April 9th, 2009
12:43 PM ET
5 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."


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  1. Marcus

    Meghan is a fresh reminder that there are still some decent, intelligent Republicans left in this country. Unfortunately we're going to have to wait another 10-15 years before any of them are old enough to run for office.

    April 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. jummai

    this girl definately has more brains than most people i know!

    April 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Meghan, stay as far away as possible from Mooseburger Palin as she is a radioactive maverick, who kills political chances. Beware!

    You saw how she helped your father!

    April 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Mari

    @ Rachel who said...........
    "I'd rather have Palin than that idiot Obama any day."

    Even when the article is not about Obama, you far-right-haters, manage to complain, demean and criticize our president!

    But not so long ago, when Bush was in power, you GOPers would condemn any American complaining about Bush as UN-American or
    UN-Patriotic!

    Hypocrites!

    April 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Jewel

    This is alI McCain's fault for showing an incompetent govenor's idiosyncrasicies to the world.

    She's doing the best that she can...leave her alone.

    April 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    To all of you who say that Meghan McCain is not relevent - wrong. Any intelligent person of her generation is relevent (and in my view, she is pretty smart). I think you are confusing relevent with inexperienced.

    I think it is very important that people of her age group have spokespersons. While she wouldn't have been my first choice, she has turned out to be surprisingly insightful on a number of issues. Yes, she gets media attention because of who her father is, but that in itself, is not bad. The fact is, she is giving a face to the people of her generation. It remains to be seen whether she uses the media attention for good (so far, so good) or for her own self-aggrandizement (not so far). The GOP could listen to a lot worse advice than what she is giving them!

    April 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. JonDie

    First comment:: Who care whether Meghan McCain supports or doesn't support anyone? Who does she think she is, Caroline Kennedy? (actually she probably does have the same "I'm a bigshot because of my family" mentality).

    Second comment: Did I miss something? As Election 2012 already started? Why does the MEDIA do this to us?

    April 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    Liberals see people who act with decency, respect, integrity, morals, values, and individualism as being the radical right wing fringe.

    I think that says it all, doesn't it? If the libs see these qualities as being radical and dangerous then you have a clear understanding of what type of people they are and what they practice and believe is right. In case you still aren't sure then I suggest a visit to an ultra blue area. be sure to rent a car and drive around, you will then get a full understanding of what type of people the libs truly are. If you still want to side with them and support them after that, well then that's your choice, I just want all Americans to see and witness the truth.

    April 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. KLS

    It's too early to make promises on who you might support in the next presidental election. Stupid question. Smart answer.

    April 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Phat Elvis

    whether she says something or nothing it really doesnt matter because no one knows who palin would run against. so in that sense she is absolutely correct; if she endorsed palin the media would run that story to death.

    April 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. david, CA

    god bless Mehgan McCain!

    April 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Robin in SC

    I'm really tired of hearing that Meghan McCain isn't relevant. How is a high-profile young person already neck deep in the political machine with high visibility NOT relevant? And being a GOPer, however unconventional she may be, only gives more reason for her to be heard since there's not a relevant republican out there anymore. Her generation will be calling the shots in just a few short years, if they aren't already...I'd advise old fogies to take note.

    April 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why hasn't anyone asked the "McCains" why Palin was picked in the first place since they won't answer if they would support Palin again. That's the question most people would like to know.

    April 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. alvino

    Meghan continues to show how much more intelligent she is than the senator from Arizona. She might have been adopted.

    April 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. John

    So when John McCain wouldn't commit to endorsing Sarah Palin in a presidential run .... what did that signal to all you praising Sarah so much!

    That even Big John himself knew she didn't really have what it takes!

    April 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Go Sarah, Go

    I think Palin is the MaCain secret enemy number ONE.

    April 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Stac

    Rey – I agree with you 100%
    "Sarah Palin has more Brains than any Democrat?" She wishes! That will be the day! She can't have any brains period if she can't even complete a sentence coherently!
    You betcha ya!

    April 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Kyle Salerno

    Who cares about Palin or 2012?

    April 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Mel of Alexandria

    Stay neutral Meghan. Because if you reveal how you feel and the right does not like it they will spin it to mean a repudiation of your Dad's choice.Family is important. Forget the left, we expect you to follow the party line even if it is below snuff, so whatever you say does not really make a difference to us liberals. The good that you could do for the GOP will not be accepted by those predominantly old, white men with equally old tired ideas.

    April 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Rob Johnson

    At least there is one Republican out there who isn't drinking the Palin Kool-Aid.

    Frankly, the more we hear about the infighting between the McCain and Palin camps, the more I think Palin can't even count on the support of John McCain in 2012, much less Meghan.

    April 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Chut Pata

    No doubt the USA is a country of conservative values. However conservative values does not mean being racist, religeous bigot, or mouthpiece of Corporate America. The Republican party lost due to its bigotries and pro-super-rich attitude.

    Progressive conservatives like Meghan are the future of the Republican party. They alone can bring back the centre right votes that abandoned Republican party in 2008.

    April 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Saad

    This girl is smart man.... she is really smart....

    April 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Rich

    I love the desperation attacks on Palin. Especially the "she sunk McCain's chances". Check your facts, the only time McCain led BuhROCK is after Palin's extraordinary (and not teleprompter-reliant) Convention speech.

    She is also the highest-rated Governor, approval-wise.

    Meanwhile, B.Obama has sunk the stock market and blundered like Quayle. Hmm, DVDs have region coding? DUH!

    April 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. j t

    dont support palin, she defines idiocy.

    April 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Michael M. Noonan

    Who cares what this plangent oaf says or does not say.?

    April 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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