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. karl

    I appreciated the way the hosts at the view show when after Mccain because the American people need to know where these candidates stand on issues that concern us and not the constant lies of the mccain campaign about sarah palin.I mean Americans wake up lets talk about the issues and i think the media should copy the example from the hosts of the view

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    The reasons I am supporting Barack Obama:


    Bin Ladin has not been captured

    War in IRAQ that was fabricated lies by Bush/McCain

    4300+ Soldiers killed in Iraq war

    Real threat of McCain attacking Iran and Syria and Russia

    Fuel Prices through the roof

    Largest OIL COMPANY PROFITS in history

    Largest OIL COMPANY TAX GIVEAWAY in history

    Record Home Forclosures

    Record Unemployment

    630,000 jobs lost since Republicans took control

    Outsourcing of Jobs to foreign countries

    Food prices out of control

    Failing Education system

    50 Million People without Healthcare

    ONLY Major Country in the world without UNIVERSAL HEATHCARE

    Loss of Respect around the Globe

    Failing to recognize Global Warming



    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. judy

    Cindy McCain John Mcbush and Sarah havent seen bone cleaning they are about to get a tatse of their own Gop medicine. With all the lies and controdictions out there with these three , its only a matter of time before the american people see them for the liars they are. The current shine of S. Palin will turn to dust.

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. ken

    The crack hos on The View are insignificant, undersatisfied whiners. Like they're worth listening to...and like they have a basis of knowledge higher than the average idiot on the street. Go John & Sarah! Kick some butt.

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Bobby

    mccain will have to also explain why hes against equal pay when women protested for it he voted against it

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    You're bones are being picked clean because they are padded with lying flesh!

    Between McSleazy and Pa-Liar, the American Voters have every right to pick your bones clean!

    That will be about the only clean thing about this Republican campaign!!!

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Tim

    The view just brought out the truth about Mccain....I am from Arizona and if it wasn't for the republican machine not allowing good canidates to run against McCain he wouldn't have been elected so many times..I am and Arizona ZRepublican that just can't bare to see McCain win he is wrong for this country ...too hot headed and covers with lies..I am sitting this election out.....Palin was purely a political move...she is not capable of being president...wake up people.

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Kay

    Now THIS is an elitist!
    Wearing a $300,000 dress for a campaign event, while people are loosing their homes! wait... of course she doesn't care, she has seven houses! She and her husband, Mclies are completely out of touch with the American people!

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. John McCain

    The facts are Sexist!!!

    I'm John McCain and I approve this message

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Sherry for Obama

    Cindy and her husband are both jokes.

    They like to dish out dirt but cant take it when they are questioned about it.

    Be careful what you say because someone may question you on it.

    Temper temper Cindy.....Seems you and John both are hot headed.

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. barbara

    If anyone dare to challenge McCain/Palin they are either sexist or disrepectful. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it's a duck. Someone who continually lies is a liar!!

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Janet from NH

    Cindy is right...I see a clear difference in the candidates. One of them can look the American people right in the eye and lie to them. The other one has integrity and is running a campaign based on the issues the American people care about .

    I'm voting for the one with integrity.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Em

    We see a clear difference with these candidates, all right. McCain panicked over the polls and abandoned his moral values in favor of lies and cynical strategies. If he had our interests at heart, he would be focusing on policy. He would understand that Americans need more access to the opinions of the Republican vp candidate. The needs of the average voter don't seem to register with him.

    Is this the "transparency" that he would bring to the White House? What a slap in the face of the democratic process.

    September 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Ian M.

    You're pulling ahead because the American people enjoy being lied to.

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. dave

    Cindy Mccain of the beer inheritance? cindy mccain of the $313,100 outfit? of the 10 houses? of the $250,000 cleaning staff?

    are you kidding?

    they treated the mccains with kid gloves. I watched it. and they really could have been A LOT tougher.

    It is important the mccains get exposed for what they are to the american people BEFORE the election, not AFTER.

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Paul, EP Tx

    the fact is that there are only two people qualified to be on either ticket- Joe Biden and John McCain. my decision is too simple. Painting the Clintons as racists then asking for their help is shameful. Easy choice.

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Deborah

    Sad day when the really tough interview is done by The View; even according to Cindy's and McCain's own opininon.

    The ladies on the View just asked the questions that so many common people would want to ask if they were sitting there. What's so tough about that?

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Matt

    Picked their bones clean? Please. It was "tough" by today's pitiful People Magazine standards. But imagine if we still had a PRESS that asked tough questions. These whiners like Cindy McCain would be in tears. And that might damage her 350K outfits.

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

    I honestly think that the Mccains think that we are stupid. I don’t know how they are pulling ahead in the polls, and I have no clue to where these polls are conducted. One thing I know though, the month of August brought Obama $66m. this is my poll, the 66m

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Dan J

    I hope interviewers as Obama about the 1 BILLION in earmarks he requested, and he's on the top of the ticket. Which ticket is more likely to ask for earmarks?

    Americans aren't stupid. For every political mistruth the McCain campaign shells out, the Obama campaign dishes out three. It's simple, its true, and it makes Obama the hpocrite.

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. pete

    and here comes McWitch!

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Candy West Virginia

    Cindy, precious, when the rethuglicans used their convention to attack Obama relentlessly all the while lying on him, where was your outrage then luvcups? You rethugs are disgusting and how you guys sleep at night is a source of continual astonishment to me. How any rethuglican can consider voting for the two pathological liars mccain/palin is another source of continuous amazement to me. And in reality the polls mean nothing, I never got excited when Obama was leading non stop before the convention, which is another point, how come johnny boy being so well know never once led in the polls against the new guy until now?

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Nugget texas

    Poor Cindy...maybe she can find some food in one of her nine homes to put some meat back on those bones.

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. DB - Colorado

    Poor rich lady...the truth hurts! John McCain is a huge disappointment to the American people and becoming a joke to the rest of the free world...and you are not helping him with your flash of cleavage and pearls.

    He was once a war hero of honor and integrity; now he is a Bush wanna be!!! So sad.

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. GeorgeWashington

    Doesn't it seem like, a campaign and the media would be interested in the what next President'specific plans and policies and timeline of implementing things for the good of America ? Why all the stupid media activities and duncely questions like how many houses does someone have ? What difference does it make ?

    September 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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