April 29th, 2009
05:58 PM ET
14 years ago

Meghan McCain calls Specter switch 'selfish'

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(CNN) – Meghan McCain- who has been known for her outspoken criticisms of the Republican Party, did not soften her voice Tuesday calling Sen. Arlen Specters party switch a "selfish choice."

Recognizing that it had been a hard day for the Republican Party, McCain offered some encouraging words " I am still a believer in this party! I have faith we can bring this back, who is with me?!?" she tweeted.

Sen. Arlen Specter might have left the GOP, but Meghan McCain isn't going anywhere. "In my Republican Party there is room for everyone! There is no need for an admissions test to be a member, lets be more inclusive!" she wrote.

The twitter updates to McCain's page came shortly after Conservative host Rush Limbaugh suggested that there were a couple other Republicans that should follow in the senators footsteps "Well, Specter, take [Sen. John] McCain with you. And his daughter [Meghan]. Take McCain and his daughter with you if you're gonna…" he told listeners.

"…..It's ultimately good. You're weeding out people who aren't really Republicans" Limbaugh said.

McCain sees the future of the GOP differently, "its good to have disagreements, were never going to agree on everything! Who wants to agree on everything? so boring."

Filed under: Meghan McCain • Republican Party
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Little Miss Sunshine

    Well I do agree with the last sentence. It's good to have disagreements, but why would you want to be a member of a party that is so unwelcoming to you and no longer stands for a single thing that you believe in??

    April 29, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Perusing-Through

    The problem with the Republican Party is:
    [a.] – Rush Limbaugh,
    [b.] – Dick Cheney,
    [c.] – Karl Rove,
    [d.] – Sean Hannity,
    [e.] – Glen Beck,
    [f.] – Sarah Palin

    April 29, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Corwin7

    As much as I respect the courageousness of your position Megan, it's probably time to join the other 75% of america that has realized that there is no talking to an idiot because an idiot is always sure he's the only one in the room that's "right" which is why they become idiots in the first place and the reason they never change into anything more. If your looking for a political party that's more in line with YOUR ethics and morals and you feel it absolutely necessary to maintain the two party system (see gridlock and lack of accomplishing basically anything) then consider the independant party as a viable alternative to the party of bigotry and hate you are currently aligned with and maligned by...

    April 29, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Tulsa L

    I can't believe this party of republicans.......you have this teenager speaking for the GOP, yes she might have some clue to what this party needs to do to regain some of it's strength, but she is still clueless, then you have Steele from the getto with his gutter talk.....then you have Limbaugh with his radical racial white thrash talk.....need I go on with the rest of republicans that have no clue as to how to get this country going again, but they all seem to know that Obama isn't the answer.....you people are blind and deaf to what the people of this country need and want..........glad to see the smart republicans that still have so gumption to leave the party of NO and come over to the party of YES WE CAN......

    April 29, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Kelby In Houston, TX

    A few things.
    1. Who woulda thought that Arlen Specter would leave the GOP before Meghan McCain (she is so pretty)
    2. Do you think she heard Boss Limbaugh call her and her father out before she came with those words of encouragement for her hate and hopeless party . (They are hate-FULL and hope-LESS)
    3 And I quote "I am still a believer in this party! I have faith we can bring this back, who is with me?!?" Ya see! this is why she is still with this party. for some reason I can't figure out, she still believes in them. And they say we liberals are naive for believing in the American People. You, Ms. McCain are naive for believing in the GOP...but yer just so darn pretty I'll have to forgive you.

    April 29, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Alex

    Who cares about Meghan McCain's opinions?

    April 29, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    You go girl! The problem with Specter is that he didn't agree with the Republicans on much of anything anymore. We probably won't hear of him again after 2010.

    April 29, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Skeeter Sanders

    Meghan McCain is being naive about the Republican Party. The sad fact is - and Ms. McCain will inevitably have to face it - is that, as President Obama said in his inaugural address, "the political ground has shifted" from under the GOP's feet.

    That shift is generational. As Ms. McCain herself said in a speech at the Log Cabin Republicans conference in Washington last month, "The old-guard [read: conservative] GOP is scared [expletive]less" about the major demographic and attitudinal changes taking place among the American people.

