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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  1. Cathy

    By the way, where is Oprah? Has she decided that her political ratings are more important than having a government that we can trust, that will finally help the average person? I'm really sad that she has established that priority.

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

    I wish I had seen the view, but it is clear from last night's interview and based on Pain's academic credentials as well as what she considers to be sufficient experience to be vice president that she is not qualified to teach government to fifth graders. Most millennials have more experience traveling abroad and interfacing with diverse cultures. Her Freudian slip during the interview–that she he was selected to help the ticket is probably true. She thought she could compare herself to a violent dog to show how tough she is. But we teach students that bullying is unacceptable behavior–and knowledge empowers and gives one more factual choices when problem solving. Personal development that leads to self control requires human virtues to do so –and separates humans from the beasts (Aristotle)

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

    The view conducted themselves in a disgusting and dis-respectful manner. I was shocked to read how Walters kept cutting McCain off when he tried to answer her question...because she did not want to hear the answer but here it is...CONGRESS HAS BEEN CONTROLLED BY THE DEMOCRATS FOR THE LAS TWO YEARS AND THEY HAD DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, THERE IS YOUR FIRST CHANGE...ALL THERE BILLS HAVE PORK ATTACHED TO IT.....BUT THE DEMOCRATS FOUND TIME TO TAKE A 5 WEEK VACATION WHEN PEOPLE ARE LOSING THERE HOMES AND JOBS ETC.....SO WHO IS KIDDING WHO HERE...THOSE WOMEN ON THE VIEW DID NOT WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM GIVE THE SAME DISRESPECT TO OBAMA THAT THEY DISPLAYED WITH MCCAIN...Joy always enjoyed you performance but the level of dis-respect you have shown was disgusting even on the Larry King you don't mention facts but rumors you read on the internet...I would never go to see you perform again, I just never knew how bias you were til now...and whoopi get over the slavery crap, it happened as sad as a chapter as that need to let go and stop living in the past and look to the futre...and Walters she just needs to go into retirement already....

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

    Too bad Rosie O'Donnell's gone. That would have been hilarious. Instead it's just ridiculous. These women are irrelevent – especially Baba.

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

    I have been saying this all along, who is Palin going to reform? So what she fired a chef. Come on people, you are talking about the President. Name me one leader who hasn't fired someone. McCain and Palin are a big farce, and if he wins the American people will see. Did you not see George Bush was an idiot years ago.

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Dave in Illinois

    Watch Liberals and Democrats squirm when confronted with a reform minded, Conservative, Republican woman who doesn't fit their mold like Hillary did. Dee Dee Myers was on TV last night spinning that the only reason McCain selected Palin was to add youth to the Republican ticket and to steal the Hillary women from Obama. No mention of the idea that Biden was only only chosen to add experience to the Democratic ticket and to steal the white male vote from McCain.

    Too bad Barbara and her friends aren't so inquisitive as to their favorite candidate and what is it that he specifically is going to "change" or "reform". Based on his 8 years in the Democratically controlled Illinois Senate, it won't be much.

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. fella from Chicago

    As of 9/12/08:
    Popular vote-McCain/Palin
    Electoral votes from toss-up states;-Missouri, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, all in the McCain column.
    Dems- Concentrate on the 2012 election. This one is over.

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Diane - Dallas, TX

    I absolutely LOVE Barbara Walters!! She is and has been one of the BEST newswomen of ALL time!!

    Way to go Barbara!!!!

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

    FINALLY!! barbara walters is the one who starts asking the "real" questions. mccain and palin have made a mockery of the presidential election. she is in NO WAY qualified for the job of VP, not even by a long-shot. i guess mccain's claim that obama is inexperienced and does everything for political gain are not valid anymore. i love how he just changes faces in the middle of the game when he realized that he was gonna lose on the issues alone. what a joke!

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

    It was a lovely, surprisingly hard-hitting interview. It asked McCain the tough questions, and talked about his ridiculous idea that if Sen. Obama had done his town hall meetings, the McCain campaign wouldn't have run their series of lying, negative ads.

