John McCain's daughter speaks at KSU; wants Romney, not Palin, for president
by Jon Gillooly
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Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, told a Kennesaw State University audience Monday  that she wants to see Mitt Romney, not Sarah Palin, challenge Obama for president.
Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, told a Kennesaw State University audience Monday that she wants to see Mitt Romney, not Sarah Palin, challenge Obama for president.
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KENNESAW - Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan, told a Kennesaw State University audience Monday evening that she wants to see Mitt Romney, not Sarah Palin, challenge Barack Obama for president.

"I think there are more qualified candidates," McCain said, on why she doesn't believe Palin is right for the job. "I just don't agree with the moves she's made since the election. If I was advising her I would have told her to go away, stay silent, read up on everything, then really start campaigning hard. The reality shows, it's just not what I believe in for the White House."

That's not to say McCain, who is a columnist for Tina Brown's The Daily Beast, doesn't have respect for Palin.

"She is captivating on every level, and she's a lot smarter than people ever give her credit for," McCain said. "I do not think she's stupid. I do not think she's crazy. There are these things that she is stereotyped to be."

McCain said Palin has been treated unfairly by the media, which is something the media does to other conservative women as well, like McCain herself. But McCain said Palin is too conservative for her taste.

McCain said she didn't believe Palin hurt her father's chances against Obama in the last election when she served as the vice presidential nominee.

"I think my father could have had Jesus Christ himself as his running mate," she said, reminding the audience to think back to how the country was in the grip of "Obama-mania" at the time.

For similar reasons, McCain said she doesn't like the idea of Donald Trump eyeing the presidency either.

"I have actually kind of a problem with people like Donald Trump saying they're going to run for president. This shouldn't be something you do for publicity," McCain said. "I think it's very strange."

Of course if he ran, the country would have two reality shows to follow, Trump's and Palin's, she said.

"My personal favorite right now is Mitt Romney," she said. "I like that he's not so radical. I like that he has really, really played his cards right, almost perfectly since the last election."

McCain said she didn't believe Mike Huckabee had what it takes to beat Obama.

"We're going against the Obama machine, which even if it's a little less bright and shiny than it once was it's still the Obama machine," she said. "And we need something intense to really showcase exactly what his administration is doing wrong. And not get caught up in the fray."

Following her talk, McCain held a book signing on her recently published memoir, "Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story." Caleb Wallace, 23, of Powder Springs, a junior majoring in history, said he was impressed.

"She brings something fresh to the table from our generation as opposed to always hearing from the older talking heads who we're always hearing from on the news," Wallace said. "She really just brings a fresh perspective and encourages people like me who are kind of cut off from the Republican Party as a young voter."

Criminal justice major Deanna Pucci, 20, of Woodstock, is also a fan.

"I absolutely love her," Pucci said. "I'm not really that much into politics, and I follow her on Twitter a lot, but she's just so funny and down to earth, and I think she's a good role model for younger generations."
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AmericanDawg
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March 16, 2011
Ever notice how the young Ms.McCain only comments on the nuances between candidates and not about issues ? She doesn't understand the problems facing this country or what kind of person it would take to resolve these issues...She still views the world as if we were picking the next prom king and queen...
MN Jim
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March 16, 2011
Meghan McChunky needs to take her own advice: "

If I was advising her I would have told her to go away, stay silent..."
anonymous
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March 16, 2011
"John McCain's daughter speaks at KSU; wants Romney"

Another good reason not to support Romney!
RealConservitive
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March 16, 2011
A McCain endorsing Romney is another reason for me not to support Romney for President.
Joe Bloe
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March 16, 2011
1) Nobody outside of Alaska knew anything about Sarah Palin until daddy picked her as running mate. If you don't like Sarah Palin, go blame daddy.

2) Somebody might want to let Meghan know that Jesus Christ would probably not have accepted the offer to run as daddy's running mate.
rbrhrbr
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March 16, 2011
This endorsement is bad news for the Romney camp.
Costas
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March 15, 2011
Doh'!!... and just like that, there goes the bronze for Willard Mitt Romney. He'll have to wait another four years.

How many kisses of death does this guy get before the writing is on the wall??

Romneycare? Kiss of death.

Meagan McCain endorsement? Kiss of death.

A renewed emphasis on conservative principles sweeping the country? Kiss of death.

Obama mentioning the 'success' of Romneycare? Kiss of death.
another KSU prof
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March 15, 2011
Do you folks REALLY think this appearance shows KSU's diversity? Bringing in a person who is antagonistic toward conservatives and calling this an appearance by a conservative?

No true social conservative is invited to speak at KSU at large (as opposed to a few politicians invited by the Young Republicans).

KSU, a by-word for political cowardice. Oh, so contrarian!



FQ
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March 15, 2011
Glad for diversity in speakers at KSU, but I dearly hope this woman was not paid with taxpayer funds to appear and tout her "dirty, sexy" book. She can do that at Barnes & Noble. I have no problem with her coming free of charge to speak her opinions or abouther book.

As for her opinions, I do not think that Palin can be elected either and I do not want Romney. The one candidate who can turn this country around is Newt Gingrich.
Veteran Observer
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March 15, 2011
Interesting reaction to an intelligent, young, and involved citizen expressing her views! Why the animosity and rejection? This is America and not Europe or Russia, she is entitled to her opinion! If we all listened to each other a little more and met in the middle, we would not have to endure an unqualified and inexperienced President Obama! A little more discussion and understanding of the issues and we would do a better job as citizens.
outRAGEous
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March 15, 2011
Gee, what a surprise. Another member of the Republican Party wanting to distance themselves from Sarah Palin.
Michael Carr
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March 15, 2011
Kiss of death for Romney.

As for Governor Sarah Palin's alleged deficiency in policy positions, perhaps the hapless Ms Palin would like to offer a detailed comparison/contrast of Palin's and Romney's positions on (a) energy independence, (b) heathcare reform (c) foreign policy, (c) fiscal rectitude, etc, etc, with reference to what they have written and actually done in these fields. Fat chance.
KSU alum
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March 15, 2011
Go away, Megan McCain, go far away.
James Wright
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March 15, 2011
Why is Ms. McCain given any credence? Other then being the daughter of a U.S. Senator, what has she done to have "earned" this attention.

anonymous
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March 15, 2011
Sorry, but what responsible human being/organization would spend money to bring this political elite twit, with no accomplishments of her own...other than making sure people know her last name is McCain... onto campus and provide a public forum for her?

I guess KSU will use this to support their claims that they provide a forum for all points of view even "conservative" points of view like those of McCain. Ha!
freshman
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March 15, 2011
Look's like it doesn't take much to impress some people, like Mr. Wallace.
ModernPatriot
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March 15, 2011
Of course she wants Romney to be president, he's a RINO just like her and her father. I know people who used to work closely with Romney when he was a Governor and each one of them said that he's as far left as any Republican out there (which is saying a lot).

That being said, Palin shouldn't run as President either. She has some nice ideas, and she's done a lot to change her "don't ya know" image, but she's too easy of a target for the media. She should stick with being a political rallying figure and use her influence towards a better candidate....like Herman Cain.
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