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. Robin in Tampa, FL

    I hope someday the GOP will return back to the middle ... I applaud Meghan McCain for having the courage to want to stick it out until the day that happens.

    April 29, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Had It

    I don't see it as selfish.

    He saw his constituents change from radical right-wing to moderate progressive and he changed with them.

    The only people in the R party are far-right-wing radical evangelical hypocrits. The party of exclusion.

    We don't want what the republicans dictate and demand.

    April 29, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Bob from Pittsburgh

    The republicans are running scared.. now they are fighting the inevitable.
    No there is no room for the non ultraright, next may be Arnold, McCain, and other centrists. As you can see for the cooments here, they becoming more intolerant even with in their own party..


    Republicans should remember ""if they go too far to the right, they may find themselves in the far left..

    April 29, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Trevor

    Republicans are really reaching. No one cares whats she, Jindal, or even Chuck Norris have to say. Stop embarrassing yourselves. Accept defeat and continue your march into oblivion.

    April 29, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Hollie

    This nasty and hateful attitude is exactly the reason why so many people are leaving the Republican party. Enough with the sour grapes because he doesn't feel aligned with your party anymore. What? Is the Republican Party the mafia or the Hotel California? You can't leave? What a bunch of bullies.

    April 29, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. David

    Good for her!!!! I LIKE it! God intended marriage for a man and a woman since Adam and Eve. He never intended it to be for Adam and Steve.

    April 29, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Naldo

    Wow....if Specter is "selfish" for wanted to get elected, what does that make Sarah Palin who started a PAC four (4) years ahead of the 2012 election...???

    April 29, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Margarita

    Your own article demonstrates not only how ridiculous the GOP has become, but ironically what a pathetic twit Meghan McCain is. When asked any substantive questions about the budget or anything of any real weight, she typically giggles and demures that she really is "not up on that or those details," so she really does not want to speak on those issues. The only thing that she is any good at is pointing out the many hypocrites and creeps in the GOP. Please give me a break. She is not even a person of any substance. She is merely the privileged daughter of John and Cindy McCain, nothing more. Please stop wasting our time with "Celebrities" famous for being born into the right elite family.

    April 29, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. chris

    Megan, what do you thing you are. Making noise as if you know the politics, come on keep quiet for people that know politics to air their view.

    April 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Dottie

    He decided he wanted to CHANGE things, not to go back and more of the same, he wanted to see things get better , not worse, We are making a difference and now he will be on board to make that CHANGE too.

    April 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Avi Shlomo

    Megan, you can only succeed if you bring people like you. With all due repect people like your father or Spector are rigid, often uninformed and have been sided by extremist as the likes of Palin, Hanity,Cheney and that idiot lazy do nothing whinner Limbaugh.
    you need to draft young people to regain the GOP from what has become the grand ole piss party.

    April 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Nin Ki

    How unfortuante for the American people that the Republican party has fallen so far to the right that they appear to be becoming little more than obstructionist hate-mongers. With Republicans losing people and influence our nation faces the possibility of becoming essentially a one party country. Regardless of how great a party may be and how good its leaders, one party rule is inevitably a bad thing.

    April 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. winners

    Wow! you are a noise maker. keep quiet

    April 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. nottub

    CNN is so left wing they can't be trusted to report the truth. Switch to Fox if you want any real news . To hell with rating these bums what a waste of air time.

    April 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. proud mother of a soldier

    I read all the dems and liberals here and I am sickened by the people of this country. WHY, would anyone fight for people like you? If you think Spector leaving the GOP was anything but self serving and he is an asset ,you are wrong, He has joined the right party ...the party of "it's all about me". I believe in term limits, I voted for him in the past but I am ready for him to leave. He said it himself....it is all about his political longevity. He will add to the destruction of this country as founded by our forefathers just like Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Go out and work folks doing whatever necessary to earn money like our parents had, grandparents and greatgrandparents.

    April 29, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. dave

    Don't worry they will running you out of the party next you and your dad.

