Meghan McCain conducts first interview for MSNBC with Michele Bachmann

Dylan Stableford
The Cutline

Meghan McCain, MSNBC's newly hired contributor, conducted her first interview for the cable news network on Wednesday with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

McCain--who in January called Bachmann "a poor man's Sarah Palin" on MSNBC--said that the interview will air "soon" on "Now With Alex Wagner," the network's lunch hour show.

On Lawrence O'Donnell's "Last Word" in January, McCain took vigorous issue with Bachmann's tea-party rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union. "I think it's important to note that Michele Bachmann is not a leader, and she's not the leader of the Repbulican Party," McCain said. "Michele Bachmann is no better than a poor man's Sarah Palin.

"I think CNN should be ashamed of themselves for airing this," McCain added. "It is one rogue woman who couldn't even look into the camera directly."

While McCain's harsh comments about Bachmann had the potential to make the interview uncomfortable, the sit-down with a high-profile GOP candidate could be designed to help quiet critics who say McCain is not a "real journalist."

Last month, MSNBC named McCain as a paid contributor shortly before NBC News announced the hiring of Chelsea Clinton.

Earlier this week, John McCain told Fox Business that, in joining MSNBC, his daughter "went over to the dark side."

"She's feisty," the former presidential nominee added. "Being over there she is going to have to have quite a bit of that."

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