Daughter: McCain 'Depressed, Down-Trodden' by State of GOP

Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 06:01 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Sen. John McCain's daughter says the tea party revolution within the Republican Party has left him in a state of emotional distress.

"I’ve never heard him this depressed other than maybe after the ‘08 election," Meghan McCain said. "He’s so depressed, so down-trodden. The way he’s talking about it, he's never seen it this bad in his 30-plus years in office."

Meghan, who describes herself as a liberal Republican, said she shares his sense of despondency.

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"We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” said McCain, 29, who spoke to ABC News about her father and her reality show, "Raising McCain."

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The senator's daughter also said she was surprised by Arizona's senior senator recent comments that, at 77 years of age, he is considering another run for the Senate — but not because of his age.

"My father has more energy than I do and I legitimately say that, so it’s not his age, it's just the idea of having another dirty tea party election," she said.

But she says she has no intentions of ever trying to fill her father's shoes or run for any public office.

"Women have to give up so much to run for office, which maybe makes me a hypocrite, because I think more women should be in office," McCain said. "I always say, I want more tattoos and I don’t plan on getting married anytime soon so I think those two things might automatically make me not eligible for running for office."

In addition to her blog from McCain's campaign trail, the senator's daughter began writing  as a contributing author for The Daily Beast in 2009, and her memoir "Dirty Sexy Politics" was published in 2010. She began appearing as a commentator on MSNBC in 2011.

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