June 9th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain incorrectly denies criticizing media's Clinton coverage


Watch Sen. McCain's comments about Sen. Clinton from last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain incorrectly denied this weekend that he had made a remark criticizing media coverage of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid during his election night speech near New Orleans, telling an interviewer that he was “not in the business of commenting on the press.”

But the presumptive Republican nominee had delivered the comment in question.

A Newsweek interviewer asked McCain about whether reporters had been fair to Clinton during her presidential run, pointing out that the presumptive Republican nominee had said during his Tuesday night speech that “the media hadn't recognized, or had overlooked some of the attributes that Hillary Clinton had brought to the race.”

McCain denied making the remark. “I did not [say that] - that was in prepared remarks, and I did not [say it] - I'm not in the business of commenting on the press and their coverage or not coverage,” he responded.

The Arizona senator added, “I can't change any of the coverage that I know of, except to just campaign as hard as I can and try to seek the approval of the majority of my fellow citizens. It is something that the American people will judge, and I won't complain about it and I won't praise it. I will just run my campaign and hope that the American people will make a judgment.”

But in his election night address, McCain had taken a swipe at the press. “Senator Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage,” he said. “The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes receives.” WATCH McCain's comment here.

Some of Clinton's strongest supporters have complained that she received unfair treatment from journalists during her presidential run. McCain's campaign has made a special effort to appeal to disappointed Clinton backers in the days since she ended her White House run.

CNN has asked the McCain campaign for comment.

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soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. will

    It doesn't matter what McCain, Obama, the press or anyone else says from this point on, Hillary supporters know how she was treated and disrespected. We will get our revenge in November and end any chance of Obama having a political career. Obama is an orator and nothing more.

    June 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Can't remember? Senior moment? No wonder the old fool thinks the economy is strong and that we'll win the Bush War in Iraq. It's call SENILITY.

    June 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. experience or judgment

    Is it really about experience or judgment? If you take the time to think for yourself, you will realize President Bush had experience but no judgment, how did that turn-out? He had Cheney and Rumsfield, with tons of experience!

    June 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. jim

    I am a DEMOCRAT, for Hillary. Now McCain gets my vote- experience counts in this world.

    June 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Independent Voter

    There are tons of people on here who claim they are Clinton supporters. Don't believe it ! - they are only republicans. Die hard democrats would never vote Republican.

    June 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Less, Austin Tx

    Short term memory = not good, especially for someone who is running for president of a country that is in a big mess.

    I'm sure McCain already forgot about the gas tax holiday cut by now.

    June 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. KMAN

    NOT the MAN we need representing us here and abroad! He’s simply too inarticulate to be president ... we don't need another Bush tripping over his own tongue and lacking the acumen to accurately express his own thoughts or remember what he has previously stated!

    Retirement is the activity Mcthuselah should be pursuing!

    June 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |


    June 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Al

    Well My Friends, I am sorry. I do not know what happened.
    Oh and one more thing I still do not know the difference between Sunni and Shia
    So my friends, You know Clinton supporters come to me.

    June 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Rock

    Why do we have to keep the insults coming? Is this the AMERICAN electorate?????!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama – racist remarks
    Clinton – sexist remarks
    McCain – ageist remarks

    You might think that it is perfectly acceptable BUT IT IS NOT. Every time you say those things you are demeaning people of color, women, and the elderly.

    Please stop the insults!!! You are better than that!

    June 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Notice how the word "INCORRECTLY" keeps popping up with McCain.

    June 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Lynn Houston

    Do yall remember his speech about seeing most of the troops home by 2013??? On his straight talk bus afterwards he quickly retracted and said that he didn't put a time table on things..... He could never explain to the reporters what he actually meant!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Lee

    Why are Clinton Supporters wanting to change from Hilliary's Party to Hilliary's competitor? Isn't Hilliary still a part of the Democratic Party? So tell me again why they are changing parties?

    Hilliary has not lost, she will lose if Obama loses. The party will blame her and she will not be allowed to run next time around or she may end up like Lieberman, the party traitor.

    June 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. OK, OK, Stop Bring it on. Please Iraq stop...

    As long as McLame doesn't say bring it on, we should be OK.

    June 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Ty

    "I don't remember."

    That's the excuse he'll use after he decides to invade Iran if he's president. Ask him about staying 100 years in Iraq. Oh wait, he doesn't remember that either.

    A vote for McCain is a vote to place responsibility of your own actions on to someone else.

    June 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |


    June 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. William, from Cali

    Look, I'm 60y/o and sometimes I can't remember what I had for dinner, yesterday..........Give the man a break........................Age is relative....................................

    June 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. kathe oakland, california

    Well, good lord McCain. Why don't you and Hillary make a run TOGETHER for white house – afterall, remember America Hillary was a Republican then turned democrat a long time ago but.........hey who knows.

    And Hillary praised McCain during her campaign, McCain constantly praises her during his huh so-called speeches and then, there was Bill . Billie Bob demeaned, belittled, and lied on Senator Obama –

    you guys really had it going on didn't you. I

    t was like WAR OF THE WORLDS with all of you against Senator Obama. You McCain, Hillary and Bill looking and acting like those nasty, blood sucking aliens in the Tom Cruise movie. But guess what as in the movie, those aliens died off why????? AMERICAN SPIRIT AND THE WILL NOT TO GIVE UP - – – – – – – Not this time.

    So again, I say to McCain


    June 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Anti Iraq War Crusader

    Liar liar, pacemaker on fire!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Kenneth M.

    That is funny. It should be added to the other things he has said and then denied on the double talk express. Poor old goat.

    June 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. rachel

    Cnn is so biased. I mean i was just watching and they have a segment on Debunking Obama myths, then they do do something McCain and its McCain's harsh reality, oh sure the media coverage is is not biased at all.

    June 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Heidi

    @ Luis 4:15

    If you vote McCain you are the one in insane.

    Just look around. McCain will be the new face of the problems America faces. Yes, he and his party got us into to this mess. The sad part is the Republician Party didn't even receive him well in the beginning. Even his 96 yrs Mother spoke about that.

    And secondly, word around town is McCain was considering changing to an Independent. So he is not all that dedicated to the party himself.

    June 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Caryn, WDC

    More proof that this old geezer is pandering to Clinton supporters. Ladies let's show more intelligence and less emotion and get a Democratic elected in the fall.

    June 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. dc

    very soon sniper fire will come from his mouth. anyway i dont blame him his old , so it will be easy for him to forget something. Mclier

    June 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Mike in IL

    Once again the media is twisting his words... do any of you ever look at the facts... do you look through every story with your Obama blinders on... McCain did not directly attack or say anything about the media coverage... he was giving Clinton the props she deserves and showing respect... all of you have way too much time on your hands and need to get a life!!! All of these blogs are getting out of control and CNN needs to stop posting some of this garbage because it is very divisive!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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