June 29th, 2009
12:56 PM ET
9 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. OneWiseGuy

    When a politician (and party) hang their hats on fiscal conservatism and family values and then turns around and uses tax payer dollars to fly to Argentina to have an affair..........It is a public matter.

    June 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. P

    Meghan is right on!! Stop trying to force ideals upon the public that you cannot possibly live up to. Concentrate more on policy not on what happens in the bedroom. Sanford shold be allowed to stay; after all Bill did, the world didn't come to an end.

    June 29, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. witch

    But that 's the whole thing in a nut shell. This man and so many others are running on family values. How can some one who cheats on their wife have family values and run under that stance? This goes to their morals. I want an honest person who has morals and doesn't lie cheat or steal. So do so many other people. He chose to be in the public eye as do all other politicians so of course when want and demand them to live a higher level of morality.

    June 29, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Bev - NYC

    Of course she would say that considering how mommy and daddy met.

    June 29, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Michelle in AL

    Hipocrisy? Really?? To say that the affair "isn't relevant to his role as a public official" would also mean that she forgives Clinton, right? Or are only Republicans allowed to be morally repugnant and still be forgiven?

    June 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. D-MI

    Apparently Meghan is slightly too young to remember the Clinton years, or she simply didn't get the memo about how Republicans are required to ridicule and vilify other people's sexual choices...

    June 29, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. james

    Since when did not cheating on one's spouse become a 'high level of moral superiority?' I wonder if she had the same attitude during the Clinton episode.

    June 29, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Jarrod

    What job can you not tell anyone where you are for 5 days and keep it? That is why he should resign.

    June 29, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Barb

    What else would we expect from the daughter of a man who also committed adultery! The fact that the Governor left his state with no one in control IS a public matter. Young Miss McCain's comments are so far from news worthy of anyone's attention. Must have run out of stories about Michael Jackson today.

    June 29, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. chris

    while I agree that his affair is a personal matter, I feel that Mr. Sanford should step down because he abandoned his post for 5 days without notifying anyone of his wherabouts. If I left my job for 5 days, I would be fired upon my return. Also, I think that everyone is interested in his affair because of the way that he treated President Clinton. It is very hypocrytical of Mr. Sanford to hold everyone else to one standard, and himself to another.

    June 29, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Monrob

    Sanford did not think the same when he criticized President Clinton.

    Hypocrite and so are you.

    June 29, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Claire

    Megan, you are a really sweet, albeit, naive young woman. I agree with you about our elected politicians having a right to privacy but this is really not about Gov. Sanford's affair as much as it is about "leaving the country and not letting anyone know of his whereabouts in case of a state emergency.

    June 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. MJ

    Smart girl.

    I agree that this is a private matter, however since the republicans are all about controlling what goes on in the bedroom, constantly spouting off about family values and the sanctity of marriage, then I think things like this should be brought out into the open.

    Practice what you preach! If you cannot then you have no business telling anyone what they can do with their lives

    June 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Sarah

    I beg to differ. When he funds his flings with taxpayer money and then runs out on those very same taxpayers with no warning and no way to contact him it is very much a PUBLIC matter.

    June 29, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Res ipsa loquitur

    Sanford made his affair a public issue by beating voters over the head with a holier-than-thou family values message, as well as completely mishandling the affair. His hypocrisy and his utter lack of judgment in handling the fallout demands that he resign.

    June 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Jim in San Mateo

    The problem is that Sanford cheated on his wife, the problem is that he left South Carolina without a chief executive or even a stand-in for several days. That was the completely irresponsible part.

    That is the reason he should resign. But the longer he stays in office the better it will be for democrats. Sorry Meghan.

    June 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    First, and foremost, most of my Republican friends run on the platform of Moral Majority. In spite of the fact that our spiritual advisors meet our girlfriends and continue to smile in our spouses face during marriage group sessions (yes, speaking of "Cubby: Culbertson, Sanfords friend and spirtual advisor.

    So, we in turn hold them to the high "moral authority" they run on.
    I change the wording because I do feel most of Rep friends have a sense of "superiority."

    June 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. James, Ho. TX

    Meghan, whose been lighting Her Tush? Oh, its the Media.

    June 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. wally

    I think the Republicans shoudl concentrate more on what goes on in the bedroom because they are a disaster when it comes to policy. It might make them more humane.

    June 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Ekbaaaaaaal from AZ

    oh yeah??

    And what was Spitzer's affair?????????

    That was Illegal prostitution and this is legal – is that it!!!


    June 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Gary SC

    Maybe we need to say it slower for the ignorant to read.
    W e d o n 't c a r e a b o u t h i s a f f a i r. It's his derilict of duty, abandoning his job. Using taxpayers dollars, and you all remember the biggie, Liying to the people.
    Quit twisting it. The only one who seems to care about the affair is the media.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Keith Johnson

    Yet Clinton's affair was somehow relevant to his role as a public official. Oh yeah! I forgot, different parties so different standards.


    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. gso-it

    Using $8K of public funds to plan a rendevouz w/ his thang? Deceiving others on the trip by couching it as a business trip? Abonding the governorship w/o notice ... esp in the course of legislative session?? These are not "private" matters!

    June 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. RH

    Meghan McCain's opinion plus an empty sack is worth a sack.

    June 29, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Respect

    What else would she say knowing her dad did the samething?

    June 29, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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