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. Howard

    One day CNN will have the courage to post this analysis:

    Barak Obama is simply the left wings version of George Bush. Don’t you guys get it? That is why the race is so close. There are more similarities between George Bush and Barak Obama than between George Bush and John McCain… and all the regular lunch pail work every day people see that.

    The real “4 more years” of “King George” will be the electing of “Emperor Barak”? Obama is simply the left wing version of George Bush. Both of them are arrogant - Obama with regard to his intellect, Bush with regard to his religion. Neither of them ever cast a vote in opposition to the majority of their base prior to their receiving the nomination, both of them had strong support from the political machines of their parties in the primaries, both of them attended churches with strong political agendas and neither of them has the experience of a parsnip… but they love their own Kool-Aid… but scariest of all, the press has lined up behind Obama the same way they lined up behind Bush...

    When will CNN have the guts to post this point of view?

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Jake

    Hilarious. Obama walks onto the O'Reilly Factor and has intelligent discussion while the McCains get owned by 'The View'.

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Diana

    Demski, please tell me you are not that ignorant.

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. PJ

    Cindy the trophy parasite- tough? Please... go home; go shopping; breed; and spend daddy's money. You have no intellect to insult. Nice pearls.

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. me

    Wow !!!! i'm not voting or supporting neither of the candidates. I have been living in the Us for 8 years. My experience with the election has been one the kind where the country is really divided . People forget that no matter who will be elected noone of you will have part to the cake.Please control your emotions and avoid heart blood pressure.

    September 15, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. callitlikeyouseeit

    deoderant/media can't cover it up, anti-persiprant/campaign can't hideit, BO/Barrack Obama.

    September 15, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. max

    To Linda-Obama,
    You complained about your comments not being posted by CNN. Your are not the only one. Your comments are being held hostage because they make sense and contain ideas CNN could steal, or true materials that can hurt CNN's candidate of choice. Stop posting them. After all do we believe that CNN would open a discussion board for people to give opinions for free? Hell no!. They are ideas hunters. They snatch your ideas without even sending you a thank you E-Mail.

    September 15, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Phil

    Is it just me, but are all the bleeding hearts on here out of touch with reality themselves? They are constantly accusing CNN of being to pro McCain, which is absolutely ludicrous, considering how liberal CNN is. They act like school kids when they badmouth McCain/Palin by simply saying things like, "You are stupid," or "You are a liar." That's really deep explanations you bleeding hearts can give. Your savior, Obama, wants to turn America into a socialist type country. Hello, redistribution of wealth! So it is fair that people who work hard and are successful have to pay more money simply for the fact they are successful and those who are not as successful deserve their cut of money? Give me a break. You dems need to wake up. The democracy you want is what Castro, Chavez, etc. push on their people. This country has turned into a welfare state. People are always wanting a handout. If you don't make enough, work harder. It's what everyone else does. The View is full of a bunch of nitwits, nothing more.

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Revacoop

    Boy, if Cindy McCain was troubled by "The View," she'll have a lot more problems if her husband wins the election. I thought they were pretty gentle, actually, but she seems to be offended that they even asked the questions. And the audience wasn' t uniformly supportive either. However, no one got into how her beer lobbyists oppose Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations trying to restrict alcohol consumption.

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Kiah G.

    Aww poor you! Poor McCain campaign for being confronted of their LIES to the American people. Shame on Americans for calling out LIARS for LYING!

    September 15, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. David - NYC

    Well, unfortunately she's right....the American people aren't seeing the media asking the McCain campaign hard, tough questions. It's quite sad when we have to count on Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg to hold a presidential candidate accountable for his comments, ads, and promises of "reform".

    Please America....wake up...and don't fall for the same GOP lies.

    Obama/Biden 2008!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Nathan,

    The Republicans always cry foul when they're brought to task on their lies and deceit. They have no problem lying about their opponents. As sonn as they're called on it they feel they're being treated unfairly. These people know no shame. When Graham was calling the rest of us a bunch of whiners he should have been talking about the Republicans.

    September 15, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    For her to say that their bones were picked clean is silly sounding to put it nicely. Is Cindy McCain expecting to be treated with kid gloves? Her husband is running for to be the next president of the US. Everything should be explored except very personal things like his choice of underwear (and things like that). His policy decisions, personal finance plans and other choices shows what kind of person he is and if we should elect him president. Not all of the choices I have seen make me want to vote for him.

