Meghan McCain’s joining The View as co-host in October will once again add a politically conservative viewpoint to the show. McCain’s joining the morning talk show was reported by Variety Wednesday, and it comes in the wake of conservative Jedediah Bila’s departure earlier this month. The talk show selected McCain because she show has lacked a stronger conservative voice since Elizabeth Hasselbeck departed in 2013, Variety reported. Back then, there was more debate among the co-hosts due to more polarizing political views.
Here are five facts to help you get to know the new co-host before her debut.
She is the daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain. The 32-year-old first entered the public eye in 2007 when blogging about her life on the campaign trail when her dad was running for president. Her blog was called “McCain Blogette.” Other than political campaign life, she also blogged about fashion, music, and pop culture.
Although McCain calls herself a “blonde Republican” on Twitter, she has also described herself as “liberal on social issues.” Social issues should not be the issues that define the party, she told Larry King back in 2009. “I have taken heat, but in fairness to me, I am a different generation than the people that are giving me heat. I’m 24 years old. I’m not in my 40s, I’m not in my 50s and older.”
She is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized her father over political issues. McCain lashed out at Trump in a tweet Tuesday after it was reported he was mocking her father, who is currently undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.
What more must my family be put through right now? This is abhorrent. https://t.co/xJmFdh93xL
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 27, 2017
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 27, 2017
The View won’t be McCain’s first TV talk show gig. She was a co-host on Fox New Channel’s Outnumbered, an afternoon show on which a rotating group of female contributors appeared along with a different male guest each day. Her departure from the show was announced just two weeks ago. Prior to that, she hosted a series called “TakePart Live” on the now-defunct Pivot Network and also was a contributor to MSNBC and The Daily Beast.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History. She received the degree from Columbia University. She originally planned to become a music journalist and interned at both Newsweek and Saturday Night Live.