September 14th, 2008
05:43 PM ET
15 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. chuck


    September 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. J.R.

    Cindy's husband was grilled because he is allowing his campaign to use lies, distortions, and personal attacks. His dishonorable behavior deserves rebuke from all who believe in intellectual honesty. As for Cindy herself, if this were thirty years in the past, she'd be perfect for Dynasty or Dallas.

    September 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    If McCain can't even handle questions from the ladies on "The View," how is he going to handle being commander in chief?

    September 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Dr. Wonder

    They handled Behar and Goldberg. Listen to audience reaction. John M. gets more and more appealing.

    September 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Charlie in Gainesville

    She doesn't know what being "picked clean" is. They haven't been picked clean because they've offered no chance for the real examination that they owe the American voter. They've stonewalled in hopes that they'll slip in under the wire before people really see what they are (of course the right wing, as usual, wants what they already see, which is W all over again). John McCain said nothing on The View except "They're not lies." Some defense! John McCain is afraid to go anywhere without Sarah Palin in tow, because, without his "foghorn" he might actually have to start answering questions. And she won't go anywhere without him because she might be asked some tough questions. John, you used to be a favorite of mine–but you've sunk so low. The GOP moderates better hope that McCain loses, because any hopes that the party will acquire some real integrity instead of just a haven for the fanatic right will go down the tubes with his election.

    September 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Haoleboy

    Well at least the ladies on the View were talking about issues. I'm an independent democrat. Mostly vote democrat though I have voted Republican. Many of the viral emails I've been getting lately from my Republican friends are these thinly veiled racist attacks on how Senator Obama is not really an "American" ... what they are really saying is that he's not "white like us". I really don't want to believe what the polls are pointing out ... that many Americans just won't vote for a black man. Can we as a freedom loving people live up to the dream and judge a person by their character and not the color of their skin? I hope so.

    September 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Cindy

    Time for you and your whining family to ride off into the sunset.

    John is too old to be President.

    September 14, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Laurie

    Welcome to the world of intelligent women Cindy! Gosh, what did you think was going to happen, that you were there for a tea party. Your campaign is becoming the campaign of lies not change...or don't you have a grasp of facts. You are getting very desperate and will do anything to get that new house on Pennsylvania Ave. The maverick fell off his horse in 2000 and hit his head...he decided to become a real Republican.

    September 14, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |


    September 14, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. ER P

    Why should the truth hurt honest people? This spoiled lady would be quite comfortable in FANTASYLAND.

    September 14, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Kevin

    It is pretty sad when "The View" has to do the job of the corporate media.

    September 14, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Bridgett

    If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
    It's too bad the ladies of the View roughed you up so much.

    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Ash

    If it was not lies why didn't he have answers to any of the questions. Why was he so uncomfortable? Only liars act that way.

    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Corrine

    Yeah, just like the lies in those ads attempted – in a failed way – to "pick Obama clean."

    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. mom for "real' change

    Why is there is "come join us" Obama/Biden ad on the home page of CNN? What has happened to honest and balanced coverage?


    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Jan From Boca Raton

    I loved the view, they hit the nail on the head.They were great,
    and they said what the american people are saying.

    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Jamie in Alabama

    Quit whining, Cindy. Your husband is being called out on his LIES and it's about time! He needs to face MORE of that kind of tough questioning.

    This Republican is voting for Obama. Shame on McCain and Palin for their sleazy, dishonest campaign!!!

    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Rick Fisher

    In my opinion all the candidates should be asked tougher questions on all forums.There are too many difficult problems to be addressed and all parties involved should be held accountable for misstruths,slander and the reality of statements made and sanctioned by their spin machines.

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Lorna, NY

    The View did what the media should doing. Our media outlets are filled with spineless people.

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Cindy you mean Elisabeth did not protect you on the VIew? How sad, I felt sure she would of wrestled the other women down if they asked a hard question of your senile old husband. All you are proving is that you can lie as well as he does, good for you. Why am I not surprised!!Quit your crying is all I can say!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Rachel

    Why is that everytime an interviewer asks the questions the voters want answers to it's attacking McCain and their campaign?

    Why shouldn't McCain/Palin be transparent, I mean they are after all working towards change for US?

    YEA RIGHT....

    I'm so tired of hearing the McCain camp complain because people want answers!

    CNN please post this.

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Lux Gurusamy


    DO you know why McCain married you?

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Fani

    Its sad for McCain that he got challenged by the View women.
    the *women* from the the casual TV show asked him questions he couldn't answer and was squirming. He got exposed and didn't have any proper answers and Cindy is saying these are "tough interviewers".
    Dear lord... America is doomed if McCain wins. We will have ignorant hillbillies and mooses running the White House.
    Imagine if the MSM whose job it is to report facts and ask tough questions did their job.

    I miss Tim Russert. He was the only one who would ask the tough questions. Rest are all women. The View ladies are the real men.

    Obama '08 and '12

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. davey

    Cindy, after all the lies and untruths your husband is telling what does he expect? Go buy yourself a life. Or two. Whiner.

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Matthew

    I am glad they didnt pick Meghan McCain's bones clean...I like a girl with a little chunkiness!

    September 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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