August 13th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
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Reporters get peek at Meghan McCain's children's book

Reporters got a sneak peek at the new McCain children’s book Wednesday.

Reporters got a sneak peek at the new McCain children’s book Wednesday.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Reporters on board John McCain’s campaign plane Wednesday got an early look at Meghan McCain’s soon-to-be-published “picture book biography” of her father, titled: “My Dad, John McCain.”

The Simon & Schuster hardback, set to hit stores on September 2, is a brief, sentimental look at the familiar elements of McCain’s legendary biography, including his time in a Vietnamese prison and his run for the White House in 2000.

Several pages are devoted to McCain’s military background and his imprisonment in Vietnam, with relatively little attention paid to his youth (he “broke a lot of rules” in high school, the book says) and to his time in Congress.

Cindy McCain, along with Meghan's siblings Jack, Jimmy and Bridget, are described fondly in the book - but the children from McCain’s first marriage are left unmentioned.

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen, the pictures in the book are gauzy sketches of famous McCain iconography: there’s a drawing of his cadet head shot from the Naval Academy, as well as a rendition of a still-recuperating McCain’s meeting with Richard Nixon following his return from Vietnam. McCain is also depicted sitting forlornly in his Hanoi prison cell.

The book is recommended for children between ages 5 and 10, but it contains a mild dose of the politics, including some of the McCain campaign’s over-arching themes, particularly the notion that McCain "puts his country first."

Meghan conjures one of her father’s favorite town hall tag lines on the book’s final page, writing: “I know he’ll say what he really thinks. Maybe it won’t be what people want to hear. But it will be the truth.”

New Hampshire is praised as the state that vaulted McCain to the Republican nomination; next month's Republican convention, where the Arizona senator is slated to officially receive his party's presidential nomination, is described in the past tense.

“In September 2008, the Republican Party had a big meeting, the Republican National Convention,” Meghan writes. “And on that day, my dad was officially chosen as the Republican candidate for President of the United States.”

One percent of the book’s proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides support for wounded military veterans and their families.

Filed under: John McCain • Meghan McCain
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. LLM from MD

    The repubs will find a way to justify his behavior. Had this been Obama, they would have moved the election up to August....what losers and hypocrites those repubs are....

    August 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown

    So now he is being painted as a saint?

    August 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. CW4Barack

    Yawwwwnnn....whatever! I want to read the book from his first wife who waited for 5 yrs. trying to hold the family up when he was in prison, but who came home and cheated on her with his mistress Cindy who he left her for because Cindy was a billionaire heiress!!

    August 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Aron Smith

    This is children's book?? What is she going to teach to the children? Forget about mom? I cant imagine how Meghan can forget her mom. It must be McCain's home school policy. I wont suggest my kids to see it.

    August 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Veterans for Obama and Ex-Republicans for Obama!

    Wow...kudos to all the comments. Reality bites eh JMac?

    August 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. John Allen

    Book is good thing for Kids. But if one ties that to Politics then this book means McCain is OLD. Time to retire. All his ideas are OLD, his energy plans are OLD, his NO PLAN economy policy is same OLD as Bush failed policies.

    GO OBama-08

    August 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Remember Giuliani and his children from his first marriage, McCain is no different than him. It also surprises me that there is a gap between McCain's life as a POW and then to the Senate, the pieces of the puzzle don't fit.

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. ProudToBeDemocrat

    CNN if you have the balls you need to report John Mccain relationships truthfuly, but you woun't your are a bunch of whimps who are afraid to lose your jobs.

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Debra

    This is what we get any time we vote men into office. They can't keep from cheating on their wifes. I have no respect for any woman who would cheat with someones husband much less for the man who cheated. Edwards is done. Why are men so stupid. This is exactly why we need more women in politics. Get these stupid men out of politics.

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. KMAN

    So, daddy's life didn't actually start until AFTER he dumped his first wife and committed adultery with lil' Meghan's drug addicted mommy??? God, give us a break from this nonsense ... your dad IS NOT an honorable man my dear and why would any child be interested in his tired old story misrepresented by you???!!

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Internet Argument Winner

    My Pet Goat, part 2

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. tina

    one percent? wow, how generous!

    August 13, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Tom B.

    Should be interesting since McCain is a decorated war veteran with many years of public service. The other candidate is lacking .

    August 13, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Luis

    And my Daddy the WAR HERO and PATRIOT defeated the media created, empty suit, Manhurian Candidate and saved America from his cult of Liberal, Socialist, tree hugging, ugly videographer banging, anti-American inbreds......

    THE END!!!

    Vote McCain or join the insane....

    August 13, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. andrew s. rostolder

    writing children's books while her mom is doing bis. in cuba........tsk, tsk.........

    August 13, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. McLame

    Oh VOMIT!!!!!

    McCain = Affirmative Action at its WORST. How did a loser get a coveted Navy pilot job when he should have washed out?...You guessed it, he is the son of a politician. JUST LIKE BUSH

    McLame = Bush Another dumb @ss well connected kid that got a free ride.

    August 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Michael

    It will be, partially, the absolute mean-spirtedness of so called progressives that will cause yet another loss. They will be inconsolable, and there will be much laughing among the productive and wealthy. Do you realize how ludicrous you people are to Americans who take advantage of being Americans?

    August 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Nikki


    August 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. rhoward

    Well, I can't imagine too many 5 to 10 year olds reading this book. And, Ms. McCain, if you and your family are so patriotic, why are you only giving the Intrepid Fallen Heroes only 1% of the proceeds? From what I hear, you people don't need the money yourselves.

    August 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. How does CNN determine who gets posted?

    Further proof that the MSM isn't in Obama's pocket.

    August 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. bruja


    August 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Part of the book should try to explain why McCain commited adultery after his wife had a car accident.

    August 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. v.a.

    so the other day was about obama's book now it's about meghan mccain's book. i guess i'm playing the disgruntled member of the opposite party...

    WHAT?!?!! she wrote a book???! how arrogant is that!?!?!? she must be lining her pockets!!!! blah blah blah blah...

    so what?

    August 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Good for you, Meghan! I hope your book does well! I won't be buying it but I'm sure many others will.

    It's a children's book, based on her love for her dad. Of course she doesn't include his first marriage's family, it's not her family, it's from her perspective. Now if John McCain wrote an autobiograhy and left out his first family... that would be bad form.

    August 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. DCMata

    To ignore the children of McCain and his first wife- is disgusting!!!
    McCain had an affair with Cindy- while still married to his first wife.
    McCain eventually left his first wife and children- to start a new family with the very rich Cindy.
    A hero in war (as a result of being a prisoner)- who was a cheater in his personal life!

    August 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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