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. Rita

    I saw the view. I must have seen something different than Cindy McCain. Does she and Senator McCain believe we're so stupid that they can lie to us anywhere and anytime? Senator McCain selected Governor Palin without properly vetting her. Now the campaign is using a blame the liberal media strategy to keep anyone from asking her tough questions. I believe they will sequester her until election day.

    Everyday something negative is being reported about Govenor Palin. Troopergate was being investigated before Senator McCain selected Governor Palin as is VP and now his campaign operatives are trying to foil troopergate until after the election. The republicans have no shame, they will do anything.

    What's even sadder, a lot of poor American will vote against their own interest in voting for him. I can't figure out what they believe they have in common with Senator McCain. He's not poor, he doesn't live from pay check to pay check, he doesn't have to worry about health insurance, he doesn't have to worry about gas prices, food or his job being shipped overseas. So, someone tell me, what does Senator McCain have in common with poor people?

    September 14, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Bill

    Someone needs to tell Cindy that just because she has 7 houses, that doesn't mean she needs to put makeup on at each one of them.

    September 14, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Chris

    Good grief, what a little hot house flower! McCain is running a deceitful, smear and lie driven campaign and when he is finally called on it his wife throws a hissy.

    September 14, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Vic

    As a tentative viewer of "The View," I've stuck with it all these years, primarily because of admiration for Barbara Walters. How sad that she especially pounded John McCain unfairly, because I no longer will watch her show, even sporadically. There are professional ways to interview these candidates without getting nasty and harshly critical, even if they don't agree with their platforms. Unfortunately, the women on "The View," including Walters, have not managed to learn that fact. The one exception is Elizabeth Hesselbeck, and she's no match for the mistresses of hatred she's seated with daily. One question I've always wanted the answer to: Don't these people know that one-half their TV audiences are turned off by their brazen show of partisanship? They must not - and I'm glad Cindy McCain has stood up to them.

    So as this household did for Matthews and Olbermann at MSNBC, this tacky ABC show has been erased from our "view."

    September 14, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. RU4REAL

    I think the repubs should really check some facts before they speak. I mean one lie after another . Palin has no clue about her on state facts never mind the BUSH DOCTRIN

    This is from

    Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sat down with ABC News' Charlie Gibson for an interview, part of which aired Sept. 11. In the exchange, the Alaska governor misstated a basic fact about her state's energy production:

    Palin: Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that's with the energy independence that I've been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

    According to the federal government's Energy Information Administration, Alaskan wells produced 263.6 million barrels of oil in 2007, or 14.3 percent of the total U.S. production of 1.8 billion barrels.

    But Alaskan production accounts for only 4.8 percent of all the crude oil and petroleum products supplied to the U.S. in 2007, counting both domestic production and imports from other nations. According to EIA, the total supply was just over 5.5 billion barrels in 2007.

    September 14, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. Shannon from Oklahoma

    I have never in my 40 years seen such a dishonorable campaign with so much complaining and playing the refs. Finally someone asks McCain exactly what everyone is thinking about his campaigns lies and they cry. If he had a good answer for these questions than it wouldn't be a big deal. He knows that he has sold out.

    September 14, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Syed Shamsuddoha

    Bills Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar – highly educated from both the US and also from Oxford. George bush had a degree from Yale – also educated. Barak Obama is highly educated from nation's top schools (Columbia and Harvard). Of course Joe Biden double majored in both history and political science complemented by a law degree from Syracuse University in NY. What do McCain and Palin have? Palin has a degree in journalism (from Idaho) from and McCain has a degree in aviation (I am not sure if it's a 1-yr flying certificate of a 2-yr community college education or a 4-year degree). How would these two (McCain and Palin) run a country with so many intellectuals? Are Americans thinking of that before voting for these people? Americans must stand up to save this great nation, its research and development and his heritage by electing only those educated ones who can understand the significance of innovation.

    I am stunned to find out that McCain-Palin has over 30% votes.



    September 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Abby

    You tell em Cindy! Seems the more the press trashes Palin, her family -or McCain – the more the American people respect, admire the team. Just check out the polls – seems the American people are waking up to who is the best team to lead our country – and it is NOT obama – in spite of the media pushing him on us.

