Daughter of McCain set to host new talk show, focus on youth
By Piya Sinha-Roy, ReutersLOS ANGELES--Meghan McCain, who gained attention in 2007 for her lively blogs tracking her father John McCain's presidential campaign, is bringing her “brand of Republicanism” to a new television show she hopes will change perceptions of the millennial generation.
September 16, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
McCain, 28, is the face of “Raising McCain” that premieres on Saturday on new cable channel Pivot TV, with the aim of presenting a different take on the challenges and issues facing young people.
“Unfortunately, the only thing we're seeing when it comes to young people is (MTV show) “16 and Pregnant” and reality shows,” McCain told Reuters.
“Raising McCain,” airing weekly at 10 p.m. EDT, will see the host exploring issues such as feminism, technology, dating, and online privacy, which is the topic of the first episode.
Since being thrust into the spotlight with her father's campaign in the 2008 election against Democrat Barack Obama, McCain, who has appeared on MSNBC and writes for The Daily Beast, said she faced strong criticism for her fiscally conservative, socially liberal “brand of Republicanism.”
“I was so naive in the beginning when I worked on my dad's campaign and I thought everyone would love me,” she said.
“Little did I know that if you're a woman in America and you state your opinion, that you will be probably eviscerated in one way or another, and I think just to be a woman in the media is to be controversial,” she added.
But the young Republican said she wanted to be careful not to make the show political or one that “lectures or preaches” to young people — rather, she wants it to open discussions she said she grew up hearing on television.
“I was such a child of MTV News and MTV ... I saw (MTV News reporter) Tabitha Soren interviewing my dad and so many other interesting politicians, and MTV did debates,” McCain said.
Television personality Meghan McCain, left, and her father, U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, attend a screening of two original series premiering on Pivot, in New York on ...