April 24th, 2009
08:10 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain: I don't always see eye-to-eye with Meghan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/24/art.mccainfamily.gi.jpg caption="Meghan McCain (above: with parents John and Cindy McCain) has become one of the hottest young GOP pundits."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain told CNN Friday he doesn't always see eye-to-eye with his outspoken daughter.

Meghan McCain, the 24-year-old daughter of the former Republican presidential nominee, has grabbed the media spotlight this year, thanks to a string of attention grabbing blog posts, television appearances and speeches.

Her comments critical of some of her party's positions, and jabs at some senior Republicans like former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Bush senior advisor Karl Rove, have made her one of this year's hottest young GOP pundits.

"I love and respect my daughter, and I appreciate the fact that she brings fresh views and ideas and we need that in our party," the senator said Friday on CNN's American Morning. "We don't always agree, and sometimes we have spirited discussions, and that is good in families."

The younger McCain is writing a book about the future of the Republican Party.

Filed under: John McCain • Meghan McCain
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Claudette

    I want to hear John McCain come forth and tell the truth about torture. Sir, with great respect for the time you spent in hell at the HH, for you, for those who suffered with you, speak on these failed, damaging policies of torture in the Bush/Cheney administration. Speak for those who did not survive the torture of the HH and clean the slate of the shameful, illegal and dirty hands of Bush/Cheney.

    April 24, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. DEM in HI

    If he would listen to his daughter, he would see that she is right on target. The GOP is floundering because they cannot reach out to the young voters. Time to tell the ultra right members either we change or we will lose all the time. Too bad the GOP cannot get rid of the old guard because they are ruining the party with their over the line views.

    April 24, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. just another "arrogant" American

    Funny how all the liberals love her.... the same ones who mocked Bush by saying he got everything in life just because of who his father is. How is she any different? She would be just another liberal college girl with a head full of theories and concepts but no grasp of life's harsh realities.

    April 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. anthony

    i like megan, she speaks her mind and i will like to see where she is in 10-15 yrs. This isthe kind of republican we need =now. not the religious fanatics and neo con that control the repubicians now

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Shane Williams

    I am a Democrat in Oklahoma, and Meghan seems to be a lot more like the Republicans I know that our my age. I am glad she is speaking out against old ideas and bs the leadership of the party puts out. Finally, people are realizing that despite party affiliation, we aren't enemies. We are very similar on most topics.

    April 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    There is a generation gap and Meghan is sync with the changing attitudes and values of most Americans.

    April 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Lynn

    Senator McCain also said that the Obama Administration was handling the tortureallegations like a Banana Republic (you can always count on a Republican to dis others). A "Banana Republic" would not have his Attorney General the task of looking into this whole mess to see if LAWS were broken. It is laws that separate us from McCain's vision of a "Banana Republic".

    They would have just thrown the whole lot of them into jail and subjected to them to the same "enhanced techniques" that the Bush Administration used. That way they could get them to say anything they wanted them to say!

    April 24, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Joyce Becker

    Perhaps if John listened more to his daughter he would have done better in his campaign, she seems to have a lot more sense than he does, maybe because she is younger and not so set in her ways as he is, or perhaps she is a good deal smarter than he is, she should run for his Senate seat when his term is up..

    April 24, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. CT Mama

    Don't back away from Meghan, John–she's going to save the GOP!

    April 24, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Tulsa

    Daddy ought to listen to his daughter in this case. Little Meghan makes more sense than ANY of the GOP leadership.

    April 24, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. wisdom

    coming from a macCain breed that is huge,i will agree she has democrat views in a republican blood good job Meghan,can i add you on facebook.

    April 24, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Zack of Woodbury

    What a way to go McCain...you and your daughter have clearly shown to the world that dad and daughter can disagree on hot button issues and still maintain those ideals that bind you people together as a family.

    Can you take another part-time job to educate some parents who always think that being "Right" is a genetically predispositon for parents Only?

    April 24, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Jesse

    A book about the future of the Republican Party?
    Chapter 1
    Bush, Cheney, Rove and my dad killed it. The End.

    April 24, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. didi

    no wonder you did not win,....lost with lot of votes...

    April 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Mike O'Brien

    I have lost all faith in the Republican Party and I do believe they have lost touch with America and the world. I 'agree' with Megan McCain that Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Rush and Ann should just 'go away'. Leave us alone. Lets rebuild the Republican Party without these losers.

    April 24, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Proud American

    Hey, news flash the rest of the nation dosen't see eye to eye with you. Ever wonder why you lost the election?

    April 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. John

    Meghan McCain's writing a book about the future of the Republican party?

    Use simple words and large font so Republicans can understand it.

    April 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Michigan

    He and the republican party should listen more to her!

    April 24, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Moonbeam

    They never did.
    In a summer of 2000 John The Super Maverick McCain suddenly started campaigning for and with Bush. And how! If we had an award for most loyal poodle, McCain would certainly get it.
    Megan's reaction to that was:"Father, how could you?!" She was openly and clearly embarrassed of his behavior.

    April 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Don

    Just remember Meghan, the MSM will love you until you run for president or office. Remember how they treated your daddy sweety. Hugs n kisses

    April 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    What truly makes one a conservative is the ability to respect and listen to different view points, to not hate and wish harm on someone who does not think exactly as you do. Democrats are the exact opposite of that, if you have ever said something to them that they disagree with, you have witnessed their evil, hateful, dishonest, moral-less closed-minded ideology and way of thinking and living first hand. Tolerance and respect is now exclusive to the right, there is not a shred of it anywhere to be found on the left. The truth and facts cannot be altered, they are what they are.

    April 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Robin the Republican

    I like Meghan McCain. She is intelligent and is a breath of fresh air.

    Senator and Mrs. McCain did a great job raising her.

    April 24, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Rachell

    I don't always agree with Megan, but I like her attitude. Plus she's a cutie. You can be a republican without being a religious zealot, partisan hack, or pervy criminal. Apparently Megan is not dickish enough for the current republican party.

    April 24, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Well, Sen McCain finally admitted something correct for once. At least his daughter is willing to look at both sides of a subject.

    April 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Sure McCain throw your daughter under the bus!

    I have a feeling that Meghan will be another "Ronny Reagan" ...... Reagan's youngest son, who is a .......... liberal!

    Meghan is headed towards the SANE ....... Left........ and WE WILL WELCOME HER!

    April 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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