    September 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Amy

    I wish they had grilled him even harder about the nasty ads. He was supposed to run a clean campaign and now he's blaming Obama for not doing town hall meetings. So he gets what he deserves? Give us a break! How ridiculous – McCain can't even answer the question because he is probably so ashamed. I think the country respected him in 2000, but now he has sold out.

    Lord help us if he wins.

    September 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. Michael G.

    McCain got what he deserved from the View It is about time that the Rape-publicans started answering some tough questions instead of circling the wagons to protect their "barbie doll" aka Sarah Palin who can't come up with an original thought of her own. Clearly, McCain either did not know or lied about some of the questiosn that were asked of him regarding his VP choice. "I will veto the first pork barrel spending bill that comes across my desk. I will make them famous and you will know them by their names". Well,the first name we should know about is Sarah Palin- $27 miliion for Wasilla a town with a population of about 5000 at the time Palin was mayor. Gee if my math is correct that amounts to about $5400 per person in federal earmark money.

    September 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. For a safe USA

    Do not worry Mccain , all that nasty talk will vaporate when you are at the oval office

    McCain 08
    for a safe USA

    September 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Keith, PA

    I watched the View and McCain got off easy. He got away with lies about Palin's record as well as his own. For example, he declared he hasn't changed his position on any issues which is a lie. He was AGAINST the Bush tax cuts but now he's for them. It's shameful the way John McCain has run his campaign.

    September 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. james

    McCain is going strong and people knows it. On the other hand, the democrats don't have much to say. It is time for strong leaders to take charge of this country. Barbara was asking about reforms, perhaps we should review the educational level, and its discipline. This is only one example of what needs to be reformed.

    September 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Ann

    The questions on The View are considered tough? What has this nation and its media come to?
    If only you were still here, Tim Russert.

    September 14, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Mike

    They picked your bones clean???

    Uh, Cindy....

    Maybe that's because there isn't much MEAT on those bones!

    It's about time a journalist finally started actually *earning* a day's work with these candidates. Good job, Barbara!

    September 14, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Western Voter

    And now Cindi...your husband has sold his soul for so little that even Karl Rove is picking his bones.

    September 14, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Beverly

    McCain has been finally called out for all his lies and negative distortion ads and you are upset? Maybe if your husband had not traded his integrity and character out of desperation to win, he would not find himself being properly held accountable by the media. No McCain and his joke of a VP choice near the White House! By you trying to defend your husband you make him look weaker than we already know he is. Go shopping and leave the politics to serious people. Obama is the only honest candidate with the character and integrity to run this country. His VP choice of Biden was outstanding. Together they bring strong credenitals and real and intelligent plans to fix this nation that your husband and Bush have destroyed these past 8 years. Unlike McCain and Palin, they are people of honor and will truly work to restore the quality of life for the rest of us. Even Karl Rove has called your husband a liar. Talk about bad press! Obama and Biden are our next leaders in the White House!

    September 14, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    McCain beat out Romney by repeating the same 'proven lie' over and over (see their last debate) until it stuck. He's lied about Palin selling the jet for a profit. He's distorted Obama sound-bytes for negative ads. He recrutied Palin, who has lied about......well, it would be quicker to list what she hasn't lied about.
    It makes it hard to believe that he's half the war hero he says he is. It makes it hard to discount reports that he started the USS Forrestal fire that killed 136 sailors, with juvenile antics (wet-starts).
    How can anyone believe anything coming out of the McCain-Palin campaign???
    I've been waiting for someone to come forth with the plums to say it to his face. Thank-you Barbara Walters, for providing those plums!!

    September 14, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. Tina in Canada

    For the past several weeks (and months), I have been entertained by the best television in TV history – the American presidential election race. However, my amusement is starting to turn to anger and worry as I watch the insanity starting to grow south of our border. I cannot believe that there appears to be so many idiots prepared to back such a right wing 'barracuda' as Sarah Palin! I find it almost frightening that there is even a chance that Palin could become president (should the republicans get back in and something happen to McCain). I fear for your country and for ours as well should that happen. It's time for the Obama campaign to produce some fierce ads that shock the American public out of their lunacy. Forget turning the other cheek and playing fair. The stakes are MUCH too high!!

