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Interview with Meghan McCain

Interview with Meghan McCain

Hannity & Colmes - October 15, 2008

HANNITY: That was a clip from the new Moveon.org ad featuring two of the stars from the hit "Gossip Girls." But I never saw it. But do ads like that really influence younger voters?

Joining us now is the author of "My Dad, John McCain," the daughter of the Republican presidential candidate and a young voter herself, Meghan McCain.

Who cares what celebrities think? Do you agree with me?

MEGHAN MCCAIN, "MY DAD, JOHN MCCAIN" AUTHOR: I'm a big proponent of people sticking to their craft. And actors acting and people who do politics do politics.

HANNITY: Yes. I think the rule should be the children of candidates, leave them alone. That means you. I think, you know, the Obama girls are beautiful young girls. They should be left alone. I think Chelsea Clinton should be left alone, unless they go into the debate arena.

Is that a fair rule?

MCCAIN: I think so. I just don't think it's a realistic rule. You know I just know the criticism me and my family has come under and I would love to live in that world. I just don't think this is it.

HANNITY: It doesn't happen. And how much does it impact you? I want to run an ad.

MCCAIN: Sure.

HANNITY: . that really made me angry about your dad, because when I think of your dad, you know -- and by the way, your dad and I have had debates, had disagreements over the years on some things, and I'm supporting him in this campaign.

MCCAIN: Thank you.

HANNITY: But your -- you know your dad served five and a half years being tortured, nearly every bone in his body was broken, and the Obama camp ran this ad against your dad.

MCCAIN: Sure.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, OBAMA AD)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 1982, John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years. But McCain hasn't. He admits he still doesn't know how to use a computer, can't send an e-mail. Still doesn't understand the economy and favors $200 billion in new tax cuts for corporations but almost nothing for the middle class.

After one president who was out of touch, we just can't afford more of the same.

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: By the way, Barack Obama, you can't land a jet on an aircraft carrier and John McCain can.

Now here's the point. Your dad -- you dad can't use a computer or type because of all his war injuries.

MCCAIN: Yes.

HANNITY: Barack Obama wouldn't apologize for that ad. Should he?

MCCAIN: I don't know if that's realistic either, but, obviously, I don't think ads like that have any place in politics. But it will be run. And it happens but.

HANNITY: When you see that, does it bother you? Does it hurt your feelings?

MCCAIN: Oh, yes, totally. And.

HANNITY: Yes.

MCCAIN: I mean, of course, everything I see like that hurts my feelings in some way, of course.

HANNITY: So basically you can't watch any other, you know, news network because they're all, you know, obviously supporting.

COLMES: You should tape up half the screen on this show.

HANNITY: Yes, honestly, I would tape up his side, too.

All right, but -- because I think it's really and I -- I'm just trying to put myself in your position and how tough it might be if people are criticizing your dad. You know it seems like for an ad like that, because somebody served his country for five and a half years and was tortured, beaten, and had every bone in his body broken, I mean, I'm thankful for people like your dad.

My father fought in World War II. We have our liberties and freedom for that. And if the campaign -- if Barack Obama doesn't have the dignity and honor to say I was wrong on that ad, I think that speaks volumes about him, and even Joe Biden said it was a terrible ad, and then he backed off it.

It's all politics, isn't it?

MCCAIN: It is all politics. I think -- I hear people sometimes criticizing my father the way he stands and why he holds a microphone like this.

HANNITY: Yes.

MCCAIN: . is because he can't raise his arm because he was tortured.

(CROSSTALK)

COLMES: Meghan, welcome to the show. Who are you supporting?

MCCAIN: I don't know. I'm still undecided.

COLMES: You want (INAUDIBLE) about this or.

MCCAIN: No, of course, I'm supporting my father, of course.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: Watch out for him, by the way.

COLMES: Yes, I'm very mean an d horrible.

HANNITY: Yes.

MCCAIN: No.

COLMES: Is it true you voted for Kerry last time?

MCCAIN: I did, I voted for Kerry and Al Gore, yes.

