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."


Filed under: Extra • John McCain
soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. Dina

    One has to ask, who cares?

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Simmy

    He didn't dish out the truth, and he couldn't handle it from the women of the 'View." McPalin-Picker is so bitterly unpatriotic. He has allowed himself to become an oxymoron.

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. ap

    What an odd story to run...haven't you heard, CNN, the election happened already – it was held last November.

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Marie in California

    Good for McCain! They would just do their best to make him a pinata again.

    I wouldn't go anywhere that show either. In fact, I will no longer watch it. Too biased.

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Ras-Disputin

    Washed up useless has been...somebody quick throw a net
    over Insane McCain.

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain aka Keating 5 is an old man whose time has come and gone, like history. The only thing left for this old man to do is take a long nap and thank God he didn't go to prison with Charles Keating and his son, because if you look closely at Silver Bank of Arizona, McCain and his son who was CEO of Silver Bank you'd see the Keating 5 all over again.

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Colleen

    I don't any self-respecting conservative should give the hosts and producers of that show the time of day.

    February 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Bindiqi

    If we were actuallly going to get '...just more of the same failed Bush policies' I would much rather have had McCain doing them than Obama. Obama just continues more of the same today by OK'ing domestic wiretapping(remember all the constant bashing about that?) and is doing a troop surge in Afghanistan! Obama was the anti-war, anti-surge candidate but yet I guess Bush's policies weren't so bad afterall. Can we now way "OBAMA LIED PEOPLE DIED"? I think so!

    February 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Phil from Phoenix

    Its funny, so many comments below talking about how McCain should be able to handle some tough questions and if he didnt like it he should have never been on, yet if Obama came on to the show and was jolted in the same way, people would have been all over the View calling them Unfair, Biased and right wing Media!
    Whatever Lefties! Double standard

    February 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. miguel

    It's too bad these ladies and others in the media didn't ask Obama any similarly direct questions. Now we have a president who has already broken all of his campaign promises about "ethics," and will surely break many more.

    February 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Mike

    The "View" just adds proof to the high divorce rate in America. A bunch of elitist cackling know-nothings that make a man want to live alone in a one room apartment. If you don't agree with them they won't stop ranting until you shut down and runaway!

    February 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. John

    John McCain does OK in a setting of republican flunkies but, put him in a real situation where the people don't depend on him for a job or political favor and watch him crumble.

    February 17, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Liz

    Glenn said it very well...regardless of your politics, the way those "women" (I use the term very loosely) treated McCain – particularly compared to their treatment of Obama – was horrible, not to mention unprofessional. I no longer watch that pathetic show.

    February 17, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Stu-Florida

    The wounds still hurt...
    Put some salt on them!

    February 17, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Di

    I agree with McCain this show is a gabfest. Please refuse to watch and hopefully these #@^&&* will be out of a job.

    February 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I have sent 3 emails in. Why are they not posted????

    February 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Ben in Dallas

    The republicans always have a hard time dealing with reality.

    February 17, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Lynn

    John McCain would rather do a soft, partisan interview with John King where nothing he said was questioned as he dissed the President who cleaned his clock in the electoral college.

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Katherine

    If Whoopi Goldberg had randomly accused me of supporting slavery (I wonder if she has ever read the constitution, based on her comment) I would be pretty upset, too. Why bother showing up on a show that takes her seriously?

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Brook E. Mantia

    Barbara was just being polite. And he thought she was serious! LOL!Go back to sleep, John.

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Zombie Reagan

    Why would anybody care about this story? The only thing more irrelevant than The View is John McCain himself.

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. john

    do any of you people ever watch the view its disgusting. McCain should never done that show. Barbara is awful whoopi makes me sick and joyce should be deported to what ever planet she came from.

    February 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. T

    Who cares the world is better off when we can't view McShame.

    February 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Bob

    Mccain knew what he was getting into by being on a show that hates Republicans.

    February 17, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. C.S.A republicans

    And we blackballed this loser and his ANTI-AMERICAN PARTY.

    February 17, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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