September 12th, 2008
01:36 PM ET
13 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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soundoff (633 Responses)
  1. Lie-a-day Palin Ain't Ready for Primetime

    Pretty sad that a talk show has to do the media and press responsibilities in this election.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    I think McShame picked Paline because his wife was a beauty queen and so was Palin. I don't know but I found his judgement questionable. Didn't he leave his 1st wife because he was cheating? I think he was thinking with the wrong head......

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Eric-29-m-PA

    You notice these lefty ladies asked Obama all of the fluff/celeberity type of questions wheras they ask McCain the tough questions. That's exactly how it went down in the debates with Hillary. This PUMA is not falling for it. Go McCain!

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. norb

    It's sad that people putting out You tube video's can capture McCain and his lies. Yet the major (or so called) major networks and their reporter's can't . Or better yet don't even make an attempt. So sad. Makes you wonder who's controlling the media. Watching fox news is like watching a communist program that only broadcasts what it wants it's viewer's to hear. This country is in too serious of trouble to hand it over to an old man and a very underqualified running mate, who was only picked for political purposes. We cannot let that happen my friends.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. tina

    interesting they never asked michele obama " what does and how will her husband bring change?

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Libertarian against McCain

    This show just gained a lot of respect in my eyes. Great job! It's about time someone held McCain responsible for his pandering to the Republican base that he rejected during the primaries. Palin is simply unqualified for the V.P., much less the presidency if anything happened to McCain (who is 72 with 4 bouts with cancer). We need someone competent in the White House, not McCain!

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Pat B

    How much longer is the media going to let John McCain get away with this rediculous reason that justifies his campaign being excessively negative simply because Barack doesn't choose to waste his time in town hall meetings with him? So this is his style of leadership? Some one doesn't do what you want so that gives a right to spread out right lies and twist things out of context. I don't think this man is mentally balanced at all. If John McCain is elected president, we may all wish for George W. Bush back.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Palin originally pledged to cooperate with the investigation and disclosed that members of her administration had contacted state police officials nearly two dozen times to discuss Wooten. But last week, she asked the state personnel board to conduct its own probe, and a string of witnesses has failed to show up at scheduled depositions with the investigator hired by the Legislature.

    Last week, Cyr's union filed its own complaint against Palin and top aides, accusing them of improperly attempting to use confidential information from Wooten's personnel files against him. The McCain campaign says Wooten agreed to release his files during the divorce proceedings, and the information was in the public domain.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. al in memphis

    Let me make this easy for you voters. We know that McCain has not talked alot about policy of vision related issues. Therefore, it should be easy to conclude that the campaign is indeed about personality (based on what his campaign manager said).

    McCain does not have to show himself as being qualifed to move the country forward ( that Obama's job), McCain just has to show he is not dumb enough to mess it up. That will be enough to get him elected.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. McCainisafool

    My lord what a sad day when the only "journalists" who will ask a tough question are the ladies from The View. Good for you Barbara.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Jake

    Who cares what the women on the grill think? All the PUMA's who want to back us can vote for us with our thanks, but we don't need you now. We have a real woman who shares our views. The election is ours now. We have the issues, we have the votes and most of all...we have Sarah. All the whiners who complain about her not having the international experience must not have watched her interview. She handled it very well. Get over it. Roe vs.Wade IS going to be overturned. The Supreme Court is going to be safe for another generation.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Greg

    There we go again....liberal media's unrelenting attack against conservatives. Why not ask Obama about specifics? He has never come out with specific details as to his plans to turn around the economy, reach the poor, etc........again, the liberal media, liberal women, liberal Hollywood....

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. PG

    Now the McCain camp will call this "reverse sexism." They will spend millions to make an ad and once again LIE!

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. strugglingwriter

    Take note CNN. These were tough, fair, questions. Next, McCain will be crying the ladies of The View are sexist.

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Amazed

    I have a concern regarding his statement of "If Senator Obama would agree to appear with him in small venues and town hall meetings the tennar of this campaign would be different? So...does this mean that he will slime and lie on people that disagree with him when he gets in office?

    September 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Stacey Decker

    Wow a bunch of liberal women that despise an everyday strong competent woman!!!! How typical! They need to go back to kisssing up to their sexist master: Obama.

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Cary Baskin

    The Whoopi & Walters show again make an idiot of themselves. They are so blinded by hate and a desire to have the socialist Obama Hussein elected, that they put all dignity and decency aside. They are pathetic excuses of journalism!

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Nichole

    Alrighty then people. Stop saying all of the women on the view have been favoring Barack and Michelle... did no one see Elisabeth's little talk about how much she loved Cindy over Michelle?

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Margaret Roberson

    I give the "View" a bow. The show was the best yet. They brought it and McCain couldn't handle it. One statement he made which I definitely did not care for is when asked about the negativity of his campaign and his comment was "If Senator Obama would have done what I asked him to do and join me in town hall meetings, the campaign tenor would not be what it is." He is a cocky, egotisical wacko. Who does ne think he is. He can tell you what you better do and if you don't you will suffer the consequences by his hands. Oh my goodness....I wonder if he ever sits back and think about himself....NOT
    Anyways, Barbara great job!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Luke

    Thank goodness these ladies decided to do the job the news media should be doing. Words like change, maverick, and reform don't mean anything. Give us specifics! As far as I'm concerned, both parties have given us very little in the way of actual plans, but the Reps seem to be fighting extra hard to stay off topic the past few days.

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. jr california

    i want to be more like WOWWOW and put a lot of time into sitting on cnn blogs... then maybe my intelligence will go up and i'll vote for palin? i mean, oops, mccain is the one running still, right? ignorant pseudo haikus are still just ignorance, brahhh.

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Lisa, NY

    Why won't anyone call McCain on his ridiculous pat response to the increasingly derisive tone of the campaign. His response is "if Obama had agreed to a series of townhalls I'd proposed, the tone of the campaign would be more amicable." To quote ""If we had done what I asked Senator Obama to do, I don't think you'd see the same tenor of this campaign," So Obama didn't do exactly what McCain wanted and when he didn't get his way it was ok to go ahead and start lying and making outrageous claims. This staff is stacked with the old Bush guys and lobbyists and this guy's claim to fame is Honor and Character???? He talks a good game but dove into the mud fast enough!

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Tough Lady, NC

    Palin might want to start reforming herself. She is a wolf in sheep's clothing. I don't watch the View but I say to Barbara Walters You Go Girl. McCain has a low opinion of women that is why he picked Palin. He thinks women will vote for her just because she is a woman. It is a slap in the face to all hard working intelligent women that he picked someone without any experience to be second in command. To all you women that worship Palin, get a life, get a job, or volunteer and contribute to society instead of waiting on someone to make your life worthwhile.

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Baze

    ROAST THE OLD MAN!!! All he wants is war and service, voluntary or not. Other than that he's clueless, and he's ready to throw a tirade or curse you out.


    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Francisco Cardenas

    None of this was surprising. The View was trying to appease Hollywood (think Matt Damon) and the liberal spear campaign. Actually, I think they may have turned more people onto the McCain-Palin ticket than they could possibly imagine.

    September 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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