June 29th, 2009
12:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Meghan McCain: Sanford affair is 'private matter'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Meghan McCain wrote Monday that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's revelation that he had an extramarital affair "isn't relevant to his role as a public official" and called on her fellow Republicans to forgive him.

McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said that she is "mad" about the "hypocrisy of it all," and doesn't condone Sanford's actions, but added that the public needs to "stop requiring that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority."

"Above all, the Sanford scandal just makes me sad for my party," she wrote on the Daily Beast Web site. "The GOP is struggling right now to find anyone who looks to be our next leader. Those who have been anointed so far have ended up falling completely short. Going forward, I suggest that the party concentrate less on what goes on in the bedroom and more on what is going on in policy."


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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Sherry

    Its "private" as long as you don't use "public" money.

    June 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Frank, Las Vegas

    Meghan doesn't seem to understand that it's not the public who "requiring that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority", it's been the GOP leaders who have been claiming moral superiority. That's where the hypocrisy enters into it. The very men, Ensign, Sanford, who have told others to resign now have an excuse why it shouldn't apply to them. That's why there's a cry of hypocrites. She like other members of the GOP seem to forget or overlook this simple fact. It's not the public, it's the GOP itself.

    June 29, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. gl, From Pittsburgh

    She is wrong on this one becasue the Repubicans wear the Family Value like a well fit jacket. GOP -HYPOCRITES AT THEIR BEST.

    You repulicans only say if is personal becasue it is one of your kind. You republicans would been screaming so loud if it was a Democrates like with Bill Clinton and John Edwards. You republicans how fast you forget with you did with these two Public Officials.

    June 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Steph

    Leaving your state for 5 days without informing your staff of your whereabouts and using taxpayer money for a trip that conveniently is to the same place where your mistress lives is a public matter! The affair itself is private, but the rest of his behavior indicates he does not take his job of serving the people of S. Carolina seriously.

    June 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. girlymen love the GOP

    Tell them whats really needed McCain and that is to remove the tumor which is the base of your party.

    June 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Joyce

    a. He was derelict in his duties....he was elected to fill an office 24/7/365. He disappeared for several days without advising anybody of his absence. THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL ISSUE

    b. He used state funds to arrange for his trip. THI IS NOT A PERSONAL ISSUE.

    c. In his role of governor, he should be without blame and set a standard for all citizens of his state. THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL ISSUE,.

    d. What is a personal issue: he did not honor a commitment to his wife.

    Meghan, it is nice to be a standard bearing Republican, However, choose your battles better as you are losing all your credibility!

    June 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Jim

    He left the state, no one could contact him, he lied to his staff and the people of South Carolina. It's much more than a private affair!

    June 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Renee

    The young republicans are the only hope this party has. Meghan McCain speaks sensibly.

    June 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Chuck

    Are you not concerned about the Governor's dissappearing for 5 days, lying about his whereabouts, and at first attempting to cover it all up when caught? He could've at least put the Lt. Governor in charge while he dallied about in case some actual business had to be accomplished!

    June 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Jim

    And he used taxpayers money to go to Argentina.

    June 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. smokey

    Well, she says it's a private matter..Can't believe this is the first time she doesn't have anything to say...I wonder if she would say this if it was a Democrat who had an affair, and on top of that job abandonment...Funny, how things are so different when it involves one of their own....To bad she doesn't take this attitude when it come to politics. !!!!

    June 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. HD

    I agree with Meghan – his private life is none of our business. However, a governor going MIA for the better part of a week is completely unacceptable. THAT'S why he should think about resigning, not the affair.

    June 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. scott from michigan

    "stop requiring that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority."......

    This is a diversion from the real issue, that Sanford had left his post without notifying the proper authorities or even placing someone in charge during several of his absenses, such as during the wildfires a few years back, Morality aside, Sanford was derelict in his duties, just as Meghan's father Senator McCain was derelict in his duties as a senator during the Keating 5 scandal. These men have taken oaths of office and on both accounts failed to up hold those oaths in favor of their own personal indulgance and according to the requirements of both offices, such behavior is grounds for removal. So the issue is this, when an elected official takes an oath of office and behaves in a way counter to the charter of the office, is this a question of morality or dereliction of duty???

