January 23rd, 2009
05:24 PM ET
8 years ago

Cindy McCain won’t be 'Dancing with the Stars'

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(CNN) - It’s official: John McCain is edging his way back onto the national stage — but his wife Cindy has opted to avoid the spotlight. Literally.

Speaking on CNN's Larry King Live Thursday, Sen. John McCain confirmed reports his wife had weighed the possibility of appearing on the hit TV show 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Those reports said Mrs. McCain was in talks with the show's producers late last year, and was close to being a contestant during the upcoming season.

The former Republican presidential candidate told King Thursday both McCains talked the opportunity over and decided against it. "Well, we discussed it, but we decided it just was not a good idea," McCain said. "You know, Cindy's on her second knee. She's had it replaced."

"It would have been very challenging," McCain continued. "But I'm proud of her work and charity around the world, Operation Smile, a number of other organizations - humanitarian efforts that she's involved in and is continuing to be involved in."

Mrs. McCain isn't the first politically-connected individual to be invited to appear on the show: Former vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle reportedly turned down a similar offer last year.

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  1. Telegram Sam

    Celebrity Rehab is still looking for contestants.

    January 23, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Ed

    I know it's hard to believe but Dan Qualye was not just a former vice presidential candidate, as stated in the article, he WAS the vice president.

    January 23, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. D. D.

    Do you really see Cindy in this role?
    Call Sarah. She will bring the family and be pleased to dance, sing, interview,, be on QVC, Paula Dean, become Illinois Governor, and entertain D.L. Hughley and BET well maybe not. The last two shows goes against the GOP base.
    Does David Duke have a show?

    January 23, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. D. Alan

    In one regard, Dan Quayle is a former"vice-presidential candidate" as stated in your article; after all he did run on the Bush-Quayle ticket in 1988 and 1992 and the ticket did lose in 1992. But more significant is the fact that Mr/ Quayle did serve 4 years as the 44th Vice-President of the United States. Sarah Palin, Lloyd Bentson, and whoever ran with Gore and Kerry are considered former VP candidates – Quayle was the VP.

    January 23, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. smiff

    Bush lite should keep his winnings close. Never know what might fly off when the twirling starts. Dont need teeth and such cluttering up the dance floor. And someone mentioned the beauty of mrs potus. Thats fine if you dont mind the beeping from all that junk in her trunk every time she backs up. not to mention that grill configure is a bit hard on the eyes. Palease lets keep the worship to a hushed roar on blogs about geretology and aerobic competition.........K?.........K DEN!!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. expressyour self

    Jo, How old are you? Mentally? Michelle a moose? Sounds like you are hungry... take your medicine, the whole bottle...

    January 23, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Kathy

    No Ty toys in this house.

    This is wrong and it is inappropriate. President Obama and his team said early on that family and children were off limits and that stand true today.

    As a mother I would be outraged to say the very least.

    January 23, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. person

    For the michelle haters out there, most first ladies besides Jackie O looked pretty average. HRC wasn't that great looking, neither was gray haired Barbara Bush who looked like the mother of George Sr instead of his wife. So I ask you guys why are you picking on Michelle does it have to do with her skin color???

    January 23, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Matthew

    Though I'm not a McCain supporter, I'm glad Mrs. McCain had the good sense to veto this one. Her time would be better spent working for the charities she supports. She has done a lot of good working for the poor, as well as adopting an orphan–a most admirable undertaking.

    January 23, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Matt in Philly

    Dan Quayle was not just a vice presidential candidate. He was the vice president. I know he can't spell, but show the guy some respect.

    January 23, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Cindy McCain is a pill popping anorexic who needs to stay home – oh, she already does that!!!

    January 23, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Is that Rupaul?

    Is it just me or is Michelle Obama actually RuPaul also? They are about the same size are'nt they?

    January 23, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. NObama

    Um CNN, Dan Quayle is a former Vice President.

    January 23, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. Clara

    It's because she's actually a robot...

    January 23, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Maddie

    Poor Cindy – first she dosen't get to be Princess Diana of the United States, and now she dosen't get to be on DWTS. How sad for her.
    Maybe she should just go buy another house.....

    January 23, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. diane08

    Seriously???? What's next, Sarah Palin on American Idol?

    January 23, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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