(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.
At least Megan can speak the truth. If the same statement was made by a democrat man then the right wing media would have crucified him and probably labeled him as "sexist"
I agree with Meghan McCain. O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office AS WELL AS HERSELF.
It's funny that Meghan has a problem with O'Donnell thinking she can just "wake up and run for Senate" citing no real experience, but she doesn't have a problem with Obama doing the same, except for an even higher office.
And why does the media give Meghan McCain a "soapbox"?
Because she offers so much insight?
pot ... kettle... yeah
Meghan is speaking for the Republican establishment and defending her father as other lifelong politicians and DC insiders. This is government of the people. The people who voted in the Republican primary voted for O'Donnell largely because her opponent voted for much of the Obama agenda. What is worse is the narrow mindedness of Meghan. What does she know about the theory of evolution and why some people don't really buy it? Maybe she should learn. What does she know about Wicca and a high school girl having a friend who was into it? Why does she buy into it as a label up O'Donnell. It shows an immaturity in Meghan and why she herself comes off as a blond bimbo.
Finally, a republican who speaks some truth.
You have to agree with Meghan McCain whether you like her or not, but unfortunately we've seen a few nut jobs in recent months. No disrespect to Meghan but her father unleashed the biggest nut of all, Sarah Palin who has never been vetted.
The McCains should go live in a ritzy hotel like he did in his POW days. Her daddy was nothing more than a pawn and he knows it, you can read it in his eyes.
sounds about right...the scary part is that you actually have people who will vote for fools like her and sarah palin! ignorance is not bliss, it's a curse and too many folks in this country are suffering from it. and if this statement bothers you, you are more than likely one of the ignorant ones...
SHe hit it right on O'Donnell, I'd be curious to hear her thoughts on the other dingdong, Sharon Angle out in NV.
We should listen to YOU (Megan) exactly why?
Yep, she is correct this women is a nut case, Just like Sara Palin. God bless Ame rica.
Once again, Meghan is showing that the wrong McCain may have run for president.
I most certainly would not want odone to be my voice in DC.....Ms.Mc Cain, I admire you for being so honest.
Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!
I thought 2010 I will hear more form Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell I am disappointed , Real republicans are missing
While I agree with what she said, I just have to point out that Meghan McCain is one of the VERY few Conservatives that I can disagree with and respect.
I'm sorry, but Meghan McCain's legitimacy as a pundit or commentator ranks right up there with Paris Hilton's qualifications as a genuine celebrity. RIde it for what it's worth Meghan, as you are truly tedious, and will be over soon.
What scares me is another Presidential run by John McCain the loser.
There are a few ideas of Ms. McCain I don't like; however she expresses herself as an intelligent person who is more atuned to how people think (the ordinary American) than the likes of O'Donnell. I hope Ms. McCain will address the hatred that is found on too many blogs. That only shows some react with emotions and not with careful thought. Name calling does not accomplish anything.
"No history in business," sort of like Obama
meghan mccain is as important to american politics as thomas jefferson. she will be president in 2045
This is so sweet. Finally a "Republican" that Democrats, Liberals and Socialists can get behind. But what exactly makes her a "Republican" anyway? Nothing. She is a republican in name only, or by association. She is as much Republican as the Democrat news media that covers Republican events.
So Meghan, Gather up your party, young and old, and form some kind of consensus on how to take it back from the ignorant, the liars, the bigots and those who have decided to pander to the lowest of the low in order to get votes. Do something for the good of your country, not just your party.