February 8th, 2010
07:11 PM ET
5 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. TheKnightWhoSaidNi

    I love you, Meghan. This girl almost justifies the existence of John McCain. Almost.

    February 8, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. lluvia

    Forget the Tea Party it will be going down the drain. They can see Russia from Alaska.

    February 8, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Ron

    Meghan McCain? We're listening to Meghan McCain? What credentials does she bring to the conversation that warrant any consideration?

    It's like asking for foreign policy advise from Paris Hilton.

    Give it a break.

    February 8, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. chris l

    I question why we allow the American Al Queda Party (used to be the democrats before it was infiltrated by radical fringe liberals) exist in the USA.

    February 8, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Jim

    Megan McCain has a lot more sense than her father John McCain, the Tea Party people or Tom Tancredo. The Tancredo/Palin rhetoric completely turns off not just young voters (like my daughters), but every adult I know!

    Like President Obama, our greatest President Franklin Roosevelt had to deal with similar crazy critics (on the right and the left) who called him "a committed socialist."

    February 8, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. independent,tx.

    very well said Meghan,I will vote for you when you decided to run for office.

    February 8, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Oh you're not alone Honey. We're ALL questioning what is wrong with these Tea Baggers.

    600 members does not a revolution make in a nation of over 300 million people.

    And they want to protest "wasteful spending" & "tax n' spend liberals" by throwing down $549.00 for tickets to hear their favourite Bimbo passionately read the crib notes right off her hand.

    But according to these nut jobs, we're the ones that hate America. Which is interesting because at their 'Tea Party' convention you could buy a ton of merchandise such as Colombian "freedom coffee" for $9.99, or parade around in your American Flag Jacket which technically is de-facing the national symbol, but who cares. We're the ones who are blindly following Obama as he leads our economy back from the brink of disaster... just ignore the stock index-graphs that prove as much.

    February 8, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Robin

    Go Meghan.

    February 8, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Meghan, you're a Democrat. Just admit it and move on. Geez.

    February 8, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Ronnie

    I agree with her! I am not sure where Meghan came from (out of nowhere) and she is kinda of weird.

    February 8, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Joyce

    Megan: I am 65+ and I am totally turned off by the Tea Party movement. We need more people like your father....and Barack Obama....who are interested in serving the nation rather than their party and themselves.

    February 8, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Samson From Las Vegas

    smart and sexy, now if only she was a liberal.

    February 8, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Deb Rankin-Moore

    I can't believe that as a strong Democrat, I am endorsing Meghan McCain. But her opinion of the Tea Party is spot on.

    As a freedom loving American, I believe in the First Amendment, but there is something about Sarah Palin encouraging "another American Revolution" that makes me question whether or not Pallin and the other Tea Partiers comments are flirting with treason.
    My opinion.

    February 8, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. billy123

    I guess then Senator McCain will not get the support of the tea Party?

    February 8, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. gg

    God bless you Meghan!

    February 8, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Stacie Lancaster

    Meghan – good for you for speaking out for younger people. With all the shouting going on between us old folks, no one is listening to what young people want or need. Thank you for being their voice!

    February 8, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Erik

    The more Meghan McCain speaks, the more I respect her. Keep it up Meghan!

    February 8, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. rob

    "reovolutions start with young people"? Can anyone say... Ben Franklin?

    February 8, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Jim

    Oh come on people, is there ANYONE out there so sheltered/dim that they didn't know Tancredo was a racist? It's never been a secret folks.

    February 8, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. gr

    And she is right regarding young voters. Young voters do not carry their partents views.

    February 8, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Don781

    Megan Mccain 2012!! Hell i'd vote for her.. hope i spelled vote right.

    She seems to have more sense than any GOP out there

    February 8, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. David, CA

    "People who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English..." join the Tea-Party whack jobs and think Sarah Palin would be a GOOD choice for the Republican Party.

    February 8, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. diane

    obama for 2012
    meghan mccain for 2016

    February 8, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Diane

    It's exactly true, what Ms McCain is saying! Revolutions DO start with young, or at least younger, people! These Tea Partiers are nothing but the last gasp of racism and old ways in America! Social conservatism is retrograde. Fiscal conservatism, ok, they have a point. But women will NOT go back to the old days and African Americans will not and America is becoming diverse and that's ok! To everyone but these 'folks.' The last of the 'folks' if you consider the Germanic root of the word.

    February 8, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Center left-out

    This is the problem of today's politics say anything goes. The "Tea Party is a stupid movement. Everybody wants lower taxes and lower deficits. If you ask the Tea party how to achieve this goal. They have know ideas. The Tea Party is just running on a slogan. These are tough times and you have to make unpopular decision to get to a goal. The Tea Party is not willing to recognize that fact. And that my friends is called crazy.

    February 8, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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