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March 7th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

Cindy McCain on "Game Change": "I can go to Disneyland for fiction"

On the heels of "Super Tuesday," this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a woman who is no stranger to political process and life inside an election campaign, Cindy McCain.

The wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, the businesswoman and philanthropist offered a very negative reaction to the upcoming film "Game Change":

"I lived this, and from everything I've read and heard it doesn't even resemble what took place," said McCain in reference to the HBO movie documenting the Republican Party during the 2008 presidential election. "I can go to Disneyland for fiction."

And while McCain took slight issue with the film's depiciton of the Senator from Arizona, saying "Ed Harris is not nearly as cute my husband," her real issue was with the representation of the Governor from Alaska:

"Sarah Palin is a remarkable individual," McCain told Piers Morgan. "I think what happened to her is totally unfair. I am truly sorry if they have depicted her in any fashion other than a strong, independent woman."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Cindy McCain details the difficulties facing conservative women in politics.

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  1. wala

    Piers...r u kidding me? Talk about a double standard. You are so biased. You talk about abusive rhetoric? And you don't think referring to Kirk Cameron as a "bigot" or asking if he is one is abusive rhetoric? Why? Because he actually believes in The Bible? And you say you are a Catholic? Have you ever read The Bible? Would you call the Pope a bigot? What about Abraham? Moses? You are not an objective journalist. You are a secular progressive liberal...face facts. Leave Kirk alone...and oh yeah, "respect" his opinion and point of view, even if you don't agree with it. By the way, respecting someone's religious beliefs doesn't mean calling them a bigot.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jady

      for the FIRST TIME ever!!!! I agree with PIERS!!!!!!!! He is a bigot!!!!!

      March 8, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve Leong

      Praise God for creating Gays. God has reasons, and God is never wrong. Perhaps it's to curb the world's over population, find loving parents for children abandoned by straights, we need to trust in God's plan. We could ALL. both Gay and straight find solutions to starvation, poverty, and homelessness in our nation and the world, rather than pour obscene amounts of time and money into initiatives to defend/destroy Gay rights.
      I don't think Christ would think highly of that. What one sows, so shall they reap.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Elizabeth Vaillant

    Piers, could we possibly hear the END of a response to your question, before you butt in! with your thoughts. It is most annoying. Please have the manners that you possibly THINK you have, and let the question be answered , even before we and you hear have heard the whole question. I

    I just want to yell at you on the TV , "let him/her answer" before you jump in, "IS IT BECAUSE ARE THE BOSS?" Your manners are deplorable. Is it an English thing?

    Please respond

    March 8, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jady

      AGREE 1000000%

      March 8, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Stopa

        Thank you for this astute ovtorbasien! This is exactly the irony of a debate in which the two sides characterize themselves as pro-choice and pro-life but refer to their opponents as pro-abortion and anti-choice. The fact is that no one is pro-abortion in this debate; no one has ever argued that abortion is a good thing only that women should have a choice. Meanwhile, those who call themselves pro-life really should be called anti-choice, because they argue that there is no choice to be made at all. So why are social conservatives praising Bristol for choosing to bear her child? According to the Christian Right bumper sticker, a child is not a choice. Antiabortion advocates would have us believe that once conception has occurred, carrying the pregnancy to term is a moral imperative, and there is no choice to be made at all. And of course, they would like to make such a choice impossible for all of us by making it illegal. But when faced with the question themselves, even anti-choice candidates like Palin and McCain inadvertently acknowledge that conception does not HAVE to mean childbearing it is simply one possible choice. The semantics of the argument prove the point: no matter how much these folks disapprove of abortion, they still believe there is a choice to be made about whether to have one. And that reality is all that abortion-rights advocates have ever fought to protect!

        April 2, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon P

    Piers, has it ever been brought to your attention that the President's given name is pronounced [ba-rock], not [ba-rack]? Your program often deals with American politics and it would be nice to hear his name pronounced accurately. Listen to the President say his name, listen to Michelle Obama say her husband's name ... they pronounce it [ba-rock]. I'm sure he would appreciate it being pronounced correctly.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mac Blitzer

    Her idiotic makes me want to see the movie even more.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. CAROL

    you finally get a Republican woman on who is open minded, liberal, intelligent, well spoken & compassionate. As usual you dominate the conversation & barely let your guest get out a complete sentence.

    I have been reading comments on your message board since your program begin. Since Day 1 the overwhelming comment has been to LETYOUR GUESTS SPEAK. Obviously your staff nor yourself read the message board, so why do we the viewers bother.

    You are an excellent interviewer, well read on the subject matter & head & shoulders above Larry King, but it is so distracting as a viewer to know that before the guest can finish their though you will interrupt.

    Funny how the only person you don't interrupt is Donald Trump.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jADY

      RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!! Me thinkest Morgan still believes he is on the Donald's show and is afraid he might get fired by the IDIOT!!!!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • CAROL

        Every night I am expecting the guest to say "Piers will you just shut up & let me finish"

        I think most want to but stop themselves.