    September 15, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Mary

    Cnn again I will say they should have picked him a little bi more. I would like to know what's up with Palin being his partner his soulmate. That honor should go to his wife.

    September 15, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. dm ohio

    Joy Behar is revolting. I saw her on Larry king and wanted to vomit. And for that matter CNN thinks we need to know her view on anything. I believe here comment reguarding Palin was" you can't replace on vagina with another". Look, Cindy Mccain should be getting better adviceand stay away from garbage shows like the View. If you don't vote for Obama, it's a race thing, if you didn't like Hillary, you anti woman. This election will be the reason four years from now we will once again have two candidates so out of touch with our great nation. Most Obama supporters could not tell you where he stands or how he has voted on any issue, including that Joy Behar, but they know he's black.

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Nat Turner

    It's way past time that John McCain is being asked some "tough" questions. Sen Obama has been grilled for the last 18 months and is not allowed to get away with the weak, vague non-answers that McCain gives. The only thing he wants to whine about is his status as a POW. There are thousands of POW's. That does not make them qualified to be president of the United States. He is no better. Why doesn't John think about the fact that at least he was allowed to come back home ALIVE....albeit mentally deranged.
    Obama-Biden 2008!

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    McCain's appearance on the View was a diaster......If he was trying to prove that he is a "maverick", and that is such a political myth, he truly stepped into horse sh**, and big time, and now he can go and lick his wounds......

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. LIP

    I like the new name for their program, "Womb with no View" show. Hope it catches on. "Are you going to make me a slave again" ..Whoopie is the number one racist in this country. She hates whites and cheap comments like those of hers speak for themselves and do nothing good for America.
    McCain's decision to go on that particular show does show a side of him I didn't care to see. He is an idealist if he thought for one minute that he would be treated fairly by that bunch of vultures. Sorry about the word vultures. There may be children reading this dribble and I had to clean it up a bit.
    Has everyone forgotten 911 and that had Bill done his job and taken Bin Laden out, 911 wouldn't have happened and then we wouldn't have had to get ourselves immersed in the Middle East and all that has happened since, wouldn't have happened.
    That is what this election is all about. Do we want a President that is pathetically weak and wants to stand down as a world leader. If we do, then vote for Obama. You can't bury your head in the sand forever folks and we should praise Bush for the stand he has taken; he has done what Bill wouldn't do because it would hurt his "Legacy". Bush stuck his neck out and bit the bullet and sacrificed his Legacy to do what was right.

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Scott, Orlando, FL

    Wow, Mrs. McCain doesn't get her way and can't create an illusion of grandure and control the situtaion and NOW is unconfortable? Having her bones picked clean is part of the job. Get used to it or get out! She is a rich snob who doesn't have a clue what the real American public thinks of her. Only her rich friends tell her what she wants to hear. Go to one of your seven homes and hide, or throw a dinner party. I am sure everyone there will tell you exactly what you want to hear.

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. cecil

    We will take no lectures from John McCain, Cindy McCain Or There Supporters who are cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern Presidential campaign history. His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. He runs a campaign not worthy of the office he is seeking."


    September 15, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. obama, obama

    toScott-CA–you actually call those "view women " LADIES? I think you meant–Cindy was the only "lady" on that show?! CNN, could you find a worse photo of the gorgeous Cindy?

    September 15, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. C

    The View was telling the truth... wake up women of America! McCain thinks a woman on his ticket means he will change 4 more years of the same economic disaster. The problem is although Palin's intensions might be good, McCain's intensions are "I hope this woman gets me elected; fooled you 3 times"!

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. FL for Obama

    The View asked the very questions the media should be doing. Joy correctly called out McCain's lying, and his facial expression in response revealed how dishonorable he feels about approving those dishonest ads.

    If the McCain(s) can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen, or stop the blatant lying. Enough.

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. maggie perez

    Kudos to the women on the view , Thanks but no thanks to palin and mccain.

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Realistic

    i am soo surprised CNN did not cover the ANTI-PALIN rally in alaska...why cnn why?????...

    September 15, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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