    April 29, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Allan

    Megan may be right. But she is'nt thinking either. Instead of jumping ship, or saying who is selfish. They should be getting together and see, if they could bring their party back-up to par. I agree with PELOIS, take back you're party. But I do'nt blame Spector. If the party do'nt wants to pull its head out of the donkey-ass. Then move on to better grounds, to keep doing what you need to do. To get the job done.

    April 29, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. A Bathrick

    Who really cares what Meghan McCain thinks? She, Rush and Newt are all wanting attention. Newt and Meghan I believe are wanting to be president. What a scary thought that is.

    April 29, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Ohionative

    Meghan does not speak for Republicans, unless you watch one cable news network regularly. For those who hate Republicans, would you be content with a one-party state? Ask Mexico how one-party rule works. For that matter, tour Detroit for the results of one-party rule! It ain't pretty. I still vote for the party that promotes freedom and defends private property rights! Government-run economies always fail. And the government that can give you everything has the power to take away everything. We now have a government that threatens private enterprise and can fire executives with whom they disagree.

    I'd rather have the freedom to fail than no freedom at all!

    April 29, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Ohionative

    Proud mother of a soldier: We need more Americans like you. You actually believe in individual responsibility–what a concept! If I understand you correctly, politicians should not be seeking office until they draw their dying breath as Specter is. Hmmm, now how would common sense like that ever make its way to DC? Specter ought to retire–and take Pat Leahy, John Kerry and other 4-term + Senators with him. We definitely need term limits for ALL politicians.

    April 29, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Craig

    It was a great choice to see Arlen Specter change parties. The amount of foolishness the Republicans are doing behind doors, the corruption and the Bush-ites who followed along with the decisions to go to war and give Bush "dictatorshiop" power is what veterans like Specter hate to see. I must say Specter is one of the enlighten one's of his 'former' party because he too believes in bipartisanship. His party is just mad because he voted for the stimulus - where his vote was what caused it to pass in Senate floor. So what? Do they fail to see that the stimulus is actually helping the economy at this moment? Do they not see some progress since it was passed?

    The Republican party is trashed and in order to change the Republican politics in Washington, the leaders must change, the policies must change and the GREED must change! This is just the beginning for the Rethuglicans. Let them keep on keeping on...history often repeats itself; that especially when Roosevelt was in office for nearly four terms...we can have two Democratic presidents who both sevre two terms...!

    April 29, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Josh

    I am thankful that your soldier fights for our country, I have many friends in the military. However, one does have to be a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, to be patriotic. We should not forget that our forefathers foreswore that ideas of political parties and factions when founding the country. Specter had the courage to switch because he is more moderate than most conservatives- I also give him credit for being up front about the decision being based on the political realities of PA- where I am a resident. The Republican Party has gone to the right of its founders and greatest Presidents. History has showed that Theodore Roosevelt, a staunch Republican, was also one of the greatest Progressives of his time. The latter Roosevelt was our greatest wartime president- a liberal who left his conservative Republican background. If the Republican Party is to come back, it has to be on the minds of the younger generation and not those a la Cheney et al.

    April 29, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. John

    Meghan who??? McCain? Didn't he lose the election? Why is SHE campaigning still for him?!!?

    April 29, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Simmy

    M. McCain,

    Your season is over....Please go the way of FP Bush and stay out of the spotlight.....Freedom is a wonderful thing....He Sen. Specter)
    didn't sell his soul to the Party like you....Thank God he had the sense to leave.....He doesn't need the money. He enjoys politics. And since your party has lost it's luster, the thrill is gone.....He's a smart man, and he's more than welcomed in our party....Goodbye, please....Go back to Drudge, TownHall, The Daily Beast, and your other mean-spirited blogs....

    April 29, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. joe smith

    I don't think CRS has fully overtaken me, but didn't a certain smooth talk'in hollywood actor switch from Democrat to Republican, and then become a thorn in communisms' side..

    April 29, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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