(Updated 4:40 p.m. ET with O'Donnell campaign response)
(CNN) – Meghan McCain is known for speaking her mind, and her views on Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell proved no exception Sunday.
"I just know, in my group of friends, it turns people off because she's seen as a nut job," McCain said on ABC's "This Week" program. "It scares me for a lot of reasons."
The daughter of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said O'Donnell's candidacy sends a message to the younger generation that you can just "wake up and run for Senate," regardless of past experience.
O'Donnell, an unsuccessful Senate candidate in 2006 and 2008, has received national attention this time for her Tea Party backed victory in the Republican primary over nine-time U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, a former governor.
In recent weeks, decade-old video footage surfaced showing O'Donnell challenging the theory of evolution and talking about having "dabbled in witchcraft."
"Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office," McCain said. "She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business."
The program included some comments from O'Donnell from an interview broadcast last week, prior to McCain's criticism Sunday.
O'Donnell's campaign later responded to McCain.
"Christine overwhelmingly won her primary battle against the establishment candidate, so Ms. McCain's vast experience in politics and running for office probably won't influence many Delawareans of any age to listen to her latest rant," Matt Moran, O'Donnell's campaign manager said in a statement.
O'Donnell has depicted her candidacy as an effort to give ordinary Americans upset with the direction of the country a voice in Washington.
The mystery quotes of Meghan McCain are laughable. Why the media wastes time on her is beyond me. Heck, quote my daughter next time. Her thoughts are as relevant. Who is Meghan's constantly referenced invisible group of highly not influential friends? And does anybody really care?
Meghan is an idiot.
Obama is president with only 2 years of experience in the senate, and "13 years as a community organizer"...how much more experience do you need?
Why stop with O'Donnell, Meghan? Why not add Angle the Liar Extraordinaire, or Meg the Spendthrift to your list of fools. Or Fiorina the HairDresser, or Haley Playing the Victim Card, or, well, you get the picture . . .
Megan is a breath of fresh air.....a Republican with a brain and she is not afraid to use it.
If more people like Meghan McCain were leading the RNC, I might consider going back to it after being a 2x Reagan Republican but now a defector to the Dems since 2007.
I joined the Republicans because they were no nonsense, about AMERICAN jobs and spending wisely. They became a joke of culture hawks, deficit spenders, promoters of idiot candidates and hypocritical nut jobs who claim "market forces" are the only thing to believe in.
Please, more Meghan McCain and less Steele, Palin, O'Donell, Fiorini, etc., etc., etc.
I like her, I think Meghan is the only republican with a working brain.
Meghan McCain has expressed a common sense view of Christine O'Donnell's candidacy. Now will follow a flood of ad hominem attacks by reality-impaired wack jobs.
I can see why she is concerned. The Republican Party has long presented itself as the chosen party of God. They back whatever evangelical, right wing nut job that claims to know exactly who is going to Heaven. (Generally, only the members who send money to their particular church) That is a belief that is staggering in it's egotism.
Now the Republicans have trotted out candidates who have had sex on a Satanic alter and practiced witchcraft. Not to mention Rand Paul's documented belief in "Aqua Jesus" and tying women up for fun. It does seem that, in at least some races, the Republicans are doing their best to alienate their own rabid, hate everyone but us, fan base.
Go team, go.
Right on, Meghan. What is this "ordinary American" stuff? You don't want an "ordinary American" performing surgery, or representing you in court, or repairing your car, or fixing your sink, or driving your bus. You want someone with experience, training and a record of success in doing what needs to be done. Of course, there's room for a lot of debate about who has what qualifications, but the point is that "ordinary American" all by itself is NOT a qualification for serving in the U.S. Senate, or much of anything else.
I'm a left leaning independent, but based upon what I've read and interviews I've seen so far, I like Meghan McCain. She seems to speak her mind, good, bad, or indifferent. I read her Rolling Stone interview and came away thinking "this lady is far from dumb!" Hope she keeps speaking her mind, not what politicos tell her too.
yet, she seems alot more level headed then her father. id possibly vote for her.
Not a Republican but since when does what McCain thinks matter?
The people who voted for Christine O'Donnell are convincing evidence of the devolution of the human species.
The thought that people listen to her and take her seriously is seriously disturbing and the fact that she is not alone
should frighten everyone.
Who cares what Megan or John McCain has to say.
It is because of candidates such as O'Donnell and the tea party that for the first time in my life I, a Republican, will be voting Democratic. I am ashamed to tell people I am a Republican with candidates such as this!
If Meghan represents what a "true" Republican is, that is, an individual who is educated and not fearful of being out of line with the rest of the "party" (read: vote no with us or die mentality), it is my belief that she represents her/my generation very well.
If only there were more Republicans like her. If that were the case you could consider me, a long-time democrat turned independent, into a full on Republican.
i lean left most of the time & i would follow meghan mccain anywhere, anytime. she's a voice of "cut through the crap" that we need right now. GO MEGHAN!
That's the kind of harsh judgment that can prove wrong if O'Donnell turns into a success story. O'Donnell is a tough fighter and she is fighting for what she believes. The fact that her views have nationwide appeal is something to reckon with.
Not really on either side of this argument but when Ms. McCain says "you can't just wake up and run for the Senate", isn't that what was pushed on us as kids from our teachers... that here in America, anybody can be president? While I understand what McCain is saying, it gives the notion that only a certain kind of person can be a public official. The rest of us can decipher what that means.
Finally! A republican who knows what they are talking about! ;)
Of course she's a complete whack job- but since when does America care about ability.. ie Sarah Palin,
"because she's SEEN as a nut job"
Ms. McCain should make an effort to know what O'Donnell stands for and her ideas for government, not rely on the image of the candidate being put forth in certain media and certain circles. Then, she might be more qualified to make a public assessment of the candidate. That being said, I don't think many thoughtful and well-meaning voters will give much weight to Ms. McCain's opinions when deciding how to cast their vote.
Meghan,just because daddy is in the senate,doesn't mean you'll be any good at it.Your just another good looking female who thinks her ideas are great.Go back to the kitchen and bake a pie .
The tea baggers are making a mockery of the republican party, not only a mockery of running for office.
Good for DEM, misopportunity for GOP.