We all remember the frenzy during 2008 Presidental campaign surrounding Meghan McCain, daughter of conservative Arizona Senator John McCain. Despite being the potential First Daughter, McCain was asked to leave her father’s campaign, as her personal beliefs clashed with his political ones. While she insists that personal politics have no place in her family, she’s been questioned for years as to how her father could have ideals so different than his daughter’s. (Um, do any of us agree with all of our parents’ ideals? I didn’t think so.)
McCain took to writing about the campaign, and this week her memoir, Dirty Sexy Politics, hits shelves. Political pundits and curious minds are flocking to stores to buy the book, wondering what she has to say about being on the campaign trail, disagreeing with her father, and — yes — Sarah Palin.
But there’s so much more to this “maverick’s” daughter than anyone realizes. Here are 5 things you should know about Meghan McCain:
1) She’s a “liberal” Republican. Contrary to popular belief, McCain does not share all of her father’s values. She is actually registered as an Independent, and disagrees with her father about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and his stance against gay marriage (she and mom Cindy posed for California’s NOH8 campaign last year).
2) She’s didn’t expect to be in politics. While she’s a regular columnist with online magazine The Daily Beast, McCain originally planned to be a music journalist — nowhere near the political writing she does now.
3) She has “conflicting feelings” about her father’s running-mate, Sarah Palin. On this morning’s “Good Morning America,” McCain stated that Palin “brought a lot of enthusiasm” to the campaign, but questions in her book whether or not Palin hurt her father’s chances of winning.
4) She interned at Saturday Night Live. The Columbia-educated McCain got herself a much-sought after internship with NBC’s flagship comedy show while in college.
5) She admits she knows nothing about economics. Despite being one of her father’s biggest platforms during the 2008 election, the economy is something that Meghan still doesn’t quite understand. She told Rachel Maddow, “That’s truly one of the things I keep reading about, and I just don’t understand it.”