October 19th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Meghan McCain: O’Donnell 'reflects badly on the movement'

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, wants to make one thing clear, "I am not the one running for Senate."

McCain’s comments about Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell as a "nut job" while appearing on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday, immediately received harsh criticism and backlash. A response that day from the O'Donnell campaign mocked McCain for having "vast experience in politics and running for office." McCain is now firing back.

The 25 year-old, whose departure from conservative orthodoxy on some issues is no secret and has put her at odds with some in the GOP base, reminds the O'Donnell campaign and other critics in a blog post late Monday night that "I am not the one running for Senate. I am also not the only one with issues with Christine O'Donnell."

"I did not wake up Sunday morning expecting to create any kind of uproar and I am even more confused that people seem to be so angry,” adding that the more research she did the more "worrisome" she grew about O'Donnell's Senate bid.

McCain who states that she is not only critical of O'Donnell's "bizarre comments" of late regarding "witchcraft, anti-masturbation platforms, and her testament that she had secret information about China plotting to take over America,” clarifies that although she is not confident in O'Donnell, that "it is not the Tea Party as a movement that I have a problem with… but it is hard for me to take her candidacy seriously and I think it reflects badly on the movement."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Meghan McCain
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Commen Sense

    The so called mandate of "separation of church and state" is NOT in the Constitution!
    Read the Constitition by yourself. The closest language is in Amendment 1 which was intended to PROTECT the people with religion. The key phrase is "make no law", that is, don't make any laws to regulate religion, which also means to let people freely chose whatever they want. Of course, the government cannot make any laws to prohibit people excercising their religion.

    October 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I don't think Meghan has it quite right. O'Donnell reflects badly on the SPECIES.

    October 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. johnrj08


    The clock is ticking. It is only a matter of time before Megan McCain finally gets fed up enough with her father's party and announces that she is registering as a Democrat. I think, the day her father retires from politics, she will immediately jump ship. Until then, she probably won't want to do anything that will hurt him while he's in office.

    October 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. hjs3

    Why is everyone celebrating the obvious over and over and over again?

    Every singe one of these candidate is grossly underwhelming when questioned directly or debated from what I have seen.

    October 19, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Dan, you are correct on two counts: (1) I don't want to listen to Meghan's opinion, OR YOURS. Delusion has no attraction for me. (2) "CNN liberal idiots crying" would be a change, now wouldn't it? Because for the last two years it has been all you sore-loser Tea-tards doing all the crying.

    Since you have a problem with CNN, hopefully you'll move on to the FoxNews site, where I'm sure you'll get all the "tuned" accuracy your deluded mind needs.

    October 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. sara

    From what I can tell, Meghan is a very bright young women. O'Donnell really is disgraceful. and does not have the smarts to be in the Senate. It is like she is making fun of it.

    October 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Emile Zola

    Now we all know who wears the pants in the McCain household and kudos for her. Her father decided to throw his uniqueness and maverick status over board for another term and that says a lot about where the GOP is heading: To extinction. The basis for the tea partier is not less government, fiscal restraint and the Constitution, no siree, it has to do with racism, plain and simple. Shame on the media that don't want to acknowledge the 800 LBS gorilla in the room. If fiscal responsibility was their forte, they wouldn't have Ronald Reagan as beacon of their movement. Reagan gave this country the largest deficit ever. And if fiscal responsibility was their cause, where were they when Bush was handing our money to his cronies like it was monopoly money? And why, when Obama is trying to put out the fires started by Nero, I mean, Bush, they stay in the sidelines? And why when Obama was elected is that the uproar started and he is,was painted as an African savage? Since, America, will not put up now with open racism, the tea partiers know that they have to disguise it and nothing better that fiscal responsibility, less government even if the large majority, including Sharron Angle, is enjoying the benefits that she so hates for others. How many minorities does the media sees on their marches, protests? Zero, nil, nada. They became an umbrella for all that is hate, racism in America. No need to look for five legs to the cat, when it only has four.

    October 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. jeff, alabama

    Meghan McCain is not even loyal to her own
    family. Why would anyone with any degree
    of standards even give credence to anything
    this publicity junkie has to say about anything.

    October 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. HARRY O

    Nowhere in the first amendment does it mandate seperation of church and state. Someday try just reading the Constitution instead of making it out what you think it should be.

    October 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    meghan, you might not be running for the senate but you have lost weight and you seem to think that anyone cares about what you have to say. Just like the half term you are NOT a politician in spite of what sopme might think.
    I've said it before and I will say it again. You want me to take you seriously disown your father who stands for everything you seem to stand against (that mavericky one who brought us that woman).

    October 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Tanya Kujath

    To be a Republican she seems to be right about many issues. Maybe she is just the generation to save the wore out party...

