John McCain, daughter split over O’Donnell

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Sen. John McCain does not share the view of his high-profile daughter that Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is a “nut job.”

“With all due respect to my daughter, the primary voters of Delaware chose Christine O’Donnell and she’s the candidate,” McCain said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The 2008 GOP presidential candidate said he and his daughter Meghan have “very spirited conversations from time to time” and indicated that he disagrees with her assessment of O’Donnell.

His daughter had taken O’Donnell to task on Sunday.

“My problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business,” Meghan McCain said on ABC. “And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how lack of experience you have.”

“And it scares me for a lot of reasons, and I just know, in my group of friends, it just turns people off because she’s seen as a nut job,” she said.

Meghan McCain has defended her statements in a column published late Monday night on The Daily Beast.

The last public split between the two McCains came after it was announced that the military would repeal its Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which Sen. McCain opposes but his daughter supports.