February 17th, 2009
07:34 PM ET
5 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. Liz

    Barbara Walters is Washed-Up. The View is a joke! Good for McCain! He's too much of a gentleman to go on that show again!

    February 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. proud american

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

    Sarah Palin, maybe, at least she is kind of entertaining....:)

    February 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Kim

    Pfft. Whatevs.

    February 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Peggy - TX

    Whimp – scared of a few rather averge womens asking rather simple but direct questions. Unlike Obama who does not have others filter questions from an audiance or select people to ask previously-prepared questions. Another reason Obama inspires my confidence, he is not a fake, like the Republican politicians.

    February 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Marc in Virginia

    A shame that these harpies couldn't be cordial to the Senator who was doing them a huge favor by appearing on their sorry excuse for a show.

    February 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Marc in Virginia

    A shame that these harpies couldn't be cordial to the Senator who was doing them a huge favor by appearing on their sorry excuse for a show.

    February 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Too Funny

    Ha aha ahaha ahah,

    That's because they cleaned his clock. He wished he had been back in Vietnam after Joy got through with him.

    LOL, the election is over, could someone please tell McCain he LOST.

    LLoLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    February 17, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Gene

    Yep... the girls on The View asked all the same questions that the American people were asking that were not politically correct to ask... they challenged him on Ads that were completely negative and untrue... and made him answer (which he didn't) for dirty campaigning.

    That's not called picking your bones clean.. that's called being called out for your own actions. Obviously he was too disgusted with himself to answer their questions.

    February 17, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Paul H

    There was a lot more to his unhappiness at being on the view than this small headline states. The guy was treated very disrespectfully. I mean I didn't expect it to be the media date that Obama, and his wife had, but it could have been more professional, and more respectful than that.

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican

    EH...the ladies of that show are some pretty 'catty' people, don't much care for it myself. But McCain hasn't any reason to complain about women not liking him, I don't think it's the show, its simply animosity he has earned through his history of abuse to women. After all, he uses them, dumps them, cheats on them, and tries to obstruct their voting rights and freedom of choice. Get used to it John, you've led a very horrid existance (shouldn't have committed treason while you were serving either, that lil "Benedict Arnold" episode of your life is by far the lowest you ever sank)

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. ginger

    Sick of hearing from him anyway.

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Carl from Utah

    Chalk up a big win for Bawbwa Wawa and company!

    Whay to go View!

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I don't blame him. The Obamas get rock star treatment, and the McCain's were treated like crap. Barbara Wawa sure has fallen far from any kind of journalistic integrity. Let the View have Octo-mom on. That's the level they've sunk to.

    February 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Texas

    Who would want to be The View? They are just plain disrespectful to most of their guests.

    February 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Michael

    Why does The View still exist? Who watches it?

    February 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    HO HUM....next topic please!

    February 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. boered1

    poor old man got his feelings hurt, he was outsmarted and outmanuvered by four entertainment women and he cannot get over it. Now like a typical radical religious rightwing republican he is going to complain how they treated him unfair and then never talk to them again! At least Whoopie has the courage to talk with, and stand up to (and call him on his lies) "papa bear" she shows more courage than this fading war hero! (Whoopie was GREAT on her interview with Fox news! she sure shut up some of the radical religious rights lies!)

    February 17, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Mark G.

    It's almost possible to accept how they fawned over Obama and then acted like they're with a very smelly person when McCain showed up, but when you then compare "Joy" fawning over the corrupt criminal Blagojovich to her petty attitude to war hero McCain, it's hard to justify NOT boycotting a "View".

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Rick

    Good. He shouldn't waste his time on that moronic show.

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. Terry

    If I cared a whit about The View this would be bad news. As it is, it's a yawn.

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. AndyL

    That show should be on everyones blacklist, what a whinny bunch of bit......

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Frank, Las Vegas

    We need more TV shows that McCain won't appear on! He needs to stay home and stop clogging up the airwaves with his same old lines and lies.

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Jon in Ca

    The View is nothing more than post-menopausal women harping their liberal agenda.

    Woopie worried about SLAVERY?? Good lord!

    The only good view is seeing "The View" in the rear-view mirror.

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Dave C - NJ

    McCain is a joke but I don't blame him for not going on again. Why put himself through further humiliation? Clearly he cannot take on straight questions and is made to look a fool.

    February 17, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Brandon

    Two words:

    Nobody cares.

    Live out your remaining years peacefully, senator.

    February 17, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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