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. Stephanie

    I would like to see more discussion about McCains not using computers, having his wife send e-mails for him. Honestly, would you ever hire someone who didn't know how to use computers or send an e-mail? Ok, this is the #1 position in the United States. We need someone who is on top of current technology.

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

    Obama did NOT know the fact that Russia has veto power in NATO.

    Is this a kind of naive for a man running as president of us ?

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

    Why wasn't Joe Lieberman there wispering the appropriate answers in his ear? Good going Barbara Walters, for doing the job corporate owned media can't do. Good old fashined journalism at it's best!

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

    Go McCain and Palin!

    For those use butt to think, Obama is of course your choice.

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

    I feel the same way that Barbara in Chicago states. She definitely wasn't in her comfort zone during that interview. And I find it ironic that Palin can say whatever she wants in attack (and it should be VP to VP, not VP to Pres.)and the minute someone comes back at her, she's a woman and people are being too tough with her. If she can dish it, she should be tough enough to take it without others saying poor Palin. Can't have it both ways.

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. bill for barack

    too bad they didn't have Palin on.
    grilled ham

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

    You are all party puppets. A vote for either party is a vote for the other. They are the same. No matter who is elected, your getting the same results. Vote 3rd party!

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

    Like the view has credibility for political talk

    they must be doing this for ratings

    but, i say keep it up Whoopi, Barbara Wa Wa and the others – help your boy, Barack America, loose this election

    PUMA 2008!

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

    Barbara Walters was just rude...not worth the effort.

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Independent Thinker

    Well its about time someone ask the tough questions to John "I was a POW" McCain

    September 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. John McSHAME

    Finally someboy called a liar, LIAR!!!!!!!

    CNN – watch and learn!

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

    Am I getting this right? Some of these comments are coming from men. Real men do not watch the View. The horror, the horror.

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

    I think it just goes to show where McCain puts his priorities. Saying that if Obama would have only agreed to town hall meetings, I wouldn't be running a negative campaign. That sounds a lot like, it has to be done my way or I won't play fair unless I get my own way. GROW UP McCain, we are not in kindergarten anymore!!!

    OBAMA for President -2008 !!

    A Vote for CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    "If we had done what I asked Senator Obama to do, I don't think you'd see the same tenor of this campaign," McCain said. Spoken like a true agent of change–if you don't play by my rules, not only am i going to pick up my toys and leave, but i'm also going to throw waterballoons filled with dog poo at you, because you wouldn't play by my rules.

    Sounds like a terrific presidential candidate.

    Thank you, Barbara Walters, for making people actually *think* about how damaging a VP Palin could be. She's clearly not an agent of change. More like a parrot of McSame.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. charles

    What a biased joke the view is . If you are going to be journalists and ask hard hitting questions then do it to both sides. Whoopi and Behar are so into rockstar Obama why don't they just throw their panties at him and get it over with. Maybe he can make a tent out of them. Where the mention of Whoopi asking if she would be returned to slavery if he won. Talk about being biased. When was she a slave and what would she know about hard time living in her multi million dollar mansion and making seven figures.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. barney

    McCain's comment that he would not have had to go negative if Obama did the town hall meetings is offensive. It show his true nature: A bully and a despot

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Becky

    I'm both impressed and ashamed. Impressed that "The View" didn't back down from their questions, and ashamed that "The View" is the first show to be the first real interviewers with McCain this election.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Tamra, Atlanta GA

    Man...once again!!! i gotta give it to barbara walters!!! she is awsome!

    I love Whoppi, Joy, and barbara for keepn it real. they understand this country is a mess and all three care about the country be reshaped.

    Whoppi had me laughing sooo hard about the slavery joke!!! You know, you have to be clear with MC-Insane Mccain.

    Love yall,

    really this time i will stop commenting lol....

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. sk

    CNN....go ahead and keep my comments on "moderation". Besides, Florida, remember when Obama said he thinks he can win this election withouth Florida......well remember it when November 4th comes around.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. sam

    Good for you , View, The so called Media, can't ask the tough questions, because they don't have the skills and are afraid of the Bush Adminstration. Such a sad bunch of Journalists. Print this CNN

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. NH

    Barbara You're the Best!

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Anyone who votes for McCain and expects anything different than what they have been getting for the last 8 years is categorically insane.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Julie

    I'm sure McCain will now come out with an ad attacking Barbara Walters claiming that she was a prostitue and supports the communist party.

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Cathy Grippando

    Barbara and Whoopi what were you thinking today when you let your body language and tone of questions stand out like a sore thumb???????? Someone needs to set you two aside and put the fear of God into you two ! I know you definetly lost quite a few viewers today by the conduct that you both displayed. Good Luck !

    September 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. DKrepublican

    I am very concerned with the way the media is covering this election along with the interviews of the candidates and other party representitives.

    Each interviewer grills any republican they can get their hands on regarding Palin's experience. Has anybody grilled Obama regarding his? Anyone can argue that Obama lacks the experience to become vice president, let alone president (his own party hit this pretty hard in the primaries).

    Obama is a great speaker. But has he given any answers to the "change" he will bring to the White House and what he will do to achieve the "change"? Anybody can talk about the problems America has, but how do we fix it?

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