    Unfortunately for Ms. McCain, the "old guard" has no intention of giving up their iron grip on the party. On the contrary, right-wing purists are engaging in a wholesale attempt to purge the GOP of anyone and everyone who doesn't comport to their radical right-wing worldview.

    Contrary to Ms. McCain's assertions, the purists drove Sen. Specter out of the party - just as they drove retired Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont to quit the GOP in 2001 (he became an independent), attacked former Sen. Lincoln Chafee during the 2008 campaign (He's since defected to the Democrats). The right-wing purists are now going after Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine - and inevitably, they'll go after Ms. McCain herself.

    April 29, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. MR

    Who is Meghan (who)? She's a nobody and who cares what she thinks. She is as racist as alot of the Republicans and their followers. Mr. Specter made a wise decision because Republicans are selfish and stuck up. Support our President and shut up.

    April 29, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Stu-Florida

    Come on over Meghan... there's plenty of room for everyone!
    For everyone but Limbaugh, that is.

    You know you want to... go ahead... make the smart choice. You'll
    gain more than you'll loose.

    April 29, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Mike in Dallas

    please someone tell me why I care what this twit thinks about anything?

    April 29, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Matt

    Just become a democrat already.

    April 29, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. John

    Well done Mr. Specter,

    It is always good to Abandon a Sinking Boat
    To make hay while the Sun Shines




    No No No. Specter is not the "selfish".

    Rush Limbaugh is the real "Game-Changer".

    This is just the first half. See the results after the full game 🙂 🙂

    April 29, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Shirley In California

    Just as I predicted. She is just like her daddy. Smiles in your face while saying one thing and does exactly the opposite. I hope all the Obama supporters (I to support him) who have been "mooning" over her wake up. She is a spoiled brat with no convictions or loyalty. I still remember her standing there smiling while her old man held hate rallies. Yes, that was her. Did you really think she had changed? Please little girl go away and take your daddy with you.

    April 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. David, CA

    Meghan McCain- if Rush, Palin, and (former) Ms California are "real" republicans... I'm amazed more aren't fleeing the GOP like rats from the Titanic.

    On the other hand- I always liked and admired Specter even when he was a republican. He seemed to be the only one with brains in the bunch.

    April 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. MJM

    Hey Meghan, I am republican and I would really like for you to go and sit in a corner for eternity time-out! Whoever started listening to you in the first place should be booted where the sun doesn't shine.

    April 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Mike Ft Collins , CO

    Megan McCain, Joe the plumber, why is it that the media thinks we care what these two have to say. Is it because she is the Mavericks daughter and he was a shill for McCain. Maybe it is because there is NO voice in the republican party. As a democrat I am enjoying this but the Specter move is no big win for us.

    He will most likely become a thorn in our sides along with Lieberman. I am not sure why he didn't go Independent except maybe he thinks that Democrats will support him with money. I hope that he understands if he does become a problem for the democrats getting Obama's agenda passed he may get the Presidents help because he said he would but that doesn't mean all democrats will fall in line. We didn't promise to support him.

    April 29, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. wakeupamerica

    Why do you believe in your party Meghan? They don't support or believe in you.

    April 29, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Well, when there is room for everyone in the Republican party, I might consider it. At the moment, I don't see where they care to make room for me.

    April 29, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. jaye

    WHO CARES what Megan McShame thinks!!!
    Stop trying to make her into a political star because she's not.

    April 29, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Creative Woody

    Big Tent Party!*

    * as long as you're white, rich, old and heterosexual

    April 29, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. gewe

    I guess if your rich the republican is for you

    April 29, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. California Gold

    I find Meghan McCain refreshing, but her observation that Senator Specter is "selfish" speaks to her youth and inexperience. In a few more years she will see the political and philosophical reasons for the change. Frankly this sort of petty and silly branding ("selfish choice") doesn't square with her cheer to be more inclusive. If you want to be more inclusive you don't go calling someone "selfish".

    April 29, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. elsie

    Hilarious. Does she know Rush told Specter to take McCain with him and his daughter too?

    April 29, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. James

    Meghan McCain, who herself switched from the Democratic to the Republican party in 2008, is criticizing Arlen Specter for switching?

    April 29, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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