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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  1. Tom

    Zeesh... Hey McCains and Palins... If you can't handle the ladies on the view... what hope is there that you can handle the leaders of foreign countries or other heavy-duty critics? None!!!! Grow up... You have to be able to handle them before you can handle the leader of Iran... or do you just plan on sending more US troops to die to cover your fear of actually having a tough conversation with that guys like the leader of Iran?

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Ruth

    Barbara Walters and her co-hosts did what the rest of the Media should have done long time ago- Expose your lies and pretences. Running a dirty campaign full of lies. Accusing your opponent falsely. YOU WERE NAILED-THATS IT.

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. M. Harrison

    Mrs. McCain, let me get this, your husband can attack and tell untruths about Sen. Obama in advertisements however, he can't be questioned about them? Your camp has created what is happening to you now - if you don't like it - then tell your people to stick to the issues! The country is a mess and you're spending money on lipstick ads. You just don't get it... please, spare us your cries of injustice! No sympathy here!!!

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. JC

    I wish I had seen the interview. I only wish it had been Palin instead. It's about time she start answering some "tough" questions (read: reasonable questions).

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Candia

    If the McCain campaign would stop telling those lies and smears, there would be no need for the MSM to finally get off their lazy butts and start questioning him as the American public deserves.

    And the defence McCain has for his mud and lies and smears? "Whine... If Obama had agreed to do Town Hall meetings with me, it wouldn't have happened!" Are you serious? Just how delusional are you? You unfairly attack someone and then blame the victim (with, it has to be added, a claim that is totally unrelated to the issue at hand).

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. JAS

    I don't think most normal people get their political information from the hags on the view.

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Yes I did see and hear parts of the interview – seems to me that if you and Mr McCain would simply remember that truth and honesty will go along way to getting people to believe you, then you won't need to complain when others take you to task on the things you say.

    September 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Megan

    why is every one so bitter that the McCains have 7 houses? Cindy McCains family worked hard to get where they are. Is that not the American dream, to better ourselfs as we go? it sounds to me like people are bitter at there lot in life and need to find dumb stuff to pick at.

    September 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Paul

    Poor, rich Cindy. If ONLY the mainstream media was as tough on all politicians as Joy Behar et al were. Then, we wouldn't have stunt candidates like Palin running around. They'd know better.

    Unfortuantely, when you have a populace that refuses to educate themselves and a media that looks for the scandal du jour, we're all screwed.

    Sad times we live in.

    September 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Open Your 3rd Eye



    September 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Michael

    You've got to be kidding me... "picked their bones clean"????

    Her husband is running to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. He can't handle the hosts of The View? What an absurd statement, Mrs. McCain.

    The hosts of The View are asking the questions that the American people want answered. I saw "THANK YOU" and "I hope the rest of the mainstream media follow their lead."

    If you run a campaign based on distortions and lies, you are going to get some questions about it.

    The McCain's made their bed (well, maybe someone on their payroll made it 🙂 ... now they have to sleep in it.

    September 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Ann, MI

    How ironic. This is a woman who stood by silently while George W. Bush's campaign falsely accused her husband of having an affair that produced their daughter instead of the truth that she was adopted from Bangladesh.

    Now she is upset because people are calling her husband on his lies. Spare me your indignation Mr.s McCain. Go back to one of your many houses and stay out of it.

    September 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. interested canadian

    Yes, how dare anyone want the truth or question Senator McCain's choice of a running mate. I just think it is so sad that a man of his stature and reputation has put his own interests ahead of his country. I think the women on The View showed remarkable restraint.

    September 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Jen P

    I guess it is a shock to the system when a repub actually gets REAL questions from the media. 8 years of castrating the media and I think the media is sick of it.

    I don't watch the View normally, but I loved it. The lies are too big and the cost is too great.

