May 19th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Meghan McCain takes aim at GOP, Bristol Palin's abstinence tour

(CNN) - Meghan McCain again took aim at some leaders of her party Monday night, declaring the GOP is currently being hijacked by those trying "to make it more extreme."

In an interview on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, the outspoken daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain said the party needs to broaden its message as it struggles to regain power in the halls of Congress and eventually the White House.

"I do believe the Republican Party can be a safe place for the gay community," McCain said in the at-times lighthearted interview. "President Obama said that he was going to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' and I think me and a lot of other people are still waiting on that and the Democratic Party isn't necessarily a better place for the gay community than the Republican Party is.

McCain's statements come only hours before Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is set to tell party leaders during a speech in Washington that the GOP should focus on conservative principles and that, "The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over."

But during the interview with the faux-conservative Colbert, McCain suggested the party's mantra of limited government does not conflict with more socially moderate principles.

"If you go to the basic beliefs of the Republican party of keeping government out of your life, why can't that include marriage?" she said.

McCain also criticized the recent push from Bristol Palin - the 17-year-old daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin who gave birth last year to a baby boy - to promote abstinence among teenagers, calling it "not realistic for this generation.

"I think we need to have sex education with condoms, birth control and etc, etc.," McCain said. "I think that if the Republican Party says abstinence only is the only way to be then we're going to lose a lot of young voters and I think I wouldn't want to practice anything I didn't preach."

"It can be a party for a 24 year-old pro-sex woman. It can be," McCain also said.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Ratatosk

    I think, the basic problem with the GOP is that the society around them has changed drastically, and they haven't kept up. Yes, many of us would love lower taxes and a smaller government. However, many of us also feel that the government should absolutely keep their noses out of issues of personal choice. In the end, I'll pay more taxes, if the government behaves in a more socially acceptable way. To most Americans I know, social freedoms are far more valuable than an extra 2% of our paycheck. THAT is the big key that the GOP seems to miss.

    I mean, we had the GOP for 8 years, no lower taxes, no smaller government, no fiscal responsibility... and plenty of social bullshit. What exactly is the advantage of this party of big government and social restrictions?

    Ms. McCain is right, unless the GOP figures out how to connect with the generations of people born since the sexual revolution, they will be a small minority party. Which, if you want to represent minority views, is an OK thing to do. Just don't expect to have the White House again, or the Senate...

    The GOP can choose to listen to people like Meghan or choose to listen to people like Rush. Rush represents a minority of older people. Meghan represents a majority view of younger people. It doesn't take belief in survival of the fittest to figure out the obvious.

    May 19, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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