October 19th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Meghan McCain: O’Donnell 'reflects badly on the movement'

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, wants to make one thing clear, "I am not the one running for Senate."

McCain’s comments about Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell as a "nut job" while appearing on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday, immediately received harsh criticism and backlash. A response that day from the O'Donnell campaign mocked McCain for having "vast experience in politics and running for office." McCain is now firing back.

The 25 year-old, whose departure from conservative orthodoxy on some issues is no secret and has put her at odds with some in the GOP base, reminds the O'Donnell campaign and other critics in a blog post late Monday night that "I am not the one running for Senate. I am also not the only one with issues with Christine O'Donnell."

"I did not wake up Sunday morning expecting to create any kind of uproar and I am even more confused that people seem to be so angry,” adding that the more research she did the more "worrisome" she grew about O'Donnell's Senate bid.

McCain who states that she is not only critical of O'Donnell's "bizarre comments" of late regarding "witchcraft, anti-masturbation platforms, and her testament that she had secret information about China plotting to take over America,” clarifies that although she is not confident in O'Donnell, that "it is not the Tea Party as a movement that I have a problem with… but it is hard for me to take her candidacy seriously and I think it reflects badly on the movement."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Meghan McCain
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Meghan seems like the only member of the GOP being honest openly about how big of a fail the tea party is turning into. O'Donnell, Angle and the like are only helping out the Democrats.

    October 19, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. InlandEmperor

    There is hope after all. A Republican that has a brain of their own...not someone mimicing the tired nonsense inspired the neocon Bush "lite" dunderheads. It makes an American want to sit up and take note. Please continue Ms McCain. There are many out there hoping for a revival of the Goldwater...Eisenhower...Republican Party and what they stood for. Namely... America.

    October 19, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. DonMN763

    Christine O'Donnell has just proven Meghan McCain is correct. In this morning's radio debate, Ms. O'Donnell had no idea that the U.S. Constitution mandates separation of church and state. She repeatedly asked, "You're telling me that's in the Constitution?" The audience laughed at her.

    October 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. ronalde

    At least Meghan has the nerve to tell the truth,O'Donnell knows that she is not qualified to run anything.

    October 19, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. cjg

    Big whoop! Meghan McCain can say what she wants as a blog journalist , and when she states the obvious she is beaten up by the GOP .....MCDonnell is a nut job! The truth hurts!
    Her Dad on the other hand has gone off the deep end too , has become a wing nut himself. He has reversed his stand on many issues to be lock in step with the far right or as I feel the( far wrong). And then his remarks about Barbara Boxer , just did me in for him . He is a sell out and needs to go away! He is has become a has been and he is trying to reinvent himself . It just makes him look foolish! I am greatly disappointed in someone I use to respect.

    October 19, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. GOP-Bob

    Meghan is honest, or at least seems to be. She is making her own decisions and not toeing the party line, and obviously sees right through these morons in the tea party.

    October 19, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. rdepontb

    Ms Meghan McCain has had years of exposure to her father as a senior Senator, and probably has run in different circles overall than Ms Christine O'Donnell. Probably also quite different from Christine's so-far "brilliant" advisors.

    I think it is safe to take Meghan's word on this one-basically, she's never seen such a fruit-cake running for the office her father and other highly qualified citizens now sit in.

    October 19, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    The more I see and hear of Meghan McCain the harder it is to believe she is the daughter of Senator McCain. This young lady makes a lot sense. That's a compliment from a Democrat. Maybe her dad should take some advice from her.

    October 19, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Sandy Carey

    How did this gal Megan get to be so much smarter than her pop?! Thank goodness she it - she offers a clear and uncomplicated perspective - you go, girl!

    October 19, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Dan

    Meghan is a complete moron, why would anybody listen to her opinion, or mine for that matter. She is not a member of the GOP either. I do not expect CNN to be factual, they rarely are acurate. Two weeks until the Tea Party has all the CNN liberal idiots crying, now that is some real hope and change.

    October 19, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Dave

    The truth is, O'Donnell reflects exactly what the modern GOP is – a bunch of ill-informed, unintelligent, superstitious theocrats who view government service as a means to evangelize and nothing else.

    Meghan McCain is still struggling to pretend that the Republican party is something other than a theocratic party at this point. Unfortunately, the Republican party that Meghan is trying to defend doesn't exist anymore... it's been taken over by the mindless theocrats. That's why Palin is such a big star in the new Republican party, when she has no credentials whatsoever other than her "faith." I can understand why Meghan doesn't want to accept that, but unfortunately, it's the truth.

    October 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Hate to break it to you, Meghan, but O'Donnell IS what your Republican Party has become: A bunch of mean-spirited, incompetent nutjobs, hell-bent on turning our country into a third-world nation in the service of the wealthy few (read: Koch Brothers, multi-national corporations, etc.).

    October 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. KMAN821

    What confounds me is why Meghan McCain remains a Republican since the party doesn't seem to represent her values at all. In fact ... the only values they seem to project are hate and fear.

    October 19, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. illinois nurse

    Stalin used to call people like you, Meghan, "useful idiots". Now scram....