    September 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Sarah

    The Republicans are the most whiny hypocrites on the face of the earth. They don't even care that their candidate is lying or constantly whinging about how the press dares to actually question his idiocy and lack of policies. It's not the Democrat's fault that their ticket is superior in policies and honor. If the media weren't giving McCain and Palin (who's a real pathological liar) a free ride, like they are, they would actually demonstrate the true journalistic credentials shown on the View. It's their job to tell the American people who is lying and complaining and backstabbing. Cindy McCain is a lying and deceitful disgrace to women, as is Sarah Palin, who with her policies and belligerence might as well be a transgendered Bush. And as for family values, let's take a look at which ticket is more compelling. A man who cheated on his wife for nine months with a beauty queen before finally bothering to get a divorce, and who didn't even notice when this new wife was stealing pills from charity organizations? Or a man who has been taking care of his family and told the media to back off Palin's, even as the Republicans savagely attacked his wife? A man who was sworn in at his son's bedside after practically his whole family died in a car crash, and who hasn't used his son's deployment to Iraq as a cheap political ploy? Or a woman who whined about the media covering her daughter's teenage pregnancy, even though it highlighted her blatant political hypocrisy, yet forced the seventeen-year-old father into the spotlight to make herself look better, and who also disgustingly uses her son going to Iraq as a political tool? The hypocrisy and evil of the Republican party is something that has NOT been fairly covered. You're right, Cindy. You're not getting fair treatment: you've been given a blatant and unfair preference, raised up on a pedestal along with the rest of you liars, haters, and twisted hypocrites. The Republicans are the party responsible for the deaths of 9-11, the four thousand that lie dead in Iraq, and it is as shameful as it is treacherous for them to brag as though it is a badge of honor that 9-11 occurred under their watch. I, for one, shall never forget or forgive Bush Giuliani and all his sad followers. John McCain is just another Bush, but is even more dishonorable and ridiculously idiotic. If he wins this election, I divorce myself from America once and for all.

    September 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Vickie

    I agree ... most people don't follow the opinion of The View .. and I peronsally won't be watching Ms. Walters and her cohorts anymore. I'm actually sick of all the negativeness that is coming from both campaigns .. come on McCain, Palin, you can win on your merits, on your character, on your experience and on your vision and promise of reform ! I wish the election was today ~!!

    September 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Frank Lee

    Wow. This woman's plastic facade is starting to melt. Stand aside, sweetie – these are just the warm-ups.

    More proof the repugs can dish it out but can't take it.

    PS – John thinks Sarah's hot............

    September 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Ralph

    What would one expect from the View, they are for Obama?

    September 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. axt113

    How dare the media ask McCain/Palin any hard hitting questions? And in an election year! How dare they! He was a POW! There should not be any questioning of anything he says!

    September 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Rick

    Who's angry? Reading some of these comments, I think dems and reps. alike are. But don't kid yourself...Obama has great ideas and says what everyone wants to hear, but he won't be able to deliver as much as promised. He's get bogged down in the politics as usual in DC. Just wait and see!!!

    September 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Snoozi

    Actually, Marie, I recently heard that it is 9 houses from Paul Begala on Bill Maher, but 7 was bad enough

    September 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. interested canadian

    Yes, how dare anyone want the truth or question Senator McCain's choice of a running mate, not to mention his ridiculous ads. I think the women on The View showed remarkable restraint.

    September 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Amen to Patty

    If you want to talk VP"S, let's look at Biden and his inability to handle money in his personal life. He has spent 36 years making a more than adequate and above average salary ( w/expense acct) has a working wife, wrote a book and at 65 he is proud to say he has a net worth around $200,000. He lives on a 4 acre estate in exclusive Greenville, DE yet brags that he doesn't have a savings account. Isn't the idea in America that people should take care of themselves and prepare for the future? In the last year, they had a take-home income of over $20,000 a month! Many people have that for a year. What in the world do they do with their money and do you really want someone so inept making decisions about the U.S. economy.

    September 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    I'm shocked! The Republican campaign has turned into a three ringed circus. Tabloid news.

    September 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Don

    Mrs. McCain, politics is a blood sport. The Republicans have played the "dirty" card for years. It hurts when it comes back at you, doesn't it?

    September 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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