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. Fred Crockett

    Congratulations to Meghan McCain for calling out this little weasel, and all those who follow his misguided nutbar philosophy. We will always have healthy differences of opinion in the political arena, and thank God we have the system to do so, but some folks just don't understand, whether they're from Colorado or Alaska. Get out into the community and talk to real people.....of all beliefs.

    February 8, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Randolph

    Did Tom Tancredo say that he wants to institute a literacy test in order to get your right to vote? That may be a part of the reason why he is an ex-representative. It is clear to me that those who say they love democracy only love it when they are the ones in power.

    February 8, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. SC-Pub "no" more

    I love THIS McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Brian P.

    It is refreshing to hear a reasonable voice rise over the din of the "chicken little " simplist haters that are drowning the one time G.O.P.

    February 8, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Jen

    The comments by Tancredo show what is really fueling this "Tea Party" movement. Racism and hate, pure and simple. It is not about too much taxation. It's kind of like how people say the confederate flag is not about hate it's about "southern pride", whatever that means. We all know the truth.

    Many people cannot stand that a black man is leading this country (and doing a very good job in an impossible situation, btw).

    February 8, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. John

    I have to agree with Tom...I'm an "independent" and have to admit that I voted for McCain. He would have been a mistake. Didn't know or realize how old and slow he's getting. He's way too old now.

    February 8, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Meghan McCain is completely right: Tancredo's speech was divisive, racist and insulting.

    I voted for Barack Hussein Obama, and I'm white and have a B.A. from an accredited University.

    The sore loser tea baggers need to accept the fact that they lost the last election fair and square. If you are an American citizen, regardless of how well you speak or spell, you have the right to vote in this country – as it should be.

    All voter registrations have to be certified by a State's Secretary of State. It doesn't matter if you signed up through ACORN or at your local church, if the forms aren't valid, they aren't certified, and you can't vote.

    End of story!

    February 8, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Why would anyone care what this person has to say?

    February 8, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Objective Thinking

    Yeah, Meghan, you must be right. I guess people like Ron Paul have no young supporters...

    February 8, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. greenliz85

    I think Meghan McCain is my favorite Republican!

    February 8, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. J.Williams san diego

    i wish Meghan and her father would do us a favor and quit calling themselves Republicans. They are liberal leaning socialist.

    February 8, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Kerzell

    Meghan, you are the true McCain Maverick, but you need to put pops out to pastuer now – he flip flops more than someone on a trampoline.

    February 8, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. tom

    why do anyone listen to this woman? she is not the brightest bulb on the christmas tree. the only place that is interested in what she has to say is cnn and the view. this woman needs to find a real life. stop riding the coat tails of her father. I like john mccain but i do not think he would have made a good pres. However he would be better han what we got. anyway my point is this woman thinks she knows so much about politic because her father is a senator. its time to grow up meghan and get a clue.

    February 8, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Voter

    Finally a smart GOP comment about the tea party! I agree with the main idea which is Obama is out of line with his spending and health care "reform," but the way the tea party movement is going about spreading that message is wrong: they come across as racist, kind of fanatics, extreme right wing idiots.

    Michele Bachmann is among them, and even though she has an idea or two that make sense, when you see her with the tea party talking nonsense and being kind of hillbilly, she loses all credibility!

    GOP wake up! Unless you want an Obama second term (which most of us do not), please stop the extremes and the fanatic behavior.

    On the topic of the tea party, please listen to McCain's daughter!

    February 8, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. philip krajewski

    Thank you meghan mccain

    February 8, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. claugh217

    I am a Democrat, but I really like Meghan. She may not be a rocket scientist but moderate, young Republicans need someone willing to throw an elbow. And she's tough. My question is, what happened to her dad? Now that he has no reason to pander to the Republican right he's become a partisan hack. Is he just a sore loser?

    February 8, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Jim Oosterhof

    Megan Mccain is right thea party right now is a movement like there new leader don't know that Africa is a contenent or there is a south or north korea

    February 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Joanne Smith

    Somewhere along the line people in the United States have forgotten about respect, patriotism and the (old fashion?) saying, Majority Rules. President Obama was elected by the majority..if this doesn't work for the USA, let him know in the next election, meanwhile stop all of the divisivness, let him do his job until his tenure is up..we need to find peace not all of this media rhetoric.

    February 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. young liberal

    i may disagree with meghan mccain on many key ideological points–and i don't particularly like her father–but she's an extremely impressive young woman. these messages of divisiveness, hate, and ignorance need to be roundly condemned by people on either side of the aisle; ms. mccain clearly understands that. her messages of acceptance and civil engagement are a far cry from the fear-mongering of karl rove's republican party and sarah palin's tea party. i sincerely hope that ms. mccain is the new face of the young republican party, as democratic engagement of that new party will benefit the country as a whole, rather than the narrow, ignorant views of those in the nutty fringe of the tea parties.

    February 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. John

    I think its time for John and his daughter Meghan switch to Democratic party when Rep Tom Tancredo and his Tea party groups made cruel remarks about them.

    February 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. DJ in TX

    I loke Meghan. She's a republican, but she's trying to get them to realize being and idealogue is not the way forward. And she's right, Tancredo is an idiot. I noticed when I first read the article about his speech, the response was tepid at best, not much applause according the reports.

    February 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Tom Dawson

    Meghan McC. is one of the very few who gives me some hope for the Republican Party.

    February 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Stallion

    She seems to be defending her dad more than making a knowledgeable statement about the Tea Party Patriots. She must think life is over at age 65......oops........maybe that just applies to daddy.

    February 8, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. Bette

    If the Republican Party could find more Meghan McCains they might have a chance at being respectable again. Pandering to this nutty fringe element of the party is going to drive more nails into the Repubican Party's coffin. If there were any statesmen left in the Republican Party they would be trying to distance the party from these idiots. Way to go, Meghan!

    February 8, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Meaghan.....

    The Tea Party does not need you....you are irrelevant.....

    February 8, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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