February 17th, 2009
07:34 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain blacklists The View?

 The view co-hosts grilled McCain in September.
The view co-hosts grilled McCain in September.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain just may have blacklisted the hit talk-show The View after a heated, somewhat confrontational, appearance on the program last September.

According to Barbara Walters, the show's creator and co-host, McCain told her at a recent Washington event he won't be appearing on the daily gabfest "any time soon."

"He had been on The View and was not very happy," Walters told a gathering at Syracuse University, according to Portfolio.com. "And when we walked out and I saw him I said, 'Senator, so nice to see you. I hope you'll come on The View again.' And he looked at me and said, 'Not anytime soon.'”

Appearing on the program at the height of his campaign for the White House, McCain was aggressively pressed on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president, as well as negative campaign ads that several independent fact-checks had called downright misleading.

Walters specifically challenged Palin's reformist credentials, noting McCain has served in Washington for more than two decades and asking repeatedly, "Who's she going to reform, you?"

The Arizona senator is not the only member of the family who may have sour feelings toward the show. McCain's wife Cindy, after a contentious fall appearance of her own, declared that the co-hosts "picked our bones clean."


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soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. C W

    Liz, exactly how do you define gentleman? A man who divorces the woman who stood by him during over 5 years imprisonment as a POW (simply because she'd been in a disfiguring accident)? A man who marries a wealthy, well-connected woman so he can launch his political career? A man who constantly trades on his experience as a POW to further his own political ambition? Or a man who calls his wife a c#*t?

    Because if that's how you define gentlman, McCain's your man!

    February 17, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Whaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa, you ladies didn't kiss my non-wearing-lapel-pin...whaaaaaaaaaaa...your questions are too tough..whaaaaaaaaaa..... no one liked Cindy's dress.......whaaaaa.

    February 17, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. CBT

    Why would anyone with a brain want to go on The View to begin with? It is the lowest common denominator in "reporting" and is more of an opinion driven format. Plus, the women are so shrill not sure how anyone would want to listen to it, unless they have a love of being nagged.

    By the way, love how Barbara Walters used this to further promote her own show. I am sure others took notice though, so this will bite her in the old, saggy and hairy butt. Apparently nothing is off the record with her now in her shameless promotion of the piece of trash known as The View.

    February 17, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    one sided birds eye view..with hot air,, and empty trivia who cares what those mouths say ... iron my shirt

    February 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. ray

    they certainly treated the obamas like royalty and showed a major
    lack of respect to the mccains. john and cindy mccain are hereos and
    served this country honor and dignity. they deserved respect

    February 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Go On The Elizabeth Show

    He can wait until Elizabeth gets her own show on Fox Noise and go on there. She'll kiss his feet, and drool all day long, she's such a suck-up.

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Ken

    Scott L: if you truly believe what you said, sounds like it is time for you and yours to exit America. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. If we could get more of you neo-idiots to leave, the average IQ in this country would start to rise, and that alone would be a significant stimulus to this country.

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. GN

    Perhaps renaming it "Our point of view, except for Elizabeth" may be more appropriate. We'll all nod and agree as long as you share our point of view. Trash television at its finest. Who the heck cares what four has-beens think about anything?

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Jeema

    Ms. Walters has a big mouth and a small brain. She is truely a disgusting individual not worthy of licking the shoes of Senator McCain.

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Thomas D. Owen

    The View is a very biased and non-partisan group of woman with an agenda. With Whoopi Goldberg being an admited Pothead you have to question her credibility on ant given day. Barbara Walters has chapped a few people behinds throughout her Career and this show is all that she has left.
    She has nothing left to look forward to and really does not care if the show is fair or not.
    Ratings is all they want and with Women as the target audiance they absolutely drooled at the chance to Pick senator McCain and his wife Cindy apart

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. heatherimTEXAS

    Honestly if Arizona votes McCain back in the deserve what ever they get.....McCain is a cantankerous, spoiled, flat hatter, show, adultery, mean idiot and if Arizona vote him back in when he comes up for re-election they deserve to be disgraced. Vote McCain OUT...and let him stay OUT.

    February 17, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Mark

    I have no particular love or hate for McCain, but "The View" is awful. I wouldn't blame him for not wanting to sit there while those naggy hens cluck at him endlessly.

    February 17, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Joe Cool

    Awe John got his lil feelings hurt.. Like was said by lanaigirl above, "good thing McCain was not elected, if he is so thin skinned that he cannot handle questions on a talk show. What would he have done with world leaders?"

    Not to mention the countries economic mess. McShame is a sore loser and so is the entire GOP. I'll never vote Republican again, not at this point. All they can do is delay, and hope for change. Now we have someone in office who is proactively trying to bring about change.

    February 17, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. in indiana

    I don't think he was upset at the questions being asked him. I'm sure after so many years as a Senator he expects them. But if you look side by side at the interviews they gave him and then Senator Obama. IT was truly unfair. If they were going to grill McCain -they needed to do the same for Obama. I'm not a huge fan of McCain, but i felt bad for him AFTER i saw the interview with Obama. You couldn't get those women to stop drooling over Obama-it was sickening...

    February 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Adrian Veidt

    When is John McCain *not* angry?

    February 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican

    Proud American February 17th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

    John McCain is nothing more than a trivia question at this point…why would anyone want him on their show in the first place?

    Q: Who lost to the worst president in US History?
    -----------------------–

    Answer: Al Gore

    February 17, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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