October 17th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Meghan McCain sounds off on O'Donnell

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Meghan McCain
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. rand

    "O'Donnel is making a mockery of running for public office".............Obama was in the senate for a MINIMAL amount of time and hardly ever showed up for votes. His credentials and actual work/ business experience credentials were WHAT exactly????

    October 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Emilio

    Meghan McCain is far too sane for the current crop of Repugs to call her their friend. Although I am a solid Liberal, bordering on Socialist, I'd be proud to call Meghan McCain a friend because she appears to be a genuine Republican with a brain, and not the bigotted clown the rest of the criminal clique appears to be.

    October 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. nojo

    Can you imagine how nuts the Republicans would have gotten if Obama had "dabbled" in witchcraft when he was a student. Does anyone seriously think they would have shrugged it off as youthful indiscretion? Nope, they would have milked it for all it was worth. Repubs can dish it but they can't take it.

    October 17, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Susan

    Meghan has no credibility until she denounces her dad's antics.
    John McCain brought Palin (who in turn encouraged O'Donnell); he flip-flopped on immigration, cap-n-trade, taxes etc. He is part of lunatic left now.

    Meghan baby, speak up or are you just like your dad who deceives people.

    October 17, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Brendan

    Meghan McCain is basically a moderate democrat. I agree with her views on O'Donnell, but what the heck has Meghan McCain ever done, either, other than graduate from college and be somewhat photogenic? Pot meet kettle, it seems to me.

    October 17, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. labman57

    O'Donnell is now borrowing yet another page from the Palin playbook, "Campaigning for Dummies".

    She's playing the poor, maligned martyr who is unfairly being persecuted by the media and unsupported by the GOP establishment - basically, she's simply unwilling to accept responsibility for her own public comments, political and personal failures, and numerous shortcomings.

    October 17, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |

    I do not support the REPUBLICAN PARTY or any of their candidates, I have to say that I do agree with Meghan she is absolutely correct about that NUT. Americans wake up and see who wants to run this country their are frightened. Get out and VOTE on NOVEMBER 2

    October 17, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. ficheye

    I don't care about Meghan McCain, but in this instance she is right. Let's take that and run with it. O'Donnell, Palin, Bachmann... where did all these female lunatics come from? Like the invasion of the alien sunday school teachers. It's an episode of the X files I tell you....

    October 17, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. ray gibbs

    How much clearer can one be?

    October 17, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. johnrj08


    Megan McCain will only remain a member of the GOP until her father retires from politics. The minute he leaves the Senate, she will either become an independent or announce that she is a Democrat. Ever since Sarah Palin became her father's running-mate in 2008, she has been uncomfortable with the direction of the Republican Party. And the Tea Party has just made it even worse.

    October 17, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Caral from SoCal

    Hello? Does anyone realize that no – we cannot possibly have people with experience running for anything anymore? Anyone with experience will have made mistakes, and the media will replay that mistake a million times...with talking head dissecting each move. Anyone with experience will have, in some unguarded moment, said the first thing that came to mind rather than a more reflected thoughtful comment...and the media will replay it a million times...and their opponent will use it in a TV ad. SO, no...no...we can't have people with experience running for anything. It just won't do.

    October 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Jason

    At this point in time I think she is the only republican I would willingly vote for if she ran for public office

    October 17, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Julie

    McCain makes a good point that people like Ms. O'Donnell make mockery of the old American value of success as the reward for hard work. Sadly, the new American value of success (i.e. money and the perception of intelligence) as the reward of banal notariety has become the new standard for all walks of life whether it's some laughabley average child of a politician or rock star being showered with fortune or equally mediocre plumbers adn call girls being handed chances that others who've worked hard and took the time to educate themselves can only cry for. All that is evidenced by our abysmal performance in education and the surge in the scramble to get on TV, or into major league sports or entertainment – these things are seen, not always incorrectly, as the easy means to financial success and esteem.
    But I think McCains' specifying lack of success in business may be a bit narrow. America is not a business – it's a country. Businesspeople are OK 0 but a great public servant is better, and harder to find. Businesspeople may bring short term solutions, but there's a strong tendancy to be out of touch with the real needs of the broader population. Take Mayor Bloomberg of NYC – a fine businessman, not just some dope who invested well in real estate or a .com and was rewarded with a CEOship. Bloomberg has done good things for the city – but he's also presided over the decimation of affordable housing in the city for the middle and working class people that it relies on as much as any other city. The long-term effects are a city of the very wealthy, and the very poor. This is a dynamic that we've been seeing in the nation as a whole – the marginalization of the middle class – for a long time.
    Would-be politicians like O'Donnell need to demonstrate both business sense AND the values of fine public service. American voters must demand no less if we hope to secure a positive future for us all.

    October 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Bill in Portland Tx

    Ahh now we can put O'Connell and Palin both on our "Nuclear Proliferation" debate teams...These two are real JEWELS (in the rough) Political mensa"s

    October 17, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Texas republican

    I also think Christine O'Donnell is not remotely qualified to be in public office. It's embarrassing to our party! Luckily, she is an exception rather than the rule....

    October 17, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. yorkie14

    megan mccain...you're a nut job. we want new blood in washington...not old geezers like your dad

    October 17, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. jimmy

    O'donnel has every right to run for office. What is really really frightening is that republicans think she is the best person to preside over and take care of Delaware. She has no experience, no qualifications or any successful accomplishments. It's as if they vote for her because she is cute. I know I'm more concerned about the quality and the makings of something that just the veneer. She's a disaster and I pray that she doesn't get elected..

    October 17, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. rkm63

    Who did John McCain call to come to his rescue in the primary? LOL No more bailing out McCain, Sarah!

    October 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Tam

    The tea baggers remind me of the Marmaduke cartoon, where the dog is always chasing cars. But will he know what to do with the car when he catches it?

    October 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. WAStateRes

    As a Republican, let me just say... I would vote for Palin any day over O'Donnell... and I don't even like Palin.

    October 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    I have mixed feelings about Meghan McCain ... I appreciate her speaking out, but her dad also was outspoken and critical of his party, only to cave in to Falwell, Rove and the like in his desperate attempt to win the Republican nomination. Her dad even went so far as to let Palin be picked as his running mate ... I wonder if Meghan is cut from the same ultimately weak and sell-out kind of cloth as her dad ...

    I'm a Democrat and only care given that the Republicans, teabaggers and Libertarians seem to have all lost their minds, can't remember "history" longer ago than the last soundbite, and are given to hysterics.

    We need thoughtful, strong leaders who truly act to put the good of our country and our Middle Class ahead of political party short-term goals.

    In short, we need Democrats!

    October 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Elizabeth

    Finally some common sense and critical thinking from a Republican. This is what America needs instead of "No, no, no."

    October 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Peace

    I do wonder why Christine O'Donnell has been crucified no one could imagine. It was the people of Delaware who voted for her. The blames should go to them. It was their votes which has resulted all these. Its a pity stones are thrown to the wrong person/people!

    October 17, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. carly

    How long before Meghan becomes a target of the GOP, Rove and friends?

    October 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. mtrought

    I am happy that MEGAN McCAIN is finally realising that there are nut jobs in the GOP and tea bagging party. Let us hope that more and more GOP realise this for the better.

    October 17, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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