April 9th, 2009
12:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Meghan McCain mum on potential Palin Support

(CNN) - She's become decidedly more outspoken since her father lost his bid for the presidency last November, but there's one question Meghan McCain refuses to answer: whether she sees herself supporting Sarah Palin should the Alaska governor run for president.

In an interview on CNN's "No Bias, No Bull" Wednesday night, the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain said she couldn't "possibly make a prediction about 2012 right now."

"I honestly don't think that's a relevant question," McCain said when asked if she would support her father's running mate. "I have to find out who is running in 2012, I mean, what - there's broad personalities that happen. And it's four years from now. A lot of things can happen. A lot of things can change.

"...I have to see who else is on the table."

It's not the first time the usually blunt McCain daughter has gone silent on the issue of the former vice presidential candidate. McCain told an interviewer in January, "Sarah Palin is the only part of the campaign that I won't comment on publicly."

Filed under: Meghan McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. rj

    if she has half a brain she won't support palin in any year.

    April 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. beth

    Yeah Megan....I had switched parties to democrat....but if more Republicans like you come out, I may switch back. We just need to get rid of the Palins (the not -so-smart conservative nuts)

    April 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. S Callahan

    This reminds me of ...if you don't have something nice to say..don't say it. Well done Ms. McCain!

    April 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. C W

    The media is not slanted to the left; The Republicans are the ones who are doing the talking and the media is doing the reporting. It's not the media's fault the Republican Party has nothing better to offer than jokes like Palin, Jindal, Limbaugh, etc., etc.

    Meghan McCain started this round of publicity by publically voicing her opinions on her blog. She obviously wants to be heard; if you don't like what she's saying, listen to someone else. If you don't want your party to be ridiculed, find candidates who can speak in complete sentences and read a newspaper upon occasion.

    April 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    You know, people in the Republican Party have just as much, if not more, right to bash their own party as the Dems do. There are a large segment of Republicans who see that their party has been derailed from it's traditional role and used by radical right elements. Meghan has not "trashed" the party as much as she has expressed a very intelligent analysis that the GOP needs to change to meet the demands of the 21st century - with which I agree.

    As for her supporting or not supporting Palin, from the quotes, she made a very intelligent point - it is too early to tell who will be running and who she will support. That's not waffling, that's not being indecisive, that's being smart. Expressing a preference this early is naive. If someone who she feels is better comes along, she would be accused of flip-flopping, if she stays loyal, she will be accused of being inflexible. So her only option right now is to stay neutral.

    But I don't think you will see her supporting Palin, in any case. It may have slipped the notice of the Palin supporters, but the majority of the US - us NON-Americans, in Palin's book - do not like her lack of ethics, her lack of intelligence, her incapability of expressing a simple thought coherently, and her over-blown sense of self-importance. As well, I have some doubts of my own about her patriotism when she goes and delivers a keynote speech for a group whose purpose is to separate the state of Alaska from the United States, and to which group her husband belongs! I don't hate her, I just think she is incapable of handling an office at a national level.

    April 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Sapwolf

    I'm sure after hearing of his daughter spreading some juvenile rumors, he put a gag order on Meghan.

    April 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Gail

    Why are you all so obsessed with Sarah Palin? Are you really that afriad of her running? You would never ask all these questions about a Democrat. You have an article on Palin everyday ripping her about her grandon and daughter or her beliefs. Give it a rest already. CNN has given no attention to any problems suffered by other candidate's children. What about Biden's daughter pictured with cocaine? Leave her alone. It's pathetic.

    April 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. MW

    Rick – you are completely wrong about Meghan. She is not bashing her Republican Party but pointing out it's faults and ideoligies that seem to be stuck in time from a political era past. She offers a fresh new perspective to her party and it's next generation of young republicans that I find refreshing. The old dinosaurs of the party need to change their ways or move aside and let this next group lead without all the vile hate and fear mongering and obstructionism currently being used.

    April 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Rachel

    I'd rather have Palin than that idiot Obama any day.

    April 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Sapwolf

    The GOP will continue to lose national elections if they run as Dem Lite.

    The country wants a choice between alternatives:

    Liberal vs. Conservative
    Statist vs. Capitalism
    Slavery vs. Freedom

    Give us a choice, dont' give us the same choice.

    April 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Ghost

    Seriously? Palin has more brains than Obama? Did she get them with the wardrobe during her campaign?

    You mean the Sarah Palin that couldn't name one other Supreme Court ruling? You mean the journalism major as opposed to the Harvard Law grad?