    Yes, if he weren't so desperate, McCain might have actually said and done the things he believed in...

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. The Soccer Mom

    People can't stand how the republicans are twisting every word and lying to Americans. And to make matters worst, people are actually believing them. The country will go down to the toilet if McCain wins.

    You go girls. Give them hell.!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. rain in san diego

    excellent job, Ladies. These ladies deserve another emmy nomination. They grilled the SENIOR senator aggressively....they covered all the questions in my mind....can't wait to see Gov. Plain looking frustrated and pale in front of these ladies.

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

    Talk about biased...What network media isn't biased and pro-democrat? Guess a Fascist would be pro-Hitler as well, but it doesn't make them right. Seems to me that everyone here is on a witch hunt and no matter what you don't give anyone a chance. Taking one statement out of a complete conversation and twisting the facts are wrong and both parties are doing that. Get the facts first before posting. Last time I checked none of the candidates are squeaky clean....oh but wait, that is what politicians are about. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. WhoCares?

    This is a true sign of the actual decline of modern journalism.

    When the View actually asks harder and more important questions than do any "NEWS" organization.

    ABC should be horrified that they let Palin and the Republican Party tell them how they would do the interview. That just reeks of journalism doesn't it?

    ABC so wanted to be the first that they basically tossed all the integrity to get the interview.

    Good is one person that won't be turning into your channel ever again.

    September 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Mark Rosson

    Palin is those women's worst nightmare, a Walmart mother of five who has values and not the morals and manners of a stevedore. She is successful, young, pretty, has a good looking husband and she is conservative...Mothers from all over America are rallying behind her and these "Ladies" will just have to learn that being on TV every week means you are liberal (on that station) not right.

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

    HA HA Pathetic, he only wanted Obama to townhall meetings to save money on his plane's gas...Can't believe McCain can stoop to his desperate tactics just to win an election.

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

    Do people really believe that the United States should have sent an Army to fight the Russian Army when it invaded Georgia, or send an American Army to fight Russia, if Russia Invades Georgia again???????????Sara Palin is insane to think that we should go to War with the Russians over Georgia. World War 2 would be dwarfed by a war between the United States and Russia.

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

    j wrote: "don't forget that Obama is running as president, he did NOT know that Russia has VETO power in NATO when he was interviewed."

    J, are you crazy? – Russia is NOT a NATO member. In fact, NATO was created to counter the Eastern Block created by Soviets.

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Sheldon the Wonder Horse

    Typical Republican – "It's the democats fault I went negative". If he had done what I wanted, none of this would have happened. Got news for you, Johnny-boy. You went negative and against everything you used to stand for because you are a puppet of the current regime. Maverick? Yeah, right.

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. MK Ultra

    Johanna not voting GOP,

    Thats a pretty ignorant statement...that by saying anything it will cause nuclear war. Putin just came out saying that the US caused the Russian invasion of Georgia...I guess you believed that too.

    Obama supporter will believe anything, thats why he can get away with flip-flopping all over the place I guess.

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. newz4i

    McCain is asked about his negative ads. His answer:

    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.

    What? He blames Obama for his ads?

    Wake up!!

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Offended woman

    "But specifically Senator Obama, who and what are you going to change?"

    Why did Walters never ask that of Obama? Every single question, every single accusation, also applies to their hand-chosen hero.

    Does nobody see or care about the double standard of these so-called feminists?

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Kyle NY

    She sold the plane for a loss...but saved the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for the plane: storage, mtce, personal pilot, insurance. Maybe Barbara should look at the whole picture, not just what's on her que cards like Obama. And how is Biden gonna make "change" in Washington when he's been there for 30+ years?

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

    It takes a few women on The View to extract the truth from Sen. McCain.

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Careful, Sen. McCain–Temper, temper...
    I'd like to see Joy Behar tear Palin up in an interview on The View

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