    October 19, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. nancy

    Meghan, you can thank your Dad for giving us Palin and all of the people that she is endorsing. God help us all if any of these nut jobs get the vote.

    October 19, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Dave

    Funny, I think McCain reflects poorly on any movement. So they cancel each other out.

    October 19, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Thomas

    I'm a lifelong democrat from a democrat family.

    I would gladly and proudly vote for Meghan McCain for just about anything.

    She's intelligent and honest and has qualities that most republicans lack – foresight, integrity and compassion.

    October 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. jilli

    "O’Donnell 'reflects badly on the movement' "

    Do ya' think? She's unaware of the separation of church and state – didn't they cover it in her six day class on the constitution?

    Good lord folks, your standards can't possibly be low enough to believe that knuckleheads like o'donnell are actually viable candidates. How about little hitler in Alaska – he'll just arrest any reporter with questions. Is that what you mean by saying you're going to "take your country back"? Welcome to tea bagger america!

    October 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Corey

    Wow, a McCain with common sense and intelligence, rock on with your bad self! finally a Republican who will call them as she sees them... Please quit your party and become a democrat, or better yet, expose all the nuts and freaks in your party and expose them for what they truly are! It's a breath of fresh air to see someone fight back against the. Nazi wannabe, racially profiling, wanna be witch, anti Yankee the wankee, bible thumping freaks in your party!

    October 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. ChristoInferno

    The media pays attention to Meghan McCain for the same reason they still pay attention to Sarah Palin - because she's pretty. It just happens that Meghan seems to have a reasonable head on her shoulders. You don't have to put her down for voicing her opinions. You're all doing the same thing right here, after all...

    And for those who are being intentionally obtuse, she said "I'm not running for Senate" to MAKE A POINT: O'Donnel IS the one running for Senate, and she's got no experience. Talking about Meghan McCain's lack of experience is a sorry attempt to divert attention.

    EXAMPLE: I saw the last M. Night Shyamalan movie, and it was awful. Granted, I've never made a movie in my life... But I'm still qualified to say "That movie was awful." So are you, and so is Meghan McCain.

    October 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. stufit

    The SEIU/CNN moderator is dragging out the old stories for you Democrat liberals since you don't really have anything current to rant and rave about. Here is a chance at an old story (from last weekend). Go ahead and vent your frustration at the imploding Democrat liberal party out.

    October 19, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Guest

    Meghan McCain and I probably wouldn't have much in common politically, but I kinda like her!

    October 19, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Gayle

    We finally found the right McCain for President!

    October 19, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Darko

    Thank God she's not running for Senate...though I think she's working towards it. She's about as relevant in the minds of Americans (including conservatives) as Paris Hilton...

    October 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. joe in VA

    For all you constituitional scholars, the notion of the "separation of church and state" as it is normally defines is NOT in the constituition. the first amendment forbids congress from creating a government sanctioned religion thereby ensuring that the people can worship as they wish without government interference. That's it. and for all those saying o'donnell or anyone else is unqualified for elected office, our current prez had no governing experience either yet many have placed him on a pedestal as some sort of wunderkind. The hypocricy and idiocy in some of these posts is astounding.

    October 19, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Dale

    Meghan McCain reflects badly on blondes. Her opinion is worth just as little as Lady Gaga or Lindsay Lohan's. Give up, Meghan, your 15 minutes of fame are over unless you come up with a sex video or a drug bust.

    October 19, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Way to go Meghan, I'm proud that you were not affraid like soooooo many in your party to come out against The Tea Party. John Bahner and Mitch old boy act like they are embrassing the Tea Party and support them as Republicans but we all know they are shacking in their shoes. The repubs are being run by Sarah and Rush both of whom the repubs are scared to death of. The Carl Roves of the world pumping huge amounts of money into these Tea Party people's campaigns and running hundreds of adds against the Dems in those states with money that comes from ?????? that's scary, not much of democracy. That is the worst decission the Supreme Court has ever made, a corporation is a person, PLEASE!!!! That new law is good for no one, of course it works much better for the Repubs because they are bought and payed for by BIG BUSINESS and BIG OIL and CHINA and WALL STREET etc... When money can buy an election we can no longer say we are a democaracy. We are working towards having NO middle class in this Country and that would be just fine with the Repubs they have proved it for the past almost two years by only saying NO to everything this administration has tried to due. The first thing they want to do is repeal healhcare reform and wall street reform, sounds like a grand idea bail out wall street then go back to the same rules (none) so they do it again in several years. The whole world is watching our elections, how we must look!!!!!

    October 19, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Please Vote Republican, So We Can End The Minimum Wage

    Can Megan save the moderate G.O.P.? The fight begins after the election.

    October 19, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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