    October 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. SometimesElla

    I don't like Christine O'Donnell (she's not me) and will make no excuses for her, but Lady McCain needs to get over herself. All she does is show up on tv and talk about who's dumb, who's doing badly, who's hurting this cause or the other. I never see her doing anything other than talking. Shut up and do something if you care about it that much. At least all the people she's talking badly about are putting their action where their mouths are (whether I agree with them or not).

    McCain just comes off as insanely jealous. It seems like she thought she'd be coronated Queen of the Young(er) GOP after her father's latest presidential campaign and what I'm sure she thinks of as her "brilliant blog". Instead Palin and O'Donnell and people who are actually doing things (sanity issues not withstanding) are getting attention I'm sure she thinks is rightfully hers. She just doesn't want to work for it. She seems to think talking smack, bleaching her hair and having her books ghostwritten should be enough.

    Do something or shut up. And if you don't like what other people are doing – actually lead the fight. Enough with your stupid lip service.

    October 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    "I am not the one running for Senate. I am also not the only one with issues with Christine O'Donnell."

    And she is right!!! Remember ROVER????? He was the FIRST to state the incompetence of O'Donnell and he, along with MANY other RepubliCAN'Ts, feels the same way!!!

    I commend her on her honesty and it proves that she has an OPEN MIND. She is saying what MOST moderate Republicans want to say but is AFRAID of SARAH!!!!!!! The LEADER who just last night THREATENED the GOP to either 'Fall in Place' and come to ATTENTION or you will be 'Kicked to the Curb!!!'

    The GOP has more than they can chew and the TEA PARTY is NOT going to be the THIRD PARTY!!! Welcome to SPLITSVILLE!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Damian

    Go Meghan! You are right O'donnell is a nutjob and it's refreshing to see you be honest about what you think.
    Make no apologies!!!

    October 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Your party has also become the Sharon Angle's of the world, whose lackeys are running an ad in Nevada, telling Latinos to not vote in November.

    The ad says that the Democrats for two years have had "super-majorities" in the House and Senate and have done nothing about immigration reform.

    The truth is the Democrats HAVE NOT had a super-majority in the Senate – and the Republicans have filibustered or threatened to filibuster everything President Obama and the Democrats have tried to do on immigration reform and anything else that might actually help the American public.

    Meghan, your party has devolved into a bunch of lying, mean-spirited airheads, willing to do anything and everything to regain power – including actively promoting voter suppression like in Nevada of a whole voting bloc of people.

    O'Donnell is just the tip of the iceberg.

    October 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Dave

    For all of you who post the railings against the tea party candidates and their Idiocy, I sure hope you vote on election day. If not, your words are meaningless. We need to send a message to these people that this type of lunacy will not be tolerated. Moderate republicans and democrats also need to send a message that reaching across the divide and talking to members of the other party is acceptable (and encouraged). The elected officials are working for Americans, not Democrats or Republicans (and especially not for wing nuts like the Tea Party).

    October 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    She want to make it clear that she is not running for the senate... REALLY? 'Cause we were all holding our breath to find out! Oh and by the way – this just in: 'Jersey Shore' character 'Snookie' isn't running for US Senator. And Mr. Rogers (of PBS fame) isnt running either. And neither is comic strip character 'Ziggy'. Paula Abdul will not be running for the US Senate this year, and neither will the 'Balloon boy" from Colorado. Neither will, Dr. Kavorkian, Ben Stiller, Arnold Swartzenegger, Mickey Mouse, Bozo the Clown, or Meghan McCain.

    And other hard-hitting, late-breaking news that you want to let us in on?

    October 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. In the middle

    Sounds like Meghan is the only real maverick in the family.

    October 19, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. badself

    I guess I'm not understanding where her expertise comes from. She is the 25 year old daughter of someone who lost a Presidential election by a landslide. Never held and office, never ran in an election, never managed a campaign. So that makes her qualified to...?.

    October 19, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Jesse

    Meghan McCain is the only hope for the GOP because she's the only one WHO MAKES ANY SENSE!

    October 19, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    Maybe in retrospect i can see why people would be wondering is Meghan is going to run: It seems like the GOP (and their astroturf wing, the Tea Party) is putting up a number of carbon-copy candidates lately. They all have the same attributes: They are young, photogenic women with NO experience, and NO qualifications. McCain, Palin, O'Donnell, etc, etc... So i have a perfect suggestion for the GOP: Pam Anderson for President in 2012 !! With Paris Hilton as her running mate! I'd tune in to watch THAT debate! LOL!!!

    October 19, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. ST

    I get annoyed and tired with (I suspect) men who are bringing up Sarah Palin all the time, for their own(whatever). It is time for all women to riot and let these men know that what they are doing is wrong. Who is Sarah? What Office is she holding? What title does she has? Is she the leader of anything? What drives these men to bring her all the time? How many VP tried their luck and they did not make, and we didn't hear them anymore after their failure? It is time for women to say enough is enough. Let her come up when we know she is up for something. But for the time being it is just only distraction and causing uncomfortable feelings to many.

    October 19, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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