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


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Never4get

    I am sick and tired of hearing "The American public is smarter than that". The truth of the matter is we are not smart, we just love people saying we are smart. If we were smart negative adds would not work. Rumors would not spread.
    But we are at our best when there is someone to blame or to laugh at.

    We are at our best when we spout racial comments.

    We are at our best when we exclude someone because of religious bias.

    We are at our best when social programs is to blame for our bad economic times.

    We are at out best when "Experience" is the new code word for black we use "Experience" because it makes us feel good.

    Let's face it This is the best we are every going to get. The Republicans built there party on hate, religion, guns, and ignorance. The Democrats built there party on lack of balls, and weakness. One party is most of the time wrong,dumb and loud (Republicans). The Democrats are most of the time right, silent, and week.

    September 15, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. TAYO, NY

    YES, WE ARE SEEING THROUGH McCAIN'S LIES AND LIES.

    AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECTS WISDOM AND THE TRUTH FROM THE OLDEST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.......BUT WHAT ARE GETTING?

    McCAIN LIES IN HIS ADS:

    McCAIN LIES ABOUT OBAMA'S EDUCATIOONAL RECORD.

    McCAIN LIES ABOUT OBAMA'S RECORD ON IMMIGRATION (IN SPANISH RADIO ADS)

    McCAIN (HIS CAMPAIGN) LIES ABOUT THE RECORD OF SARAH PALIN:

    McCAIN LIES ABOUT PALIN VISITING IRAG: TRUTH IS SHE HAS NEVER BEEN TO IRAQ.

    McCAIN (AND PALIN) LIES ABOUT THE BRIDGE TO NO WHERE: THE TRUTH IS SHE SUPPORTED THE BRIDGE AND ONLY BACK DOWN WHEN ITS OBVIOUS THE CONGRESS AND AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE AGAINST IT. PALIN STILL KEEP THE MONEY ANYWAY.....

    McCAIN LIES ABOUT PALIN BEING A REFORMER & NOT TAKING EARMARKS; TRUTH IS PALIN & ALASKA HAS THE HIGHEST PER CAPITAL EARMARKS IN THE WHOLE OF US.

    PALIN EVEN HIRED A LOBBYIST TO FIGHT FOR EARMARKS AS A MAYOR ETC

    HOW MANY LIES TO EXPECT FROM McCAIN ( AND PALIN) MANY...MANY... SO WATCH OUT.....

    September 15, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. withit

    This probably won't get on this forum, but here goes. How come MOST of the comments on all these "discussions" is pro Obama and anti-McCain? All the name calling is a sign of desparation on the Obama supporters' part. As far as how many homes do the McCains own, WHO CARES? This argument that they can't identify with the "little" man holds no water. How many homes do the Kennedys own? How many homes do any of them own? Does that make someone unfit to hold office? If it did, most of Congress would be out of office. There is such a double standard in this country with the adulation of the Kennedys when we all know their seedy background and comparing the Obamas to them. How about the "slip-up" Obama made with reference to how many states there are in this country? He said there were 57...seems there are 57 states in Islam, so was that a Fruedian slip or a sign of our future under his leadership? People really need to stop slinging the bull and stop thinking with their emotions and use their brains to decide who is the best man. When it comes down to it, the President is only a figure head. It is the Congress that runs the country and we all know the Congress is Democratically controlled now, so who really is to blame for the economy and all the woes of this country? And that is the same Congress that Obama and Biden came from. If they spout about change, they had their chance when they were in Congress, right? The most important issue for the Democratic Congress under Pelosi is to bash Bush while the country suffers. As far as Whoppi's comment, who really is the racist? But that's another forum...

    September 15, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Brian

    Man, if the McCain's can't even handle a gaggle of pseudo-journalist hens without complaining, what does that say about how he'll handle tough meetings with foreign leaders, a potentially hostile press corps, or any other dissent or opposition?

    I think this shows they are too soft and feel they are too entitled to victory to be elected.

    September 15, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. SJ

    Where is my comment? So if I'm not supporting CNN's choice of candidate (of course Obama!) you won't post my comment.
    View, Barbara, Whoopi, Obama, ABC, NBC, MSNBC ….. are bunch of losers.
    AMERICANS for McCain/Palin

    September 15, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Thebe

    To the ace in an above post who says we can't afford Obama's tax plan:

    Here is what Greenspan said: "We can't afford McCains' tax plan."!

    So, voters, who you gonna believe: Ace Joe 6-Pack or Alan Greenspan?

    September 15, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Democrat from AZ

    The criticism that goes into these blogs is beyond the pale. They say us Democrats do a bunch of whining and sometimes we do but some of us have legitimate worries and complaints about what has happened over the last eight years. America is suppose to represent all of us. I don't understand you republicans. You must all be rich or something. You are all happy with allowing our brave soldiers to continue to die for a war we never wanted-should never have been in? A war that is costing all of us $10 billion a month? You are willing to continue paying that cost but refuse to care about your fellow Americans who are really hurting? You are all worried that we Democrats are just trying to scam the system by the way you talk. Are you all ok with going into more wars as McCain and Palin "spread democracy" like its some type of plague? Do any of you have teenagers in your home? Aren't you worried that your children will be forced into a draft if McCain gets elected? How else will he be able to get more soldiers?
    What is really sad is America has changed. We use to care about each other. Americans have become selfish and spiteful and we all should be supportive to get out of the mess that the Bush got us into. Where are our priorities??

