September 14th, 2008
05:43 PM ET
14 years ago

Cindy McCain: Tough interviewers 'picked our bones clean'

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(CNN) -Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, criticized the media at a weekend fundraiser, telling supporters that the hosts of The View “picked our bones clean.”

"In spite of what you see …in the newspapers, and on shows like The View - I don't know if any of you saw The View yesterday, they picked our bones clean - in spite of what you see, that's not what the American people are saying and what they are believing," said McCain, in a recording obtained by ABC News. "They are now seeing a clear difference with these candidates, and they are seeing who is going to make the best president, and that's why we're pulling ahead."

Earlier: CNN's Bill Schneider on Cindy McCain's tough tone at the GOP convention

John McCain had a tough exchange with the hosts of The View during a recent appearance, during which he was pressed on the credentials of running mate Sarah Palin, claims in his campaign ads that co-host Joy Behar called “lies,” and how many houses he and his wife own.

Watch John McCain get grilled on The View

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soundoff (723 Responses)
  1. rayen

    I cant wait till the media actually does their job and calls out Palin on her lies too. She'll be like a pig with lipstick caught in the headlights.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Tom

    More lies and false outrage from McBush. How dare anyone ask John McCain real questions?! As for pulling ahead, I think not. McCain got a convention bounce that is now fading (Obama is back even overall in the polls), and the mainstream media is finally beginning to dig into Palin's false story of being an honest agent of change. She is Bush Jr., doing in Alaska what Bush has done in the White House–lying, hiring cronies, and acting corrupt at every turn. It's all coming out, and McCain's campaign is about to come apart. They can't talk about issues because they know they lose on those. So they make up stuff like this.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. HUH?

    I find it alarming how race isnt suppose to be an issue but the African American celebrities are the first to use the issue like Mz. Goldberg did on the View!

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. bini

    Does she think that people should just take her husband's statements at face value? Does she really think that just because they say so, it's the truth? Give the audience some credit Cindy McCain there's some that like to think outside your box.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. KCBob

    Stop your whining you whiner!

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Susan

    Cindy, nobody cares what you think. Spare me the whining. It's about time that your lying husband and his grossly unprepared running-mate reap what they've sown!

    I love it!

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The Republicans only like to get interviewed by those who will parrot their talking points, ask about mooseburgers, and continue to push the idea that there is an actual demographic in America called Hockey Moms.

    More complaining from a woman who owns seven homes and says "the only way to travel in Arizona is by private jet". What a joke!

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Frank

    Stand up for what is right Cindy! The woman on the View were quite a clear example of 'Shrill'! A display of 'shrill emotion' over 'common sense' and 'decency'. These rich woman live in a fantacy world where a new golden boy would be quite a tickle to their cocktail party conversation and if someone gets in the way of their out because they will sharpen their knifes and go for the kill. It was a sad display of what is wrong with society today in the upper echelons.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Mary Jo

    How much detail can McCain be expected to go into on a show like the View? What was unfair about it was that the appropriate answers were so lengthy that it was impossible to give in the time alloted. The questions were sometimes not questions but rather accusations. A true debate forum would've given the McCain's a chance to fully explain. Between the true complexity of the answers (unable to be given in the alloted time, and Barbara Walters and Joy cutting McCain off left and right with biting sarcasm it was impossible to get to the truth.

    Let's be honest. Whoopi is for Obama. Barbara is for Obama. Joy is for Obama. Elizabeth if for McCain. This is the first time I have watch any part of the show this year and I can see that. The looks exchanged btw. Barbara and Whoopi were completely disrespectful of someone seeking the presidency and someone who has served this country. What happened to respect? What happened to respectful discourse? It was shameful.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Linda Barnette

    Cindy is exactly right–Barbara, Whoppie and Joy were very, very rude. When Joy asked Mccain why he lied in his ads, about the Pig and Lipstick, he said they weren't lies. Joy, you need to look at the film again when Obama said it. He lied the next day when he said that he didn't mean Sarah Palin when he said this, but he knew from the way the audience reacted to the statment–they thought he was referring to her. He did not try to correct it with them. You and your co-host need to quit showing your bias so much. I NEVER watch your show, just wanted to watch that day because John and Cindy were going to be on. It wasn't a waste of my time, because the Mccains were so gracious to a bunch of "talk at the same time" co-host and your rudeness to an American Hero such as John Mccain and to someone like Cindy who has given of herself to humantarian causes, has not gone unnoticed by the public that believes in fair play. You all should be ashamed.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. David in Indian Wells

    Does this have a ring of familiarity?

    Anyone who called Bush/Cheney on their lies were attacked!!!

    The fact that she is attacking The View shows that the rest of the MEDIA, HELLO CNN!!!, has been sitting on their hands allowing lies to be represented as truth.

