November 3rd, 2008
10:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Cindy McCain says media gives Palin a bad rap


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(CNN) - Cindy McCain came to the defense of Gov. Sarah Palin Monday, telling CNN’s Larry King the media has unfairly criticized the Republican vice presidential nominee when it comes to her qualifications and her wardrobe.

"She's been an inspiration to women all over the world and absolutely I think she was treated very poorly in the press," Mrs. McCain said in an interview that aired on Larry King Live.

Mrs. McCain also disputed political observers who have said Palin has hurt the Republican ticket more than she has helped.

Watch: Cindy McCain defends Palin

"I have heard those – the quote ‘pundits’ that have said that. Those clearly are the pundits that perhaps are not on our side," McCain said. "Besides the crowds she gets, the inspiration, the – just her ability to get her message out, get our message out, she is a truly remarkable woman and I am just so glad that I know her."

But a new CNN/Opinion Research corporation survey released Sunday appears to suggest the opposite: 57 percent of likely voters questioned said Palin does not have the personal qualities a president should have. That's up 8 points since September.

When it comes to the now famous $150,000 wardrobe tab picked up by the Republican Party, Mrs. McCain said she thought it was a “very silly thing to be upset about,”with all that is facing the country right now.

"We need to be concerned with what's going on with our economy, how we keep people in their homes, how we bring jobs back to areas like Scranton, Pennsylvania where we are and just make sure that people are able to keep – not only keep their jobs but be able to provide for their families. That's a great deal more important than clothing," Mrs. McCain said.

As for her husband, she said he's doing "great."

Watch: Cindy McCain says she's excited but nervous about elections

"It can be very personal sometimes and he is just always the one that keeps everybody level and keeps everybody on target with what we're doing. I just love him for that,” she said.

While Mrs. McCain has enjoyed her time on the trail, win or lose, she also said she is looking forward to resuming "a bit of a normal family life again," after the elections are over.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Dave W.

    It is too bad that Cindy Mccain has not been put under the same microscope that Michele Obama has had to spend time under. Maybe then we would know more about her drug problems, her investments in third world dictatorships. Nothing about those topics CNN?

    November 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Tony

    Palin gives Palin a bad rep.

    November 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Old Man Yells At Cloud

    Palin gives herself a bad rap every time she opens her mouth.

    November 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Kim

    Palin is about as bright as a box of hair and has reaped what she's sown, and Cindy is not much smarter, she certainly is out of touch with Joe Six-Pack if she thinks that getting upset about $150,000 worth of clothing (more than I make in two years) is no big deal.

    Stop. Talking. Now.

    November 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Christine

    Of course Cindy McCain thinks a $150K wardrobe is a "silly little thing" – it's a fraction of what SHE spends on her wardrobe. Let the little people eat cake!

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Ted, NY

    Pack Barbie A up and send her back to Arizona and then pack Barbie B up and send her back to Alaska. The world will be a better place. Oh, and take grandpa with you.

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Nancy

    The "MEDIA" has not given Palin a bad rap. She is a terrible VP candidate and he should take responsibility for that. Cindy does not understand the value of $ 150,000 and how much that is if she would make that comment! OUT OF TOUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Oh I know this is snarky but when I look at her I see Miss Cindy as an older woman who will end up plucking thick black hairs from that chin in a few years. She'll still be getting botoxed, hair still bleached out, and her neck and arms will give away her true age.

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Stuart

    Cindy McCain has to be one of the least sympathetic candidate spouses in the history of campaigning. I wonder how much of a drag she is on the ticket.

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Angela

    I can't wait until this election. Both Palin and Cindy McCain are a disgrace to women all over the world.

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. jadedat51

    Palin "an inspiration to women all over the world"?

    Not to this one, nor to any that I have talked with.

    Honey, you've been out in that Arizona sun a little too long.

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. oboeanon

    Palin is definitely not an inspiration to me. I find her to be an insult to women. Her ticket does not get my vote. Cindy McCain is wrong again.

    November 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Daryl from Seattle

    Everything Cindy said sounded pretty good, but we know by now that Republicans generalize their statements to say what the public wants to hear. As for Palin, please Cindy, name ONE country outside the US where she's served as an inspiration. She's just the joke of the day in her OWN country!

    November 3, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Tim in Seattle

    Palin gave Palin a bad rap – no one else.....

    November 3, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Janet from California

    The Stepford wife speaks! About another Stepford wife!

    November 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Nancy

    Give us a break. Sarah Palin went to five different colleges and finally got a degree in journalism. She then became a journalist in Alaska. She should have been more than prepared for any appearance in front of the camera – not to mention interviews. She screwed herself up – she was just fake from the start and people now see it. The media didn't do anything to her, so Cindy McCain needs to stop. I believe so many things about Sarah Palin will come out in the future that there will be no way to run for President in 2012.

    So when she goes back to Alaska, she needs to make sure she returns those clothes and go home to REALLY take care of her kids and TWO grandkids!

    November 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Fred

    I think heiress Cindy McCain would make a fine fashion consultant.

    I guess, there's an oblique opinion... just like this puff piece of angry journalism.

    She said, "an inspiration to women all over the world"??? Hmmm!
    LOL! I tellya! None that I know. Thanks for the laugh!

    November 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. jadedat51

    Have you noticed the "clenched jaws" in the photos of Sarah and Cin dy these past few days?

    Shrieking rants may be heard soon.

    November 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Mrs. McCain, the media has NOT given Palin a "bad rap"! Palin has!

    First the media will not "touch" nor investigate the Alaska Independent Party membership of Todd Palin.

    Then, the media excuses Palin for all her obviously 'canned' answers during the debate.

    And of course, the wardrobe, hair and makeup of $150K more than the majority of Americans earn in a year........ is talked about! How can we not talk about this outrageous expense? Its ridiculous to think that the media and Americans would not look at the $150,000 spent by the GOP and not .........gasp! Since it was YOUR husband's campaign who accused Sen. Obama of being an "elitist" ! Can't have it both ways.

    But, seriously, Mrs. McCain, what REALLY damaged your husband's campaign was not ONLY choosing a woman with little knowledge of the world and limited education.......... BUT.......... the VILE attacks and lies the McCain/Palin campaign spewed!

    You see, we, the People, are sick and tired of the lies-hate-fear-and-division the represents Republican politics!

    I do not hate you nor John, I just hope and pray y'all retire.

    November 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Luigi ina CA

    Cindy McCain gives humans a bad rap.

    November 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Boricua4Obama

    72 = John McCains age
    the combined IQ of Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain?

    November 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. GA Independent

    Go home Cindy. It's over.

    November 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. A New Beginning

    Sounds like she knows her husband is going to lose, because being the wife of the POTUS is nothing close to being normal

    November 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    ugly media's bias.

    November 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Karma, Karma, Karma

    Well, all I have to say is karma was a long time coming. A very long time. Cindy Lou snuck around with someone else's husband in Hawaii. Watched him leave 3 kids and an ailing wife, and now payback is a b.........

    Hawaii, the place where she met John-Married-Man-McCain, is the very same place where Barack was born. The place where Cindy and John had an affair while he was MARRIED, is the very same place Barack was conceived. Karma, karma, karma....HELLO?

    Sorry Cindy Lou, but you made that bed. It started and ENDED in Hawaii.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Two men who stayed with their wives.

    November 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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