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. Who Cares?

    How exactly is this relevant to what is going on in the country right now? A new President was just sworn in, the economy is in peril, and there are two wars going on, and you're talking about the pill-stealing, hyper-rich, over-expensively dressed wife of John McCrazy?

    And by the way, JO, she stole pain meds from those disadvantaged and disabled children she "helped", so you bug off.

    January 23, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. JO

    To Kathleen: "Google" Cindy McCain and learn about all her charitable work before you spout off on her!

    January 23, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Polly

    Senator McCain-
    Please give Govenor Palin some "fatherly advice." If she is going to play an important role in the GOP's future, she needs to watch her steps very carefully. If she is serious, she needs to "get serious."

    January 23, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    reading this is a good example of hatred among people,,,, cindy wont because she doesnt want to draw attention to her,,,, i dont blame her if i was married to john,,(lol),,, seriously,,, its not what you look like its what you can do,, and michelle and barack are a wonderful couple,,,, i voted for him and im honored to have him as the president of the united states,,,, go barack go!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Joanna

    Dang it! That would have been so cool!

    January 23, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Paul

    JO wrote, "She has done more for disadvantaged and disabled children ..." yeah, Cindy did great things for those kids – like steal their money and their prescription drugs to feed her own habit. Our beautiful first lady never did anything as reprehensible as what Mrs. McCain did.

    January 23, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Anon

    "Dancing With the Stars"? Check her history, I'm pretty sure she's better-suited for "Celebrity Rehab".

    January 23, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Ray Fisher

    Just like Caroline Kennedy, people with money love the spotlight only to a point and that point is reached when inquiring minds begin looking behind the scenes at their lives. Caroline didn't want her private money life revealed and I suspect Cindy doesn't either since she is the money behind Big John. Anytime these folks seek the public spotlight they risk losing their privacy and sometimes risk increased scrutunity of their activities. Once they realize they have being scrutinized they retreat quickly seeking shelter from the microscope as anyone with money has something to hide. Not a mystery at all!!!

    January 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Ida/Tennessee

    She's been dancing with a star since she married John.

    January 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. joaquin

    Yes Pat J, Cindy McCain does have style. But Michelle Obama has substance.

    January 23, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Fred

    I don't want to comment on the folks who used this as a political stump, or those who want to bash Michelle Obama. Cindy and John made the right decision to stay out of America's masturbatory infatuation with reality TV and go on with their lives. She is a very good person and Operation Smile is a wonderful program. Her involvement in this would've done nothing but give the prime time "comedians" something to chew on: the McCain duo are better than that. Maybe they'll now go after the likes of Marsha Brady or Cindy Lauper. .....and after their defense, I am a veteran and a democrat............reality TV is for voyeurs and exhibitionists: the McCain's are better than that.

    January 23, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |


    you would have to come from a moose to know what human being a moose is.

    January 23, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Walter, Long Beach

    Just as well.

    I'm a Democrat and have little use for either McCain.

    But I'm tired of seeing people in public life ridiculed. And that was the inevitable outcome if she had decided to do that.

    January 23, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |

    Spare me.

    January 23, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Can You Dig It?

    to Pat J
    You call Cindy Mc Cain a lady? A lady would not wreck a family by sleeping with a married man. She had no regard for Mrs. Mc Cain, who had almost lost her life in a car accident, and had toundergo countless numbers of surgeries, leaving her disfigured. She is the mother of John Mc Cain's children, who had to care for his children while coping with her failing health.
    And then came along little miss Cindy, who had no regard for this woman and her family, I don't know what you call these types of women, but I've always known them to be called a B****! Michelle Obama is a woman of integrity, and I truly believe would never wreck another woman's home. How dare you!!

    January 23, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Leon

    I see more of the nasty name calling grade school Surly Scholars
    areat it again. Please listen to our new President and grow up.

    January 23, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. magella

    Pat J: "Cindy McCain is EVER so much more of a lady than Michelle Obama. Cindy McCain has STYLE! That is something that can't be bought with $millions of campaign contributions."

    No, but it can be bought with millions of inherited dollars. Do you know even the first thing about her? Or about how she defrauded some of the charities she worked with?

    And how you can call someone a "lady" who was carrying on with a married man–and probably used her $$ to help lure him away–is beyond me.

    January 23, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. chuck

    Pat J @-– you sound like a woman who didn't get anything last night so go to bed or play with yourself.

    January 23, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Julie

    Are you kidding me? After the bs she pulled during the campaign, the woman will be "boo'd" every time her "i wanna be a Barbie doll but look more like the Bride of Frankenstein with all the Botox" face is shown... I sure won't be watching if she's on.

    January 23, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. CCT

    McCain and his wife have shown how to lose a campaign with dignity.
    When all these know it alls have done 1/10th the hands on charity work in the US and around the world that Cindy McCain has done, then they can start running their mouths. When all of these know it alls have given 1/100th the time John McCain has in the service of his country, then they can start running their mouths. In the meantime, your candidate won. Shut up and pretend to be a gracious winner.

    January 23, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Butch Dillon

    Put her in a $60K dance costume and no one will know she's stoned.

    January 23, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. yellow dog democrat

    Hateful comments are uncalled for! (about Cindy, Michelle, & Palin) – its over....everyone who puts out misinformation in the belief it will better their cause is probably in for a rude awakening. The "intelligent" voters of the country no longer want to hear it.

    Meanwhile this is not news and CNN should stop baiting bloggers – unless this is how you entertain yourselves it is very non-productive!

    January 23, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. yellow dog democrat

    JO – your ignorance is showing , ever so slightly!

    January 23, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Hannah Stevens

    Michelle Obama is ten time the person that Cindy McCain is. And she is beautiful as well.

    January 23, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Nathaniel

    CORRECTION – Dan Quayle was not a Vice Presidential candidate. He WAS the Vice President of the United States. He was a Presidential candidate.

    January 23, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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