    June 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said that she is "mad" about the "hypocrisy of it all," and doesn't condone Sanford's actions, but added that the public needs to "stop requiring that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority."

    Meghan honey, it is your party that wear the FAMILY VALUE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF MORAL SUPEROITY NOT THE PUBLIC.

    Please get your facts right before blaming the public for high level or moral superiority Ms. Meghan.

    June 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Jason

    The affair is a private matter. Abandoning your state, not telling anyone where you're going, and appointing no one to take over is most definitely NOT a "private matter."

    June 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Enough

    Who made her spokesperson?

    June 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Ted

    Meghan McCain is a moron. The hypocrisy of Mark Sanford is that he said one thing in public and did the complete opposite in his personal life. If Sanford actually took the Bible to heart and took his wedding vows to Jenny to heart, he would not have allowed himself to get into an extra marital affair. It is not difficult to stay obedient to wedding vows IF you really want to. Sanford is a delusional moron and the citizens of SC should tell him to resign.

    June 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Daniel

    You would make a darn good Democrat. Why don't you and your father go to the other side of the isle and stay there. We should hold our officials to a higher standard since they are doing little things like running our country and states. I know that is hard to get through to your little blonde head, but it's the truth. And by the way, it's not your party.

    June 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. john

    Who cares about the affair! The issue is he just kinda blew off his job for days with no one knowing who was in charge. Leave it to a republican evangelical to think blowing off his constitutional duties would matter. Lets at least get into the program Meghan.

    June 29, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Kwesoe

    Questions for Ms. McCain are:
    If Stanford's adultery is a private matter, why did he use public money to advance it? Why did he make it known to the public and why is he still using public time to speak to the press? No, Meghan, this is a public matter. It illustrates the hypocrisy and deceit so common in Republican moral philosophy and ethical practice. The truth is that nobody is hurting the GOP but its elected leaders. What you should be advocating is Stanford's resignation.

    June 29, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Libby

    Wow. I can't believe I am going to agree with Meghan McCain, but she's right on target!! Leave the bedroom out of politics, which should include the legalization of gay marriage.

    June 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Carramea55

    Moral superiority ? Come on ! How about one of the basic morals in the bible. Perhaps Megan has forgotten how daddy Mccain cheated on his first wife for rich second wife Cindy. Look I dont think Sanford should resign becauses hes an adulterer. If he took South Carolinas money while turning down the bailout funds then he should be. What people dont get is the fact that both parties have alot of cheaters. Its the fact the people like Sanford, and Ensign are standing up preaching high moral responsibility , espousing family values, and strong Christian right and wrong for their political platforms while they are committing adultery. Thats what we find so offensive. The hypocrisy. Im done with John Edwards for the same reason. his platform was built on being a good family man . Bull Hockey !

    June 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. J

    It is not the public that require politicians to live morally superior lives. It is the politicians that put themselves into that position by pontificating about morality. When a party bases their platform on morality, they put themselves in the cross hairs for this kind of problem.

    In this specific case it is without a doubt a VERY public matter, because while he is supposed to be governing and being available in case of emergency he was busy flying to Argentina to cheat on his wife.

    So give me a break with all the WAAA WAAA from the GOP and their supporters.

    June 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Texas Pioneer

    When the GOP marched into the Senate with the article of Inpeachment because Bill got a little extra on the side. That "family values" pedistal grew and grew and grew. Standing on that pedistal is now a killer to your career if you fall off.
    Newt getting some on the side with his own intern when Bill was.
    Bob Barr needs to stop paying for medical treatment with a personel check.
    Mark Foley should head for some sort of pedifile treatment.
    Larry Craig and his guilty plea.
    Oh yes by the way at least this Sanford guy didn't parade out his pathetic wife to stand by his side. SCORE ONE FOR MARK

    Yes,yes,yes the Democrats are not angels either.
    But then again they aren't standing on that pedistal either.

    June 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. RTB

    Although I admire Meghan for her fierce independence, I believe in this instance she is missing the boat. A large boat.

    Sanford was derelict in his duties as the Governor, going missing and using tax payers money to carry on with his mistress.

    The cheating on his wife part is just his personal short comings between him and his family.

    The hypocrisy with all his mouthing off about Bil Clinton's bad behavior, is just something that can be chalked up to "typical".

    June 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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