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

Filed under: Cindy McCain
soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Matt Webster

    It is strange that America need a show like "The View" to ask tough questions from politicians and can't be deterred with vague answers. Perhaps some other media outlets will start asking tougher questions.

    As for Mrs. McCain, picked your bones clean? Because they were asking legitimate questions? cry me a river!

    September 15, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Bob From Boston

    Enlightened voter – Your ignorant anger makes you an obvious liberal. I feel bad for you.

    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Gene

    Too bad, if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen. Obama, as well as other candidates, have been grilled continuously since this election cycle started. What did McCain expect, a pat on the head and a bowl of mush for him to gum? If McCain is so tough then act it.

    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. OUObama

    The fact that McCain is so close is truly sad and a testament to just how disillusioned Americans are. If the price of gas and food are hurting your pocket, how could you back a Rep?


    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. S.M

    Did he and his wife feel that they were suppposed to treated with kid gloves just because he's John McCain and she's Cindy McCain? They were only asking questions that the public has the right to know; nothing more and nothing less. She wasn't so quick to come to Michelle Obama's defense when Elizabeth, from the View, ripped Obama's wife apart at the RNC convention. If her husband can't take those type of questions, than perhaps he shouldn't be running for President.

    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. shikinouta

    This happens every time....when republicans are faced with tough questions they curl up and whimper like puppies because they know they have no justification for their actions. They blame everyone else for being mean when really they are the ones who are objectionable. They will never see themselves as wrong....kind of Mugabe-esque if you ask me.

    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. dellie

    Have any of the paid Obama bloggers on this site taken notice that the more they slam Palin, the more McCain-Palin rise in the polls? Thanks for your help....As you continue to be rude and hateful...that ticket will continue to benefit.

    September 15, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Christine

    The moderators on this website are totally biased towards Obama.
    Occasionally an opposing view is added to give the appearance of fairness. When Michelle Obama was on the View, she was treated with kid gloves. No questions about about her salary being doubled after her husband got into the Senate. No questions about how Rezko helped them buy their house. No questions to Michelle on why she let her young children sit and listen to the racial rantings of Rev. Wright.

    September 15, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Jude Fort Lauderdale, Fl

    McCain should have seen it coming, Takin up one lady is suspect of taking on 5 woman is suicidal. Woman are always right even when their wrong. What did he think he was going to talk to these 5 ladies about.... real Politics?! lo...he must be the Manchurian candidate under his wife's control, cause he's been married for a good amount of years and he still hasn't learned that you don't engage in a discussion with woman, unless you're Obama, or me.

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. NoMoreEvil

    On GPS Zakari show, they said Israel will strike Iran in October and that will affect our election. The Americans will be made to think that we will be attacked by Iran and scare the living hell out of the Americans so that they vote Mccain, so that Israel is happy. I cannot believe one country so far away has so much influence in our inner politics...Why? please someone explain why??

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Lis

    So the American people don't care for the truth. I see.

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Sweetie

    This election year has been a bad one thanks to all the VERY Liberal Haters out there!

    I don't watch the View, and don't plan on it-I'm at work when it's on!

    We have all noticed however that once Palin was nominated and McCain became "HOT"

    The Liberals just don't know what to do!

    They realize they are going to loose! They are getting desperate!

    Soon they will be forced to crawl back into the woodwork they came from!

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide Victory for all Americans!

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. J from DC

    As the problems continue to build with the economy, I hope people use their brains, a little more than there heart, and vote for the man who championed for change over the last 3 years, and the VP who has been in DC long enough to see it happen without risk. I still like Biden, and don’t get to see enough of him.

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Christopher, Louisville, KY

    It is the job of the media to ask hard questions. What I'd like to know is why the only two people who ever seem to ask a follow-up are Campbell Brown and Joy Behar?! When a comedian asks tougher questions and demands follow-up and network news anchors like Charlie Gibson lets an interviewee blatantly lie, there is something severely wrong with journalism in this nation.

    September 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. Sam

    Behar, Whoopi, Barbara - a bunch of old liberal gas bags. They are so not representative of mainstream America. Whoopi should stick to movies, Barbara should go back to her fluff interviews with movie stars, and Behar - well Behar should just go.

