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. Joanna

    Meagan is a very refreshing new face to the GOP. The would do well by listening to her.

    April 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Big John

    John, I suggest you read Meghans book when it's done and learn from your daughter. She's obviously more in touch than you.

    April 24, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    A 24 year-old writing about the future of the republican party, what a joke or even better, a disgusting thought. Next she will be treating us with her new found advantages of being in love with a black lesbian from North Korea, but, that is at least a little closer to her style.

    April 24, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. lawyermommy

    I do not know what to make of this Meghan Melee. She is obviously diametrically opposed to everything her parents stand for.

    If she continues to be a beam of light for the republican party, I just may dust off my card and join them again.
    She makes the party seem, well, alive again. It makes it seem like a more modern party and not the party of powder faced, old white, wiry... ancient men.

    Way to go Meghan. Your mother did a great job with you!

    April 24, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Maverick father Maverick daughter! No surprise there!!

    April 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Peace

    You are the angel Meghan, you just speak the way it is. No meandering, just cracking the egg right on! Your father must be very proud of you. Keep it up young lady!!

    April 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. soldier girl

    Obama 2012!!!! Megan McCain 2016!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. bob j

    sen mccain you would have done better if meghan would have been on your ticket

    April 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Chris

    Maybe if you had tried, you might have stood a better chance in the Presidential Race last year. LOL

    April 24, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    I wonder if a left-wing parent would feel the same about a conservative daughter. Somehow, I doubt it......... she would probably be dis-owned, or worse.

    April 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Joe in Austin

    He'd be smarter if he did

    April 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. annie for Palin

    So mccain is hedging his bets for re-election. Daughter is trying to make sure his re-election is a loss.

    April 24, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Common Sense

    That's because Meghan has brain and John, well not so much for you. Meghan is one of the FEW Republicans that I have any respect for.

    April 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. dave

    You should because if you had you might be president now. One more thing you wouldn't have Palin hanging around your neck that would have never been her choice.

    April 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Dem For Meghan

    I love and admire Meghan !!!!

    April 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Da Professor

    Maybe you don't always see eye to eye with your daughter Senator BUT isn't it great to have at least one intelligent Republican in the family.

    April 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Michael M. Noonan

    Thank God. It's hard to see eye to eye with an iintellectual midget.

    April 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |

    The GOP will eventually over time go back to it's progressive roots.....Lincoln, Teddy Rooosevelt, Gen. Eisenhower.......all spent big, and expanded government, but made the country 100x better....look up their accomplishments....

    April 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. marlene

    I have listened to Ms McCain several times and I don't agree with her views all of the time either. But I applaud her in speaking out. I wonder what other young person could get the media coverage that she gets, by just being Senator McCain's daughter. I get so tired of the media trying to make the news with controversy, instead of reporting. Marlene in Mich

    April 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Jackie in Dallas

    Yeah, Senator McCain, I didn't see eye-to-eye with my father either, but he listened to me, and I listened to him. You might respect the fact that Meghan is more in touch with her generation that you are, and the fact that the future of the GOP lies in her generation, not yours any longer. She has some good ideas, which might actually rescue your party from complete oblivion. Of course, the party of old white-haired men is threatened when their children disagree with them publically. I'm sure you would prefer to be like Cheney's daughter, but gratefully, Meghan is her person, not a clone.

    Now, fade into the background again, please. You are no longer relevant.

    April 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. kelly cauffman

    To Senator McCain's asset is that he raised his daughter to have opinions and she feels free to express them. Frankly, if she had been running his campaign he might have had a better chance to win. Her ideas and opinions really reach out to the independent voters. i have always voted on a national level as a Democrat, however Meghan might just change that.

    April 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. John-Sturgis, S. Dakota

    Listen to your daughter McCain, she's a lot smarter than you in every respect.

    April 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Dan, TX

    Of course not, she is an adult and she has her own views of the world. Thank goodness Senator McCain and his wife raised their daughter to think for herself. Thank you Senator McCain, for being a good dad.

    April 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Laverne

    Maybe if you did think more like Meghan, you would be president. This just goes to show, you shouldn't judge people based on family members.

    April 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. cjsks

    Meghan, has a rational vision of what the GOP (or whatever conservative based party that takes it place) needs to become.

    GOP leadership – please, take a few tips from the young, rational, leaders of the future... the survival of a strong two-party system (which we don't seem to have at the moment), depends on it.

    April 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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