That’s Right Nate

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Smear #2: McCain Has a Black Daughter

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The first obvious question is “Does she look black?”  Actually, I’ve been told that the picture isn’t the daughter that was accused of being black, but it was much harder to find a picture of her.  The daughter in question–Bridget was actually adopted from Bangladesh.  The rumor that she was John McCain’s illegitimate black daughter goes back to the 2000 Presidential Primary, but has been repudiated by the very people who spread it while working for Bush’s campaign.  I believe that if it was true, they would have been much less likely to advise McCain’s political staff.

Where the Rumor Started: Karl Rove made up this story for a push poll in South Carolina.  Bush’s supporters would call up and ask voters, “Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain…if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?” This was no random slur. McCain was at the time campaigning with his dark-skinned daughter, Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh.  Since then Rove and McCain have burried the hatchet and Rove is now advising the McCain campaign.


Written by thatsrightnate

June 19, 2008 at 9:28 am

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  1. Does it really matter if McCain has a black daughter. Isn’t the real issue with you people that the Democratic nominee has two black daughters. Neither of whom is porky.


    June 19, 2008 at 5:59 pm

  2. You know, I cried when I read about this smear. Karl Rove and his evil harpies turned a beautiful act of love, the adoption of an orphan baby, into something ugly. As a lifelong Democrat who had changed my political affiliation in order to vote for John McCain in the primary, I was sickened by the fact that an ugly smear would work to ensconce the soulless empty suit Bush at the head of our country. The association between Bush and Rove makes total sense to me; Bush is too stupid to even realize how evil Rove really is and Rove likes it that way. But the last sentence in your little article says it all, “… Rove is now advising the McCain campaign.” McCain knows the evil that Rove embodies because he has been burned by it, but he still affiliates with Rove. This proves McCain would sell his soul to win the Presidency, which is why I will not vote for him. Hopefully, the blatant evil of the last eight years will be so obvious to everyone that neither will anyone else. I guess we will just have to wait to see what kind of push polls the McCain/Rove campaign are going to try to use to deceive the nation, at least today more Americans know what we are dealing with.


    June 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  3. What does it say about McCain’s character and leadership that he is now willing and eager to work with the very man (Rove) who spread these despicable smears about his adopted daughter (Bridget Mccain) so that Bush can win the 2000 primary?


    August 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm

  4. It really angers me that you consider having a black child a “smear”. Illegitimate or not, she is John McCain’s daughter, and I support the his decision to adopt, especially because Bridget had a terrible cleft palate as a child and underwent numerous surgeries.
    Clearly, you have no qualms about racism as a political tool. I personally believe it is a beyond despicable tactic, and the fact that we use it shows how disgusting our government really is.
    Sadly, even Bridget’s father sees her as an unappealing figure for his campaign, and rarely appears in public with her, preferring instead the image of the traditional “happy white family”. McCain should be ashamed of himself!
    I strongly hope that you will place your country’s future in the hands of someone less prejudiced, and more competent. When you choose someone like John McCain, you are helping increase to America’s bigotry.


    August 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm

  5. The smear was that it was untrue story started to hurt the candidate. It was something that the voters in South Carolina considered negative and it worked. That doesn’t mean that I consider it negative.


    August 30, 2008 at 6:39 pm

  6. the mccains do have an adoped bangledeshi daughter, who is NOT the woman pictured above. The woman pictyured is Megan Mccain, his bilogical daughjter with cindy.

    do your simple basic research idiot
    heres a picture from google image search of the two of them megan and bridget together embracing. your website has been shuit down by the truther. please delete this post and lost all credibility you didnt have to begin with.

    Mccain is a silly misguided old man who wanst to be prez for waaaaaay more selfish reasons than barack ever could imagine. mccain-pailin = the end of roe v wade, continued mismanagement of forign policy, energy, defense, social justice, etc. all they want is oil and money to line their own and thier best friends pockets.

    use your brains and stop focusing on the outside of the body as a criteria for being president.

    please do research before you try to educate people. you just got totally shut down.


    August 31, 2008 at 2:58 am

  7. Yeah, Truther is right: if you continue to publish things here without checking, you’ll lose all your credibility, Nate. After all, even if you succeeded with the Black Knight boycott, how far can one single success take you?


