February 17th, 2009
07:34 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain blacklists The View?

 The view co-hosts grilled McCain in September.

The view co-hosts grilled McCain in September.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain just may have blacklisted the hit talk-show The View after a heated, somewhat confrontational, appearance on the program last September.

According to Barbara Walters, the show's creator and co-host, McCain told her at a recent Washington event he won't be appearing on the daily gabfest "any time soon."

"He had been on The View and was not very happy," Walters told a gathering at Syracuse University, according to Portfolio.com. "And when we walked out and I saw him I said, 'Senator, so nice to see you. I hope you'll come on The View again.' And he looked at me and said, 'Not anytime soon.'”

Appearing on the program at the height of his campaign for the White House, McCain was aggressively pressed on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president, as well as negative campaign ads that several independent fact-checks had called downright misleading.

Walters specifically challenged Palin's reformist credentials, noting McCain has served in Washington for more than two decades and asking repeatedly, "Who's she going to reform, you?"

The Arizona senator is not the only member of the family who may have sour feelings toward the show. McCain's wife Cindy, after a contentious fall appearance of her own, declared that the co-hosts "picked our bones clean."

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soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. Sian

    A simple case of you can't have your cake and eat it, too, on both sides. The View has lost any credibility it ever may have had as being a legitimate forum for serious discussion of issues. It's now just a show that exists as a backdrop for screaming matches and catfights. Barbara, once highly respected as a journalist and interviewer, has allowed this to happen to her show, and earns a "shame on you, Barbara" for that. And that screaming bainshee Elizabeth needs to spend several years in full-time therapy before being allowed out into the public.

    However, every once in a while between the screaming and drama, they do get in a good question or two to a guest. Both Cindy and John McCain (as well as both Michelle and Barack Obama) were asked legitimate questions during the campaign. And uncomfortable questions shouldn't come as a surprise to any candidate or family member who appears in an interview format. In McCain's case, when you make such huge public mistakes as selecting Palin as your VP mate, and releasing ads with proven lies in them, then you have to expect uncomfortable questions regarding these things. Don't play the game, McCain, if you can't handle the responses to how you play.

    But anyway, this article is really just funny all around. The View is a joke. McCain and wife are a joke. So who cares if they never sit down together ever again? I don't. This isn't a news story, CNN, it belongs in the comics.

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Kathy in Minnesota

    Must have been slim pickings to begin with.

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. jbkmcd

    I saw the interview and was amazed that these women were the only ones asking for answers to the hard questions. They did an incredible job and service to our country in highlighting the weaknesses and poor decisions made by one of the worse campaigns in recent history

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |

    Cindy was MAD, and showed it, when they asked how many houses they had ! She was defensive and showed her TRUE colors. She said it was "their personal business". Well, Ms. Fancy Pants, NOW YOU CAN LIVE IN ANY OF THEM - BECAUSE YOU "COULD NOT BUY THE ONE YOU WANTED" - THE WHITE HOUSE !!!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. kmiller

    lolllll if cant take the heat.. get out of the kitchen.

    while I cant stand the cat fights on the View... the metromommas.. and nutcaseRosie.. I get a kick out of the uppty Mccains and Palin dealing with them also.
    The election is over... they can all go home now.

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. mkn

    If McCain can't take the heat on the "VIEW" then what the heck was he thinking trying to become the POTUS?? Shhhessh, what a baby.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Chris

    Barbara Walters is far from washed up. She is a very respected journalist who is well known for being unbiased in her investigations. McCain and his wife are only upset because Barbara and the rest of the hosts of "The View" did not simply make chit-chat and give the McCain-Palin ticket a endorcement for thier bid to the White House.

    McCain is afraid to go on "The View" now, because he's added more "skeletons" to his closet, and that means, to use Cindy McCain's reference, another opportunity to pick his bones clean.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. henry in tx

    McCain wanted to be president and he could not handle the heat of the view ladies? Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama got interviewed by O'Reilly during the primaries and the election and they survived. McCain should have been better prepared for that interview. He thought he was going to Disneyland.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. too funny

    the guy goes out there and gets called out on his decisions and potential cabinet members and now he and his wife want to act like victims,please. all the swiftboat ads, slandering, flat out lies and other rovian campaign procedures failed. suck it up be a man and try to be the best senator that you can be.

    but that would be asking for too much from any congressional republican that is only concerned with promoting republican propaganda.

    everybody screaming where's the bipartisianship and i tell you its with all the republicans that refuse to put country first and its so hypocritical especially in regards to the "maverick".

