Sen. John McCain says his daughter Meghan can be a “giant pain in the ass.”
But the 29-year-old daughter of the Arizona Republican is laughing off her father’s comment, which he makes in jest during an interview with Meghan in an upcoming episode of her new reality show, “Raising McCain.”
“I feel like McCains are pains in the asses!” McCain told “Top Line.”
McCain, who first rose to prominence by keeping a blog during her father’s 2008 presidential campaign, said that she and her father are both working through a shared frustration with the current state of the GOP.
“We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” said McCain, who later added that “Republicans are giving young people no reason to join their party right now.”
McCain said the emotional toll of her father’s frustration rivals the disappointment he experienced after losing the 2008 election.
“I’ve never heard him this depressed other than maybe after the ‘08 election,” 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.”
Asked about the recent comments from her 77-year-old father that he may run for another term in the U.S. Senate, McCain said the news came as a surprise.
“I know, and I found out through Twitter, again,” she said, but added that his age isn’t why she hesitates in supporting the concept of another campaign.
“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 if you think this junior McCain might step up to fill her father’s shoes, think again. She insisted that she has no intention to ever run for public office.
“I think 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.”
To hear more about McCain’s new show that airs on Pivot, and her advice to the millennial generation about protecting their online identities, check out this episode of “Top Line.”
ABC News’ Alexandra Dukakis, Tom Thornton, Gary Westphalen, Melissa Young and Bob Bramson contributed to this episode.
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