Meghan Marguerite McCain born October 23, 1984 is an American columnist, author, former Fox News contributor, and current co-host of The View.
McCain is the daughter of 2008 presidential candidate and former U.S. senator John McCain and Cindy McCain. McCain first received media attention in 2007 for her blog, McCain Blogette, on which she documented life on the campaign trail and mused about fashion, music, and pop culture. In 2009 she became a contributing author for The Daily Beast, and in 2011, began appearing as a contributor on MSNBC. In 2013 she began hosting on the start-up Pivot channel and in 2014 assumed the co-host role on Pivot’s TakePart Live until that show was canceled later in the year.
In July 2015 McCain joined Fox News as a contributor. She was named a regular co-host of the afternoon talk program Outnumbered on November 14, 2016. She left the program and network in September 2017. She was named co-host of The View on October 9, 2017, as well as serving as a contributor and political analyst for ABC News appearing on programs such as Good Morning America and This Week.
McCain is the eldest of the four children of John (1936–2018) and Cindy Hensley McCain. She has been a public figure for much of her life, first appearing at the 1996 Republican National Convention.
She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Phoenix Country Day School and Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl private Catholic high school. She attended Columbia University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in art history.
McCain originally planned to become a music journalist and interned at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live.
McCain describes herself as “a woman who despises labels and boxes and stereotypes” and politically identifies as a Republican who is “liberal on social issues.” She registered as an Independent when she was 18 years old and she voted for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. She agrees with her father’s positions on global warming, and they both support environmentalist legislation, and stem-cell research. At first she had doubts about the 2003 invasion of Iraq but subsequently supported her father’s position regarding it. She has stated she is pro-life, in favor of sex education and birth control. She has expressed an opinion that conservatives demonstrate hypocrisy regarding abortion: “They go on and on about how evil and wrong abortion is, but don’t like to talk about how easy it is to not get pregnant.” McCain objected to the Arizona SB1070 anti–illegal immigration law, which her father supported. In terms of economic policy, she once remarked on The Rachel Maddow Show: “I didn’t even take economicsin college. I don’t completely understand it so I’d hate to make a comment one way or the other. That’s—truly of all the things—I keep reading and I just don’t understand it.” In the 2016 presidential election, she didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, instead writing in Evan McMullin.
On June 12, 2008, McCain wrote on her blog that she had changed her party registration to Republican. She said she did so “as a symbol of my commitment to my Dad and to represent the faith I have in his ability to be an effective leader for our country and to grow and strengthen the Republican party when he is elected president of the United States.” In her book Dirty Sexy Politics McCain talks about how she nearly overdosed on Xanax on the day of the elections. In 2008 she published a book titled My Dad, John McCain. In an interview on Larry King Live in September 2008, McCain stated that she had been too busy to have a romantic relationship while on her father’s campaign trail.
Although her blogging was devoted to gaining support for her father among the Generation Y electorate, by October, Steve Schmidt and other McCain campaign staffers had substantially limited her appearances on the campaign, deeming her “too controversial.”
McCain was a host of a nationally syndicated radio program, America Now from 2015 until 2017. McCain is also a blogger, and began writing for The Daily Beast in January 2009.
In March 2009 McCain wrote an article for The Daily Beast titled “My Beef With Ann Coulter.” In this article, she questioned Republican support for conservative author and columnist Ann Coulter. While Coulter did not respond, conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham challenged McCain’s article by comparing her to a “Valley Girl.” Ingraham also mocked McCain: “Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in The Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don’t like plus-sized models.” McCain responded to Ingraham in a second article for The Daily Beast titled “Quit Talking About My Weight, Laura Ingraham”: “Instead of intellectually debating our ideological differences about the future of the Republican Party, Ingraham resorted to making fun of my age and weight, in the fashion of the mean girls in high school.” McCain also stated on The View that she thought the change in discourse toward her body was “terrible” and further argued, “When Tyra Banks went on her show in a bathing suit and said ‘kiss my fat ass,’ that’s what I feel like. Kiss my fat ass!” Ingraham responded by calling McCain a “useful idiot.” During a later interview on Larry King Live, McCain said that as far as she is concerned, “with what’s going on with Laura Ingraham, on my end, it’s over.” She also told King that Coulter never responded to her article, which, she stated, “is fine with me…. All I wanted to do is show women that you don’t have to be Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham to have a place in the Republican Party…. Supriya Jindal is a good role model, but a lot of people hadn’t heard of her.”
A month-long road trip with comedian Michael Ian Black in the summer of 2011 led to a collaboration on the 2012 book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom. In it, McCain lambasts Republican strategist Karl Rove for what she believes was his role in the attacks against her younger sister in her father’s 2000 presidential campaign, castigates Bill Clinton for his actions in the Lewinsky scandal, but despite ideological differences, praises Hillary Clinton for having “pushed through many doors and shattered many glass ceilings for women in politics. I love women who don’t put up with shit, and Hillary clearly doesn’t.”
In September 2013 her road-based talk show Raising McCain began on the start-up Pivot cable and satellite television channel. It was cancelled in January 2014. She instead was added as a co-host to the show TakePart Live on the same channel, appearing with Jacob Soboroff beginning in May 2014. The show was cancelled in December 2014. She signed on as a FOX News contributor in July 2015 and was named a regular co-host of the afternoon talk program Outnumbered on November 14, 2016. McCain left the show in September 2017.
McCain was named the 21st co-host of The View on October 9, 2017, to serve as the conservative commentator of the show after Jedediah Bila left the previous month. McCain has already guest co-hosted in the show in 2008 and 2010.
In July 2017 McCain became engaged to conservative writer and commentator Ben Domenech. They were married on November 21, 2017, at McCain’s family ranch in Sedona, Arizona.
According to what she has said on The View, even though she went to a Catholic school, she was raised a Baptist and remains one. She does not consider herself an evangelical, but rather a mainline in the Baptist tradition.