October 19th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
3 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. Stephen

    Ms. McCain's open-minded comments and critical thinking are refreshing in this age of partisan myopia and goose-stepping ideologues. Her father and his cronies ought to sit at her feet and take lessons in tolerance and respect.

    October 19, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Jay

    I am a democrat...but I really like her. The entire GOP should take note. She’s hot too.

    October 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Rycher

    Oh and what movement is that you typical RINO... Is this the movement that is supposed to allow rinos to take over the republican party again... Are you part of the movement.. If so than we dont want you around.. We'd much rather have a true conservative like Christine... Actually i belive it is YOU who are bad for the movement.. Get out.. go be a progressive.. Youre a hack and a fake and you'd be a waitress at Denny's if it wasnt' for your father.. noone cares for your opinion.. please leave..

    October 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Well.badself neither are you but the constitution gives is free speech so she is qualified to give her opinion just like you. The right is so blind you have a younger republican telling you all they don't like the politics being played by your side and you all discredit her because of her age . That's why the young voters are democrats. We will be a better less divisive nation when some of you older bigots die off some not all .

    October 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. stevegee

    A vote for any Democrat is a vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid that will end in failure and bankruptcy for our country.

    A vote for any Republican is a vote for the Constitutional principles of freedom and liberty, and a free market economy.On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I said it before and I'll say it again: I LIKE Meghan McCain. I may not agree with everything she has to say, but at least she makes sense,unlike O'Connell and the rest of that tribe.

    Party line, shmarty line. Speak the truth and shame the devil Meghan!

    October 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. John

    Christine O'Donnell is a big nut case,if the truth hurt sorry. It really nice too hear someone from REPUBLICAN like MEGHAN McCain to tell the truth. CHRISTINE O'DONNELL is a nut case and is UNQUALIFIED to be in the U.S.Senate. BUT she have said something about Angle too.

    October 19, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Joseph-Ohio

    I am a Dem, but I just had to say this.....Good for you Megan! It is not often to find a Republucan honest enough to call it like (in this case) she sees it. O'Donnell is a "Nut Case"! Too bad nobody else had the balls (wait no balls involved here...lol...) to stand up and say so! One day I hope to live in a nation that understands it takes BOTH sides to do the right thing for all. Megan You should run for office! Keep up the honesty. Everyone in politics has forgotten, but it is still the best policy!

    October 19, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. J Russ

    Hey DonMN763, please read to us the exact phase in the constitution that dictates separation of church and state.........all I'm able to find is that the federal government won't impose any religion on us, nor prevent us from practicing the religion of our choice.
    Seriously, that's a big misconception that you could clear up for those of us who have actually read the constitution.

    October 19, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Ted

    The mainstream GOP abdicated responsibility for the Republican message to morons like Angle, Bachmann, Palin and that wacko Odonnell. At least with Boner and McClownell, we know what we have. With the Tea Partiers, you have a bunch of certifiable lunatics spreading their ill conceived, unintelligent blather around and it will be a bad thing if any of these idiots get elected. However if they do get elected, it will be by the same ilk of idiots in the voting public that will do it. God Save our Country.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    O'Donnell would reflect badly on a petrified piece of turd.
    I cannot believe how someone like O'Donnell, or Palin, or Bachmann, or Angle, or Brewer, or...you get the picture could've gotten this far in their "political" careers AFTER people heard them speak on substantive issues. But wait,they really haven't said ANYTHING of substance on the issues plaguing our country have they? We're still dealing with chickens, Asian looking Latinos crossing the border, grizzly bears, and witchcraft.

    October 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. sassysticks53

    "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...?.

    Meghan McCain doesn't have to be qualified or have some "expertise" to voice her opinion. That's her right as an American! Millions of Americans agree with her – Christine O'Donnell is a nut job, period. So are a lot of these extremist tea baggers – Angle, Rand Paul, Miller, Palin, etc. all wacko, extremist nut jobs. America will regret it if these extremist take control. Remember Hitler and the Third Reich anybody?

    October 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes the GOP establishment is too afraid to speak-out and state the obvious. Party before Country is the official GOP motto.

    October 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. sharon

    Megan is right..............she is a "nut-job".

    October 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. SAY WHAT!!!

    John McCain should have chosen Meghan McCain as his VP...

    October 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Mitchell

    Meghan McCain is an embarrassment to her father. She reminds me of kids in college that never had to work a day in their life and had strong opinions on everything.

    October 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Dean

    What's interesting is that O'Donnell is just as qualified to be a senator as Obama was to be a president.

    October 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. terry, va

    McCain go back to your girl friend and shut your mouth unless she wants you to open it. @ T'shaw .....as usual you are an idiot. You could put the devil on the dumbocrap ticket and you would support him/her. If these are the best candidates that Delaware can come up with, they are in a VERY,VERY sad state.

    October 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Monster Zero

    I must agree in this case, but who in their right mind would want to run for any elected office in today's world. Your life would end as you know it, if you were President you would have to pick the dumbest, most bumbling idiot in the pack to assure your own safety. Your children would no longer be free to do, your family would be no longer free to do, what would drive these people to seek an elected office that would take years off your life? How bout that old Multi-millionaire Bill Clinton and Billionaire Al Gore....

    October 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Kate

    In spite of myself, I really do like Meghan McCain. She must feel terribly alone. The GOP started out with the right ideas. I was a young Republican, too. It's just hard to stay on board with a party that brings forth the madness that is Sarah Palin and the tea party. I see her coming around as an independent, or possibly a more conservative democrat. I also see her running for office. I really hope so. She seems to be far more in touch with how people are really feeling than these lunatics running for office this election.

    October 19, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Jason

    First of all, STFU Meghan McCain. Nobody wants you speaking for the Republican party, with the exception of the Democrats. Why does this media whore get any attention? She should just go away. I never want to see or hear from her again. As far as I know this girl has never served in the US Military nor contributed to society in any way. If you want to be of service, go convince all of your LGBT friends to vote Republican.

    October 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    smart and hot...nice combination.

    October 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. B

    Like her father, mcain is rino. Good thing he lost the presidential bid. I just wish mcain would have lost his senate seat. He is no good for the party.

    October 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Humbling

    This is the ONLY republican i currently have respect for! I say run for office Miss Mccain! ...and i'm a left winger saying this!

    October 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. AmFem

    Dan- CNN liberal? You have got to be kidding. CNN and all the other networks covered Beck's rally, wholeheartedly, for months before the event, while there was barely any mention of the One Nation Rally. Then they covered the whole Beck/Palin spectacle. C-Span covered the One Nation Rally. Plus, CNN is Palin's biggest promoter! We hear about every hair-brained comment she and the other tea baggers make, while the Democratic candidates are ignored. If the Republicans do take over either or both houses of Congress, you will have CNN and the rest of the so-called "Liberal Media" to thank.

    October 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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