March 7, 2011
By Danielle Grobmeier
Meghan McCain spoke to ASU students Wednesday about her life as a politician’s daughter and her desire for political civility to an audience of both Democrats and Republicans on the Tempe campus.
McCain said her love for politics began during her father, John McCain’s, 2008 presidential campaign.
“I found a whole new way of looking at politics,” McCain said. “All (of) the sudden, I realized that I loved politics and the Republican Party more than I could perceive.”
She said her experience in politics showed a lack of political civility between parties because of damage inflicted by the media’s “fear politics.”
“Right now Republicans and Democrats seem even less capable of getting along and compromising,” McCain said. “This is happening because the news media is hungry for a 24-hour news cycle.”
McCain said she has been criticized for carrying views that don’t fit into the Republican agenda, such as her support for gay marriage.
She said the Republican Party needs to diverge from the standards of an older generation to reach out to the momentum of a younger generation.