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. Jim Smith

    It's OK, Cindy. If the economy is bad, we'll all just eat cake.

    September 15, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  2. Andrea

    Is this the most important news story out there? Really CNN lets report real news on a day that the stock market is poised to take a dive. Leave this and all other garbage stories like it for TMZ. Mrs. McCain let's talk about the real issues....Oops , I forgot that may be a stretch for the tired campaign your side is running!!! Good for The View for having the cojones to do what no one else seems to want to!!!

    September 15, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  3. A Nuffer

    Yup!!! And you deserved every delightful minute of it!!! Sorry, Cindy, your husband has a poor view of women, including you! Most women, with brains, can see right through McCain's campaign.
    Picking Palin as his running mate will not have "smart" women swarming to your side!!! The women who do vote for your husband are intelectual bozos and right wingers and spend the day glued to Fox news watching the man behind the curtain, Karl Rove, run another sleazy campaign. In 2000, I actually wanted your husband to win! I just dumpted his biography in the trash because that is where his campaign belongs.

    September 15, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  4. R G

    gotta a little fiesty when asked about the truth

    September 15, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  5. JOn

    Oh wow, they "picked your bones clean" by asking tough questions, get a grip lady.

    September 15, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  6. Tony

    Ciny McCain is a whiner, an elitist and a fraud.

    September 15, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  7. Jon

    At the end of the day, when everyone's bones are picked clean, the thing that matters is who is going to get things accomplished, for ALL of America and not just the Dems or Repubs. The record shows that man to be John McCain, who has worked with both parties nearly an equal amount of time (actually, he's worked with Dems more often) to enact legislation.

    September 15, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  8. DEM

    Someone finally had the guts to ask the real questions, and put McCain on the hotseat. I applaud The View, and am now a fan.

    September 15, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  9. Eric

    I guess nobody told Whoopie (that well known constitutional scholar) when she asked about being a slave again that the constitution was amended BY THE PEOPLE to prohibit slavery and to provide the vote to women, etc. The PEOPLE change the constitution, the judges apply it. Why is that so hard to understand.

    As for Bayhar, she's just ignorant of facts. Sad, but common for those on TV. Go Cindy go.

    September 15, 2008 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  10. Morris Graham

    The truth hurts, dosen't it?

    September 15, 2008 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  11. Morris Graham

    Then again, you wouldn't know the truth if it "picked your bones"...

    September 15, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  12. Ray

    Seriously, if the media had been as marginally aggressive as this little fluff of a show was, we would not be in the situation in Iraq that we are now in. The media just nodded and smiled at whatever Shrub would say, and now, here we are.

    McCain and Co. think that if they say something loud enough and long enough that it'll become true.

    September 15, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  13. lollerscates

    lol @ CNN. Did they do that on purpose? Put a picture of Cindy McCain looking like a flesh-eating zombie next to a headline about the picking clean of bones, I mean. Kudos if so!

    September 15, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  14. Mccain Palin=Bush

    Well YOu get asked tough Question when You run a Campaign on smears and Lies that is the Consequence I wish the News media will do there Jobs and start reporting the Fact instead of the Lies that the Mccain campaign Puts out. Obama supportere Donate to Obama so we can have a 80 Million Dollar Month then we can Fight the Decitful, Slimy, Excuse for a Campaign Mccain is runnning. Obama Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  15. Dan in Tigard, OR.

    A little cheese with that whine? The View too tough....lmao.

    September 15, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  16. Reality

    The View only brought the truth out of the McCain's; something that the news media wouldn't dare do. We, the people, need the View to do for us what Fox News, CNN or MSNBC wouldn't dare do for us.

    September 15, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  17. Kevin

    The headline, the picture. All subtle but obvious that CNN is the Obama News Network. CNN has lost all news credibility.