    September 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Chuck

    Cindy, how many people have been killed or injured by drunk drivers who got drunk on beer from your beer distributorship?

    September 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Leena

    All the people saying you're changing your vote over a tv show are idiots. I.D.I.O.T.S. You vote on issues. And if you know the big issues, no matter what side you're on, you're not suddenly going to change. It's like the ex-Hilary fans saying they're going for McCain now. That's the ultimate slap to Hilary and clearly shows you were never for her or her policy's anyway.

    I was all about Hilary and now I'm supporting Obama because his policy's and her's are clearly more inline.

    I hate dumb people.

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. li

    "Note to the McCains: Run an honest campaign and you wont have these sort of problems. "

    Yes, but the same goes for the Obama campaign whom The View treated like royalty. This show is incredibly biased and more focused on their ratings than honesty and integrity. The show is for entertainment. These are not journalist. Walters may have been able to call herself that once a upon a time, but hasn't been a real journalist is many MANY years.

    Main point: If people are looking for real information and "intelligent" political discussion from The View, then we have an even bigger crisis on education that any of candidates realize!

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Dana

    ATTN Cecilia.... What is sooooooo wrong about expecting someone who will be PRESIDENT- to answer tough questions??? John McCain has many contradictions- he chose to go on the show he should have known what he was walking into! This whole notion that the Repubs should have the red carpet rolled out is a JOKE! Both Candidates and their VP picks are subject to scrutiny- if its too hot get out of the kitchen!!!!! The questions the View asked were justifiable- the question your SHOULD be asking- is why couldnt your candidate substantiate his positions...why couldnt he defend his choices?? Because HE IS LYING TO YOU and YOU ARE FALLING FOR IT... like in 2000 and 2004... I wish I could get a listing of all the people who vote for him if for no other reason if this maniac wins after 2 years of him being in the White House when he drags us into WWIII I can go to your houses and say SEEEE TOLD YOU SOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    When he is drafting your sons to war b/c our military is so depressed and under staffed.... WAKE UP!!!!! This is no game and no time for name calling or petty back and forth- look at the facts, what is wrong with you people- you honestly are more scared of a back man for PResident than complete chaos in our country and abroad???

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Nechia NYC

    I thought the interview was good. They asked the right questions. Question that any canadaite for president should be able to answer. The problem was that McCain didnt make sense. He was saying how he wanted to read the constitution as in was meant to be read. Which is stupid the laws that are in the constitution although still practiced today are not as relevent today as they were than. I think Woopie was right to ask him the question of slavery. When you claiming that you want to take the contry back to thoes time any black person or even woman would have to say HOLD ON not that far back. Its time that the McCain group start answering the questions that matter to the american people.

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. sky

    It's humorous that these rich, over the top, cheerleader types wanna pretend like they are down home, grit eating, banjo playing folks like the rest of us. Lately it seems like the only way to win an election is to pretend like your stupid so folks dont think yer uppity. This woman is NOT someone who needs be near the white house....

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Jack

    The McCains and Palin can't answer the tough questions....they need instructions from Karl Rove and the teleprompters first. None of them can answer a tough questions without first being rehearsed.
    Sad people.......

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Dave

    xddy4u- I hope that when you stop voting you wont be complaining either.

    See this is whats wrong...."I am not gonna vote-but I will complain about your vote." "I'm gonna sit in the corner and whine but not do anything about the problem..."

    You must be a senator or a congressman?


    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Karol

    Just like NBC and CNN the View is biased. I watched both times when the Obama's where on the show as well as the McCains and they asked tough questions of the McCains and laughed and giggled with B.O. and asked where Michele got her "pretty black and white dress" now that was tough and of course it made a difference in how I would vote. Barbara was reliving her old glory days, go sell a book!

    I think the View, and the almighty "O" need to stick to what they do and stop trying to tell us who to vote for.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Luke

    .John McCain and Sarah Palin over-react when they are questioned about their records, positions, and campaign strategies. It's an election...don't they get that? Investigating questions & discussions hold candidates accountable (including Palin and McCain); therefore are not automatically biased or sexist as this Republican ticket seeks sympathy as a victim. Get over it Cindy.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11