July 11th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
6 years ago

LA Times: McCain's marriage and fractured Reagan friendship

Outside her Bel-Air home, Nancy Reagan stood arm in arm with John McCain and offered a significant - but less than exuberant - endorsement.

"Ronnie and I always waited until everything was decided, and then we endorsed," the Republican matriarch said in March. "Well, obviously this is the nominee of the party." They were the only words she would speak during the five-minute photo op.

In a written statement, she described McCain as "a good friend for over 30 years." But that friendship was strained in the late 1970s by McCain's decision to divorce his first wife, Carol, who was particularly close to the Reagans, and within weeks marry Cindy Hensley, the young heiress to a lucrative Arizona beer distributorship.

Full story from LA Times


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Gee, I thought that McCain was the candidate of the Family Values party?

    July 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    " But that friendship was strained in the late 1970s by McCain's decision to divorce his first wife, Carol, who was particularly close to the Reagans, and within weeks marry Cindy Hensley, the young heiress to a lucrative Arizona beer distributorship."

    Well worded article. In reality, it should have said when he cheated on and mistreated his wife and married the millionaire beer lady.

    July 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Money, Money, Money!
    MONEY

    July 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. KMAN

    Yes Nancy ... John McCain is a lowlife ... it's simply not news to the rest of the Country!

    July 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Eric

    Sounds like she doesnt want him to be president either. She just put the final stamp on his chances with women.

    July 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Bill Johnson

    Wow, He dumped his old wife and got a hot new one. I might have to vote for this guy.

    July 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Mike

    Wow, McCain divorced his 1st wife after she was disfigured and lost her killer bod, only to remarry a much younger, prettier and wealthier woman he was having an affair with? No wonder Nancy no likee.

    July 11, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. saga4obama

    "My marriage's collapse was attributable to my own selfishness and immaturity. The blame was entirely mine."- John McCain...."change you can believe in"?

    Andy (McCains son from first marriage), a vice president at Cindy McCain's beer distributorship-LA times
    special treatment...boy do those Lobbyist running the McCain camp have the right guy. i bet they are working real hard to get their man McCain in office so they can get their monies worth.
    McCain...corruption and incompetence ?

    July 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Gorbashov

    What????

    Typical 'Republican Family Values'!

    What a bunch of hypocrites!

    July 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. not important

    Did Reagan ever say that American people are a nation of whiners?

    July 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Fred Rogers

    Well this is not exactly the kind of family values and devotion to

    "til love do us part"

    that was part of the conservative republican "moral majority" hype of the 1980s.

    Glad to see the GOP has compromised it's principles since then to give us a man like John McCain.

    July 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. mk

    Sounds like Nancy Reagan is painting a prettier picture than it maybe actually was.

    July 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. whiner

    so,the promoter of 'WAR ON AMERICANS',and 'just say no',endorses the man who divorced his wife because she was in an accident,and he wanted a barbie doll of his own.

    July 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Herman in LA

    I would take Reagan over John McSain any day...

    Go Obama...

    July 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. J. Dean Juno Beach, FL

    DON'T EXPECT MORE FROM THIS "MATERIALIST" OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN. WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN IS WHAT YOU WILL GET FROM ANOTHER MISGUIDED, SELF PROCLAIMED POLITICIAN. WE CAN CALL OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN, A PERFECT DUPLICATE OF DISASTER GEORGE BUSH.
    DOES ANYBODY CARES ABOUT 4200 YOUNG AMERICAN GI'S KILLED IN IRAQ ?

    July 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Look who's calling the kettle black. Nancy Reagan broke up Ronald
    Reagan marriage. Shame on Nancy Reagan.

    July 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. adm

    Well! Well! Well!

    July 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Phil in KC

    I think the fact that her endorsement was luke warm is of little consequence. Primarily because her endorsement, itself, is of little consequence. Of course, I'm a Democrat, but do Republicans really care that much who Nancy Reagan endorses?

    July 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. king

    bout time cnn.while she was criple!!

    July 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Barry Goldwater

    Carol was kicked to the curb.

    Phil Gramm was kicked to the curb

    Fallwell was kicked to the curb

    Haggie was kicked to the curb

    Time to kick "Pending Terrorist AttacK' Charlie Black to the curb

    Time to kick Joe Lieberman to the curb.

    There will be others....

    July 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. makeshift

    That's because hes a lecherous cradle robber.

    July 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Martin M. Ervin

    Senator McCain, the straight talk express more like if opportunity knocks, answer...

    July 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Ian

    Calling McCain out on his affair with Cindy, and showing him next to a picture of a man who had alzheimer's during his presidency. You're tricky CNN.

    July 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. David Goldman

    SO THE REGAN KNEW MCMORON IS A SLEAZE.

    July 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. T GUY

    THIS GUY IS ON THIN ICE. TO OLD AND NOT SMART ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT. IT IS PAINFULL TO WATCH HIM COMMUNICATE . HE HAS VERY LIMITED ABILITIES TO MANAGE OR GOVERN ANY THING. WESLEY CLARK WAS 1000 % CORRECT..........

    July 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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