February 23rd, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Cindy McCain: GOP not on 'wrong side' of history with position on gay rights

The wife of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain says the GOP's diverse and inclusive and by no means "on the wrong side of history" on the issue of gay rights. In an interview with Erin Burnett, Cindy McCain–who has somewhat different views on gay rights than her husband–said "I think there are diverse opinions...but Republicans are not on the wrong side of this issue."

McCain, who has appeared in pubic service ads for the NO H8 campaign against discrimination based on sexual orientation, said "we openly disagree and we fairly disagree."

Speaking of her home state of Arizona, where she and her husband have endorsed Mitt Romney, McCain said "we're open minded Republicans and believe in equality for all."

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  1. michael

    This right here is what's wrong with this country and it's two-party system. Cindy McCain is pro gay marriage, pro gays in the military and pro gay... period. Yet because she's a Repbulican she can't come straight out and say, "My party is dead wrong on this issue." The Republican party is a wrong on this gay issues as the Democrats and Dixiecrats were on slavery in the 19th Century. Ms. McCain needs to remember that though there are Republicans who disagree about some of these issues, the ones who end up writing their party platform have their bigotry, idiocy and narrow-mindedness enshrined into the platform. What's truly sad is that Republicans as a group tend to have very little ability, except when it comes to bashing one candidate or another during the primaries, to be openly critical of their party. Democrats have no trouble being critical of their party and as a result often end up divided and conquered. This is why I've always enjoyed being an independent, so I can hold an intelligent opinion and not be worried that in order to support a party, I have to support something stupid.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  2. Tom

    They are on the side of deny people a right while simultatniously ignoring the first amendment. Sounds like the wrong side to me.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  3. sosolly

    She says she believes in equality for all from one of her million dollar plus mansions. What a bunch of crap. Her old man has been on the public dole for fifty years and is married to a woman who is rich enough to pay off the national debt. They care about poor folks about as much as I care about millionaires. At least I am no hypocrite and do not pretend to like someone just for political reasons. To hell with the super rich, especially politicians who ride their wives dress tails to stay in office at the taxpayer's expense.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  4. jj

    Glad you feel that you can 'openly disagree and we fairly disagree' with such a basic human right. Most people would call you bigoted, openly and fairly.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  5. Jason Tweed

    I think the biggest problem for either candidate is that people are voting based on the candidate's opinions, yet, it's unlikely the President will have any say whatsoever. Marriage laws are state laws, and no president is foolish enough to engage in this discussion at the federal level. Regardless of who is elected, marriage laws were continued to change regardless.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  6. Shaun Nickerson

    Her daughter has the right idea. If it was up to Meghan McCain, the republican party wouldn't be on the wrong side of this at all.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  7. 38gaucho

    "Pubic service ads"? Facepalm.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
  8. Dina K

    What a joke. Liberals are absolutely the most closed-minded. It's their way or the highway.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • Joel

      Yes..and all the republicans are all open minded.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  9. Serge

    What GOP is she talking about? I'm not familiar with this "diverse, inclusive" GOP that she speaks of.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  10. Robert

    How can something be wrong for so many thousands of years throughout decent society, then all of a sudden become "right" within the past 50 years?

    March 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Joel

      @ Robert, so following your ideology because slavery was accepted for thousands of years we shouldnt have abolished it because it was part of history? You dont make sense. Whats your beef?

      March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  11. Ed


    I'm glad that you're so open and diverse. As a very socially liberal person, I respect you. But don't try and fool us (or yourself). There may be Republicans with varying opinions, but it's very clear who your party chooses to put up in front of a presidential podium. Every GOP candidate for president is against gay rights and gay marriage. Some choose to hide behind the copout of states' rights, but it's still clear where they stand personally. When I see a GOP presidential candidate stand up for gay marriage, then I'll believe that freethinkers make up a meaningful percentage of your party. Conservatives should listen to more Clint Eastwood and less Glenn Beck. And I'm not pessimistic about it either, I'm waiting to see it. I just haven't seen it yet.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply

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