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Meghan McCain Blasts Rick Santorum for 'Torture' Remarks

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Sen. John McCain, may not agree with all of her father's political views, but one she shares is his belief that waterboarding is torture and that it didn't help track down Osama bin Laden.

Ms. McCain waded into the war of words over the value of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" late Tuesday after her dad came under fire from some members of his own party.

Likely GOP presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said this week that Sen. McCain, who was himself tortured during the Vietnam War, "doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works."

"I mean, you break somebody, and after they're broken, they become cooperative," Santorum said of the effort to glean intelligence from Khalid Sheik Mohammed on the name of bin Laden's courier. "And that's when we got this information."

The comments drew sharp rebuttal from Meghan McCain who tweeted, "Rick Santorum telling my father doesn't know about torture is like Carrot Top telling Lebron James he doesn't know about basketball."

Last week, Sen. McCain delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor and penned an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing, "It was not torture, or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden."

"In my personal experience," McCain said in his speech, "The abuse of prisoners sometimes produces good intelligence, but often produces bad intelligence because under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear –- whether it is true or false –- if he believes it will relieve his suffering." Former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, however, fired back, claiming -- as Santorum did -- that CIA head Leon Panetta's own report details how the courier's name came about from a "mosaic" of data, including info gleaned from enhanced interrogation techniques.

Santorum issued a statement Wednesday clarifying that while he disagrees with McCain on the effectiveness of the techniques and whether they amount to torture, he never intended to question McCain's military service. 

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Meghan McCain To Sarah Palin: 'Who You Calling a Blue Blood?'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Meghan McCain is taking on her father’s 2008 running mate, accusing Sarah Palin of fueling a “cultural war” within the Republican Party.  In a blog posted to The Daily Beast, Meghan McCain responds to Sarah Palin’s claim that the Bush family members are “blue bloods,” admitting that she is one, too.

“Welcome to the echo chamber! This week's (or possibly month's) latest rhetorical talking point is ‘blue bloods.’ And guess what? In the way it has been used I am probably considered one and so is the entire Bush family, not to mention countless others. And who else would deliver such a catchy media talking point than, yes, Sarah Palin,” McCain writes.

Palin dismissed the Bush family as “blue bloods” last week after Barbara Bush told CNN’s Larry King during a discussion about the 2012 presidential race that “Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska.” The former Alaska governor responded by telling Laura Ingraham that “of course they think that, the Bushs are blue bloods.”

Sen. John McCain’s daughter, who admits she had to Google the meaning of “blue bloods,” accuses Palin of escalating “a war within the Republican Party itself about what kind of people we want leading the party. This type of rhetoric will continue to alienate and stereotype Republicans that don't pass cultural purity tests. We are watching the old-fashioned spirit of the Republican Party that once served us so well abused for the purpose of clever talking points.”

“Instead of sitting around and opining about who is too much of an elitist or a ‘blue blood’ within our own party, our leaders need to start educating this country about the shortcomings of the Obama administration and why smaller government is a fundamentally more effective way of governing,” McCain explains.

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Cindy McCain Opposes John McCain Over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Cindy McCain has delivered a double-barreled rebuke to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and to her husband, one of the policy's leading supporters. She chose as her forum a new anti-bullying video sponsored by a California gay and lesbian rights group.

"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future. They can't serve our country openly," says Cindy McCain. "Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens..."

The comments are the first time Ms. McCain has so publicly criticized the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members and exposes a deep divide over the issue of gay rights in one of the country's most prominent conservative families.

Sen. John McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee and decorated Vietnam veteran, has been a spirited supporter of "don't ask, don't tell" and led the effort to block repeal of the policy during a Senate vote in September. McCain's daughter, Meghan, a conservative blogger, has publicly aired her disagreement with her father, tweeting in September, "I am a supporter of LGBT rights and I am against DADT - I fight every day."

An ongoing Pentagon study of potential impacts of lifting the ban on openly gay troops is due to be completed by Dec. 1. But it's unclear how soon the results of that study will be shared with top military brass and members of Congress.

The House has already approved a conditional repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

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Meghan McCain: Christine O'Donnell a 'Mockery,' 'Nutjob'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain and author of the book Dirty Sexy Politics, says she is troubled by Christine O'Donnell’s effort to become the Republican Senator from Delaware.

"I speak as a 26-year-old woman and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office," McCain told ABC News.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour, McCain said O’Donnell lacks “real success in any kind of business” and that her Senate run signals that “one day you can just wake and run for Senate … it scares me for a lot of reasons."

"I just know, in my group of friends, it turns people off because she's seen as a nutjob," McCain said.

O’Donnell has received the backing of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Her opponent, Democrat Chris Coons, last week received endorsements from President Obama and Vice President Biden.

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