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. chuck

    John and Cindy McCain are hindrances to the recovery of the country. they should be seen and not heard. NFG

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Ana

    The ladies on the View are smart. They ask great questions. I'm sure if Obama or Biden or anyone who are honest and don't have anything to hide wouldn't mind having their "bones picked clean."

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Jinny Lee

    So he can't handle the heat? Well I guess that makes him nonpresidential material.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. thomas

    I can't understand how the Viewcrew could have "picked their bones clean" without discussing John's lengthy list of accomplishments. Everybody knows about all of the great legislative iniatives he's led and all of the problems he's solved, right? And the Viewcrew had the audacity to confront him in the midst of a great campaign – Obama's.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. d999

    So the McCain's can't handle questions by women on the View? Wow, thankfully he lost!

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. sarah

    I don't blame John McCain or his wife for not going back on that ridiculous show. All they did the entire election season was campaign for Obama and badmouth McCain. The show is a complete joke and I stopped watching it a long time ago because of their very biased views and their lack of any real attempt at presenting both sides of issues. Hope they are all happy now that Obama is elected....let's see if he can be the "savior" they all thought he would be. My guess is he will end up a one-term president based on his performance so far. If he can't control Pelosi and Reid any better than what he has done so far, he won't stand a chance.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Jason King

    Indeed. Why would you walk into a place where you know everybody there is waiting for their piece of you, and they will pick you apart in such a way that if you respond, YOU will be seen as the aggressor? It is a waste of his time– and he may not have much of that left.

    February 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Art

    Give me a break! I saw President Obama on Fox News (or is it Fixed Noise?) being interviewed by Chris Wallace, a man who long ago gave up any pretense of impartiality. The President was gracious and good humored.

    McCain didn't like being questioned about a campaign ad that independent agencies had labeled misleading. He did not want to be challenged on his choice of a VP, even though polls indicated a large number of Americans shared the doubts expressed by the ladies on the View.

    This is one of the the very reasons McCain lost the election. I always thought he felt entitled to the white house and took umbrage at some young senator who had not paid his dues beating him in the race. Rather than making a case of what he would do, McCain said simply "Look at my record."

    That wasn't enough for me.

    February 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. chuck

    John and Cindy McCain should SHUT-UP .

    February 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. K.M. Dailey

    So? Doesn't he have a right to not want to appear on a show again? People are ignored and ridiculed by different shows and networks all the time. It's clearly not a new thing. I don't see what the big deal is. Unless you're trying to get women mad at him? Which is a low blow in itself. Not to mention stereotypical. I'm a socially liberal woman, and I don't really see what the fuss is about. He has as much a right to do that, as you do to ridicule him, and I to ridicule you. Free speech. It's the heart of America. Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way!

    February 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. MMB

    McCain can't take the heat. The ladies brought up good facts that needed to be answered. He knew Palin was clearly not qualified, but he attempted to rival Obama's historic moment with one of his own. He lost...it's obvious that "The View" co-hosts weren't the only ones questioning his ability to run the country.

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Suz

    John McCain is Washed-Up. He is a joke! Good for The View! He's a loser and so is Pain in the....Palin!

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. Joseph

    McCain? A gentleman? You need to get your head checked.

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Gloria Tilden

    John Who?

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. outlander

    Nasty women, nasty show.

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Patricia Tharp

    "Liz" must not have read much about the life of McCain if she is calling him a "gentleman". He dumped his first wife because she limped from a severe auto accident while she waited for him for five years when he was a POW, ( and this was after several years of affairs), is not thought of well by the men who were POW's with him,
    has such a volatile temper even some Republican Senator's publicly said he should not be President, and choose a backwards woman to run on his ticket, without regard for our country. No, the last thing I would call McCain, is "gentleman".

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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