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. Erica

    It is a sad day in america when a presidential canditate gets asked tougher questions from a talk show than the media.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Maria,Phoenix,AZ

    May God help America if this woman EVER gets to become Vice President or possibly PRESIDENT someday–the thought of this makes me want to cry.....

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Christopher

    "And all these people who type in telegram text – please stop – I can imagine you on a black and white screen tapping your your telegrams with a Morse key."

    Thats probably John McCain

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Joe

    How can dem's say Palin is not qualified to be VP when Obama is not even qualified to be the President. He was in a state legislature before he got into the senate and began running for president. The guy has no executive expiernce.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Chris

    That's cute how they all have their legs crossed in a pattern.

    Sorry John, I don't do men crossing their legs.

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

    To "OPEN YOUR 3RD EYE": Just close your legs and go back to being a normal person with two eyes. Obama will ruin this country, he's done nothing for Illinois, only for himself. We don't need that kind of 'representation" as our president.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Daniel

    LOL, Palin isn't qualified to be VP you say? Then Obama is definitely not qualified to be PRESIDENT. What history of change can we learn from Obama's political decisions? All I've heard is bla bla bla bla... with nothing to back it up, oh except that he voted against a war that we would eventually have to partake in anway.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. sine

    It's a shame that McCain had to answer REAL questions from the view.

    Why is this guy getting of scott free with out being held accountable for the blatant outrageous lies he and his running mater are pushing.

    Thanks ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The view......number 1 news source.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. BR

    Typical hateful left. And for Whoopi to claim she is worried she will be a slave!! Obama will lose the election because of his garbage that is his supporters.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. CincyB

    Wow Baba Wawa ! What has your good buddy Obama done except for vote "present" nearly 130 times as a state senator ? Hmm...little biased and angry are we ?

    The little media are upset that someone has finally called them out on their liberal slant and now the femi-nazis on "The View" are all worked up. How comical.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Change NOW

    you won't see interview with charlie gibson here; they showed it over and over on GMA and other "neutral" or "liberal" media....this is not one of will never see any criticism and you probably won't even see this they are highly edited for anything anti gop which is why I cut and paste everything to other neutral sites....

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Big Time BO Supporter

    OMG, I so wish that I watch this show! I'm glad someone is doing the job that the media is suppose to do.

    Way to go Barbara!! You go girl!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Great... The View is doing what the actual media should be doing...

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Greg Rodgers

    Good...I am glad Barbara pressed him. He is a liar. Palin is a novice.

    She was there to get women who do not pay attention to the issues to go ga ga over her. Thats about it.

    McCain is USING PALIN to get into the white house and you know its true. He had nothing until he brought this pawn into the mix.

    Who is the real sexist? If they do win, do you honestly think McCain will even remember who she is....

    He will probably ask her to get him coffee every day.


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

    lol go barbara.

    Good job ladies!

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. sna

    You rock, Barbara. Keep up the integrity of your profession. Fine job!

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Jaison Biagini

    wow, i didn't even watch, was expecting softballs. if you haven't noticed, obama and biden have been doing hard press. mccain and palin have both avoided all press. they now try normal soft-ballers gibson, the view, rachel ray!! gibson was weak but ask a few decent questions. obama had to get in to a yelling match to get a word in with bill o'reilly. bat at least he went to a repub o'reilly and took the heat. when will palin?mccain do the same?? soft media has to ask tough questions, they are the only ones getting to ask them of the R-party.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. wilson

    Why does it seem CNN is editing McCain's clips in his favor?
    At Columbia yesterday when asked about the potential veeps mocking of community organizers the first thing out of his mouth was "this is a tough business".
    Why does CNN edit the replay of his comments cutting this immediate reaction only playing his mush that followed after he realized he was forced to be "nice"?
    Come on CNN – you claim to be fair, don't lean.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. J. Proctor

    Palin lacks experience ???????

    Obama has spent HOW MANY DAYS in the U.S. Congress ? Less than one full term ! Oh wait .... I forgot ...... he was a "Community Organizer"


    He has NO executive experience whatsoever. Even Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter had executive experience as Governors of Arkansas and Georgia.

    September 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. ginger

    Hey Sue, I thought the exact thing. How child like was that comment.

    Tabloid voters, if Obama was not a USA citizen he couldn't be a U.S. Senator. Find something better to do with your time like research facts.


    September 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Palin, no doubt has the feminine appeal that leads to men taking second (and third) looks at her, but comes off using primarily McCain language that she has rehearsed. Did you notice the tight fists at times and the stiffness with few spontaneous gestures during the interview? A big strike against her is that she accepted the VP bid "without a wink" even though she lacks responsible self-evaluation of her qualifications.

    September 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Seamus

    Dear CNN


    September 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Dandelion.

    Good job, Babs!!

    Please mention that he also said that Roe V. Wade was a "bad decision".

    September 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Becky

    Given McCain's history of disrespect for women (he is widely known to have called Cindy the "c" word–calls for a divorce in my book!), he probably didn't expect too tough of questions from "The View". I've only watched the show a handleful of times, but am not surprised with Barbara Walters not letting McCain answer a question indirectly. "Straight Talk Express"...YEAH RIGHT.

    McCain supports can go all Rovian with this article by saying that "The View" is a horrible show to begin with, and not acknowledge that McCain can't answer a question with a truthful direct answer.

    September 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Mike

    Why is it that all of these famous people love Obama and then invite John McCain to be a guest, emphasis on "guest" and then all out attack him. This is not democracy that they are supporting it is hey everyone were rich enough to were Obama's tax hikes will not hurt us (and he is popular enough to get more viewers to our show) so let's through our weight behind him and force the people that love our show to vote for Obama. Please people there a lot of impressionable young people out there that watch this show so let them make decisions for themselves and do not force them to believe what you believe.

    September 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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