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Meghan McCain

Political Columnist, Author & Award-Winning Blogger

As the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, Meghan was propelled into the national spotlight at an early age, involved in everything from community events to national conventions. Meghan’s unparalleled exposure to American politics gave her the opportunity to hear voters debate the most complex issues first-hand from the campaign trail. As a result, her unique perspective and bold approach has not only galvanized a younger generation of Republicans; Meghan has launched a national movement to redefine Republican stereotypes and values:

“I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.”

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, McCain graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Art History. With ambitions to pursue a career in music journalism, she completed internships at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live before joining her father’s 2008 presidential campaign.

To give Americans a real sense of life behind the-scenes on the campaign trail, Meghan launched “The blog, for me, was showing young women they could be interested in politics and everything else. I chose to show that I’m a real person with shortcomings, and that this is my life.” McCainBlogette has been recognized with two distinguished awards in politics: The Golden Dot Award for Best Blog, and two Pollie Awards from the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals.

While writing her blog, Meghan never imagined the main-stream media would pay attention to her social and political commentary. Quite the contrary has proven true: her positions have been discussed by some of the most prominent voices in politics, from Karl Rove to Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh. As a columnist for The Daily Beast and MSNBC contributor, Meghan often responds to her own party’s attacks, but also discusses America’s most challenging issues with a clear objective: to help the Republican Party expand and survive.

Meghan’s time on the campaign trail inspired her acclaimed memoir, Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story (Hyperion 2010). The book chronicles Meghan’s personal journey across the American political landscape in the witty, candid, and boisterous voice that has made her a role model for young members of the GOP. Campaigining with her father also inspired Meghan to publish My Dad, John McCain, an illustrated children’s book that brings her father’s heroic story to life before young eyes.

At the podium, Meghan openly discusses her personal experiences on the campaign trail and her observations on the future of the Republican Party. Often said to possess the McCain “maverick gene,” Meghan has no qualm in saying what is on her mind and brags that she inherited “my dad’s heartburn-inducing ability to say what he thinks.”

A powerful role model for young women and Republicans alike, she passionately discusses women’s issues, social issues and marriage equality. Meghan firmly believes that Republicans need to get back to their core beliefs—and that there is room for all walks of life in the Party.