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. Barbara

    Oh puhleeze, who cares....

    February 17, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Off Topic

    A-Rod is a big baby. Okay, so you took the drugs and now you can't be in the Hall of Fame. That's what happens to little boys who don't do the right thing. Oh, you're a man? Well man up and stop whining. You took the drugs and now you're out. I'm over it. Move on, America, this man is a bum.

    February 17, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. rhythm_master

    Presidential politics is all about the rough and tumble......you are running
    for the highest office in the land.....you have to expect some hardball....one has to develop thick skin......maybe McCain thought The View ladies were going to toss him some softballs.....

    February 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. CC from Chicago

    So he wanted to be president, and right all the wrongs in the world and stand up strong for America, but he can't stand the heat with a few girls on day time TV. Nice!

    February 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Laurie

    I do not know what kind of women watch the View because they are quite a bunch of stupid shrill old hags. Except for Elizabeth of course.

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

    'THE VIEW' HOSTS HAVE NEVER CONCEALED THEIR UTMOST DISGUST AND HATRED FOR REPUBLICANS. SO TREATMENT METED OUT TO SENATOR MCCAIN WAS NO SURPRISE!

    February 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    Wait for it...here it comes...just be patient...they are...not conservative enough!!! Oh my goodness...hide the children...lock the doors...don't look them in the eye...they have a liberal on that show!!!... Oh! The humanity!!! How dare anyone question a REPUBLICAN!

    February 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Croatian in America

    Wow if McCain can't handle the View then thank goodness he isn't our president...what a chicken...!

    February 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    Conservative politician complains about media coverage.

    Man bites dog.

    Studies show that water is wet.

    Film at 11.

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

    He's just upset because only one person on that shows likes him, and she's an idiot!

    February 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Jimbo - st. louis

    Way to go McCain...
    WHO can stand listening to all these bitter old ladies gab and gossip? I've tried to watch when O'Reilly was on and my gosh... it took all I had to listen to 10 minutes of it and I had to change it. Jody is by far the worst! My gosh, is she a miserable old hag or what?

    February 17, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Francisco Cardenas

    I never understood why candidates appeared to add legitimacy to shows like The View, SNL, Leno, etc in the first place. Anyway, the View is a waste of airtime.

    February 17, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. ET

    The show should be dumped, it and most of the nedia were kissing Obama"s butt.

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. GuyInVA

    I only saw the highlights, but this was a partisan stoning of Senator McCain. The most ridiculous question was Whoopi Goldberg's when, in response to McCain's claim to be a strict interpreter of the Constitution, she asked if she had to worry about becoming a slave. I guess if you don't have a clue about policy or issues, ask a completely ludicrous emotion driven question designed to insinuate your interviewee is a racist. It was partly McCain's fault for telling her it was a good point and then thanking her for bringing it to his attention. GOOD POINT?!? It had no point. Shame on McCain for not educating Ms. Goldberg about the 13th amendment, and for not telling her it was a stupid question not worthy of an answer. Not to mention that that it insulted the intelligence of everyone watching the show.

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Tulsa L

    Good, he's a has been, lost the election, has nothing of any importance to say......just a mad old man, a want-a-be.........all washed up....

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Glenn

    I saw that segment. It was a disgace. Sen McCain–a true American hero whether or not you like his politics–was repeatedly interupted, belittled and literally shouted down. I realize that this sort of shock "journalism" is not accidental; it is a deliberate calculation to draw viewers. But for this viewer, it backfired. I will never watch the program again.

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

    Big mouth Joy, Barbara, Whoopie and that other black gal were saving all their 'fawning over' for Obama and Michelle. It was sickening to watch! They were downright MEAN to Cindy and John.

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    who cares if he goes on the show or not-i'm sure most people are not interested in seeing him anyways

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Maureen

    waaa – a whiner just like his x running mate Palin.....get over it or listen to FOX news attack all Dems on a daily basis....imagine – McCain ran for President with such thin skin!!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Now if they could get Elizabeth and Sherrie to leave. He is the one that chose Palin. What did he expect...The show is called the view.

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Well to be honest, she was kind of rude. Though I do like how she never let him start up on rhetoric.

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. AV

    JOHN MCCAIN IS WASHED UP AND THE JOKE IS NOT ONLY MCCAIN BUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Jen

    It's called "sore loser". It's John McCain who is washed up- he couldn't handle a bit of pressure and intelligently defend his campaign choices. So he lashes out a a talk show host??? Thank the good Lord he isn't in the White House!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. DA

    Uh...who cares about J/M. He needs to go figure out what he will be doing when he looses his Senate Seat!!! It's time for him and all the other old guys on the HILL to take a hike!!! Oh and that goes for both Democrats and Republicans!!! TERM LIMITS!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Bell

    If the American people knew the truth about McCain the country would black list him.

    February 17, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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