        The only guest who did that was Howard Stern, who was Piers guest the first week.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeffrey

        It's interesting. I tohught it would be a woman, but I pegged Kay Bailey Hutchinson instead.It's a risky pick, in terms of her limited political experience. But its appeal, especially to the party's conservative base and all women voters, is very high.And, as usual, Flagan is dead right Democrats can't sling too much mud at her resume, since it contains as much, if not more, leadership-worthy experience.She's also the parent of a special needs child, which wom McCain a vote in my house from my wife.He already had mine.

        December 17, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Politically how will the Dims attack her wioutht attacking themselves? If they attack her inexperience, they are attacking Obama by proxy. Her ability to deal with the threat from Russia? Alaska has an island that is only 2.5 miles from a Russian island. The Alaska governor and the Alaskan National Guard have to be prepared for Russian aggression. Obama had three different responses to the invasion of Georgia. I'll guarantee you Palin has put more thought into this subject than he has. Obama's first response was that McCain's judgement should be questioned when he puts a former mayor of a town of 9,000 one heartbeat from the presidency. His experience as a community organizer giives him less executive experience than a mayor, much less a governor. Also, he dumped on small-town, midddle America with this statement.IMO this is the best person on a national ticket since Ronald Reagan.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. karela

    Cindy McCain is still sticking to the McCain original story line but a whole lot of people who were involved in the McCain campaign, including the head of the campaign, say that Game Change is very true to life. It is incredible that John and Cindy would still hold on to the idea that Sarah Palin was fit to be a heart beat away from the presidency. It is abundantly apparent that she absolutely was not knowledgeable enough for the job. I can't wait to see the movie.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stoad

      You hit the nail on the head! I have listened to Sarah Palin for the lat four years. I can easily judge how limited she is. Anyone who refers to her as intelligent or capable forces me to discount everything else they have to say.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JADY

        CNN OBVIOUSLY does not read these blogs or Piers would be DONE!!!!!

        March 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anne

    What a pleasant surprise to find Cindy McCain to be such an intelligent, thoughful and impressive Piers Morgan guest. One can only assume that it was the same "political experts" who chose Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, who were the ones who suggested that Cindy be dressed up as a Stepford Wife and told to act like a Barbie doll during her husband's run for President. Republicans should realize that Michele Obama was (and is) one of Barack Obama's key selling points to many Americans. After seeing Cindy McCain last night on Piers Morgan, I feel that she could have been a major asset to Sen McCain, had she been allowed to look and act normally.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      March 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dian

        The Palin choice is an uitnlsing gimmick. The McCain campaign made a fatal error, though, if they think the Governor of the Great White North will lure in women voters. In fact, it will probably repel them. Disappointed Hillary voters were not merely women voters; they believed in their candidate. Gender was not the key decider.

        April 5, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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  8. Nana

    Cindy and John McCain need better viewing glasses. Sara Pailen with several brick loose in her head is why they partly lost the election. We did not let our kids play with Barbie dolls for a reason. Please stop estimating the US voters poorly. Looking at the clowns that were running then and now for the Republican race except for Ron Paul has been quite pathetic. The Republican Party needs to get its act right and a little more truthful. No, we don't go bombing countries based on lies and what Fox new dishes out. We have out grown cowboys and Indians.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Maye

    Sarah Palin put herself out there by telling ball faced lies about Obama, and the democratic party, thats why Bill Maher
    said whatever he said about her. This lady was asked to go to congress and speak about birth control pills use for
    other medical conditions than pregnancy, then was told no. She is not a politacal loud mouth like Sarah Palin, and thats why she gets so much sympathy, she's a private citizen. I love your show and wish you had explained that to Cindy Cain, and others that you let speak their minds, like Michelle Bachman etc. Will still watch your show, but don't let them get away with lying when the truth is out there for all to see.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Carlo

    it was an awesome enxcriepee. On a similar note, I think that was the best speech he gave through this campaign. I gained back a lot of the respect I had for him back in 2000, but lost during the last few years and especially during this campaign. I think that is very telling that both candidates in their respective speeches spoke of uniting behind commonality and working together for the good of our country, far too much emphasis is placed on “the base” on both sides. The American people spoke and showed that we are largely a nation of moderates, with lunatic fringes on both sides. Obama actively went after moderate voters, and they largely voted for him. I think that if McCain had focused on his strengths with moderate voters, instead of trying to drum up support amongst the “base” he would have done much better.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Goldi

    I saw it.Palin isn't running for peenidrst, but in a lot of people's minds McCain is old enough to warrant a vice peenidrst who may literally be a "heartbeat away" from the White House, hence the fuss.When McCain started trotting out the "ordinary Americans" and naming names of people who are struggling I started to wane. It's an old trick that politicians use. The only thing missing was pulling a photo out of his jacket pocket.I don't think, in a race as close as this is that either party would benefit from the circus atmosphere created by naming an oddball vice peenidrst. Obama took the smarter route and McCain chose to take a chance on being different.I think McCain needed to choose a sharp, younger person (man or woman) who had more experience governing and less experience in beauty pageants and being mayor of a town that is smaller than crowds at Florida Marlin games.

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