June 13th, 2008
09:58 AM ET
13 years ago

An early Fathers Day gift for John McCain

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(CNN)—Meghan McCain gave her father an early Father’s Day gift Friday when she changed her political party affiliation from an Independent to a Republican.

Joined by her mother, Cindy McCain, the younger McCain re-registered at the State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix, Arizona.

In a statement on the aspiring first daughter’s blog, Meghan McCain explained she made the decision as a symbol of commitment to her father.

Meghan McCain, who was registered as an Independent since she was old enough to vote, said in a statement the choice represents her faith in her father’s “ability to be an effective leader for our country and to grow and strengthen the Republican Party when he is elected President of the United States.

“Happy Father's Day, Dad!” she also said.

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. H.Skank

    Big whoop. 4 years ago, Dubya caused me to change from Republican to Democrat and there is nothing that I can ever forsee that will have me change back.

    Iraq doesn't want us there, the people of the US don't want us there. Our military men and women heroes are there fighting and dying. Support our troops and bring them home now, they are too precious to waste on the lies of Bush and McCain!

    June 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Lucas, Nashville TN

    How sweet.

    Hey, dad! I am selling out everything we stand for! Happy Father's Day!

    June 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Sarah

    Billy, I'm so upset that you're from FL. I live in Orlando and trust me, not all Floridians are as ignorant as him.

    June 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. donna

    I find it funny that she is only registering as a Republican because of her father...not because she believes in the party or it's policies!!!

    Pretty lame......

    June 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Carl

    Haha she did what many of us do... try to be as cheap as possible when giving gifts....

    i kid, though... happy father's day to all dads

    June 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Beverly

    Why are democrates such angry people? You're complaining about people being mean and unfair to Mrs. Obama, yet you post mean messages about McCain's daughter??

    Double standard from the democrates again!

    June 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |

    She is doing it for the wrong reasons....

    June 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Natalie

    So what? It was expected that she would vote for her father...duh!

    And McCain is not an upstanding man of moral integrity! The only reason why Meghan even exists is because his 1st wife was disfigured in a car accident while he was away as a POW, and when he returned, he didn't like that she wasn't the beauty queen she was before he left! He ran around on her for 6 years, divorced her, and married Cindy one whole month later! Does that sound like integrity to you? He's slime!!!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    Lou Dodds will be so disappointed. Well at least we know your dad will now have three votes. (his, your mother and yours)

    Still not enough....

    Obama 08'

    June 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    For the man who already has everything...

    Seriously though, as sweet a gesture as this is, how does registering for her father's party show support for him, rather than support for his party? I mean, at least give him a teddy bear with a McCain '08 shirt on it!

    June 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. That's Reality

    Good, now maybe some of the young Democrats will vote Republican; you know how so many will follow what looks good.

    June 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. FactCheck

    I guess she must not care too much about women's right if she's planning on voting McCain.

    June 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Chris K

    She is switching her affiliation simply because the vulture media would use it against Mc Cain – his own daughter not being a member of his party. Do you really think the switch is real?

    His family shows you how left wing he really is. Conservatives should be very afraid of what this means to you. Who is going to represent your Christian values? At least Mr. Obama goes to church. Who is stronger on helping the environment which God gave us? Clearly that is Obama. Who is more open to dialogue, world peace, and prosperity for all? Not John McCain. He believes in force first.

    Take a good look America and ask yourself who represents your values the most. Remember the Reagan Democrats? Well, its time for the Obama Republicans to stand up.

    June 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. McCain=the draft

    So what.
    Your father is still a dangerous, evil, little man.

    June 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Dallas, TX

    Who cares?

    Why is this news?

    Go home, your Dad's going to lose this November!

    OBAMA '08!

    June 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Austin, Texas

    Nice of her to support her father; however, I do not agree with his policies and for this reason, I will vote for ...

    Obama '08

    June 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Texas Trail Dog


    June 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Helen, NY

    At least Father's day brought some sense in you. Grow up.
    There are jokers like Barack there who is folling people with his big mouth and anti-smear campagin. He has nothing to talk about. None of us are going to vote for Obama. he does not deserve it. Vote John McCain.

    June 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Bostonian for Obama

    Why is this really news? Isn't it a given that she'll vote for her father? Clearly it's an attempt at bringing in new younger voters. This is McCain's attempt.

    Obama's attempt at bringing in new younger voters is have college rallys, speak at college graduations, encouraging internet fund raising, discuss economic issues and education funding, etc.

    Kids my age are dying in Iraq, coming home paralyzed, injured, wheelchair bounded, with Post Traumatic Disorders, and that's touching the surface–by the thousands, yet, McCain thinks it's all fine and staying this failed course is a good thing. That's sad.

    Please vote Obama so real significant change can happen. Isn't 8 years of incompetent Bush enough?

    June 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Helen

    To: You Go Hillary @ 10:56

    You only make yourself look stupid when you write if not Hillary then McCain.

    Hillary and McCain views on the issues are TOTALLY different. You just supported another reason why Hillary lost. She received votes not on her own merit but because some american wanted to see a "woman" president. (there a plenty of better woman candidates than Hillary)

    Women wear dresses and skirts occasionally. Hillary didn't.

    Obama 08'

    June 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. carla

    OH! I love fairytales!!!! They never happen in real life.

    June 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. OH BILLY BOY!!!!!

    BILLY from Fl ............................The Clintons and the McCains can be very proud of their children.Obama's children are not old enough to judge yet, but if they are anything like their mother, someone will have to make sure they never speak in public..........YOUR PARENTS should be VERY DISAPPOINTED , NOW they realize THE POODLE IS BETTER TRAINED,NO TREAT TODAY (BOZO)

    June 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Kevin in Maryland for Obama

    Geeezz, is this really news, what daughter would no support her father, even if he is a George Bush third term type of guy, will he send his daughter off to Iraq and fight-as he stated that soldiers coming home was not important to him-he actually said that soldiers coming home to their families–wives, children, mom's and dad's were not important to him.

    America, we only have one choice to get ourselves out of this hole, vote Obama, think, a vote for McCain is a vote for another 4 years in Iraq, 9 years our kids have died in Iraq, can we stand this anymore, unless you are Exxon, you love it..........

    Obama 09-2016

    June 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Sorry Meghan, I'm afraid you will be disapointed this year.

    June 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Brian

    Well at least the ol' warmonger is going to get 3 votes...his, Cindy's and Megan's. On the other hand, her changing affiliation is "not too important"

    June 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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