(CNN) - U.S. Senators get a lot of petitions and a lot of mail but not a lot from their spouses in an official capacity.
But that’s exactly what happened Thursday when Cindy McCain signed a postcard petition sent to her husband, Sen. John McCain, urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.
(CNN) - Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, on Wednesday defended her husband's 2008 GOP running mate, Sarah Palin, just days before an HBO film depicting the last presidential election hits the airwaves.
In an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” McCain said she refuses to see the film, “Game Change,” taking issue with what she heard was an inaccurate rendering of her husband and Palin.
(CNN)– Cindy McCain isn't a fan of conservative host Glenn Beck. The wife of Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain tweeted her disdain for the departing Fox News pundit Wednesday saying, "I'm so glad Glenn Beck is leaving Fox. Enough vitriol and hate."
And if Beck was confused about his role on the network, which he's often equated with being an entertainer, Mrs. McCain sought to clear it up.
Washington (CNN) - Hollywood celebrity Ben Affleck is bringing his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday, and teaming up with an unlikely partner –Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain– to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo.
ABC News reports that Affleck and McCain will appear on Tuesday before the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee at a panel held by Republican Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey. Affleck said last week that he will speak alongside representatives from the State Department, USAID, and other human rights groups to "bring increased investment and attention from both the public and private sectors to the devastating humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo."
(CNN) - Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain weighed in on his wife’s public comments about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that put the couple at odds last week.
“I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
(CNN) – Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona Republican Sen. and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, is again publicly at odds with her famous husband, this time appearing in a web video advocating for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future," Mrs. McCain says in the video. "They can't serve our country openly."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/21/art.mccain.jpg caption="Cindy McCain, the wife of the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has posed for a Web site promoting same-sex marriage."](CNN) - Cindy McCain, the wife of the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has posed for a Web site promoting same-sex marriage.
McCain, who's married to Arizona Sen. John McCain, appears in a photograph on the site with a piece of silver duct tape over her mouth and the slogan "No H8" written on her cheek.
The site's owners were stunned when Mrs. McCain came to them with the idea of posing for them, they said when posting her photo Wednesday.
"We've often been surprised at some of the different individuals who have approached us showing their support. Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain," wrote Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/16/art.getty.meghan.mccain.jpg caption="Meghan McCain is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage."](CNN) - Log Cabin Republicans are getting some support from the McCain family.
Cindy and Meghan McCain will make an appearance at the gay rights organization's four day convention in Washington, which kicks off Thursday night.
"Of all the causes I believe in and speak publicly about, this is one of the ones closest to my heart," Meghan McCain, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, wrote in the Daily Beast this week. "If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric."
Steve Schmidt, former senior strategist for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and manager of Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial reelection campaign in 2006, will also be in attendance. Schmidt will be speaking about the 2008 election and the GOP's comeback agenda.
In an interview Thursday with CNN, LCR Spokesperson Charles Moran said the organization is lobbying New York Republicans to help pass the same-sex marriage law championed by the state's Democratic Gov. David Paterson.
"We have people on the ground, we're identifying our bases of support, looking at our polling, looking at our research, so that we can be ready to assist the marriage coalition in New York with targeting those crucial GOP votes," Moran told CNN.
The group is also working on identifying the Republican players who will serve as the face of their organization's mission.
Moran citied Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Mormon Republican who has called for the adoption of civil unions, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who acknowledged that gay Republicans have a place at the party's table.
"These are the types of leaders and luminaries within the Republican party," Moran said. "The party must move forward and regardless of where you are in the conservative spectrum, you definitely can be conservative and an openly gay Republican in this political climate."
"We don't just talk the talk but we actually are providing the boots on the ground, we're making those calls, and we're loyal Republicans," he said.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/09/04/cindy.mccain.speech/art.cindy2.gi.jpg caption="Cindy McCain traveled to Rwanda last year for ONE."]
(CNN) – Cindy McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will accept an award for the global anti-poverty group ONE in Washington Tuesday.
The organization is being given the Center for Global Development’s “Commitment to Development Award” for its outreach work during the 2008 presidential campaign. Daschle, along with former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, chaired the group’s campaign-linked efforts last year.
McCain, wife of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, traveled to Rwanda last July for ONE.