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. kevin

    what ajoke the mcains are, i mean really, do they even know what lifes like for the rest of us, cindy is so materialistic, she tots $100,000 in jewelry everyday, mr mcain has got too be the most disingenuous candidate ive ever seen, what you people see in him is beyond comprehension, he is a bush clone, who will lead this country into further escalations in military conflicts around the world, you see john mcain has a grudge from vietnam, he wants payback, not to nam, just in general, he is well documented as a hot headed,angry,shot first kind of person, he will not make a clear decision, instead he will jump at the chance to throw the first punch, do we as a country need, another iron fist running this country, are you not tired of the rest of the worlds total disrepect for our brutal policies, lets bring america back to a country that the world looked up too, not down upon
    as a republican i will be casting my vote for change, for americas pride, for jobs, for education, and right to choose
    i wont even begin too oppose the hockey mommy, because shes not worth my time, cant you all see mcain did not choose palin because he thought she was the best person for the job, in fact she wasnt even on the list of 10 , no she was choosen at the last minute so mcain could swing votes, people jumping on her band wagon ,consider this for a moment, is mcain doing whats right for this country, do you think he made the right decision, is he not disingenuous, wake up america
    obama for change

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. RKing

    Look at the website: The Real John McCain Less Jobs More Wars
    There are several videos of him that will give you a good picture of why the ladies on The View knew it was important to ask these questions. There is also an online petition being forwarded to people on the internet with many doctors names on it requesting that John McCain release his medical records without the doctors or news people being restricted to a time limit like last time. He is on about six medications and the melanoma, unfortunately, is a very serious condition that can come back on internal organs without any evidence until it's too late. There are many issues that are important to consider before voting this man into office and that includes his mental clarity and tendency to distort the truth.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. White Mother for Obama!!

    LOL that is funny!! I am at least Glad Barbara Walters is seeing through it enough to ask the TOUGH QUESTIONS, everyone else is not asking. Getting into the Deep of it. They have no plan!!

    If they asked Obama he would tell them alot more details that McCain did!!

    September 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. wrob from GA

    Cindy – for you to specify what you think America is thinking shows just how out of touch you are. We think your husband should stop telling lies and own up to his policies. Apparently you guys actually believe that we are stupid. Think again.

    September 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. kari

    Maybe the stock market will crash. . . how much evidence does America need to prove to all the voters that

    September 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Grill, baby, grill!

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Nancy

    Touche' Can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Sound familiar??? Money doesn't exclude you from being scrutinized.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Obamaallthewaytodc

    You guys and gals need to wake up and smell the moose sauce. A whining Alaskan 5 schools to get a college degree, cant stay home long enough to monitor her daughter, where was stay at home dad. Someone else is saying they are the papa of Bristols baby anyway. Down with Palin. She knows nothing. They havent prepped her enough. And McCain knows less. ANd Cindy, not even worth my speech. OBAMA BIDEN 2008.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Annette

    Cindy McCain...If you can't take the heat, get out of the oven. Or better yet, get out of the media. You drive me nuts and not in a good way.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Tony

    McCain's strategy is to whine every time he's asked a tough question? What a macho American hero he is, can't even take heat from the View women. God forbid somebody in the real news media get a chance to ask him real questions.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    tony – so all the parishioners that listened to their pediphile preists for years and years are guilty of their 'crimes' too? Is that what your saying? Cause it is exactly the same thing. And I guess Palin should be criticized too for her church that she attended for over 20 years is agressively anti-jewish and actually have anti -jewish functions that she participated in. And don't take my word for it, go investigate. Get a life you hypocrite.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Roberto

    Looks like we are a nation of whiners. Guess what? They're Republicans !!! They don't like it when all the krap they've been spewing for the last 14 years comes around and lands on their faces. Get used to it Cindy & Sarah. Ya reeps what ye sows.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. maggie perez

    The women of the view were only asking the questions they needed to ask according to what the mccains and sarah palin have said in there campaign. To sit on a show that is viewed by so many people especially women and deny what they have said is down right senecal

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Time for Real Reporters....CNN!

    Here the Republicans paid bloggers go again. Why is it when the Democrats are telling the truth about McCain and Palin LIES they are spreading NOW and continuing to tell lies about Obama, they bring up Michelle Obama's.

    Biden is who Palin is running against, but that's not McCain and Repubs plan, their plan is she is to do McCain duty work by attacking his opponent, he is the one that is scared to open his mouth because he will show the real McCain in sheep cloths. This is one of their tricks as usual to keep us from asking Palin the real issues we face. Another tactic to get us to talk about pretty woman and POW man fake ads, hoping we will buy into their LIES. Like ROve didn't say, McCain ads aren't even 5% true, that why he let's his Pit Bull our at speeches and lock up back up after them.

    The Republicans are the first to say leave Palin family out of this, but the next thing they do is BRING up Michelle name in a LIE. DO they even know how to tell the truth or do they know what telling the truth means?

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Tolu

    The ladies were certainly on the attack, but it was certainly well deserved, and any one with truth on his side would have made out well. Obama went on O' Reilly because he knwew that he had enough truth on his side, and there are no headlines about him ripping Papa Bear afterwards, why? Because even that arrogant ignoramus respects an honest answer. So PLEASE Father Time/Baracuda-my-butt, quit your whining and do more interviews!

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. MJ

    Another thing I would like to know from all you super liberals that write on the blogs, is why I have to be labled a HATER if I don't agree with Obama. I was not called a HATER when I didn't agree with Kerry or Gore. You people need to quit trying to make myself and others out to be racist, but if that is all you got then that is all you got.

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Christy

    Why are so many of you who are McCain haters also prejudice against rich people? I don't understand this? Should we bash people because they were able to acheive what I average income earners have not been able to acheive? That is one of the things we are all striving for is it not, financial freedom ?

    I am libertarian and will be voting for Bobb Barr, so I really don't care for either Obama or McCain, however, I will say I am quite fed up with the blind Obama love. Change, exactly what kind of change? More welfare programs to bankrupt our country even more? Just because someone says they stand for change, does not make it so. If people could look beyond party lines (and race) and look at the facts.

    BTW...Sarah Palin has close to the same amount of experience as Obama, and she is only running for VP, not Pres. And her experience counts for more because she is actually a governor and responsible for a state budget as opposed to Se. Obama.

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. a.d.

    Too true Christine. And if your comment had not mentioned that bias, it would not have been published either. Them's the rules!

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Dale

    If you can't take the heat, then you probably should not be in the race.

    September 15, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    No Cindy, They are finally asking the right questions and they should have asked long ago. You can't lie on national TV and expect to get away with it any more!

    September 15, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Pascal

    Misspelled "truth". Sorry about that!

    September 15, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. William

    Why would anyone expect the media to try to shed some light on our elections? Could it be that the McCains's don't want anyone to know they offer nothing more than the Bush status quo! McCain is anything but honorable.

    September 15, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Deb n Texas

    The McCains interview with the was extraordinary. It is high time SOMEONE ask McCain about the lying ads he runs on television, ads that he knows are not true about Obama. Cable news channels don't ask him about the lies, so somebody has to and I commend 'THE VIEW" for doing Cable News' job. McCain is losing his integrity to win a campaign and 'that' is a low as you can go.

    September 15, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. scott, Los Gatos, Ca

    If John McCain lacks the courage to face the questions posed by the ladies of The View, is he really prepared for the White House?

    September 15, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Anonymous

    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—

    He said on a blog.

    September 15, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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