    August 31, 2008 at 7:42 am

  8. Thanks for explaining what I had put in my post Truther. I love that picture of the McCain sisters. It shows genuine love.


    August 31, 2008 at 7:49 am

  9. lol where was Bridget in the family pic with Palin??


    August 31, 2008 at 11:42 pm

  10. I’m going to write about the family’s love for her today.


    September 1, 2008 at 8:27 am

  11. John Mccain’s black daughter looks black to me.


    September 12, 2008 at 7:21 pm

  12. Sarah Palin really have proven how intelligent the Mavericks are–a.k. a bunch of dump people thats greedy not knwing that all these material thing is temp. judging whether McCalin has a black daughter or not. How dump is that. Yall need to be worrying abt judgment day and trying to help one another is this mess we in. Do you guys knw how serious this is. Better pay attention to what’s going on it the world. Because, color is not the issue right now. Be Bless


    October 2, 2008 at 9:22 pm

  13. Google: mccain fiji vacation – Find out what McCain is all about.


    October 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm

  14. I voted for McCain that year, and when he didn’t vigorously defend his own eight year old daughter (adopted or not), I totally lost all respect for him.

    I have NEVER taken him seriously since.

    J W

    October 13, 2008 at 11:16 pm

  15. If he had taken on those people who smeared his daughter there would have been a lot of bad blood and he never would have been able to hire them for his 2008 road to the White House.


    October 14, 2008 at 5:45 am

  16. John McCain’s “black” child that is constantly being referred to isn’t even black…she does have dark skin, but racially she is South Asian, not Black.


    January 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm

  17. “Sadly, even Bridget’s father sees her as an unappealing figure for his campaign, and rarely appears in public with her, preferring instead the image of the traditional “happy white family”. McCain should be ashamed of himself!”
    I agree somewhat Ammee, when the press hit that Mcain had a black child, Bridgette was rarely seen thereafter with her family of white siblings,
    “When you choose someone like John McCain for anything, you are helping increase to America’s bigotry.” However he did redeem himself when he snatched the mike from the ignorant woman who wanted his endorsement that Obama is terrorist and pronounced that Obama is a fine man.
    Anthropologically, India is now only separated from Africa by water. It was originally connected and one land mass. Look at the globe and see the puzzle. Her skin color comes from her African ancestry. Indian skin color will be varied because of the mixture of northern Asian cultures and European colonization. Indians are considered as Caucasian, this has nothing to do with skin color but with the geographical region of the Caucasus Mointain range. Look this up in Websters Dictionary. Bridget seems to be a very intelligent, beautiful, sensitive young lady. I hope she doesn’t loose her heritage but embraces it. Furthermore ,I hope thath she would take advantage of her economical status to make a difference in other disadvantaged children.


    January 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm

  18. ANTHONY ,South Asian is not a race.

    “John McCain’s “black” child that is constantly being referred to isn’t even black…she does have dark skin, but racially she is South Asian, not Black.”
    In America White America Considers People of Color Black. Though this is not always true it is a fact.

    1.Ask someone from India1,what they consider. themselves.
    2.Ask an Indian what an American considers them.


    January 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm

  19. Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples


    March 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

  20. When are they going to investigate that Obama may have a white or Hawian daughter?


    September 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

  21. What does Black Look Like? Seems like we have some preconceived ideas. This is analagous to wht do Muslims look like. I am Cherokee Indian and in 1997 was stopped in Waterloo (England) by 5 agents (who had also been tagging me on a weekend trip to France) because I fit the profile of a Brazilian female drug smuggler. After they realized I was not their person, I politely told them how dissappointed I was that I was watched while the culprit got away. Belonging to a racial group does not mean u have a particular phenotype. Races/nationalities come in all sizes, shapes, languages, accents and colors. Look up the word caucasian. One can be caucasian and not white. One can be African and not black and I’m not speaking of the Colonial term White North Africans from Egypt, Morrocco etc.
    I must comment also that McCains mother appeared uncomfortable about her adopted grandchild presence during the campaigning.


    September 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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