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. kalyn

    Who cares that McCain doesn't go on the view, he's no one but the guy that lost.Besides the jokes that he won't show his face are funnier than his lame attempts at being funny or elizabeths gushing for that matter.

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Diane M of Los Angeles, CA

    There's no doubt, now, what kind of president McCain would have been. Vindictive. Childish. Speaks w/ Folk Tongue. Name your adjective.

    Also, on Election night McCain said he'd be happy to call Obama is President. When Limbaugh wished for Obama's failure, McCain only opposing comment was "Limbaugh is entitled to free speech". He never objected to the hateful comment.

    MCCain is too tempermental for even the Senate!

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Boo hoo!
    Non-story.....move along, nothing to see here.

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    lol come on Barbara ..truth be told ..you know he said much harsher words than that.....but thank you for be respectful.

    John should go back on 'cause right now he does have a media problem after his recent temper tantrum about the budget. We had just warmed back up to him and he rattled again......perhaps he could just tell some great jokes, have a few laughs, and make it a plesant day.

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Samuel

    Sarah Palin & Larry the cable guy ' 2012. I need something to laugh at.

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. j

    Oh Boo Hoo. I'm running for President and their asking me tough questions. Not fair. Not fair.

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Jane

    Poor John McCain. The public finally saw him for the nasty old codger that he is, and he's sour about it. The truth hurts.

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The only person that has any sense on The View is Elisabeth....and for the life of me, I don't know how she does it!

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Independent in PA

    Wow! That's such a mature approach, Senator. Had he become President, he would be forced to blacklist every UN member nation who asked him a tough question at the Security Council. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Cristine C.

    Oh yeah, God forbid that he go on a show where he would actually be asked a legitimate, tough question or two. If he couldn't handle Barbara Walters then it doesn't look like he's so tough.

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. B.H.

    Angry OLD man...

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Cynthia - Arkansas

    With any luck, we won't have to endure McCain ANYMORE. He is truly pathetic. He has become nothing more than a Republican Party hack. He sold his soul to the Party to win this election, and it didn't love him back. How sad.

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Jane

    Right, Barbara Walters is washed up, but McCain is a shiny new penny. Sour grapes, John – you lost!

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Whatz up

    This is tooooooo funny. Johnny boy is afraid of a bunch of women!! LOL. Whew....... this truly take the cake!

    It showed too, John McCain looked like a scared "chicken" on the show and was white as a ghost than even I thought possible when these woman CALLED HIM OUT ON THE CARPET in front of millions of Americans!! Johnny boy folded like a cheap, cheap Wal-Mart suit!!

    I taped the show so I can watch the man squirm over and over when confronted with his OWN LIES and DISTORTIONS!! John McCain didn't like the fact that these women were in HIS FACE!! Good for them.

    Hey, if you can't stand the heat, get the heck out of the kitchen. Point in case, another GOP sissy.

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. ctryman

    Pleaze McCain-Palin were the joke, just like the GOP when cornered to blame someone else for their losses

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Afraid

    I blacklisted the View myself after. They were so sweet and mushy with the Obamas and curt and critical even to seem like they were attacking the McCains.

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. R Wolf

    I can't believe what a cry baby McCain and his wife are. They had no problem doling out lies about President Obama but when it comes to them, they need to be handled with kid gloves. I hope I never have to see either one on TV again. Also, I'm so tired of him giving his 'advice' for President Obama. I've never seen such a sore loser, or just a loser, for that matter. Go home to Arizona if they'll still have you!

    February 17, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Tina, NC

    lol

    I thought he was suppose to be the tough war hero and he's too afraid of five ladies, one of whom worships him, that are talk show hosts. Too funny!

    February 17, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. chuck

    Liz. @ did you get your pills as yet? if not please go now and have your pills.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Ex Conservative

    Washed up McCain, washed up Walters – they deserve each other... McCain is no gentleman, he lost any rights to that description when he left his morals, ideals and integrity behind him in his disgraceful grasp for the Presidency at all costs.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Adam

    "Too much of a gentleman?" ROFLMAO! I guess if you mean a liar.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Beverly, NYC

    oh poor baby did the little ladies hurt your feelings? Mavericks don't pout senator.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Miss Lead

    The truth hurts, right Senator? As for your wife, I feel sorry for her. It must be hard to live with a man without principles. You proved to be a demagogue, who will say and do anything to be elected when selecting Palin as your running mate. But fortunately for the people of AZ and America, you will be voted out in 2010.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. chuck

    Liz @ you are a sick woman.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Michael Templer

    the mistake was going The View when you were running the kind of campaign he was running and the general climate towards republicans in this election cycle.

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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