February 8th, 2010
07:11 PM ET
8 years ago

McCain's daughter questions Tea Party movement

Sen. McCain's daughter Meghan said Monday that young people are turned off by the Tea Party movement.

Sen. McCain's daughter Meghan said Monday that young people are turned off by the Tea Party movement.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain's daughter called into question the political stature of the Tea Party movement Monday and sharply criticized a former congressman for his controversial comments at a recent major gathering of these conservative activists.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, slammed President Obama on the first night of the Tea Party convention last week in Nashville. Tancredo, known for his outspoken views on illegal immigration and his disdain for Sen. McCain, charged during his speech that "People who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."

Tancredo also expressed relief that Sen. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, lost his White House bid. "Thank God John McCain lost the election," Tancredo said.

Related: Tancredo gave 'fantastic speech,' convention organizer says

On Monday, Meghan McCain fired back.

"People were saying that this is the new movement in the Republican Party," McCain said during an appearance on 'The View.' "I did not want to go [to last week's convention]. I have (a) very much different, ideological differences with them."

And she described Tancredo's comments as "innate racism."

"And I think it's why young people are turned off by this movement. And I'm sorry [but] revolutions start with young people. Not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can't say the word 'vote' in English. It's ridiculous."

Meghan McCain also decried the divisiveness and partisanship in American politics and the growing populist rage that has powered the Tea Party movement.

"Maya Angelou says we have more in common than we do apart," she said. "We need to use this message in politics more."

Meghan McCain added, "This rhetoric will continue to turn off young voters and anybody that says different is smoking something. Period."

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. mike d

    you go girl. more republicans should have the GUTS to call this so called movement what it is. they are all hypocrites and racists. it's fine to argue issues and disagree. but these folks take it way too far with the name calling.

    February 8, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. jasmine2

    Sarah Palin seems crazy if not she should play the part...it fits

    February 8, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Meghan McCain 2012

    February 8, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Tired

    I'd be a lot happier with Meghan McCain running for office than Sarah Palin. We don't need more hate in this world which is what Palin and her friends preach. However, I have a hard time forgiving John McCain for bringing her to national prominence.

    February 8, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Alex

    Although I dislike Former Rep. Tom Tancredo's comments, at least Tancredo appears to be a typical conservative. He seems a classic throwback to 1980s populism. In contrast, Meghan McCain seems to be a Democrat in Republican's clothing. She champions gay rights, accepts abortion, and quotes Maya Angelou. Frankly, she should change her party affiliation to Democrat and be done with it.

    February 8, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Liz

    Meghan McCain rocks! Intelligent and not afraid of the "cult" of Rush and Sean. The Repubs would be smart to listen to her and maybe even elect her to a position in government.

    February 8, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Linda L

    If Meghan McCain was more representative of the Republican Party, I would return. Unfortunately the GOP is being held hostage by social idealogues with bad manners and even worse ideas.

    February 8, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. GOPer

    You go MM!

    Tancredo is a disgrace to the State of Colorado, GOP and his country.

    February 8, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. J.T.

    You are your Father's Daughter. Thank you for slamming the Tea Baggers.

    February 8, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Looks like the little cutie has more on the ball than her old man!

    February 8, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. A4H

    Who is she to question the tea party movement, she's born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She doesn't have to worry about paying bills, her parents are filthy rich especially her mother. She better question her own mother who used to to be a drug user. Meghan should go back to twitter and facebook, show off her breasts for all the world to see. Meghan is an attention grabber, wanted to be in the spotlight even if it means showing her top; shame on her.

    February 8, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. ShutupMeghan

    Sit down and shut up!!! We don't care about your opinion.

    February 8, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Scot

    Just get on your back where you belong!!!!

    February 8, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    "Maya Angelou says we have more in common than we do apart," she said. "We need to use this message in politics more."
    Meghan's father is one of the true great statesman left in Washington and she has been fortunate to learn from him. I look forward to more of her good influence in national politicals. I hope she is also fortunate to have some of her father's resilience. The liberals do get brutal on smart conservative women, probably because they know by now the first woman President is going to be a Republican.

    February 8, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |

    She doesn't have the standing to question the check out girl at the grocery! Why does CNN persist on giviing credence to literally ANYONE who wants to say something against conservatives? I haven't heard much from Bo lately, he's probably next to bark on CNN!

    February 8, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. johnmccain

    Meghan, you make a lot of sense. I congratulate you. – from a very liberal "johnmccain"

    February 8, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. j

    Sounds like a good start, now Meghan needs to keep on with that attitude and get her friends involved. I agree that i'd prefer the younger generation take the lead. They're the ones that have the most to lose.

    February 8, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. waggs

    Tancredo is a viewed as a moron by both parties. ...that somehow these pariahs leeched onto a populist movement thus will be the end of said populist movement...this movement loses steam when more yellow-dog Right wing kooks are allowed to alignthemselves withit...no wonder the movement is falling apart... at least the money-shill soaked them for 6 -figures. Idiots.

    February 8, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. sue

    go megan you are so right. TEA PARTY IS THE PARTY OF HATE

    February 8, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. GaryD3

    The recent Tea Party event will be known to posterity as the date Sarah Palin jumped the snark. Any truth to the rumor that her next book will be titled "Throwing Cats"?

    February 8, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Pedro

    She is absolutely correct about the tea party movement. These people are like lice and the rats that they ride on for American Democracy.

    February 8, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Think

    Megan gets much respect for standing up to this utter nonsense. That is so comical: a 65 year old talking revolution. LOL. Megan is right – revolutions start with young people.

    And all you haters out there: Obama is your daddy!

    February 8, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Fernando F.

    I'm mostly a Liberal Socialist (you need honest Politicians to make it work of course) but I follow Meghan in Tweeter. Her opinions are like fresh air coming from the Republican side that thinks that saying NO all the time means that they have the solutions, which they didn't for 8 years. Meghan is a real with real ideas. Don't agree with 100% but at least she is not an ideologue.

    February 8, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Florence

    Wait just a minute wasn't Meghan defending Palin during the 2008 elections and months afterward. What does she think about Palin aligning herself with the Tacrendo crowd?. Meghan is right on one thing hypocrisy is on both sides but the rRght take the cake. I would love to see Palin out there in 2012 it would energize Democrats. And we will finally see what this woman is made of; can she take the heat when it comes time to answering questions or will she rely on personal attacks?. This would be good for people to take a good look at what's inside. I will pray from now till summer for her to run. This would be the best election year yet. I'm ready to sign up for the Democratic party:)

    February 8, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. cynthia

    thank god...i'm a conservative but i'm turned off by the mean spirited way the tea party people and some republican are acting....some are just hateful....what do you do with the minorities who agree with the tea party and the republican views? put them out as well? i don't understand....and they call themselves the "christian movement"

    February 8, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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