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. Sooze Hawaii

    Without a plan to correct this economy, war and our future what can we expect? McCain has to give us details not just a skirt with lipstick.

    My question is how can she travel internationally and fulfil the job of VP while she is mothering an special needs infant and a child haveing a child?

    September 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Beth

    Barbara Walters is my new favorite person.

    September 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |

    McCain said he wants Judges who will INTERPRET the constituion to the LETTER and Whoppie asked a very good question.

    You need to go to ABC News and watch it. He is SCARY

    September 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Cathy Agu

    Walters walked the walk and talked the talk.She has been around along time to eat crap...

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. STL-Veteren

    It's obvious that they don't have the answer to what is going on in the country. Not to mention that anytime someone ask's them a tough question the GOP-brain dead claim Media Bias...Answer the darn questions it's not that hard.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. tjordan

    Barbra quipped – No Shat. She might as well ask why The polls now show McCain in the lead and whine about that too.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Joe, from NY

    Ms. Palin says the United States' sending troops to Iraq is a "task from God." She also refers to the Iraq war as God's plan.

    Interesting...doesn't this sound like a little bit like....Oh I don't know...ISLAMIC EXTREMISM!!!!!

    You can cut the irony with a knife.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    Did i fail to mention that McCain was a POW?

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. carolflowery

    This had to be the worst interview i have yet to see and it was nothing but hositily after the 9/11 events of yesterday...where was Michelle Obama, oh that's right she's beyond any negatives, give me a breatk

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. SS

    McCain is loving all of this Palin talk...

    It takes the focus off of making comparisons between him and Obama!

    Who cares about Palin. Let's stay focused on McCain's qualifications.
    How come we don't see anything about Biden.

    The DEMS would be smart to go head to head on stats with both VPs.
    Biden versus Palin instead Palin versus Obama...

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Uncle Sam

    I too am concerned with the tone of the presidential campaign.
    If only someone had suggested a series of town hall meetings.......


    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Kel in Auburn, AL

    LOL! 4 Women grill McCain on Palin's disqualifications to be VP. You can't make this stuff up! Finally somebody holding McCain to the fire!

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. BonnieInTexas

    I hate to say it, but maybe Barbara is getting senile. She didn't used to be so rude. Now she's a caricature of Estelle Getty's character on Golden Girls.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Did it really take her 6 years to get a Bachelors degree.

    Yes. Five stints at four different colleges, per Wikipedia.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Finally someone willing to press the candidate on some issues. It's a shame that "the media" resorts to covering issues of lipstick for 2 days. Who suffers? The American people do because THE ISSUES are not being talked about!!! DO YOUR JOB MEDIA!!! Ask the candidate what they are going to do specifically. Does it really take Barbara Walters to get the job done?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Middle aged white woman for Obama

    Finally! Someone with the guts to confront McCain on this stupid choice for a VP. He gets white glove treatment from the rest of the media who let his deceptions and nasty lies slide right by. There are extremely important issues this nation faces and they aren't gay marriage, abortion and all the other smoke screens the Republicans try to make center stage. Our children and grandchildren deserve better from our leaders and they haven't been getting it the last 8 years.
    So just because Obama didn't fall for McCain's "townhalls" – yeah like those hand-picked audiences Bush used – he gets pouty and says that gives him the right to trash Obama!!
    Way to go Barbara!

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. LT for Obama

    As for McCain's infamous town halls, notice that when he is on the stump with Palin he does NOT take questions? Hmm.... I wonder why. If he demands that Obama join him, he should hold the same demands of his VP choice.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Sarah Bell

    I hope women everywhere were watching. McCain approves those messages, but sounds a different tone when confronted with it. He know's what his campaign is doing is no different then the one that destroyed him in 2000. It's everything he swore he'd never do. Everything he's done this year is what he swore he'd never do. Complete 180. You were the first person I ever voted for John McCain. You sold us out. Civil campaign my arse.

    September 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Independent

    Ok there seriously needs to be a ticker on the Gibson interview...That was atrocious. This Palin charachter is not at all fit for this position. She made, and I counted, at least 4 errors that betrayed her inexperience.

    I am not a fan of Obama but the guy does have a grasp of foreign policy. She DOES NOT. Period.

    I can't beleive I am about to say this but with the choices right now I may have to vote for Obama. The republicans simply cannot be let into office with this VP. IT IS DANGEROUS!

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. teri

    Tough questions should be asked of BOTH presidential tickets. Unfortunately, due to an obvious media bias, walters included, those
    questions are reserved for the Republican ticket. I would like to hear Barack Obama's thoughts on whether or not he is ready to be president. And if he is, what are his accomplishments that back him up. However, when Obama comes on a show such as the view, it is nothing more than a puff piece. Shame on Barbra Walters and the rest of the cast of the View.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    He needs to be. He is a lier just like the Administraion in office now and his new VP also. He does not care about the people just the Republican Party GOP and himself. He is using Palin like a rug he is just rubbing his feet all over her.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Go Barbara! We all want to know who she trying to reform? She isn't in Kansas anymore. We the people would like to know just that. Although he doesn't know either. He is only programmed to say and do certain things. Beyond that-his strings have to be pulled again.

    Go Obama/Biden.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Big Ace

    Where is Sarah these days? Here interview was pathetic and to think she is literally a hear-beat away from the presidency.

    No Foreign policy experience, oh wait, she can see into Russia from certain areas of Alaska.

    She has no economic experience, oh wait, she collected earmarks to build up the infrastructure of her town.

    What is her plan on education considering Wasilla high was dubbed the "dropout factory" by a John Hopkins study of high schools with the highest drop out rates?

    What's here stand on health care? I haven't heard her position since Alaska ranks at the bottom in health care quality and is one of the most expensive for the cost of health care?

    What does she bring to the table?

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Johanna not voting GOP

    Hey Joe in NJ, Elizabeth took the opportunity to bash Michelle Obama at the RNC so shut it.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Former Hillary supporter now support John McHero

    Dems are so scared of you now. You go Palin! Obama starts calling Bill, Hill, Holywood stars and even co-host from The View for help!!!!

    John McCain please count the votes from my family and friends. It will be first-time-ever for most of us!

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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