September 12th, 2008
01:36 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain gets grilled on The View

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. John McCain was a guest on 'The View' Friday."]
(CNN) - When John McCain agreed to appear on the day-time talk fest known as The View, he may not have been expecting too many hard-hitting questions.

But the Arizona senator was aggressively pressed on VP candidate Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president, as well as his new negative campaign ads that several independent fact-checks have called downright misleading.

Co-host Barbara Walters immediately asked McCain about a remark he’d made that Palin might just be the most "marvelous running mate" ever, asking, "that's not a little strong?"

"We politicians are never given to exaggerations or hyperbole, as you know," McCain joked, before praising Palin as the most "popular governor in America" and one who has united a "spark in America."

Walters went on to press 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?"

McCain began to answer by saying Democrats have held control of Congress for two years, before Walters quickly interrupted: “But tell me who she is going to reform - we aren't talking about the economy, we're not talking about housing, she was chosen to reform, who is she going to reform?"

"The Democrat Party, the Republican Party, even an independent," McCain said, appearing somewhat frustrated, "She'll reform all of Washington."

"How? What will she do," Walters appearing somewhat exasperated said. "What is she going to reform specifically, senator?"

McCain said Palin had a strong record on vetoing earmark spending. "The fact is she was a reform governor, she took on an incumbent governor of her own party and defeated him. She sold the airplane and fired the chef –" he began.

"She sold the airplane at a loss," an unrelenting Walters interrupted.

McCain was later pressed on the increasingly derisive tone of the campaign, and his new television commercial that carries the widely discredited claim Obama supported comprehensive sex education of kindergarteners as an Illinois state senator.

McCain defended the ad’s claims, as well as those of a Web ad that said Obama’s “Lipstick on a Pig” comments were directed at Palin. He added that if Obama had agreed to a series of townhalls he’d proposed, the tone of the campaign might have been more amicable.

"If we had done what I asked Senator Obama to do, I don't think you'd see the same tenor of this campaign," he said. “Why don't you ask Obama the next time he's on this show why won't he be in town meetings with me?"

"You bring us Sarah Palin and we'll ask Obama," Walters quipped.

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  1. Jerrym

    Democrats talk about qualifications -hmm What qualifications does Obama have? A one term junior senator that the liberal media thinks is the new darling and he is running for the presidents job. What does he plan to do when he talks to the terrorist and bullies of the world and they tell him to take a hike? He just tells people what they want to hear to get elected and then he won't know what to do.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. American Airman

    Wow, another reason why that show is a joke. It would be nice to have a reporter who just reports what happens during the day. Not people that feel they are smarter then the rest of us Americans and have to educate us on why they are right and we are nothing more than blind sheep that must follow them.

    Sadly there is no such thing as objective reporting. The View is another example of this biased reporting. I have an idea when Olberman needs a new job he should fit right in on the View with his biased and absurd views on life.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Straightalk1

    This is what it looks like when a bunch of "HO's" take on a real Lady...They can't stand the fact that she's not one of their little group of trash. Palin will never be like one of these liberal Socialists.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    If he can't handle Barbara Walters pressing him on a question, how's he going to handle world leaders and the pressure of international conflict? Oh yes, put Palin in charge and let her go to war with everyone...once she is clear on the Bush Doctrine, lol

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Joe Canada

    Wow – the gloves are off! I love American politics and this one is the best tussle for decades. Old guard / status quo – up against a fresh face with new ideas and the highest level of excitement and attention in the rest of the world of any candidate for President.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Not a fan of the 'Cuda

    So its now bias to ask what "reform" means to a 2 year governor and a 20+ year DC vet? To press for a straight answer? Are you really that far gone?

    Say what you will about the View, but Barbara Walters has one of the best, most respected interviewers on TV for a long time. I personally find her vanity and need to control every conversation she's in annoying, but she's always had the chops to nail someone who she thinks is giving her a load of BS.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Lynn in NM

    And what exactly has Ms. Walters done that has made any difference in this world? Oh, nothing, that's right. So, of course, she would have , and show, no respect for a man that has defended his country, served his country as a Senator and is running for President. Your parisanship is showing Ms. Walters. This is why I have never watched your show. I didn't like you as a news commentator, either.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Worried about REAL issues!

    THANK YOU BARBARA! You let McCain know what women aren't stupid and can't be brainwashed into thinking that he actually made an intelligent choice in his VP all I've ever seen....and I'm 58 years old!

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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