    September 14, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. AG, Hong Kong

    Cindy should stop complaining and give some advice to her husband. A man with a career built on service and integrity has decided that it is worth losing all that in order to win a political campaign, and therefore, is running the dirtiest and most dishonest campaign in history. Alas, it appears that voters in the world's greatest democracy are willing to buy his lies.

    September 14, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. Mark

    This is hilarious. It was one of the best shows of "The View" that I have ever seen. I was afraid that with Partisan Elisabeth that it would be another snoozer. The ladies were absolutely honest and asked the questions we all wanted answers to. And by the way the McCain's have 9 houses not 7. No wonder they lose count. Like Whoopie said, the strict enforcement of the constitution would put some of us back into slavery. The rights of women in Roe v. Wade would be overturned. So for all of you supposed Hillary Supporters who are playing a game, you had better wake up before McSame and McPalin turn back the clocks of history pertaining to the rights of women. John McCain had to know that he would someday have to answer for his smear campaign against Barack Obama while protecting Sarah Palin under some amendment I missed out on that obviously has to do with the rights of a vice presidential candidate to not be exposed to the american public if that candidate happens to be a woman.

    Go View!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. richard

    Cindy if your honest(I doubt it) you will show all of your tax returns which will probably show tax evasion like your uncles tax indictment. Does Hensley & Co. deduct all of its payments to you for planes, cars,etc???

    September 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. RepublicanfromIdaho

    I'm shame for the McCains! I'm a registered Republican from the state of Idaho. But I can not go on with circus of Bush's base any longer.
    Such a nice photo of Ms Cindy How-Many-House-Do-We-Own McCain. This truly shows the rationally of what the right wing will bring to the White House as First Lady (Yuk!) – should make this photo the “Poster Child” for the GOP since they don’t want to be called the Republican Party any more. Let’s get on with the issues Cindy! Obama will be the winner in both the debuts and the election. This election will put the Republican Revolution of '94 to rest finally.

    Obama/Biden in 2008 and beyond

    September 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. Pete ATL

    What to you expect, Ms. McCain? You are certainly smart enough to see the truth.

    Today, during one of the Sunday morning news talk shows, a noticed a political commercial that I initially thought was an Obama commercial because it included John McCain extolling Sarah Palin’s saying no thanks to Congress for the “bridge to nowhere.” I thought this was an Obama commercial because the bridge to nowhere story has long since been emphatically proven to be a monumental exaggeration (Palin was for the bridge when running for governor, then against it after it had been ridiculed as pork and Congress had rejected it. And in the end, she arranged for Alaska to keep the pork anyway). But it was a McCain commercial, still using that tired line.

    Then it hit me. The truth doesn’t matter. The McCain campaign, like the Bush campaign before it, is appealing to the yes/no voter who thinks every problem has a simple answer, and if we are sufficiently macho as a country everyone will fear us and fall in line. We just have to “kick their butts” and our enemies will see it our way. Well, that approach has clearly been debunked by the Iraq debacle, and now the McCain team thinks saber-rattling with Russia will have a positive result. These are extraordinarily complex problems, their solutions do not lend themselves to one-word answers, and they are way too complex for Ms. Palin to describe, much less to deal with in office.

    So, you folks have earned the hard questions. You are truly dangerous for the country.

    September 14, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. TS from Canada

    Max... "FALSE"? "False" somewhat sounds like there was no intention behind those misleading statements. Let's call them straight by its name: "LIES". I don't know what's on US TV (I live in Canada), but I hope DEM are making TV ads, calling every single McCain "false" statement "A LIE" and air them all over the US until the day of the election, since apparently US medias are not making headline containing "Lies" and "McCaiin" in the same sentence. It's a shame. Let the people really know McCain by his real name: "Lier".

    By the way, we Canadians have universal health insurance run by each provincial (i.e. state) government, but we have full freedom to decide which doctors we go see. Another lie by McCain. No one in Canada loses his/her house because of high medical bills.

    September 14, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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