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. Tired of Idiots

    I can't believe how childish some of you Clinton supporters are. Voting for McCain just because your candidate lost. That is rediculous. This guy can' t even remember which audience he is pandering to. BE SERIOUS. How many of you actually believe that his views fall in line with Hillary's? Those of you that do really haven't been paying much attention to the campaign and those of you that don't and say I just won't vote for Obama are idiots. You won't be happy until all of us are living like we're in a third world country. And all of you that do want to vote for McCain don't forget to enlist the day after elections.

    June 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Agnostic Democrat

    So? He can't even remember what country he's in half the time! (Unless Lieberman is there to remind him).

    June 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Alice - NYC

    Keep it up Obama folks:

    You have managed to insult – white women, blue collar workers, residents of Michigan/Florida/Kentucky/West Virginia, Latinos, senior citizens, Jews and you call your campaign one of unity.

    No rioting or looting when you loose in November.

    June 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Raymond Duke

    I know McCain made the remark that the media was unfair to Clinton. He called in right and now is trying to back track to keep the media from trying to crucify and show their bais to Obama against him. He needs to remain with his first truthful statement. I t won't make any difference and will not help him as far as the media outlets of cnn and pmsnbc. They are bought off are so filled with their white guilt they won't back him anyway,. He doesn't have to worry fox will be their to keep the playing field level. At lot of people and the media are scared of the blacks rioting if Obam loses. Let them riot if they want to. Usually it is their neighbor hoods that suffer.

    June 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. rob

    don't believe gramps Mac is senile, just observe how he talks...so slow so as not to loose his spot in the papers he's reading from...great we have another one of those in the white house

    Bush senior...not very bright
    Bush Junior...what can I say...an amoeba got elected
    Gramps...all of the above

    June 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    I guess this is like Senator Obama saying Rev. Wright is like his uncle and he can no longer reject him than he can his family... then, within a week he throws Rev. Wright under the bus!

    And then... he throws his church under the bus!

    Yes, Judgment... that's what this clown lacks!

    June 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. R.I.F.

    Slected not Elected June 9th, 2008 4:17 pm ET

    Why do you keep posting this crap on every ticker? Clinton had it all money, power, and the backing of over half of party insiders and this was before 1 single vote was cast in the primary. Obama had to work hard to get is name out there, raise money, and win over millions of people who thought that Clinton was the nominee in waiting. If you're going to be bitter, then be bitter, but dont try to use lies and bs to take away what Obama has accomplished. GET LOST.
    I'm sure you are a right wing nut anyway.

    June 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. john texas

    if you were truely hilary supporters and not disguised mccain supporters than it wouldnt matter who won the nomineee..you would support the the descion regardless of who you wanted or didnt...so you wouldnt chnge ypur beliefs just because different face is on the ticket

    June 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Cathy

    The long resumes of the Bush administration got us where????...In a horrible economy, highest jump in the past 20 year for unemployment; a war that is never ending and possible one with Iran and a healthcare system that doesn't work for everyone.

    So save that experience argument because McCain's experience did no good when he voted for a war that he now admits had error in going in. McCain's experience does no good when he tries to campaign this pathetic gas tax holiday...so SPARE US!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. McCryptkeeper

    Google "John McCain's YouTube Program Just Became a Nightmare"

    The video lasts just more than three minutes. But that's long enough to raise some nasty doubts about John McCain's reputation as a straight talker.

    There's the Arizona senator arguing both sides of President Bush's tax cuts. Here's the supposed foreign policy wizard flubbing the simple facts about which terrorists are being trained in Iran. He's even ducking his own admission that he needs to learn more about economics.

    The newsreel of McCain lowlights has zoomed up the YouTube charts in the last week, with more than 1.5 million views. "John McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare" is the video's title, which might be dismissed as partisan hype but for one thing: It's true.

    flip flop flip flop flip flop flip flop flip flop

    June 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. No Talk Express...

    Its gonna be the case soon.grandpa is gonna wet his pats for good pretty soon.McShame is so pathetic.I dont believe to the level these guys can stoop.What a horrible party.

