January 23rd, 2009
05:24 PM ET
7 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. Griff

    She would, if she Danced with me.

    January 23, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    Big surprise! That's because they threatened to edit all her hateful, spiteful rhetoric. Next up, Palin?

    January 23, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. noemi in los angeles

    is this a joke?

    January 23, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Surly Scholar

    She would do better on "Defrauding Charity Organizations to Pay for Illegitimately Prescribed Medication with the Stars."

    January 23, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. BB

    Awwww Poor Baby. Another bad day. That makes 3 in her entire life. Boo hooo hoooo hooooooo

    January 23, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Beverly, NYC

    If they are this desperate, maybe they can ask Sarah Palin . She will attend the opening of an envelope to keep her name and face in the press for the next 4 yrs. This show has truly jumped the shark.

    January 23, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Michael in Seattle

    Thats the best news I have heard!

    January 23, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Jon

    Darn. Cindy's hot. Not as hot as Sarah Palin, and certainly not as intellectual as Paris Hilton, but hot enough.

    January 23, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Leon

    BB grow up.

    January 23, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. shoegazer

    On those chicken legs!!!!

    January 23, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. KampBell_BrOwn SUx

    why are people obsessed with mcain and Palin??? they were so annoying that's why they lost.

    January 23, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Dawn

    oh my goddess she can dance and chew gum at the same time?

    January 23, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Jo

    I did not vote for John McCain and was upset at Cindy at times when I felt she was blasting President Obama unfairly, however, I definately agree with this decision. Why should she put herself into the public arena again so soon with all the scrutiny that goes along with it. I was very happy to see that she works with Operation Smile, which seems to be a very worthwhile organization. She needs some time off so she can regroup.

    January 23, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. J Russell Finch

    Wasn't McCain the candidate who railed against "Hollywood" and "Celebrity", but then took every opportunity (except the Letterman one he blew off that cost him) to go on Letterman, Leno, etc.?

    Too bad she didn't accept – it would've given us Libs even more ammo to use againt John "Bad Judgment" McCain. Didn't he want her to be dancing with some buff twenty-something?

    January 23, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Independent_me

    I think that Cindy could kill 'em with a mean "robot"...

    January 23, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. former republican

    OMG! Surly Scholar...that was hilarious!

    January 23, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. JO

    You people still can't get off her back... can you? She has done more for disadvantaged and disabled children than Moose Michele could ever possibly hope to do. Bug off!!

    January 23, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. where were you?

    Dan Quale was Vice president – not just a candidate!

    January 23, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. a canuck

    Why don't they ask Palen ????........She'd be there in a heartbeat !!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. wendy

    Oh please don't make me look at her anymore! The only way I would give them a thumbs up is if her dance partner was Dan Quayle....can you imagine????

    January 23, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. mm

    However wrote this needs to do a little research. Dan Quayle was vice-president of the United States.

    January 23, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. help

    does Channel have a line of clothing for ballroom dancing??

    January 23, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. proudliberal-independent

    good. barbie's cain't dance.

    January 23, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Blue is my favourite colour

    How about "Dancing around the issues"...she and McCain can go together.

    January 23, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. KG, Twin Cities

    Why don't they ask Gov. Palin? She'll do anything to stay in the limelight.

    January 23, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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