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. LA2NC

    I'm sorry, I don't think that the public requires that our politicians live at such a high level. Personally, the affair is not the public's buisness, though I am so sick of republicans beating democrats over the head with the family values bat and then not following the standards that they hold others to.

    I take issue with the fact that he was out of the country for 5 days and his staff didn't know his whereabouts. He has a responsibility to the people of his state and I don't think that he lived up to it. I think that he should resign.

    June 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Claudia in Houson

    Meghan McCain needs to apologize to every woman and child for making such a demeaning statement. Many women and childrens lives have been destroyed by irresponsible and immoral adults and her own father should have taught her this. Every married person has a moral responsibility to their wife and children and I don't consider that to be moral superiority in fact children deserve better.

    June 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. tn mom

    She missed the point completely. It wasn't that he had an affair. It was that he left the country without telling anyone, including his wife and Lt Gov. They didn't know where he was or when to expect him back. If he wants to go on a trip and be out of pocket, then fine. Temporarily transfer powers in case something happens while you are gone. It was dereliction of duty.

    June 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Carol

    Affairs are a private matter – Until it spills over into the performance of ones work. When someone is in a position of power, leaving his staff without a clue a to where he is and if he is alive even was not a private matter.

    As far as not expecting politicians to live at such a high moral authority and hypocrisy, the maybe the Republican party shouldn't put themselves in that position.

    After all, Gov. Sanford was one of the first mouths to open and criticize Bill Clintons affair.

    Now where is the hypocrisy coming from?

    June 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Carl Benefield

    Just who is it that is requiring Ms McCain to make so many statements to the press? I for one don't give a fig about what she might think; she is green behind the ears.

    June 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Stephanie, Silver Sprg

    I disagree with Meghan, he's the Head of that State, citizens voted for him to be the Leader. He left his post & traveled to a foreign country without any knowledge of his whereabouts. Did he show responsibility? I don't think so. All he thought about was himself.

    June 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Cindy

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

    Why should they not be held accountable for these affairs. Moral superiority is the platform that Republicans run on, so they should be able to live up to them. It's a sad day when we constanly quote the Bible and then get caught in adultry.

    June 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Hopeful Optimist

    She's sounding more and more like a liberal Dem with her depth of insight. Too intelligent to be a myopic Repub. Probably won't be long before she'll announce a change of parties.

    June 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    - 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."

    I couldn't agree with you more. However, when Republicans campaign as the "morally superior" party, which you cannot argue against, and then this situation happens it is well within the public's right to chastise them.

    June 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. robert j

    Why is this a private matter? Sanford spoke loudly and often for impeaching Bill Clinton. Why should Sanford be treated differently? Because he is a Republican? Haley Barber (Gov of Miss) said he personally didn't have a problem with the Sanford incident. Well he shure has his face all over TV flapping his jaws about morals related to Bill Clinton. Conservatives want to dictate morals for everyone except conservatives. No wonder honest people hate conservatives and are liberals. Family values = Conservative hypocrisy!!

    June 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Oregon calling

    You have got to be kidding me, right?!?!?! So it is ok for them to call out Edwards and others on the opposite side of the political fence but when it comes to their own party it should be private? Did I miss something?
    In my opinion, if they will cheat on their vows it is not a huge jump to cheat the tax payers no matter what political party you belong to. These are suppose to be people looking out for all Americans not just who can finance them.

    Peace :-)

    June 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Laurie in Spokane

    I must have missed something. Why in the word does any inane thing uttered by Meghan McCain about ANYTHING merit reporting on by CNN? Get a grip CNN. Quit trying to be a tabloid and start reporting genuine news.

    June 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Lauren

    but added that the public needs to "stop requiring that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority

    Soooo, in other words she is saying it is ok to accept immoral politicians????

    It is ok that many of our elected offcials have the morals of a criminal?

    Or is she simply saying the rich and famous like Pro atheletes, rock singers, rap artist, movie stars and politicians can have lower morals than the rest of us poor folk out here?????

    Her comment is CRAP,,,,,, morals are morals. I do not care what level of person of life you have.

