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

McCain gets grilled on The View

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(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. holyman



    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Sherri

    Palin is a nightmare. She is trying to start the cold war all over again, by posturing at Russia. She is unqualified, uninformed, and the worst choice for VP in American history.

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

    Barbara Walters must have gotten her marching orders from Oprah.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    While I may not be as clever as Ms. Walters, to me governmental reform has alot to do with placing the needs of the country before special interests, partisan concerns, and self-promtion.

    LIke John McCain has been doing for the past 25 years.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Toots

    So wait. According to McCain, the reason the tone of the campaign is going down the toilet is because Obama declined town hall meetings? That's his reason for telling lies? Sounds very much like a little child throwing a fit when he doesn't get his way, doesn't it?

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Jean 2

    Is the reason McCain is supporting these adds because Obama would not follow his request, he thinks he is in control.

    Evidence of complete control showed in the way Palin answered Charlie Gipson's questions. She was so well nersed on the talking points that she gave answers without the question being asked.

    She always travel with the top McCain Campaign people

    Today on The View some of McCain's words were the same.

    How does this happen in the USA when this is such an important election????????????

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. New York Natalie

    The liberal elite have taken it too far, it strikes me as RIDICULOUS how pompous actors and entertainers are nowadays! These women are not QUALIFIED to interpret politics and are mearly stirring up the mud for ratings.
    I find it frightening that for a citizen to join the ARMED FORCES, one must be submitted to a rigorous background check, and can be disqualified for having family ties to foreign nations, but Obama isn't disqualified for the post of COMMANDER IN CHIEF of that same Army even with his bloodties to KENYA!?! HOW DOES THIS GET OVER-LOOKED?!?

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Austin, Texas

    Way t o go Barbara! Make him come correct and stick to the issues facing our nation.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. JDC // Ohio

    Most of the media isn't qualified, either. They think they are "experts" on everything...and we are suppose to honor their "wisdom."

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Pam

    So McCain is saying he went negative because Obama wouldn't do town hall meetings with him? That is quite possibly the dumbest thing I've heard yet!

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. roz

    YES!!! took the ladies of the View finally hold DOUBLE talk McCain accountable for his campaign on smear instead of the issues. I am very disappointed that once again Mainstream media allows a candidate and his party to distract us from the real issues facing our country.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Double standard

    Palin wags her finger?

    Give me a break- no one does that as much as Obama does.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. sm


    Obama's turn will come also. he has been there for over 700 days.

    Of Course Obama will get to chose his own LIPSTICK !!!

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Sarah- ARIZONA


    The media CNN,NBC,MSNBC, FOX news ABC etc should be ashamed of themselves.


    Dont be fooled by this pitbull in lipstick as someone who will ahve ur back in the white house...

    she didnt even respect the rape victims in her own town. She charged them for forensic examinations and there is proof

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Barber misinformed

    look for yourself Barbara, check facts about Alaska.

    Ask why 82% Alaskans say positive things about Palin.

    the state of affairs in the chilly state is far better than so-called rich-states.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Ken Austin, TX

    Thank you Ms. Walters for doing what I have been waiting on EVERYONE ELSE to do. I was never a big fan of yours, but this may have just changed my mind. Thanks again.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Shari, NY

    We don't want a marvelous VP. We want one with aptitude. As a woman I am disgusted at the Republicans using her as a carrot stick.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. jason from woodbridge nj

    anyone who thinks palin did well in yesterday's interview must have dropped out before high school.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Anthony

    Palin is dangerous and McCain is stupid for following her and defending her.

    September 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Dan

    A real journalist would have allowed someone to answer a question that was asked. You can't ask some one an abstract question and expect a definitive answer in 10 words.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Lisa T

    BlackMan4Mac: Obama was born in the U.S....and McCain? Really, ugly bashing on both sides is getting in the way of debating facts and positions.

    John McCain; since you are running on your pow/military background tell us why you've voted against better benefits for Vets?

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Ya_Ya

    Kudos to Babs and crew. I'm always at work so I never get to watch the View (well hardly ever), but I wouldn't expect anything less from Ms. Walters. If you ever seen ANY of her interviews you know the doesn't throw soft balls. Sometimes they're high and outside, sometimes they're low and inside, but always hard, and always fast. We would expect, and accept no less

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Doug, TX

    We all KNOW how fair Baba WaWa is. Let's see how many powderpuff questions she throws at the Democrats after "showing the new girls real journalism". Don't think for a minute he'll get a bit grilled on his inexperience. Hollywood has their star and these "reputable journalists" won't dare ask a question he can't sugarcoat.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Crush Rush

    I see Elizabeth didnt run her squeaky little blather mouth to defend John.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. World view

    Why didn't he let Cindy answer her question?

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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