Thursday, June 12, 2008

ON 06.12.08 9:54 PM

As some of you may know, I have been registered as an Independent since I was 18 years old.  However, after careful thought and consideration, I recently decided to change my political party affiliation.   This morning, I went to the State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix with Mom and re-registered as a Republican.  I did this as a symbol of my commitment to my dad and to represent the faith I have in his ability to be an effective leader for our country and to grow and strengthen the Republican party when he is elected President of the United States.  Happy Father's Day, Dad!

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The State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix.

Check out the awesome PEZ dispenser collection in the background.

Filling out the form.

Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer stopped by to say hello.

Making sure everything is filled out correctly.

It's official!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

"My Dad,
John McCain"

ON 06.12.08 12:01 AM

Today, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced that I have been working on a children’s book about my father’s life. I'd like to share the press release below. It's been a very exciting opportunity and I think everyone will really enjoy the book. Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement!


New York, NY June 11, 2008—Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, has signed with Aladdin Books, an imprint with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, to write a children’s book about her father’s life. The yet-to-be-titled picture book will hit stores the first week of September 2008, to coincide with the Republican National Convention. Aladdin’s Editorial Director Mark McVeigh acquired the book through agent Flip Brophy at Sterling Lord Literistic.

“I am truly excited about the opportunity to write a children’s book about my father, who is not only a fantastic dad, but also a great American. This book will offer children the unique opportunity to see the character building events that happened over his lifetime, experiences that led up to his current bid to become the future President of the United States,” said Meghan McCain.

Meghan McCain was born and raised in Phoenix, and graduated from Columbia University in May 2007, where she majored in Art History. She interned at Newsweek magazine and Saturday Night Live. Her blog, McCain Blogette, has received media attention throughout 2007 and 2008, as it chronicles her experiences on the campaign trail in addition to her interests in fashion, music, and pop culture.

“We are thrilled to be publishing this book. No matter what your individual politics may be, it’s universally acknowledged that Senator John McCain is a respected member of Congress and an important historical figure,” said Bethany Buck, Vice President and Publisher of Aladdin and Pulse. “Who better to write a children’s book about him than his daughter?”

The publisher will donate a portion of its net proceeds from sales of this book to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is an organization that aids military personnel and veterans who have suffered severe traumatic brain injuries while serving our nation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Blogette Playlist
Volume 14: Crazy, Sexy, Country"

ON 06.11.08 12:20 AM

I freely admit that I have not always listened to country music.  But, recently, with the help of some of my friends who are country music fanatics (especially my roommate from Columbia - thank you girl!) I have become an avid fan.  Our recent trip to Nashville reignited my interest as well.  Below are some of my favorite songs. I hope you enjoy this mix and continue to submit your country music suggestions!

# Song Artist Album
1 Once In a Lifetime Keith Urban Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
2 Like We Never Loved At All Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Tim McGraw: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
3 When the Stars Go Blue Tim McGraw Tim McGraw: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
4 I Wonder Kellie Pickler Small Town Girl
5 Mississippi Girl Faith Hill Fireflies
6 Cocaine Blues (Live) Johnny Cash Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (Live)
7 Not Ready to Make Nice Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
8 Stay Sugarland Enjoy the Ride
9 She's a Hottie (Single Version) Toby Keith Toby Keith: 35 Biggest Hits
10 So Small Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride
11 Ain't Gonna Stop James Otto Sunset Man
12 When I Get Where I'm Going Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton Time Well Wasted
13 The More I Drink Blake Shelton Pure BS
14 Joyride Jennifer Hanson Thankful
15 You're Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins Greatest Hits, Vol. II: American Man
16 Remember When Alan Jackson Alan Jackson: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
17 Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) Big & Rich Horse of a Different Color
18 What Was I Thinkin' Dierks Bentley Dierks Bentley
19 Johnny & June Heidi Newfield Johnny & June - Single
20 Laughed Until We Cried Jason Aldean Relentless
21 I Can Sleep When I'm Dead Jason Michael Carroll Waitin' In the Country
22 Hurt Johnny Cash American IV - The Man Comes Around
23 You'll Think of Me Keith Urban Golden Road
24 Nothin' Better to Do LeAnn Rimes Family
25 Holler Back The Lost Trailers Holler Back - Single
26 What Do Ya Think About That Montgomery Gentry Some People Change
27 Because of You Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson Reba Duets
28 All My Friends Say Luke Bryan I'll Stay Me
29 If You Didn't Love Me Phil Stacey Phil Stacey
30 Different Breed Carter's Chord Different Breed - Single
31 I'm With the Band Little Big Town A Place to Land
32 Nineteen Somethin' Mark Wills Mark Wills: Greatest Hits
33 Country Girl Rissi Palmer Rissi Palmer
34 Kill Me Now Rio Grand Kill Me Now - Single
35 Alcohol Abuse Billy Yates Anywhere But Nashville
36 Hillbilly Nation Cowboy Crush Hillbilly Nation - Single
37 Right Now Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler Real Live Roadrunning
38 The Gambler Kenny Rogers The Gambler
39 Girls Night Out The Judds Why Not Me
40 Where've You Been Kathy Mattea Willow in the Wind
41 9 to 5 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton: Greatest Hits

Monday, June 9, 2008

ON 06.09.08 11:34 AM

We spent Friday at Florida's Everglades National Park with Governor Crist and discussing climate change.  I thoroughly enjoyed touring the incredible subtropical wilderness and learning more about the Park's historic ecosystem. I have never been on an airboat before and it was so much fun! On Saturday, I flew home to Arizona to prepare for an upcoming trip with my mom.

Song of the Day: "Barracuda" by Heart

P.S. There were quite a few delays on my trip home from Florida.  To pass the time, I read "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell.  It is one of the most moving books I have ever read and is an important reminder how amazing our men and women serving in uniform truly are. I highly recommend it.

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Shannon filming.

Press in their boats.

Cameraman John.

Park Rangers.

It was a scorcher (over 90 degrees with 90% humidity.)

Bret Hovell from ABC

It is such a beautiful national park.


My parents and I zooming by with Governor Crist.

...and the park rangers that followed.

This reporter did a live feed from the Everglades!

Holly Bailey from Newsweek is this week’s best-dressed reporter

More filming.

I was afraid they were going to tip over.

When we drove by on the airboat, there were camera crews in their boats trying to get their shots.  It was one of the weirdest experiences of the campaign so far.  So much for being alone in nature. :-)

It is so incredibly gorgeous.

Filming, always filming...

I really wanted to see an alligator.

Here we are again.

At last, we saw an alligator!

Dad doing a media avail after the tour.

Governor Crist doing interviews.

The park rangers and Dad.

Back on the bus.

Ever since we went to Nashville, I have been inspired to wear my cowboy boots and cowboy hat. 

Buddy Roemer is one of my most favorite politicians and is one of the funniest men I have ever met!

Getting off the bus.

Talking with Kelly O'Donnell.

I was very excited to go home (in my boots and hat, of course.)

On our way home we met a police officer whose last name was “McNutt.”  It reminded me of "McLovin" in the movie, “Superbad.”  It still makes me laugh!

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