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. Bryan, Bronx

    WOW! Its sad that The View are doing a beter job reporting than CNN and NBC. Thank You! Barbara Walter.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Rick

    Not only is Barbara Wa Wa biased for Obama (where are her tough questions of him?), she obviously has no clue about finances. So the plane was sold at a loss? What's the big deal? At least the plane was monetized instead of sitting around useless. The fact Palin sold it was a plus.

    Even Wa Wa put a condition on asking Obama about town meetings.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Bryan

    Somehow all you !!!!!!woman haters / lovers!!!!!!! on the panel, are a bit

    A Sarah Palin is worth 100 times the likes of you girls!!!!!!!! so go back
    to dreaming about having a """ few """ seconds alone with Obama !!!!

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Earl

    About somebody started to try some "straight lie" McWar

    You're not fooling anyone, and NOW YOU KNOW if Ms Runnerup

    Alaska gets anywhere near a talk show.....SHE'S Rove

    will tell you to keep her hidden...I hear water entering your boat... drip

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Bottom line: Obama has NO resume, even for change!!

    Those women on there are ridiculous, especially Joy and Whoopi the big mouths. What a stupid question "who are you going to reform"? What?? It's the process itself that needs to be reformed, or as McCain said, all the parties involved. Palin will help to change the process, that is the point.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. susan

    Why wasn't the ABC interview with Palin broadcast on primetime TV? I had to search for it and by chance stumbled upon it at the 11:30pm. Most people I've talked with didn't even know an interview was conducted yesterday. Why are they hiding her? If she is so wonderful, experienced and qualified she should be on the air all the time answering questions. Pathetic. Thanks to the View for doing the job the press should be doing.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Newly Minted Independents

    I've watched the View for years now and was excited when Whoopi joined. However, I did watch today and I think all of them were extremely unprofessional, even Barbara. This wasn't journalism this was the three of them (not including Sherri or Elizabeth) attacking McCain's view of Roe V Wade. And here I thought this was a show respecting all of our views. Ladies, I get that Roe V Wade is important but remember your candidate (and yes they all made it clearn, with the exception of Elizabeth) is Obama. Check his views on abortion and then grill him the next time he's on. Especially on the "view" of partial birth abortion.

    In fact, the last time I did see Obama on the View, I would have thought he was the captain of the football team the way they were all gushing.

    But no worries they'l be able to see him on SNL this weekend and we'll catch their recap Monday morning.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. independant voter,

    I thought when you challenge a person, "they" get to CHOOSE weapons of choice..McCain challenging Obama to do town hall meetings is absurd..why shoulod McCain get his way in this either ???? Obama is right to continue as he is, not step into another McCain TRAP...

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Olivia

    Sounds like the gals gave McCain a tough only women can.

    I feel sorry for Sarah already when her turn comes. Think Oprah will now relent and have her on for a double whammy?

    Sarah is in for a very tough time. Should make her a tougher vp.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Bravo Baabaa!

    Finally someone with some journalistic integrity who has not been beaten into submission! I didn't know she had it in her any more!!!!!

    I think David Letterman asked Obama tougher questions that what I've seen from Charles Gibson.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Chris

    Get him Barbara!!!! McShame-Palin, watch out for the wolves, because we ARE out to destroy you before you have the opportunity to destroy our country!!!

    REAL Americans for America, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden '08!!!

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

    This was the most unprofessional interview I have ever seen.
    Whoopi kept looking at someone off set, rolling her eyes and grinning at everything that was said. Barbara could not let him get a word in edge wise & others were staring at each other oblivious to what Cindy McCain was saying.

    Regardless of how you feel about his policies as an American he should have your respect for his service.

    You should all follow Rosie out the door as none of you are better than she.

    (We will see if this gets posted to this website – your disclaimer is quite apparent)

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Erik

    All of those right wing nuts must be confused with how to handle this one...that Barbara Walters, she's a real sexist huh? What a woman hater!

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Sam

    The View is my new show. I am so proud of the women on the view. The are doing the things needed to make this election fair. Finally, someone wants to make McCain and Sara Palin speak the truth.

    CNN-if you do not do more and allow the GOP to get away with this, a lot of Americans will never forgive you. I expect the media to get us the right information and flush Sarah Palin out of her hole. We have less than two months to see what she is all about. Get with it and stop messing around.

    September 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. NW

    Barbara Walter's blatant partiality was horrifying. Has she no discretion? Has she abandoned all conventions of journalism so she can make personal and inappropriate attacks on a well respected guest? Her hatred is totally transparent, and she should question her past as an adulterous, capricious gold-digger before she questions that of a national hero.

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. rob

    where is the PIT mccain?/???????????

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. ginette simon

    you are the women america needs no nonsense

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. IAMWMD

    Man, it's insane that people are willing to vote for a guy that wa a C student on his best day at the military academy for president.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Palin has more experience than Obama

    Poor old news Walters. This is so funny that they try to act tough with the Repubs and nice and soft with the Dems. I hope this happens more often for it shows the type of treatment that is given.

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. MIKE

    I love the new McCain ad...more of the same....Isnt that Obama's line?
    Also the "Change we can believe in". Originality matters in all thing not wana be. Palin/McCain or the other way round get ur own line and see if people will follow not use someone else line cos u see that is working.

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. RYAN kr Jr

    Sarah Palin is just a cheerleader and a liar....from earmarks, troopergate to bridge to nowhere. This woman is another Bush/Cheney puppit. THANK YOU Babara for asking tough questions like other medias and press being intimidated by the Republithugs.

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    After this interview, 3 to 1 says the Republicans will be playing the "victim" card again....

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. POW=PTS

    Go Barbara, how'd you keep that psycho Liz quiet long enough to ask him anything. God Bless the View :}-Tha't my God, who obviously isn't Sarah's God. Mine isn't into War.

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Headless

    About time .....crimminy...these turkeys have been getting a free ride on all of these issues. Go Baba WaWa...go you rock!

    No more houses for McBush. 7 is enough!!!!

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Swampland in Florida For Sale

    I'm certain that the ladies on The View would have treated Sen. Obama in a similarly rude manner.....

    September 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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