    June 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. DM

    This man does not write his own speech, so there for you can not blame him for what he said or read.. He is in his 70's so think about it.... His wife hold's his arm helping him up and down the stairs....

    Wow,, John McSain the new Bush brother....

    June 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. joseph

    Gee, wouldn't it be nice if we could forget about $4 gas, record home foreclosures, increasing unemployment and the remark about 100 years in Iraq.

    June 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. smokey

    The BO supporters continue to demonstrate their immaturity and the media keeps buying it. HC was far and away so superior and once again, the best candidate will not be elected.

    It looks like JM will lilkely be the next President and the Dems will wonder why. How the Dems could have missed such an opportunity is mind boggling. BO has no experience and there will be some more revelations that will turn off lots of independents.

    Whata tragedy!!

    June 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Proud American

    McCain seems to forget alot of the things he does and says. McCain=Bush!

    June 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Who said: Who is Cindy???

    This old poop is gonna do so bad in the WH.Hope he survives the so called town hall meetings that he's challenged Obama to.

    Hes should be in some old age home.

    Who let the grand pa out? who who who who????

    June 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. B Jiggy

    Obama had more people vote for him in GA, then McCain and Huckabee combined. In Iowa he had more people vote for him than, McCain, Huckabee, Romney, and the other two republicans combined! I think we'll be ok w/o the few voters claiming that they'll vote for McCain since Clinton lost.

    And as Hillary said on Saturday....Yes We Can!!!!

    Go Obama!!!!

    June 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Texas Independent

    I think it is time for Sen Clinton supporters to stop being hateful, if some of you choose to vote for McCain, that is your choice. But no more "If not Hillary, then McCain" the message was recieved. Start defending your candidate on substance and principles instead of hating the other side. For those supporters who choose to support Sen Obama, congratulations on being open-minded and a true democrat.

    Obama supporters, taunting Hillary's supporters gets noting done, start defending your candidate against McCain

    June 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Brian, NJ

    You know, if Obama lost and his supporters were saying they were going with McCain, all of you Hillary supporters would be going nuts as well that we would not unite under your candidate. And many of you Obama supporters would be saying McCain or stay home instead of voting for Hillary thinking HE got screwed because he was black (versus Hillary supporters who incorrectly think she got screwed because she is a woman).

    Unite or Die folks. This Democratic civil war will not bring the soldiers home, improve the economy, provide healthcare to everyone, etc. And she will not win in 2012 is he loses because his supporters (of which there are MORE) will enact retribution and continue this stupid civil war. Her best chance at being President is Obama winning and running in 2016.

    A vote against Obama is a vote for more soldier's dying and more uninsured people dying, plain and simple. And is what you Clinton supporters would be saying if it was the other way around.

    June 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. shelly

    The man is senile, the comments were televised and he still denies it, who puts him to bed at night, cindy, liberman, or graham? Do people really want this man running our country, pray, God Help Us!

    June 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Yes they did

    The press and reporters treated Senator Clinton very unfairly. Anyone following knows this. Especially John McCain and Barak Obama. They were the benefactors by this abuse so of course mums was the word...now they want to come out and praise her??? pleeeeeeez!

    June 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. shelly

    A vote for Obama is a vote for your reproductive rights

    June 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Big gator

    It all about sexisim? No racism? Too sad. Have fun letting a old man tell you what to do with your privates.

    June 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Loretta from California

    Everyone stop being disrespectful to Senator Clintons supporters. Welcome those who want to support Senator Obama. Those who want to support Senator McCain should be out campaigning for him. He will need quite a bit of help in my State, and you have every right to vote for whomever you choose.

    I was a Clinton supporter and Now I am for Senator Obama. But above all, I am a DEMOCRAT AND DARN PROUD OF IT.

    June 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Ben

    Obama is a phony anyway. The second the media starts covering one of his opinions, he changes it. That's "change" right there coming from OUR pockets.

    Go McCain!

    June 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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