Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) daughter Meghan McCain appeared on "Rachel Maddow" 10/18 p.m.
M. McCain, on her critics: "I just don't know at which point - these people don't know it no longer bothers me. But I worry about young women. I have a lot of young women followers - teenagers. I worry about little girls that are reading my column and reading this stuff and what it does to them. It means, don't speak out because, god forbid, my weight is criticized again. And it's so old. This is like the oldest thing ever. It's so old."
M. McCain: "And I think the irony as well is that you cannot say sexist comments about (ex-AK Gov.) Sarah Palin (R) and (DE SEN candidate) Christine O'Donnell (R). But me, it's free game all day, every day. I don't think it's just right-wing bloggers. I think it's men."
M. McCain, on her O'Donnell comments: "I did not wake up in the morning being like, 'I'm going to start a big fight with Christine O'Donnell today.' I had just done a lot of research before I went on a very prestigious Sunday news show. And I got more and more scared the more research I did. ... She has little-to-no qualifications to be a principal, let alone to be a Senator."
M. McCain: "In any other context, in any other election, this would be a joke. And originally, people like Karl Rove were against her. But all of a sudden, everybody is rescinding and now supporting her. ... I have the balls to come on television and I sit and I take heat and everything that comes because I do not lie. And this is how I feel about this woman."
M. McCain, on if Palin started a trend: "I think there are other women in the Republican politics like (CA GOV candidate) Meg Whitman (D) and (CA SEN candidate) Carly Fiorina (R) that don't follow this model. But I think what you're seeing are copy cats in a very real, bizarre way. I wrote about them in my last column. The media is just obsessed with them."
M. McCain, on her dad's positions on DADT: "It is awkward to hear and watch my father saying that because I disagree with him. In my family, me and my mother are against it. My father and my brothers who are in the military are against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' ... Against repealing it" (MSNBC, 10/18).
J. McCain appeared on "GMA" this a.m.
J. McCain: "My daughter and I have very spirited conversations from time to time. And it's a lot of fun. In all due respect, my daughter, the primary voters of Delaware chose Christine O'Donnell. And she's the candidate" ("GMA," ABC, 10/19).