McCain stressed her beliefs in a strong national defense, a limited government that leaves people alone and said, “the health-care bill has scared the shit out of me this week.” Spending, she said, was the common thread among Republicans of all stripes, and that’s what keeps her a proud member of the Republican Party.
“Start talking about Afghanistan and I’ll show you just how Republican I am.”
She did stress her staunch support of gay marriage, a position that has gotten her into trouble with more conservative members of the party.
“You hear that, GW Young Republicans?” she said after espousing her beliefs on gay marriage, referring to the initial drama several months ago over sponsorship of her visit.
College Republicans at the university originally agreed to co-sponsor McCain’s speech with Allied in Pride, an organization for LGBTQ students. But when College Republicans learned that the speech was intended as the keynote event for Marriage Equality Week, they pulled sponsorship. The event eventually had to be re-scheduled due to snow storms in Washington, D.C., and Thursday’s event was no longer a part of Marriage Equality Week, but the College Republicans had already pulled their funding and were replaced by the Log Cabin Republicans.
McCain also shared thoughts on a slew of politicians and media personalities:
On South Carolina representative Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s address to Congress: “I have been to many heated rallies, but still I was taken aback … the president didn’t deserve that.”
On Joy Behar: “I actually love Joy Behar even though she’s a huge Democrat.”
On John Kerry: “I voted for John Kerry in the 2004 election cycle. Yes, I was on the wrong boat.”
And on Sarah Palin, her father’s 2008 running mate: “I don’t dislike her in the way people assume. I respect any woman who can go out and kick ass in politics.” Asked by a student whether McCain and her father ever talk about the former Alaska governor: “Never.”