    September 15, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. rick

    whoopie view, HOW MANY HOUSES DO THEY HAVE, so whats the big deal..........I own 4 and I paid for them thru work and sweat, I dont take food stamps and dont whine to the government when there is a problem, I pick myself up and go find work, I dont sit on my tush and whine begging the government take care of me like most democrates do............Thats why this country was made by republicans and not whining dem's

    September 15, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Helen

    The members of the 'VIEW' has taken a very bias approach to the interview – I would be very hesitant to listen to THEM again

    September 15, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Silly Wenches

    It was very silly when Whoopi asked about McCain making her a slave again. She was grandstanding and being disrespectful to her guest. I wish he'd pointed out to her that through American process, the constitution was amended and she doesn't have to worry about that, and he certainly has no intention of going backward. He instead bit his tongue rather than stooping to her level. And to see Behar rolling her eyes, dropping her head; while Barbara couldn't even look him in the eye to ask her questions ... they altogether looked really bad. Regardless of whether these show hosts agree or disagree with their guests, they should behave professionally rather than acting immature brats. You can ask tough questions without being disrespectful. Thanks to Sherri, whose political affiliation we can't discern, for being respectful and unbiased.

    September 15, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. A

    Thanks but no thanks to mcpain (mcain/palin).

    September 15, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Ed G

    Did Cindy McCain just say, "we're lying through our teeth, but's it OK because the American public doesn't believe we are lying?"

    September 15, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Lynn

    Every time anyone in the McCain campaign gets a tough question he or she is being picked on by the mean old media. Get over it, Cyndi and Sarah! it's time for you to answer the tough questions. As the Republicans keep reminding us, it's a scary world. If McCain can't handle the ladies of The View how will he handle Putin, et al.

    September 15, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. DJ IN CA

    Cindy looks very evil in this picture. Pretty scary to see considering that I'm used to seeing that usual fake, painted on smile she usually projects. But I digress. Bravo to my girls on The View. They did a tremendous job. Now let's see if Palin is brave enough to go on there. They've got her number and will set her straight too. I love it!

    September 15, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Avembe

    i don' t det it
    Mc CAIN's lying , and cheating and ...and ...and
    well
    now some people finally tell them what they already know(that they are liars) and she complains????!!!!!
    had Obama said that he would be called a whiner!!!!!!!!
    By the way PALIN provoked HRC by implying that HRC should stop whining...
    Now what would have happened if Obama had said the same thing??people , can you picture the uproar????

    September 15, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Pat from Cali

    Send Palin to the View or to Ellen if Oprah won't have her on...

    Why boycott Oprah? You think Oprah won't ask hard questions, too?

    Like Track was born 8 months after the Palins eloped? Looks like mom set the example.

    September 15, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Robin

    @Demski – You are suggesting that Obama should change his last name to sound more Christian? Since when does God care about what your birth given name is?

    September 15, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. jaan

    Lies, lies and more lies - and presumably if Mcain was to take the office, his oath would be a lie as well. Speak the truth and speak for youself - at least stand up for what you believe instead of pandering to every potential vote with lies.

    Ask the tough questions - just ask them - at least we may get some truth somewhere.

    September 15, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Dana from the Chi

    For those who thought Whoopi question was out of line:

    Whoopi question was not out of line!! Mccain voted against the reneweal of the voter's act bill. People please educate yourself before you speak. The voter's act bill, make sure that minorities and women of all colors can vote!! For those women who are voting for Mccain, need to take a second look. Mccain have voted against all women rights and choices!!

    September 15, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Annette, Washington, DC

    McCain has done nothing for woman throughout his record in the Senate, the questions pose to him on the View were VALID!

    September 15, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. GEORGE

    The McCains are the very image of the rancor and hideous underbelly of the racist element in America. Folks, these people are really out of touch, elect McCain and allow the festering mortgage, Wall Street financial predicament and the mismanaged war in Iraq and Afghanistan to drive the nation we all love so dearly to complete financial ruin.

    Please do not allow the so called conservatives to shape America’s future they have proven themselves to be misguided and ignorant to continue to talk of tax cuts for the privilege few when the nation is prosecuting two major wars and ordinary folks can hardly make end meet.

    September 15, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Mia

    CNN WHY DO YOU REFUSE TO POST NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT OBAMA ? ITS NOT UP TO YOU TO CHOSE WHO WE SHOULD VOTE FOR?

    STOP YOUR BIAS NOW!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Brian

    WAAAAAAAAAAAH they picked our bones! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH they asked confrontational questions! WAAAAAAAAAAAAH they challenged Queen Sarah's credentials! Those bruisers at the View are too tough!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. mia

    Cindy McCains outfit cost 300,000 dollars that she wore for her husbands nomination according to Vanity Fair. I hope they get their bones picked more...

    September 15, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. James

    To What Obama Supporters Do Not Know:

    You sound like a reasonable person, but all I hear coming from you are some catch phrase, such as socialism, Marxism, etc...

    I agree with you that people SHOULD examine Obama's plan for this country, which the media has quite deftly obfuscated. The fact is, he is nothing close to a socialist and exemplifies the values this country was founded on of individual hard work, self determination, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. He just wants to make sure the same opportunity is in place for future generations. I am optimistic that this is what will happen if people really want to come back from that breach we have put ourselves on with the Bush style of "leadership".

    September 15, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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