March 7th, 2012
10:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Cindy McCain defends Palin over HBO film

(CNN) - Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, on Wednesday defended her husband's 2008 GOP running mate, Sarah Palin, just days before an HBO film depicting the last presidential election hits the airwaves.

In an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” McCain said she refuses to see the film, “Game Change,” taking issue with what she heard was an inaccurate rendering of her husband and Palin.

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“From everything I've read and heard, it doesn't even resemble what took place,” she said. “I can go to Disneyland for fiction.”

Palin supporters have been critically outspoken on the film, arguing that it purposely mischaracterizes the former Alaska governor’s intelligence and temperament. Palin herself has said she will not watch the movie, which is set to premiere on March 10.

McCain argued Palin was strongly misportrayed throughout the 2008 election and defended her as a loyal and “remarkable individual.”

“I think what happened to her was totally unfair,” she said. “I’m truly sorry if they depicted her in any fashion other than a strong, independent woman.”

As for Ed Harris, who plays the 2008 Republican nominee in the film, McCain had her own movie review.

“I will say Ed Harris is not nearly as cute as my husband,” she quipped, adding that her husband also doesn’t have quite the sailor mouth that he has in the film, as well as in the original book with the same title.

“He doesn’t. I’m really surprised at that,” McCain said, laughing. “My kids are far worse at that. We have a problem with that at home, and he gets after our kids.”

Turning to the recent controversy surrounding conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, McCain came out strongly against his recent verbal attack on a female law student who advocated on Capitol Hill for contraception coverage. Limbaugh called the student a “slut” and a “prostitute,” setting off a national uproar.

While some top Republican women have largely avoided condemning his remarks, McCain said she “strongly” disagreed with Limbaugh’s choice of words and was “horribly offended.”

“He does not speak for the Republican Party. Let me say that. That's not what we believe,” McCain said, adding that liberal commentators should also be held accountable for harsh statements against conservative women. “How can you as a country be the beacon of hope and light around the world if we cannot respect our own.”

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Republicans have a strange facination with sharp, shrew-like women who are hanging on the last vertiges of being attractive. Cindy McCain and Newt's wife could be soriety sisters in some nasty high-dollar college.

    March 7, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. malabar

    Hurry dems, lie and smear, show us ur hate and intolerance which is as predictable on the ticker as a bad hair day is for debbie wasserman schultz

    March 7, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Lenny Pincus

    I always look for reviews from people who haven't seen the work. Thank you to Cindy. Are there any other movies she hasn't seen that she would like to comment on?

    March 7, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe McCain should really take a second look and sober up while he does because Palin really wasn't that good of a choice. There would have been other much better choices like Hutchinson (TX) or Collins (ME). I don't understand why he did so little work in finding a running mate.

    March 7, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. MaryM

    Why in the world would Cindy defend Palin when Palin was one of the reasons that McCain Lost the election.

    March 7, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Thomas

    “From everything I've read and heard, it doesn't even resemble what took place,” she said. “I can go to Disneyland for fiction.”

    Cindy McCain has lived in Disneyland her whole life

    March 7, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. Kevin in Los Angeles

    Cindy McCain says that only the left vilifies women (talking about Palin). WHAT? And Piers lets her get away with this? Has he not heard about Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi? Or how about the non-politician who kind of made the news last week, a woman from the left named Sandra Fluke? What kind of reporter lets someone, anyone, get away with such inflammatory and obviously incorrect statements without calling them on it. Shame on you Piers!

    March 8, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. aaron

    The woman appears to have suffered brain damage from peroxide poisoning.

    March 8, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  9. sue

    Waiting for an apology from her husband for inflicting Palin on us.

    March 8, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  10. Marlee

    Sarah and Cindy 2012!

    March 8, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  11. Wendy

    At least she is honest about the rush fiasco.

    March 8, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  12. honeybe

    So many critisms of this film and no one has seen it yet. What's up with that?

    March 8, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  13. steve

    Please no one cares what you think about Palin and what you think, go back to shutting up Barbie

    March 8, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  14. diridi

    why don't they just sit in their sun-room in Arizona and leave this nation alone without old coots disparaging nasty thoughts throwing around the nation.

    March 8, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  15. Jules

    I haven't seen the film and don't intend to see the film, but it isn't accurate. DUH!

    March 8, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |