McCain's mom gives GOP some 'straight talk'
Republican presidential candidate John McCain has enjoyed more fervent support in the primaries from independent voters than from registered Republicans. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh even told his audience recently that he might not be able to support McCain as the nominee.
When McCain's 95 year old mother, Roberta McCain, was asked how much support she thought her son had among the base of the Republican Party, she instantly replied, "I don't think he has any. ... Maybe I don't know enough about it, but I've not seen any help whatsoever."
She went on to say that if McCain wins the nomination, "holding their nose they're going to have to take him," but that didn't exhaust what she had to say about the GOP base.
"I'm really popping off," the elder McCain continued, "but he worked like a dog to get Bush reelected. He's backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld. ... And I've never seen any public recognition of the work that he's done for the Republican Party."
Roberta McCain, whom her son has credited with teaching him "honesty," is known for her straight talk. During the 2000 campaign, she told Time, "I can't think on my feet. I would have a heart attack or jump out this five-story window. I'm worried that whatever I would tell you would be true."
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast January 25, 2008.
Transcript via closed captions
:: McCain: Now that sylvester stallone has endorsed me i'm extend sending him over to take care of chuck norris right away. Page: That's about as heated as it got. Brian: Senator mccain after he heard how the "new york times" beat up on rudy giuliani, show you how civil it was. He said listen, I think rudy giuliani is an american hero. These by guys are running against each other neck in neck in florida. Page: Why do you think they took this tack? steve: I thought last night would be beat up john mccain. It was everybody's last chance to stop him. Meanwhile, john mccain, the snippet before where huckabee and john mccain were talking, they were talking about age. John mccain has got some good genes and they do come in large part from his mother, roberta. She was on c-span yesterday and there was a question from the interviewer that said how much support do you think your son, john mccain has among the base of the republican party? and roberta mccain, 95-year-old roberta mccain said, quote, I don't think he has any. I don't know what the base of the republicans -- maybe I don't know enough about it but I have never seen any help whatsoever. So john mccain's mom says he is not getting any help from the republican base. Brian let's hear it.
:: How much support do you think he has among the base of the republican party?
:: I don't think he has any. I don't know what the base -- maybe I don't know enough about it but I have not seen any help whatsoever.
:: So can he then go on and become the nominee of this party?
:: Yes. I think holding their nose they are going to have to take him. Now, i'm really popping off, but he worked like a dog to get bush reelected. He has backed bush in everything except rumsfeld. Have you ever heard her senators and congressman backing bush over eight years? finally, give me a name. And I have never seen any public recognition of the work that he has done for the republican party. Page: That is straight talk. You see where he gets all that straight talk. Brian: One of those conservative straight talk says he gets 28 out of 100 in terms of voting on a conservative platform. That's the problem. People like tom delay are mobilized to stop senator mccain from getting the nomination. Page: A lot of things are change. Brian: Can I give her a talk show? steve: She is busy. Full-time job being his mom.