September 15th, 2008
05:24 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain says Obama didn't call Palin a pig

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain said Monday Obama was not calling Palin a pig."](CNN) - His campaign team may have held conference calls, released ads and sent a flurry of memos charging that Barack Obama was slurring Sarah Palin when he used the phrase “lipstick on a pig” - but John McCain apparently thinks otherwise.

“Did he call her a pig?" the Republican presidential nominee was asked Monday in a briefing for reporters for the Associated Press and Florida newspapers.

"No,” responded McCain, who called his Democratic counterpart “eloquent.”

“But I know that he chooses his words carefully, and it was the wrong thing to say...

"I didn't like it. So we respond. I think the American people will judge as to whether he and others have treated Governor Palin fairly or not" - but the campaign will continue to respond to what it considers an attack. The Arizona senator also defended Palin’s record on earmarks, taxes and the Bridge to Nowhere.

Last week, he defended the Web ad his campaign had produced that said Obama had disrespected Palin, the Republican VP nominee, when he used the phrase to criticize McCain’s policy positions.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Nancy

    haha! playin guilty... tells us about the economy first.

    September 15, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. mitchell

    ummm. yes you did say that mac! now,ur changing your tune,because you know you've been caught again ,in another lie. just stop it!

    September 15, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    John McConfused, have you now come to your senses? Well we'll see how long that lasts.

    O'BIDEN 08!

    September 15, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Pepou

    So he has changed his mind ! On the "View" he said the contrary ! Go figure. The old guy is nuts and unfit for being Commander in Chief.

    September 15, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Meka


    September 15, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Brenda fl

    wow now he is retracting one lie, hope we will see more ....hahahaha

    September 15, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. John McRat

    I get it. McCain has wanted to be president his whole life, and there are lots of temptations.

    Just as he was tempted to cheat with Cindy Lou, a rich 25 year old who was attracted to him years ago in Hawaii, he is tempted now. On the first major test of his life, he failed. He left his wife and three kids in a New York second for Cindy Lou. And now, on the second major test in his life he’s failing. He's leaving his principles, and morals behind in order to win the White House. I get it, John is weak. Yes, I get it, but John will never get my vote.

    Unlike some voters, I want my president to have integrity and moral character. Americans deserve nothing less.

    John asked, “Do I leave my wife and kids for a wealthy young woman?” His answer was yes. And now he's asking, “Do I stick to all that I know is decent and honorable, or do I morph into a Rovian rat to win? Once again, John’s answer is yes. He was a rat then, and he's a rat now.

    September 15, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Daryl from Seattle

    So many mistakes being corrected on McCain's end. How come Obama always seems to get things right the 1st time around? He made the right call on the Iraq war, which everyone else now agrees was a mistake. He made the right call on adding brigades to Afghanistan, which Bush followed suit on recently. He called for a campaign of Change and McCain was running on Experience, now McCain is copying the call for Change by calling it "Reform". Good judgement is what we need in the White House now. Not constant mistakes, missteps, and misleading rhetoric.

    ~Obama-Biden 08~

    September 15, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Chad

    I thought at the end of his TV ad he said, "I'm John McCain and I approve this message." MCCAIN IS A LIAR!

    What a flip flopper, he can't even run his own campaign. How will he run this country ?


    September 15, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. glenda

    The Pig statement is taking attention away from the issues and is a big waste of everyone's time. It is not worth talking about however, with our economy going down the toilet, both candidates need to look at what the illegals are costing us. Executive Order 13166 to force documents, etc to be put in other languages circa $46.7 Billion yearly, another $23 million to put ballots in other languages. Now add to that the Medicare money spent on ERs and to deliver babies, welfare, idenity theft, loss of our job to illegals and the price keeps going up.
    65% of foreign owned companies in this country pay no income taxes, and a large percentage of American Companies pay no income taxes, now add tax breaks for big oil, no wonder we are in bad shape.
    Remember when you vote for a candidate you GET the PARTY.

    September 15, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. aware

    Palin is a much quicker study than Obama! He just reacts because he really doesn't get it! He lacks everything a president needs except reading a teleprompter!

    Obama obfuscated his way through the primaries and crucified Hillary but not this time!

    Enough is enough Obama! You can't attack, whine or lie your way out of your abysmal record anymore! 🙁

    McCain/Palin 08! The team that will deliver authentic reform that Americans can believe in, and they will do it with integrity! 🙂

    September 15, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. julia

    maybe john mccain doesn't have to approve his messages anymore.

    September 15, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. David

    Boo Hoo McCain, go by a bridge in Alaska!

    September 15, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. dan

    Obama knew exactly what he was doing when he made the remark...he paused his statement...waiting for the audience to make the connection. They did roaring with laughter.

    Just another example of how disingenuous the democrats are by nature.

    September 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Robert

    Did he call Sarah Palin a pig? "No,” responded McCain, who called his Democratic counterpart “eloquent.”.

    "But I know that he chooses his words carefully, and it was the wrong thing to say…

    "I didn't like it".

    If Obama was not calling Sarah Palin a pig, what exactly is it that McCain didn't like? Obama's eloquence?

    September 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Susan

    A real man would have discredited this from the beginning. Only now that he's taking heat does he "do the right thing." Pathetic.

    September 15, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. john

    thats right GOP voters ask and you will show you are being deceived!! Now if you could only ask your VP choice questions I believe you would be terrified like us Obama supporters and Matt Damon are.......

    September 15, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Lisa, MD

    Talk about the issues that's more important than who what where when and why? This poilitical thing is all screwed up the ecomony everything. Jesus will be our savior for sure. 🙂

    September 15, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Roger from CA

    Huh-wah??? He just repeated the position on the View the other day!!

    Once again, the McCain camp just makes stuff up to fit their spin.

    September 15, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. BV

    Dear Aware...
    Your hero's can't even run a campaign with integrity how do you suppose that they are going to run the country with integrity?
    Boy, if Obama lacks everything needed to be a President.... you sure have set your standards and qualifications for a VP and President at an all time low. I suspect that a well educated and well spoken man of color has a bite to it that you can't stomach.
    Also, the one with the abysmal record is the one that you are so behind. His last eight years are 90% the same as the man whom the majority of the people of this country have given the lowest approval ratting to of any Presdident. So why didn't McCain with all of his 26 years of experience play a different role? Why didn't he offer more reform before now?

    September 15, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. morrow

    My question is whether Obama had regularly been using the 'lipstick on a pig' analogy before Sarah Palin's convention speech. Certainly, based on the crowd reaction when he made his comment, some of them thought he was referring to Palin. If Obama had not been using it in his previous talks then I suspect it was intentional and not just another 'boneheaded mistake'.

    September 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Lola0406

    Oh I so can't wait until the 2010 midterm elections LOL. When pretty boy of symbolism and no substance becomes President "Uh" and Umm", and has caused further erosion to our economy with spending that will make Bush actually look like a conservative, not to mention us becoming the United States of Weakness and Capitulation, it will be a pleasure to watch the take over of congress once again. One of the absolutes of life, besides Death and Taxes, is that Democrats as Presidents make it so much easier for Republicans to win again.

    September 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |


    September 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Christine

    Liar, liar, pants on fire! McCain your campaign is a disgrace. From hero to zero...

    September 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. mike

    The Obama supporters loved the use of 'lipstick" because it was a reference to Palin. Obama could have used a different phase to make his point; however, I believe he used the word "lipstick" because Palin used it in her convention speech. No one that I'm aware of stated he called her a "pig" only that the use of the word was disrespectful, intended or otherwise.

    September 15, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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