    When Palin first claimed she gave the Bridge money back to the Feds it only took me ONE DAY to find out it was a LIE. It took the media, including CNN, a week.

    It is the media's responsibility to call people out on their lies. The public cannot do it themselves.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. M

    I, for one, would be glad to see someone in the media other than the ladies from the View, Jon Stewart, and the cast of Saturday Night Live make these liars choke on their own words. Quit complaining while you're ahead, Cindy Lou.

    September 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Nemariam Asmerom

    Cindy what did you accomplish in life . NADA
    don't have to I just inherited 300 mil good !!!!!!!

    Hillary --- Yale Law School
    Michelle -- Harvard Law School
    SARAH PALIN (BIMBO) _______ Beauty School

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. You gained because of it

    Obama doesn't permit the media to be hard on him or to be unfavorable- he holds the race card.

    And he makes no bones about saying: Don't parse my words. Now now... you aren't listening... let me be clear... and they all fall in line and go along with his spin.

    You done good. They grilled but I think it backfired. Whoopi lost my respect due to her obvious disrespect and smugness.

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Pati

    Somebody let Cindy know that her husband is running for President of the United States. People take this very seriously. Although her husband does not know how to use a computer....almost everyone else does and facts can be checked almost immediately. They cannot keep repeating lies and hope that nobody does some fact checking.

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Melinda-McCain/Palin Supporter

    Won't be posted, but I will try. When The View grills Barack Obama like they grilled John McCain, I might listen. Otherwise, their partisanship is very apparent

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. rose

    Mrs. Mccain is so pathetic. Who else are you going accuse. I do commend the view for asking the questions the media should be asking and trust me lady if you think that was tough, it is going to get tougher. You might need to grow a thick skin.

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Tish,NC

    You DARN RIGHT!!!! They sure did!! and the McCain Campaign is being exposed for the out right LIARS THEY ARE!!! PANTS ON FIRE LIES!!! let's start with the latest LIE....PALIN NEVER EVEN WENT TO IRAQ!!!!I enjoyed the view on Friday, they are by far the only ones in the media who are speaking for real voters!! They asked the questions a voter like me wanted to know!! Like what and who exactly are they going to reform?? Themselves?? They are a bunch of frauds!! But I heard it for myself John McCain wants to overturn ROE V WADE!!! I was floored!! I FELL out my chair!!He has no answer for the economy because HE DOES NOT CARE!!!Why should he has NINE HOUSES!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! These people don't care about the little guy, they care about power!! PLEASE AMERICA!! ALL YOU RED STATES, DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!WAKE UP!!!PLEASE!!

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. go away mongers-Ventura ca

    American people ARE saying things and asking questions like the ones presented on the view.
    EIGHT IS (more than) ENOUGH!

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. alvino

    Let me get this straight, the women on the "View" picked your bones clean? I don't think so, they asked questions that John felt uncomfortable answering and he avoided answering truthfully. At least you cannot charge "sexism" on this one. Maybe if John gets elected, he can eliminate the "View."

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Alisa-Georgia

    Surely, she didnt think because women were asking the questions it was going to easy. It is very clear that he is not comfortable with women. He doesnt like to be someone that disagrees. Look at Palin!! She is only doing what she is told to do like a puppet. Is that the kind of life he has at home?

    To all these new Palin women, you should really take note that as a woman he has little use for you and how dare you question him.

    Think about it...

    Word of advice Obama Campaign!! Get Bill and Hillary out there along with some of these others. Obama and Biden need to look like a team. They are a great 1-2 punch.


    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Foo Man Jew

    Anyone tell the old main he's losing his bounce?

    September 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Scott

    One thing the American public doesn't like is being lied to.

    If you can't prove your haven't been lying in public (McCain's camp) then you deserve to get heat. McCain has to change their tone, or set things straight and clean conscious. Otherwise, you're just angering the integrity of the public.

    Americans don't like being taken as fools and lemmings.

    September 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Karen H.

    Here's what I don't understand:

    Sen. McCain says "if Obama had agreed to town hall meetings, the tone of this campaign would be different."

    What does that mean? If I were interviewing him, I'd ask

    "Senator McCain, are you saying that if Sen. Obama agreed to your schedule of 'town hall' meetings, you would not be putting out ads most experts are saying are untruthful?

    Are you saying that if he doesn't agree to your proposed schedule you will continue to put out ads with untruthful material?

    Is this how you will deal with opponents domestically and abroad if you reach the White House?

    Can you think of untrue claims the Bush Administration made against any domestic and foreign opponent or rival or sovereign nation in the last eight years?"

    Then I'd like to hear McCain's answer. I'm surprised no one has asked him about the remark he made on The View and in other interviews.

    September 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Johanna

    Everybody is disrespectful for these people... I guess it's hard for a princess to come a real world. First Lady is a though job.

    Unfortunately I don't have much sympathy.

    September 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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