    June 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Jason

    When an elected official takes off without letting his staff know where he is going and uses tax payer money...it becomes a public affair. A vacation is obviously ok, but when you skip out on your job for 5days to go cheat on your wife...its not private anymore. Wake up Meghan

    June 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Johnson somewhere in FL

    Sorry Meghan, we don't require "that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority," it seems that those in your party do. I applaud your belief that the GOP should "concentrate less on what goes on in the bedroom and more on what is going on (with) policy," because they're the ones that want to force their views down all of our throats (no pun intended).

    June 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Eileen

    Ah, the naievete of ms mccain...

    "isn't relevant to his role as a public official"

    When the public official disappears for a week without informing his staff, it's a public issue.

    When the public official stands on a soap box and sactamoniously preaches on the preservation of traditional marriage and condemns others for such actions, it's a public matter.

    Come back when you grow up ms mccain, maybe then your opinions will mean something. Coming from a family of cheaters probably softens the blow for her.

    June 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Moody

    Meghan is right. Just like with Bill Clinton, this is a private matter.

    Although the Republicans like Sanford who preach morality, the "sanctity" of marriage, and the importance of family deserve this stink of hipocracy.

    June 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Nova Relles

    "A high level of moral superiority"?! Really Meghan? Are we so vile that honoring your marriage vow isn't a moral basic anymore? We can't find a man in the party that will keep his pants on, so let's just lower the standards we are looking for in a leader? As a man behaves in the bedroom, so will he act on all he does... without integrity, without morals, without concern for the welfare of others more than himself. It has EVERYTHING to do with his policy. You have a lot to learn little girl.

    June 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. CLIFF

    NEWS FLASH!
    CNN PURCHASED BY NATIONAL INQUIRER!!!!
    Give me a break.
    Do you think I care what this "twit" has to say?
    I want to hear about jobs, Obama's programs failing, children, IN THE U.S., who are hungry. Help for VETS and so on.
    She is a nobody and you help perpetuate her agenda by posting any comments the lame-brain has to say!

    June 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Chuck-Washington State

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

    It's the GOP that thinks they have the moral highground. If they are going to preach then they need to be held accountable to the standard they set.

    Grow up Meghan!

    June 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Big Ed

    I saw Rudy Guliani on Morning Joe this morning talking about politicians and infidelity! This guy is the poster child of infidelity! Look at all he did, while in office using taxpayer money to hang out with his honey...WHILE STILL MARRIED!

    What in the world does this yo-yo have to say anbout the subject other than "been there...done that"!

    And Rush "I've been married 4 times" Limbaugh has an opinion too?

    What a bunch of MORONS!

    June 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Ivy

    So we should stop requiring that our politicians live at such a high level of moral superiority? Describe moral superiority....keeping your pants on? For God's sake, we elect politicians to represent us! what does his carelessness say about us citizens? If Sanford can't stick to one woman, wastes our tax money on visits to his mistress, lies about his whereabouts therefore causing chaos and confusion , and fails to show any hint of moral character and does not show any remorse, I don't want him representing me. What would you be saying, Meghan, if Sanford were a democrat? I doubt you and your party would be this forgiving.

    Ah the hypocrisy of it all!

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. carlos

    ms. mc cain....did you discuss this posting with your famous cheater father first?....FAMILY VALUES

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Squigman

    I'll bet if the affair had happened in the other party it would be considered public domain, Hypocrite.

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. DAKOTA

    Meghan, Meghan, Meghan: It is not the public that is requiring politicians "to live at such a high level of moral superiority."

    It is the politicians themselves.....particularly those who ran on:

    .HAVING HIGH MORAL VALUES,
    .HAVING FAMILY VALUES,
    .PROCLAIMING SANCTITY FOR MARRIAGE,

    Sanford did all of the above and then defiled each one of them. Add to this mixture Sanford's rabid leadership on Capitol Hill for the resignation of Clinton. Now Sanford does not want to resign?

    Grrl-friend: this is classic HYPOCRISY; and nothing makes people madder than hypocrisy.

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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