March 2nd, 2009
08:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Meghan McCain: My dad's campaign killed my love life

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. McCain's daughter, pictured on the left, is speaking out on the impact of her father's latest presidential campaign on her personal life."]
(CNN) - Meghan McCain says that "nothing kills my libido quite like discussing politics" - and that the presidential election "killed my personal life."

"OK, maybe killed is a bit of an exaggeration," she wrote in a blog post for The Daily Beast published Monday. "But it does seem to be on life support. Of all the things people warned would happen post-election, no one ever said anything about how complicated dating would become. Especially if your dad loses the election. There are things that have been difficult, but nothing quite as tough as dating. I fear the election has destroyed my ability and desire to date. Now, I cannot say at any point in my life that I have been very good at dating. But I have become something I used to despise: people who let politics dictate his or her attraction to someone."

She said one fan of her mother, Cindy McCain, recently told her she could be "his Cindy," and asked if she ever wore pearls like her mother did. "Any guy that has a fetish for older women in pantsuits and large pearls obviously only finds my last name attractive about me," she wrote.

McCain said she did not care who her friends supported during the campaign, and that she believed political views were personal - "but when it comes to dating, it's become an entirely different subject. And I promise, no one is more surprised by this revelation than I am. ... If I am adult enough to understand that voting is one of the most personal things a person can do, why am I letting it affect how attracted to someone I am? I know that no one can really explain sexual attraction and why you are drawn to someone or not — but at this point in time, nothing kills my libido quite like discussing politics."

She said she was "turned off" both by supporters of President Obama - and her father's backers. "Recently, over dinner, a guy started explaining his reasons for supporting President Obama during the election (I didn’t ask, I think the poor guy felt guilty) and I immediately found any attraction I had previously had dissipate," she wrote. "But same thing happens if a guy starts talking about all the reasons why my father should be president. I have the ultimate Catch-22 in post-election dating. So where does that leave me, and who exactly am I attracted to? Let’s just say I’m spending a lot of time writing and even more time with my girlfriends."

McCain also said she hadn't gone on a single date during the presidential campaign because she was too busy, and "too paranoid about getting set up for a 'gotcha' moment. ...I am sure I am not being fair to all the men out there, but my recent experiences have left me scarred and wary of dating," she said, in the blog post titled “Looking for Mr. Far Right.”

"At this point, my biggest aphrodisiac is an apathetic attitude toward politics. So to all the fathers out there: If you want your daughters to be single in her 20s, I can say this — run for president.”

The daughter of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who graduated from Columbia University two years ago, has often blogged about her experiences on the campaign trail.

Filed under: Extra • John McCain • Meghan McCain
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. lue welch

    what a charming young and astute woman

    March 2, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Joel Parkes

    This is a refreshingly candid view of politics from within a family. The sacrifices politicians and their families make is not really understood by people who don't run for office. Good on you, Meghan. Your honesty is quite attractive (as are you) and you will have no trouble finding a cool partner.

    March 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Marie

    Cute! She has a sense of humor. Good for her. She seems balanced.

    March 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. William Pruett

    I am sorry that Ms. MCcain's fathers campaign ruined her love life, but her fathers campaign has also caused me to re-think my afiliation with the Republican party as well, and I am far from being alone!

    March 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Geoff

    Hmm. Okay. Meghan McCain strikes me as overly self-absorbed, but then again she is young. The "Political Ticker" strikes me as overly freighted with frivolous ballyhoo, but then again it is an operation run by an American cable news network.

    March 2, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Texan for Progression

    Any one ever notice how Republicans often use stories to make a point? The stories are usually fictitious and when they aren't, they're riddled with distortions or flat out lies. Mr. Jingle (I meant Jindel) is a prime example. Yet, this is how they best explain their views. Interesting isn't it???

    March 2, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. JJ

    The Stock Market is in a downhill spiral and all CNN can do is write articles about McCain and Limbaugh. Why don't they do some real reporting and tell us why the markets DON'T like the Obama stimulus package, bail-out plan and budget??? I can give you a hint; they are all going to RUIN this country.....

    March 2, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Chris in MI

    Does anyone really care what this ditz has to say? What makes her think anyone cares about her dating life? Could she be trolling for dates on the "Ticker.?" She graduated from Columbia 2 yrs ago?...what, no job yet? Daddy must still be supporting her.

    March 2, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Annie

    Meghan seems like a level headed young lady.....good for her!

    March 2, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Anthony

    I feel bad for Megan McCain, she's pretty cute

    March 2, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. 12xY3

    thats a drag. do you always meet guys who are patriots to a particular political party, and who are "die hard" enough to insure their place in a politicians family? you know; those type of guys who will try to sleep their way to the top!

    March 2, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Tracee

    Why is this news

    March 2, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Ray Fisher

    I'm guessing her favorite topic of discussion is herself, no politics, art, music or theatre just herself and maybe shopping!!! Just an Arizona Valley Girl....

    March 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Michael Templer

    not sure her dad is sorry about that. Wonder if that worked for teenagers of Vice Presidential candidate.

    March 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Jon

    Cry me a river...this is a case of "too much information" in my opinion.

    March 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. ANGIE-OH

    and this is news? why? and who cares?

    March 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. bandillero


    March 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. karen-Phoenix

    Megan is following in the footsteps of Ron Reagan, Stephanie Miller, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and a few more! She will sooooon be a progressive dem...........!! I can see it happening now! AND she graduated from Columbia University(President Obama's university)!

    March 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. phyllicia

    What a waste of space. Get a REAL life sister

    March 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Corey

    Wow, get over yourself, Meghan."I am sure I am not being fair to all the men out there..." Meghan, I promise, not all the men out there want to date you. Personally, I don't think you are attractive in the least.

    March 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    WHO CARES, ask your mother for some pointers she good at attracting men especially someone elses.

    March 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Gracie

    WHO the hell cares about Meghan's love life? I mean really, this is soooooooooooo stupid on all levels. WHY is this even newsworthy is beyond me.

    It's these types of senseless journalism that SUCK!!!!

    March 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Sally

    Frankly, who cares???

    March 2, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Obama 2.0

    Gee whiz, all you have to do is ask daddy for some of his Viagra, it works for girls too, you just can't take the whole pill.

    March 2, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    "She said she was "turned off" both by supporters of President Obama — and her father's backers."

    Well, Honey, here is a news bulletin for you... You are not the greatest "turn on" in the world either. Have you ever considered that it might not have been the election, but perhaps YOU?

    March 2, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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