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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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Shay

    Pat J: Your comments are absurd!

    January 23, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Shay

    Pat J: The absurdity of your comment is related to Cindy being stylish .

    It is appalling for anyone to spend the kind of money she does on clothing. If you want to call her stylish, no problem. Those clothes don't soften her face. She's stiff looking and snobbish!

    January 23, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. yellow dog democrat

    by the way "dancing" is good for the soul – I prefer to do my dancing in the kitchen......

    January 23, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Shay

    January 23rd, 2009 6:28 pm ET

    Jo wrote: Sizewise … Michelle is a MOOSE !! I was comparing Cindy, not Palin, for your info so why bring Palin into this?

    Jo, I've seen you and if I were you I wouldn't throw stones.

    Michelle is a beautiful woman! But someone like you can't see beyond the color of her skin!

    January 23, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Linda in MS

    AWWW, Griff

    That is so sweet. Now, to the point. I am glad Cindy didn't decide to go on "Dancing with the Stars" because it seems inappropriate for the wife of a US Senator to do so.
    To the comment that Cindy McCain has style, which cannot be bought, you are sooo wrong. She has bought her style with the big bucks she has. If you consider her cold, brittle look and painted -on smile coulpled with outrageously expensive clothing over her anorexic body stylish, that's up to you. Michelle's clothes were not bought by campaign contributions...you have her confused with the "Barracuda"

    January 23, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Shay

    JO: your hateful side is showing! Lighten up and enjoy life!

    January 23, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Wow!

    Amazing how hateful all of you are. Hate is not the new hope. Take a cue from the new president - he supports unity, not hatred toward people. It's clear you all learned nothing from him or this election - deliberately misquoting cindy's statements and characterizing her according to journalist's smear jobs.

    To Kathleen: You're clearly ignorant if you don't know of any of Cindy's philanthropic work. She's donated millions to help starving children, the Halo Trust to dismantle and remove land mines and help those victims, provide free medical care to people who could not afford it, and to pay for surgeries for children born with cleft palates, her adopted daughter being one of them. What exactly have you done lately?

    January 23, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Hmmmmm. What do you think Cindy McCain would've chose?

    A. First Lady.

    B. A stint on 'Dancing With the Stars'.

    January 23, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. John

    Seems like McCain's are even not good dancers – let it be good politicians.

    January 23, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Blue balloons

    I enjoyed the Larry King interview with John McCain the other night. Hope he keeps coming back for more interviews this year.

    January 23, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. dmr

    What ever will we do? It just won't be the same.

    Please, how did this make it onto the political ticker?

    January 23, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Thurman

    not only is mrs. mcain working on her second knee she,s working on her tenth facelift and now she looks like a complete rat. i will take the moose over the rat any day because the moose is a winner and if you don,t believe that just check the white house and you will find her there. LARGE AND IN CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Stephanie

    Hahahaha! thats all we need. Cindy competing against Kim Kardashian. LOL.

    January 23, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Samuel

    Who on the planet earth want to see these guys dancing. McCains, Bushes, Chaneys are oldest generation that are limping or already in wheelchair. THE TV SHOW MUST BE OUT OF THEIR MIND!!!

    January 23, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. MR G

    Cindy McCain Looks like cousin IT!!!

    January 23, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. rea

    hey jo stop hating start loving it will make you feel alot better.OBAMA IS YOUR president to.

    January 23, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Dante R. Sanchez

    "Former vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle......"

    Correction is in order. Dan Quayle was a former vice president. should not be referred to as former vp candidate in this context...

    January 23, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Texas Teacher

    oh, my.... and we should care about this subject?

    January 23, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Mike

    Trophy wife

    January 23, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. jim

    Dan Quayle actually served as Vice President for 4 years....

    January 23, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Ker Kata

    She is pretty...too bad she has the wrong hubby.

    January 23, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Kathy Scioscia

    Hey "Pat J" - unfortunately the McCain's come as a couple – where there is Cindy, there is John - whose soul mate was Palin (according to John himself). I don't believe he treated Cindy her like much of a lady then, did he?

    Women all have differences that make each one a unique lady. Why not compare yourself to Cindy McCain. Now who's more of a lady?

    January 23, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Kathy Scioscia

    Please disregard my last comment ...

    January 23, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Kathy Scioscia

    Hey "Pat J" — unfortunately the McCain's come as a couple – where there is Cindy, there is John — whose soul mate was Palin (according to John himself). He didn't treated Cindy much like a lady in stating that publicly about another married woman.

    Women all have differences that make each one a unique lady. Why not compare yourself to Cindy McCain and judge who is "more of a lady?" Your comment was rather simple minded.

    January 23, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. mike

    I don't want to call her old, but Im sorry she's very old. I can see the first couple doing dancing with the stars, but their youthful and inspirational. Sorry, just the way I feel.

    January 23, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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