COLMES: What happened? Oh your father ran, that's what happened, right?

MCCAIN: You know -- you mean what happened now?

COLMES: Well, I mean there was a transition for you in terms of what your.

MCCAIN: I can be behind my father all day every day.

COLMES: Sure.

MCCAIN: . until the end of time. I just couldn't get behind President Bush. I just couldn't. It's personal.

COLMES: Yes. You couldn't get behind President Bush?

MCCAIN: It's personal. I was 19 at the time.

HANNITY: And it's a primary 2000.

(CROSSTALK)

COLMES: Hold on, let's.

MCCAIN: It had to do with my little sister, and like, you know, you were just saying that the wounds of a political child run really deep. And there are things that I don't know if I'll ever completely get over.

COLMES: Was it because of what happened in 2000 during the campaign?

MCCAIN: Yes.

COLMES: That you two -- what about your dad now? Is he -- looks like he may have.

MCCAIN: No. He's a great forgiver, move on-er. No. Yes.

COLMES: Yes, because he seems like he's forgiven and moved on.

MCCAIN: Oh completely, and I was 19, at the time, I was a sophomore in college. And my ideals have completely changed. And I went to probably the most liberal school in the United States, I went to Columbia. And.

COLMES: Right here in New York City.

MCCAIN: . I registered as a Republican for Father's Day . And I'm proud to sit here being a Republican and I can support my dad forever so.

COLMES: Right. Well, I understand that. Obviously, you love your dad. And I like your dad, too. I just don't agree with him on a lot of stuff.

But, you know, Sean talking about how you feel as a member of the family member, a child of a candidate seeing a negative ad. Do you relate to how the Obama family might feel about some of the things.

MCCAIN: Of course. Of course.

COLMES: . that they have to put up with on the other side?

MCCAIN: I think -- of course . I don't think it's good f or anyone. You know, I think, it's been particularly harsh on my family. I'm sorry, the "New Atlantic" cover, I will not forgive those people for doing that to my father.

And to my little sister saw that ad, she was very upset -- that cover. And it's, you know, I wish it was a more respectful place for family members. I just don't know if.

COLMES: So in terms of some of the wounds that you're experiencing and, again, harder perhaps on you than your dad because you're not in the political arena yourself, but you don't know if you can ever get to the place of forgiveness for some of that stuff?

MCCAIN: I will. I mean I have now. And I think getting this sort of behind-the-scenes look, I understand it a lot more.

COLMES: What do you say to people like me who disagree with your dad, but don't dislike him? I mean that.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: Doesn't it make you want to just throw something at him?

(CROSSTALK)

COLMES: Excuse me, excuse me. I'm talking to Meghan McCain right now.

MCCAIN: No.

COLMES: I mean you understand the spirit of political debate of this country.

MCCAIN: As long as it's respectful dialogue, I'm fine. As long as it's respectful, I have no problem with it.

COLMES: Right. Right.

MCCAIN: I have a problem when it gets dirty and you're doctoring photos.

COLMES: By the way, I read your blog, which is very good.

MCCAIN: Thank you very much.

COLMES: What's the blog address?

MCCAIN: It's McCainBlogette.com.

HANNITY: And by the way -- the book is terrific, too. And it's about your dad.

MCCAIN: Thank you.

HANNITY: . up until the nomination, right?

COLMES: There's a.

MCCAIN: Uh-huh.

HANNITY: Yes.

MCCAIN: And I love it. It's a children's book for 5 to 12-year-olds.

COLMES: And your blog have some really good behind-the-scenes like the kind of stuff, he's waiting backstage behind -- before the debate last time.

MCCAIN: Yes.

COLMES: So.

MCCAIN: It's a behind-the-scenes look.

COLMES: Thanks very much for coming on tonight.

MCCAIN: Thank you for having me.

COLMES: Appreciate it very much.

MCCAIN: Thank you for having me.

HANNITY: Thanks, Meghan. Good to see you.

MCCAIN: Thank you, too.

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