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. Demski

    Why can't these talk shows, news anchors, and commentators can ask some hard questions to Obama. For example that "if Mr. Obama is a devout christian then why is it that he still has a muslim full name"? Not racial tone or bigotry though, after all the blacks are racists as well.

    September 15, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. blaising

    Can't take the heat...get out of the kitchen!!

    Or...tend to the moose stew.

    September 15, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Tom

    Picked Bones Clean? It's called the TRUTH, Cindy!

    Your husband avoids the truth the same way vampires avoid sunlight.

    September 15, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. notetocindy

    Listen Cindy, honey, I've got an old husband, too. He's not quite as old as yours but I've got to tell you that, while he's very healthy, he's not quite as sharp as he once was. Don't tell him I said that, because he's got a temper, too. The thing is, I wouldn't want to have him take on the problems Bush is leaving for the next president to 'fix'. You've got to expect a man John's age to have a hard time hitting back at a bunch of menopausal women like Barbara and Joy and Whoopi. He just wasn't able to deal with the likes of how do you propose he'll deal with the really scary world leaders he's got to deal with if he becomes president? And your hubby isn't even going to have a VP he can lean on when things get tough. It's a bad situation.

    September 15, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Matt

    Its amazing cnn only posts pro democrat postings. Shocked, im sure this message will never make it because the media controls the reality. McCain has my vote, I do not agree with Obamas stance on taxes which he says he will lower but if you read his proposal. Im sure the liberals are illiterate or wont read for themselves. He is raising taxes substantially. His green bill which he says can be done in 10 years he can only run for 8 he can claim anything at the end that it was the next candidate who messed up his plan. There are so many immediate things that can be done. Obama and his camp have been lying. All they say is the word change and people scream. Its more "bull" and people are so gullable.

    September 15, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. enough

    The country is sick and tired of these C students running it into the toilet! Wall Street is collapsing and she has the nerve to be insulted that a bunch of women actually asked real questions!

    September 15, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    I guess those who can dish it out just can't take it. We have reached a new all-time low with the McCain/Palin ticket.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!

    September 15, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. AdamW

    "They are now seeing a clear difference with these candidates, and they are seeing who is going to make the best president"

    Awwww....the press doesn't like you, you got asked tough questions you had to be honest about, you got called out for lies...wahhh, wahhh, wahhh.
    This is why our nation is a bunch of winers. Our leaders set a fine example.

    John McCain is a tool for the corrupt Republican party.
    If all of you people ar ehappy with the economy and the state of this country then by all means vote for more of the same bad policies.

    September 15, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. William Rutlin

    So Cindy McCain is actually criticizing the press for doing exactly what they're supposed to do? The American public is buying this bash the press line without reservation. What nobody seems to realize is that without an active, independent press yet another pillar of our democracy goes down. I watched Stephanopoulos with dismay this weekend as he let his guests cut into one another and he didn't make one effort to correct the facts or press either of them on misinformation. He's basically useless if he doesn't stand up to lies. This goes for the press as a whole. Hallelujah if it took the ladies of The View to finally ask some tough questions!

    September 15, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Bob From Boston

    Bubba Wawa needs to retire.

    September 15, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Renee

    CNN why are most of the Repulican comments not making it on the message board? I know the media is extremely Democratic but this is wrong. It looks like there is an extreme amount of Obama supports, not many McCain/Palin supports. I have sent several different Repulican views and they never make it on. Sad that the Democrats are now running scared when at first they thought Obama would just step into the White House with no problem. Think again, there will be a tough road afterall and it feels good.

    September 15, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. akamoke

    The view asked some questions and they didnt like well!!!
    To be fair, I think the Obamas should have been hammered with questions that may put them on the spot as well

    Having said all this, anyone who would vote for/against a candidate based on what they have watched on the View or any other programs shows what is wrong with America, we must have the most intellectually lazy electorate out there..This is the information age, get your information on the candidates independently..Too much spin on TV these days and I get turned off by all of them from Fox news to MSNBC to even CNN..

    Nobody reports news anymore, we just have some anchors who have an overbloated view of themselves,...I don't care about your opinions, just report the facts

    September 15, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Irene

    I would have liked to see MORE interview questions from the Ladies.

    Just WHAT ARE McCain's views on birth control? Joy asked a question and McCain's answer had me wondering just which side of the fence he is on regarding that subject!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 15, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Oh Poooooleeeezzzze!

    Don't worry Cindy, I'll vote for you, you're no Barbie Doll Stepford wife, are you?

    September 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. John from Atlanta, GA

    Let's talk about Sarah Palin's relationship with AIP (Alaska Independent Party) before you even think about coming "clean".

    Why is the media so silent about this? Why didn't Charlie Gibson asked her about it?

    September 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Dianne

    The questions posed on the view were valid. However, the host did not even allow the McCains to answer. The atmosphere was hostile as well. Whoppi could not even look at the McCains and showed such enormous disrespect towards both of them.

    The ladies of the View merly displayed their hatred towards the McCains and love affair with the Obama's. They also showed the world that they are not true professional journnalist either.

    September 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Deborah, Denver CO

    How pathetic that so many of you even watch The View. While I only saw the CNN clip – hooray for the McCain's! Why should anyone have to answer to how many homes they have? We have more than one home and that is our business – we've worked hard for them. Enough about me....Joy Behar is abnoxious, not funny, and just plain stupid. I'm not sure if I am ranting about this ridiculous show or the comments made about McCain. Either way, I have just wasted three minutes of my time to tell all of you View Watchers that you need to get a life. Enough said.

    September 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Mark

    For some reason when I watch Cindy give a speech it looks to me like shes trying out for American Idol the way she moves her head and her hand gestures I dont like that. Im not saying what she is talking about isnt intresting but it makes it very hard for me to watch her speak

    September 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. Mike

    I hardly think that they 'picked your bones' Cindy. I don't remember anything about your husbands sleazy divorce, your shacking up with him while he was still married or your stealing drugs from your own charity that were supposedly meant for children.

    I don't remember anything about the Keating 5, the fact that W himself questioned your husbands sanity during the 2000 election or the questions about his extra marital affairs as early as this year.

    No doll... hardly picking those bones clean. You have plenty of skeletons in the closets of your multiple homes – drag out a few and let us have a good run at them. THEN you can whine.

    September 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. Chris S.

    The View understands that womens issues are at stake this election. Although they probably supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries, they understand that having Hillary in office in 2012 is meaningless if all the supreme court justices are republicans. They will overturn all womens rights.

    September 15, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. MCS

    Apparently Carl Rove now agrees with what Behar said.

    September 15, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. FactCheck

    > Why can't these talk shows, news anchors, and commentators can ask some hard questions to Obama.

    Ever hear of Bill O'Reilley and Fox Network? Word is that he did an hard interview with Mr. Obama. But again, don't let any facts get in the way of your convoluted argument...after all, that is a Republican trait.

    September 15, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. tony

    I'm a Conservative and I just posted a view that was of course not posted–
    They just want the world to think OBama is the man-
    Let me tell you-If you have not been overcome by OBAMA madness by now - you never will and he will never see anywhere near the 50% of you wackos in popular vote–
    The Country doesn't see it the way you " hand Out" bloggers do–
    Get a job and support yourselfs instead of waiting for another gov't handout– paid for by the people who don't have time for nonsense like this blog-

    September 15, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    McCains are elitist frauds and Palin is CLUELESS

    September 15, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. RONNIE

    DUH! Cindy McCain sounds as stupid as John McCain ! You go on The View and you know only the deraged blonde is on your side.So it is not like you didn't know what was going to happen you pampered rerpublician!

    September 15, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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