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. Jimmy

    I agree with Megs and I think maybe she should start the political revolution. I would gladly be a part of it.

    no matter the party!!

    February 8, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. malia

    I am a proud Latino who happens to agree with Mr. Trancredo. Most of those who are now U.S. Citizens are clueless re U.S. history - take a good look at California, especially Los Angeles. And as for Meghan McCain, she should just keep her mouth shut! Period.

    February 8, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Marie Laveaux

    Short version...I like this kid, and I'm an older Democrat.

    February 8, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. u2canfail

    tea baggers racist? Well yes, does that surprise you?
    All 600 at the convention of hate, were white. Most were over 40. They can afford a $2000 3 day trip to a fancy hotel. And I forgot, they need tax help. Phillips, the man behind the for profit venture, is a lawyer, guess his practice is not doing well. He took 3 days off from chasing wrecks, this was supposed to be huge. Only 600. He will be back on the streets of Nashville.

    As for being able to read, silly man, we need people to vote, who know American history. That rules out Palin, Guliani, McCain and who else?

    February 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. P Lewis

    This is a very smart young lady, run Her for some type of office, she would be great

    February 8, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Mo

    Tom Tancredo is a mean ignorant politician without any office. He just wanted to be popular by saying inflammatory words against minorities.

    February 8, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Stop the Nonsense

    One thing to rember here- they had an underwhelming turnout of less than 600 people.
    And Sarah- Things are working out just fine for those of us that backed Obama. I just wish he had acted a little more like a Republican and just bull-dozed his agenda through, without comprimise. We would all be better off.
    Run Sarah Run! Trip, stumble, bumble you way through the primaries!
    How those notes on your hand working out for ya?

    February 8, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Doraine Gordon

    What a loser this old buzzard is! He hates Obama and McCain so just who does he want in the WH? Maybe himself or the village idiot from Alaska who has to read answers from her hand. How phony is that? I think all the tea party is capable of is inciting fools like themselves to cause trouble. They offer no ideas on how to solve any problems. These people are consumed with hatred for Obama. Kinda reminds me of the day when that guy named Wallace ran for President. He gave Politics a bad name and the tea party is doing the same thing. Also, they are going to have to gather up alot more haters than they have so far to make a run for anything. DUMMIES!!!!

    February 8, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. MikeTo

    Do yourself a favor and leave the Republican Party. She is right to say that political and race divisiveness of the tea party should end. Americans are better than this and the more we encourage their behavior, the more we sound like uneducated morons!

    February 8, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Mike W

    Tancredo has no business calling Obama a socialist. Its being used as a backhanded insult with no basis in reality. He has no clue what a true socialist goverment is. My wife was born in a socialist country and her grandfather was imprisoned for being capitalist. In a socialist country parents are too scared to talk about politics in fear thier children will say something on the playground and get them put in prison. Her parents escaped to europe leaving thier worldly possessions behind for a better life.

    Anyone who has actually experienced Socialism would tell Tancredo that he should be reading books instead of burning them.

    February 8, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. alex t

    We are in ten years of this new century but the Tea Baggers want to be back in the 19th century most likely before 1865.

    February 8, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Patricia Dickson

    just watching the tea party movement and see how many people that are in the movement and the way of how they behave just give me chill up my spine and belive it or not its the same type of people John talking about in Revelation thirteen they need to read their bible the mark of the beast is around the corner my friends and since they are a movement they are going to move right on in to Revelation thirteen i can bet you on this.

    February 8, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Stephen Berg

    Way to go, Meghan! I completely agree!

    February 8, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. enough already

    She makes a lot of good points. The repubs will likely benefit in the short term but it is a poor long term strategy. There are likely more young repubs who think like m. mccain than like tancredo. The establishment repubs will likely continue to drive away younger voters by promoting the tea party movement without condemning it's racist undertones and connections. You can't promote fiscal responsibility and try to package it wiht xenophobia and racism and expect people of good will to join in.

    February 8, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. chegarty

    I'm glad Meghan McCain is willing to speak out on behalf of real Americans who aren't fooled by the pointless "populist" grandstanding of the Teabagging Movement.

    February 8, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. suresh

    Megan is the only Republican I find that shows guts to speak without spin. She is absolutely correct that the Tea Party rhetoric is going to destroy GOP. The Tea Party mantra is not to cooperate with Obama no matter what. This policy is making GOP look mean spirited and caring only about what is good for conservative movement and not for the country. This is going to back fire in the long run.

    February 8, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Louis

    The one McCain with brains ( and beauty to boot)!!!

    I agree with what she says 100% percent.

    February 8, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. hobart

    Finally, a Republican with backbone, who hearkens back to the day of Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Rockefeller, Goldwater (even President Reagan is too liberal for these tea bag whack jobs), who is willing to stand up to the loathsome, lying jackboot thugs who have taken over her party. May she live long and prosper.

    February 8, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "This rhetoric will continue to turn off young voters..."

    The problem is that both the Dems and Reps are continuing to turn off all voters and they're desperately looking for an alternative.

    75% of America's likely voters are angry at government, and not just any particular Party–almost half of all voters are very angry. The Tea Party "movement" doesn't, yet, express a coherent positive philosophy, all it represents is a rejection of what are perceived as the failures of the philosophies of same-old, same-old. Give it time...

    February 8, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. JMikey54

    Meghan McCain is the only Republican who I can tolerate. And she is hotter and way more intelligent than Sara Palin.

    February 8, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    I'm 30 years old, and will never vote GOP again. Meghan McCain is right.

    February 8, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Peggy

    Maybe the only thing McCain and I would agree on; but we definately agree. The divisiveness in American politics today is scary. The absolute hate that party extremists on both sides is tapping into to get their messages out is terrifying!

    February 8, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Nick

    Thank you Meghan McCain. Someone needs to tell the neo-nazi, FoxNews sponsored mob called "Tea Party" that they absolutely do not reflect the majority of Republican's ideology.

    These guys are racist extremists, that are using the media exposure to advance their own political agenda. Do you REALLY believe Palin has the people's interests in mind? Do you REALLY think it would be any better to have homophobic, ultra-religious, gun-toting fascists in control?

    February 8, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. carl swensen


    McCain's daughter doesn't mean anything to anyone but her family. You writing about this is like peeing in the wind.

    The Tea Party will applaud and laud the principles of conservative American people from coast to coast. And they will be the big winner in Nov 2010 and beyond. Check us out April 15th and in DC July 4th.

    The McCains are irrelevant and so is your article.


    February 8, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. JB

    You go girl!!!! You are one of the sanest voices on the political scene today.

    February 8, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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