Displaying a surly disposition that leads to her being despised on the left and right, “The View” co-host Meghan McCain grilled 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Friday’s show.
In an otherwise hospitable environment, McCain seemed to take exception with the fact that Steyer is a billionaire, accusing him of buying his way into the race.
“Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,” McCain said “It hasn’t really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don’t think it’s fair that you’re there and Cory Booker isn’t. Change my mind.”
Keep in mind, the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain is supposedly a free-market Republican.
Steyer responded by trying to stay above the fray and focusing on the message that he wanted voters to hear.
“For every single person who wants to be the Democratic nominee, the question is, what is your message?” he replied. “Are you saying something differential, important that the American people trust you on?”
“I have a message,” Steyer insisted. “This government is broken. It’s been bought by corporations. We’re not going to get any of the progressive policies that Democrats are talking about until somebody gets us back to the government of, by and for the people.”
McCain was quick to point out that Steyer is not doing well in polls and he responded that he has been targeting his efforts in the early primary states, not nationally, which prompted another shot from McCain about Booker — who knew she had taken on the role of defending the senator and his failing presidential bid?
“So has Cory Booker, who doesn’t have $200 million,” she snapped.
(Someone should clue McCain in that sucking up to Booker’s supporters isn’t likely to make her any more popular on the left.)
“I’m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,” Steyer said. “And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.”
As the candidate explained that he has a history of a decade of organizing Americans and taking on oil companies and tobacco companies, McCain interrupted with another slap.
“It’s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,” she spewed. “I’m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.”
For the record, Booker is poised to miss the next Democratic debate, falling short of the Democratic National Committee’s polling threshold.
At one point, Steyer was asked if he would support the eventual Democratic nominee and he replied that he would, explaining that he started “one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States.”
With a dramatic eye roll, McCain rudely interjected to inform Steyer that accomplishment earns him little credit with her.
“That doesn’t make you a good politician, with all due respect,” she said, before siding with Bloomberg. “Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you’re going to go the billionaire route, he’s a lot more compelling than you are.”
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