November 3rd, 2008
10:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Cindy McCain says media gives Palin a bad rap

CNN

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(CNN) – Cindy McCain came to the defense of Gov. Sarah Palin Monday, telling CNN’s Larry King the media has unfairly criticized the Republican vice presidential nominee when it comes to her qualifications and her wardrobe.

"She's been an inspiration to women all over the world and absolutely I think she was treated very poorly in the press," Mrs. McCain said in an interview that aired on Larry King Live.

Mrs. McCain also disputed political observers who have said Palin has hurt the Republican ticket more than she has helped.

Watch: Cindy McCain defends Palin

"I have heard those – the quote ‘pundits’ that have said that. Those clearly are the pundits that perhaps are not on our side," McCain said. "Besides the crowds she gets, the inspiration, the – just her ability to get her message out, get our message out, she is a truly remarkable woman and I am just so glad that I know her."

But a new CNN/Opinion Research corporation survey released Sunday appears to suggest the opposite: 57 percent of likely voters questioned said Palin does not have the personal qualities a president should have. That's up 8 points since September.

When it comes to the now famous $150,000 wardrobe tab picked up by the Republican Party, Mrs. McCain said she thought it was a “very silly thing to be upset about,”with all that is facing the country right now.

"We need to be concerned with what's going on with our economy, how we keep people in their homes, how we bring jobs back to areas like Scranton, Pennsylvania where we are and just make sure that people are able to keep – not only keep their jobs but be able to provide for their families. That's a great deal more important than clothing," Mrs. McCain said.

As for her husband, she said he's doing "great."

Watch: Cindy McCain says she's excited but nervous about elections

"It can be very personal sometimes and he is just always the one that keeps everybody level and keeps everybody on target with what we're doing. I just love him for that,” she said.

While Mrs. McCain has enjoyed her time on the trail, win or lose, she also said she is looking forward to resuming "a bit of a normal family life again," after the elections are over.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. peter

    please for heavens sake, will u shut up?

    November 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Cindy, I got news for yo, Palin gives Plain a bad rap. She is unimformed, ineperienced in national security and she is way too negative. Thanks but no thanks.

    November 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Why is the media listening to this woman?

    November 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Of course Cindy McCain would think it is silly to get upset at the cost of Palin's wardrobe. For those of us who cannot afford to spend $50,000 or $70,000 at a time on trips to Neiman Marcus, it is a slap in the face.

    Palin has invited all of this onto herself.

    November 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Anon

    "...political observers who have said Palin has hurt the Democratic ticket more than she has helped."

    I think you mean Republican. Please proofread, CNN!

    November 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Sarah P

    When it comes to being protrayed negatively, Palin doesn't need the media's help whatsoever!

    November 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Anita in Oregon

    Mrs. McCain also disputed political observers who have said Palin has hurt the Democratic ticket more than she has helped.

    Typo?
    I think she has hurt the Republican Ticket and helped the Democratic Ticket.

    Thanks Sarah!

    OBAMA/BIDEN "08

    November 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Boricua4Obama

    "She's been an inspiration to women all over the world and absolutely I think she was treated very poorly in the press,"

    More like, she has been comedic fodder to the rest of the world. The USA will be the laughing stock of the world if McPalin get elected tomorrow.

    And if anyone is giving Palin a bad rap, it's thanks to herself. The woman can't even put together a coherent sentence.

    November 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Cindy McCain is the biggest drug abuser we've ever witnessed.

    November 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. MichiganChet

    Of course Cindy McCain would find 'silly' concern about 150k spent on a wardrobe. After all, that's a mere one months clothing allowance for her!
    I mena, gosh, doesn't everyone shop at Saks and Neiman Marcus?

    November 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Danielle, MD

    This woman is clueless when it comes to real issues. She and her "husband" had an affair. John walked away from 3 kids and his wife. I don't want to hear anything she has to say. She's not an honorable woman.

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. don

    Cindy, please go home and be quiet. Palin is a mad dog with lipstick that would not know the truth if it was poured on her. Kinda like you and your hubby.

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Linda

    Boo hoo to you Cindy Mccain. Palin deserves all the crap she is dished......she is a terrible VP nominee and the people are saying so. As afar as the clothes-to you $ 150,00 is nothing but to the rest of us it is. Your husband will lose this election because of his unpopularity and his ways of conducting business. We will all be glad for you and your hubby to fade away......

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. MAD

    (When it comes to the now famous $150,000 wardrobe tab picked up by the Republican Party, Mrs. McCain said she thought it was a “very silly thing to be upset about,”with all that is facing the country right now.)
    That's right Cindy with all that is facing this country right now what hard working person (those who have jobs) wants their donation to put $150,000. clothes on a loser! You are so out of touch with middle
    America – that is why your husband will not be President.....l..

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Cindy and Sarah are a pair of lesbians. Ha ha ha ha ha

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. KofTX

    Palin gives Palin a bad name...

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Anon

    As for the article, Mrs. McCain, you are right–now is not the time to be concerned about clothes, the economy is a much more pressing issue; so why did the RNC spend so much?

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Va

    Correction: the *republican* ticket

    November 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Gail, MO

    This woman doesn't need a White House, she needs an SUV. She had her fling with John while he was still married and now she wants to be the First Lady? I don't think so, the first tramp you mean.

    November 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Cindy should be in prison. But her senator husband got her out.

    Crap

    November 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    I bet he will lose in Arizona and most of the RED states in the west that have not been polled since early September

    November 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I'm a grandmother that put my grandson thru high school.

    I'm a grandmother that put my grandson thru high school.

    I'm sorry Barack lost his grandmother on the day before he becomes President of the United States.

    I know she will rest well, knowing she did the right thing. Just like I did, and just like a lot of you.

    We didn't marry millionires to get us what we wanted, we worked for the people that stood little chance of even surviving.
    orry Barack lost his grandmother on the day before he becomes President of the United States.

    I know she will rest well, knowing she did the right thing. Just like I did, and just like a lot of you.

    We didn't marry millionires to get us what we wanted, we worked for the people that stood little chance of even surviving.

    November 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Sarah Palin is stupid

    Does anyone care at this point?

    The both of these women are becoming increasingly irrelevant as the election goes on.

    Thank god they'll be off my television set soon enough.

    November 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Lisa F SWPA

    Palin made her bed now she must lie in it. If you can't run with the big dogs don't jump off the porch !

    From her roll out she has clearly shown she (her IQ) is so low she can sit on a dime and swing her feet.

    Yes I know CNN, my comment is "awaiting moderation."

    By the way, with the unlimited bank roll of the McCains', one tends to wonder why they don't invest in a tanning bed. What a "pastey" pair.

    November 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. CS

    "When it comes to the now famous $150,000 wardrobe tab picked up by the Republican Party, Mrs. McCain said she thought it was a “very silly thing to be upset about,”with all that is facing the country right now."

    Yes, I suppose to someone whose RNC outfit cost (according to estimates by people at Vogue magazine and other venues that know what expensive looks like in a woman's clothes) in the area of $300,000..... yes, $150,000 for a wardrobe is a trivial sum. But John and Cindy have 7 houses, thirteen cars, and a beer fortune. And the Palin family made over a million last year, plus the Governor herself is clearly very talented at squeezing per diem monies for not only herself but also for her family. These are not people who breath the same I air, and most of the public, do.

    $150,000 for a wardrobe and $22,000 for makeup do not offer a trivial, or "silly" concern. They are part of the picture that Sarah Palin has built up, one that is greedy, self-serving, and unscrupulous with funds.

    No thanks, Cindy! No thanks John! No, no, and no Sarah, First Dude, and freaky family!

    November 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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