    September 15, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  18. DENNIS

    Get use to it. People are not stupid. I watched as Cindy McCain cringed while Whoopi Goldberg asked about the Constitution. Do you really think that everyone is "falling in Love" with Palin? Reality checks: Not all Hockey Moms, Nascar Dads, blue collar white men, are going to automatically vote for McCain/Palin. You have to EARN peoples's respect and trust.

    September 15, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  19. Eric From SD

    Whoopi's comment was the most unintelligent thing I've ever heard. Slavery? Are you kidding me? I think this really showed John McCain's self control, because if that were me I would have slapped all those female dogs.

    September 15, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  20. Ron L

    They DID NOT pick their bones clean...
    They asked some VERY tough questions. I find it amazing that in our current politcal discourse candidates FEEL they should be able to make ads that say just about anything negative they want and not have to respond to it.
    THE REAL DEAL is the McCains were surprised!!! They thought there was only going to be light chatter and it turned out to be much more serious than that. They FORGOT how tough an interviewer Barbra Walters can be.
    The FACTS are:
    The McCain commercials AND the Repupblican Party has been much more negative and actually mean spirited in their tone. Which is actually NORMAL for their party.
    The McCain campaign has selected Gov. Palin as the Senators running mate. Many seasoned political observers do not feel she has the experience for the position and the fact that she has only been allowed to give ONE interview since being chosen MAKES IT appear that they are correct. After all would you really keep a person that IS well versed away from interviews...I think not.
    The Republicans KNOW for a fact. IF the American public continues to be distracted away from the REAL differences in the policies and how poorly the Republicans performed when they were in charge. Senator McCain chances of winnig increases.
    The American electorate should demand, because it deserves, more one on one interviews between Gov. Palin with a minimum of 6 different major news anchors in the next 4 weeks. We need to see how this potential V.P. woulld address some of these key events challenging both our country and the world in her own words. Not made up sound bits she has been taught to memorize be the campaigns speech writers.

    September 15, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  21. Bishop

    Thank goodness Cindy Called a vulture what it is. These people are just looking for ratings and don't care who they slice and dice to get them. Even if it means slicing each other. This is one of the main reasons I quit watching tv 4 years ago. The online papers let you pick over which lies you want to absorb in a fraction of the time.

    September 15, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  22. Tell It Like It Is

    I don't know why the MCCAIN"S CAN"T READ THE OBAMA SIGNAGE OVER THE DOOR OF THE VIEW.

    Cindy, this is not worthy of a complaint when they have been just barely tolerant of you in the past.

    September 15, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  23. Jim

    Yeah its true, anyone with brains would see through this BS with the Republicans, funny, no more talk of experience concidering you got Biden with 36 years or so of service and Palin....ah....ahhhh.....yeah so exp is right out the window, cute try fellaz.. I also find it amusing myself the View is more aggresive in questioning then the reporting going on. They ask how many houses again!!! picked your bones clean??? wow. Wah wah wah wah wah, let me guess puma....this was sexist too?? wait.....where is puma....funny after all the circulating emails on experience and all that bs and now Palin as VP, may as well be spears......wheres puma?? your so intelligent where did you go?? cat got your tongue? alot of empy kitchens in America these days without ya. Yeah and the fox news comment, that might as well be their bible concidering they dont read the real one. Can tell when they rejoice over the VP when the daughter is 17 with a kid, wait, lets make excuses for her right??? its normal right??? WRONG AS USUAL!. if woman are getting involved....start opening some books or tabloids, this isnt reality tv.

    September 15, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  24. jeff

    I dont really think cnn will post this,but...I watched and listened to the view. What they did to the Mcains was dispicable.. they treated the Obamas like gold,falling all over them.It was the worse case of unfairness and meaness I have ever seen on converage of the Mcaines.Shame on you View. You just turned me over to vote against Obama. I really saw the light on the media bias every one is talking about. I am totaly disqusted.

    September 15, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  25. pat

    CNN when will you ever post a consevative view. Your are so far left see cant see the middle !

    September 15, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
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