experience and credibility are much more important than celebrity status.

    I will be voting for the true American hero John McCain come November and then for Senator Hillary Clinton in 2012.

    The Democratic Party and its undemocratic lleaders will pay a big price for denying us the most qualified democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton!

    September 15, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    THANKS BUT "NO THANKS" TO mcSAME-PA'IN!!!! The latest from NEWSWEEK – "WHAT WOMEN WANT????" written in "lipstick".... lol

    WOMEN are separated and the MSM is making that a POINT! Is it what WHITE women vs. what WOMEN OF COLOR want? NO!!! Because Obama's campaign and the MAJORITY of the WORLD have ALL types of WOMEN – there's DIVERSITY there!!!

    CINDY – PA'IN – and other righteous REPUBLICAN WOMEN represent only ONE type of woman. THE VIEW, in this case – represented a DIVERSE set of WOMEN!!! And there are things "WE WANT TOO".

    Get used to it Cindy – the WHOLE WORLD "does not" center around YOU and the RIGHTEOUS Right and ONLY what YOU WANT!!!!

    So we ask again – WHAT DO "ALL" WOMEN" WANT?" That's a DEBATE!!!

    OBADEN 2008-2016 – YES WE "WOMEN" CAN and WANT OBADEN!!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Credit Card Republicans

    Its over Cindy,you just dont know it yet.

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

    Obama, Obama – "could you find a worse picture of cindy?"

    Yup, just look back when she was addicted to the pain killers, she's a real beut.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. california voter

    Oh please, Cindy go buy another $300,000,00 outfit, those diamond
    earrings you wore on the convention floor weren't big enough.
    poor Cindy and John McCain they actually had to answer real
    quetions from Barbara Walters and not Elizabeth. Reality check
    not everyone in America is buying into your political show.

    September 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Enough of the name calling already

    After weeks of reading comments about the campaign I think I've finally reached my tolerance limit. I have never read and heard so many hateful comments from Americans about Americans. In almost every election that has ever taken place, facts and comments are misrepresented and twisted. I hate to break it to you but Obama is just as guilty of this as McCain is so I wouldn't be throwing stones. The fact is this is a very close race and just like the last two elections, it shows how much this country is divided and this will not be a "landslide" victory (at least not if the election was held today).

    It's the extremists from both parties that have lost the ability to hear other points of view without name calling that made me leave the Democrat party and became an Independent. People, show some respect.

    September 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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