Is McCain a dead beat dad?

John McCain, currently on his second marriage, may not have been involved in the lives of his children from his first marriage.

Apparently one of his kids from his second marriage wrote a book about him and neglected to mention all of his children, suggesting that, perhaps, the children from his second marriage were not involved in the lives of their half siblings.

This is disturbing to me.  The way he dumped his first wife is bad enough (apparently, after she waited for him all those years while he was a POW, she got into a crippling accident.  The 40 something McCain, who apparently didn’t want to be burdened with a cripple, began cheating on his wife with a 25 year old, the woman who he is now married to), but if he proceeded to abandon his children from his first marriage afterward that is unacceptable.  Hopefully he at least paid child support, but you would think that the presidential candidate who is representing the interests of the Christian Right would not find it acceptable to leave children without a male role model.  It is the Christian Right, after all, who are so adamant that a father’s presence is crucial for a child’s development.

While I don’t see a fathers presence in quite the same light as the Christian Right does, I do think that child abandonment is one of the worst things a man can do, and believe that it is a serious issue affecting the well being of the American culture as a whole.  I think we all need to demand clarity from John McCain on his history as a husband and father, because if this man can’t even raise his own children, how can he run a country?  If he can abandon his own flesh and blood, what kind of care will he have for the rest of us Americans whom he has not even met?

Dead beat dads are not fit to run a country.


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6 Responses to Is McCain a dead beat dad?

  1. jonolan says:

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – John McCain gave up his interest in two homes and agreed to pay $1,625 a month in alimony and child support when he divorced his first wife 20 years ago, court records show.

    The senator and Republican presidential candidate divorced his wife Carol in 1980 when he was a Navy captain with a home of record in Orange Park, Fla., about 12 miles south of Jacksonville.

    McCain, 63, gave her his interest in homes in Alexandria, Va., and South Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., according to records of the divorce settlement obtained by The Associated Press and other newspapers.

    The Arizona senator agreed to give her their furnishings, $1,325 a month in alimony, $300 in child support. He also agreed to pay an additional $500 monthly if she couldn’t find a job.

    She was subsequently employed in the Reagan White House, according to George “Bud” Day, McCain’s attorney during the divorce. Day also was one McCain’s cellmates when they were prisoners of war in Vietnam.

    Carol McCain, who has remained friendly with her former husband, did not immediately return a phone call to her Virginia home Thursday seeking comment.

    McCain filed for the divorce, stating in court records that the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

    Under the settlement, McCain maintained insurance policies worth $64,000 with their children as beneficiaries, agreed to pay for their daughter’s college education and paid $3,005 in joint debts. Carol McCain got the family’s Audi, while McCain was allowed to keep a Datsun 810 and his personal belongings, the records show.

    A month after the divorce, McCain married Cindy Lou Hensley, heiress to Phoenix-based Hensley & Co., the nation’s second-largest Anheuser-Busch distributor.

    Carol McCain was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Christmas Eve 1969, but her husband did not find out about it until he was released from Vietnam, Day said.

    In the settlement, McCain agreed to provide insurance or pay medical bills for additional treatment she was expected to require.

  2. jessimonster says:

    Okay. But money is still not a male role model, so try again.

  3. McCunt says:

    So what? America is more important than my kids.

  4. jonolan says:

    I was just answering your implied question of whether McCain paid child support or not. No, money doesn’t substitute for a father.

  5. jessimonster says:

    Check out this article.

    Okay, maybe not the most unbiased coverage available, but its interesting, none the less.

    Another interesting fact, in the 7th grade we had a school wide mock election, and I was one of only two people to vote for Ross Perot.

  6. Katy says:

    I can remember this story swiming around McCain since I was a little kid. My mom is a huge political junkie and this whole situation is one of the big reasons why she hates McCain.

    I remember Ross Poriateback in the 80s talking about what an a-hole McCain is because of this.

    I think I would classify him as a dead beat dad. Even if he was involved in his children’s lives I doubt they ever forgot that he dumped them for another (healthier, prettier, richer) family.

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