    Please, give us one inteliigent GOP'er. Just one. As much as they hate Ms. McCain, they do say that in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. In this case, queen.

    April 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. YR

    sounds like a very loud NO to me. and that's a good thing.

    to joy and others: Obama setting up a dictatorship? really? that's all you got? insane ramblings? get a grip.

    April 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Josh C.

    I don't think she's not answering b/c its her dads running mate. Let's be honest here, she has has spoke her mind on everything up to here. Why would she hold back now? Really I think asking who someone would support in 2012 is pretty dumb when we don't even know who all the candidates will be. That's what she is trying to say.

    April 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Lynn

    Rush just picked Gov Pa;in and sanford as his picks...isn't everything and everybody else mote?

    April 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Rey

    >Sarah Palin has more Brains than any Democrat
    You must be joking...
    I love as well how the individual who posted that tiny gem of informed thought also goes on to say Democrats are hatefull.
    You republicans are a bunch of whiny cry-baby wussies...
    Go suck your thumb, but try not to chgew on it, cause you have at the VERY least 8 years to do so 🙂

    Sarah Palin was ans will always be an absolute fool, a mediocre looking pin-up model for the "Jesus wants me to kill you" crowd...

    My boss who is a staunch republican and just a little bit rascist voted for Obama, because he sai dhe couldn't bear to see "that tyrashy hairdresser" in the whitehouse

    April 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. strong

    Meghan is mum, because she just doesn't have anything worthwhile to say.

    April 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. J.P.

    Dear Daddy's Little Girl,
    Look, sweetie, your dad was a big shot, war hero, politician, presidential candidate... we get it. You, on the other hand, are a twenty-something celebutard, who (like your very nice, but somewhat dim, father) hasn't the slightest clue you're being used by a political force that will throw you under the bus the minute you are no longer useful to their agenda.

    Doubt me?

    Look at McCain's media coverage 1999 through early 2007. McCain was the liberal establishment's favorite "Republican" because he went out of his way to poke his fingers in the eyes of every CONSERVATIVE he met... basically, doing the media's dirty work for them. Plus, they could say, "Well he's even a republican and he feels this way."

    Then, enter the media's handpicked "Chosen One" candidate, Barry Soetoro Dunham (the first and only American president who has gone by multiple aliases AKA "Barack Obama"). The media dropped McCain on his snow white, balding head, because they had annointed their chosen one and no longer had a need for McCain as their propaganda tool. And poor McCain, almost as dense as Kindergartner Baby Bush, was absolutely baffled why his "good buddies" in the media would treat him so thoughtlessly.

    Wake up McCain family! You're useful idiots to the socialist cause and you haven't the slightest clue you're being used.

    April 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Fitz: You can bet if they were saying anything negative, the vultures (aka) Democrats, would be picking their bones clean.

    ......... Don't make us give Texas back to Mexico

    April 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. John in Ohio

    She's going to be voting for the Independent Party that forms from the moderate Republicans after the Republican Party splits in half, and that grows with support and defectors from the moderate-conservative parts of the Democrats.

    April 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. mw

    Ms. McCain has smarter and far more important subjects to discuss than that mouthy loser.

    April 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Todd

    Again, not relevent, not anyone with any clout....Just the LIBERAL media trying to do what they can to start something!

    April 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Baze

    She talks too much, but she's cute tho.

    April 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Kelby In Houston, TX

    My comment got removed and I don't know why..
    Any ways... 😦
    Meghan McCain is not a real Republican and soon, the overlord of the Repuglicans, Boss Limbaugh, is going to put her in her place and excommunicate her from the party like the pope!
    Anytime a member of the GOP says something that makes sense, or sounds even, fair and balanced, anytime the statement reflects logic and does not have the hateful venom that you normally see coming from this party...they are a RINO
    Anytime you say to yourself "Hmmm, that sounds smart and well thought out" or you say "WoW, if there were more republicans like that, I would vote Republican" THE PERSON SPEAKING AIN'T REPUBLICAN!
    I am not saying she is a liberal, but she is definitely not a Republican...

    April 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. John in Ohio

    "Megan you are being used by the left."

    means: "Megan, you're saying something that disagrees with the far right and we need to demonize you for that"

    April 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Caldy

    Lets face it – she doesn't have a clue about politics... This is the problem here in the US – most of the political commentary on Cable news comes from country singers, preachers, retired athletes and military, and so-called celebrities. In most cases, I'd be better off soliciting the opinions of my two dogs.

    April 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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