Video: John McCain on The O’Reilly Factor (5/8/08)

A week after Hillary Clinton sat down with Bill O’Reilly, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain entered the “no spin zone” to discuss the issues involved in the 2008 election. In case you missed Hillary Clinton, you can watch Part 1 and Part 2.

Here is the first night of McCain’s interview in 2 parts on YouTube:

Seemed to me that McCain sort of ducked the issue of the McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform bill. Overall not bad, but nowhere near as interesting or entertaining as Hillary Clinton with O’Reilly.

Here’s to hoping Obama ventures on in as well for the presidential candidate hat trick.

  • Very solid effort by McCain, and he is beginning to use similar rhetoric that Clinton and Obama are using (people are not worried about these things, they are worried about how to keep their home…).

    It was also interesting to note that they had McCain sitting at an angle that showed only the right-side of his face, in many ways making him appear more youthful and strong.

    O’Reilly was just as hard on McCain as he was on Clinton, and was able to throw out some possible attacks. In fact, he was jumping around a bit too quickly– and seemed to be chomping at the bit to go into the McCain-Feingold Bill issue.

    What is also interesting is the neo-conservative argument coming from O’Reilly at times (Anwar drilling, sanctuary cities), which has no where to go in the conversation. Obama is against neo-conservative ideals as well, so McCain loses nothing politically by standing his ground on these issues. In the end, O’Reilly is airing out this grievances, nothing more, which was a much different scenario with Clinton.

  • I know McCain’s trying to reassure conservatives that he’s still a Republican, but that snippet in which he says “I campaigned for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. I did everything I could to get him elected” could easily be used by the opposition to devastating effect. He needs to do everything he can to separate himself from Bush if he wants to win.

  • Babs

    Michael, I agree that O’Reilly was jumping around very quickly, but McCain was very quick to switch gears and keep up, and he did it well, I think. Tonight should be very interesting.

    I also liked his statement concerning Obama and Rev. Wright. I think that’s the right attitude.


    Go John. He did great and tonight should be very interesting to see him on the war. Hell help show what things are really like because hes been there and he knows it much more than the other 2 who act like they support and care for the troops but for some strange reason have never gone there.

  • I agree – John did a fantastic job and we need someone who is sensible in regards to our foreign policies. GO JOHN GO!

  • Michel

    Look at this new Hotline poll from yesterday. According to it, what is driving most Republicans is “voting against the other guys”, more than any affection for McCain. It seems to be strengthening since McCain won the nod and Obama has become more defined.

    “Which Best Describes Your Nov. Reaction to McCain Getting the GOP Nod? (GOPers)

    Vote for him enthusiastically:(March 31) 38% (Now) 34%

    Vote for him, but mainly against the Dem: (March 31) 40% (Now) 42%

    Vote for the Dem candidate: (March 31) 7% (Now)11%

    Not vote at all: (March 31)4% (Now)2%

    So, I have to agree with another poster in another thread: the Dem have stolen McCain’s thunder. Of course, a vote is a vote and McCain will take them for whatever reason. And this and other polls do show him consolidating the GOP base. But it seems that most of them are coming home more out fear of the other than passion for their own guy.

  • Michel

    (Gotta love this one bit)

    O’REILLY: On her website yesterday, somebody blogged that you collaborated with the North Vietnamese, and they didn’t torture you. This is Arianna Huffington. Now Arianna Huffington flat-out said you did not vote for President Bush in 2000.

    MCCAIN: What can you say?

    O’REILLY: Did you vote for President Bush?

    MCCAIN: Of course not. I campaigned all over this country for him.

    O’REILLY: So you voted for President Bush.

    MCCAIN: Of course. I mean, that’s a ridiculous question.

    O’REILLY: So she lied?

    MCCAIN: Well, I don’t — frankly, I do not read Huffington Post. I spare myself from having that experience.

    O’REILLY: You voted for Bush in 2000?

    MCCAIN: I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004.


    MCCAIN: And not only that, far more important than a vote, I campaigned everywhere in America for him.

    (Yeap, this is guy who usually urges us to look at his past record.)

  • Michel

    And this is why McCain is probably doomed either way…

  • Stalin

    Is anyone else confused as to why McCain has a problem drilling in ANWAR but is trying to make Florida and California more comfortable with offshore drilling? I guess he didn’t talk with Teddy about NINBY