In a Daily Beast video debate, Meghan McCain confronts her father’s former adviser Mark McKinnon about why he abandoned the McCain campaign when Obama won the primary. Plus, their conversation about why Obama will eventually be “uncool,” why it’s strange to be a 24-year-old Republican—and how the McCain family really felt on inauguration day.
Part I. Did Mark McKinnon have a problem with John McCain? Not really—but he tells Meghan he did have a problem with the idea of attacking Obama’s “historic candidacy.”
Part 2. Is the Republican Party dead? Meghan on why it’s strange to be a 24-year-old Republican—and Mark on why supporting Obama will soon be “uncool.”
Part 3. So how did it feel to be member of the McCain family on inauguration day? Meghan says she couldn’t bring herself to watch the whole ceremony—but shares what she thought of Michelle’s dress.
Part 4. Mark McKinnon on why Bush is so incredibly misunderstood—and why even Obama liked him once he actually spent time with him at the White House.
Meghan McCain is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She previously wrote for Newsweek magazine and created the website mccainblogette.com.
As vice chairman of Public Strategies and president of Maverick Media, Mark McKinnon has helped meet strategic challenges for candidates, causes, and individuals, including George W. Bush, John McCain, Governor Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong, and Bono. McKinnon is co-chair of Arts & Labs, a collaboration between technology and creative communities that have embraced today’s rich internet environment to deliver innovative and creative digital products to consumers.