Sen. John McCainJohn McCainEx-Bush aide Nicolle Wallace to host MSNBC show Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea MORE (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he has moved past tactics attributed to Karl Rove in the 2000 campaign, after his daughter said she hates Rove.
It has long been a theory that Rove started rumors before the 2000 South Carolina presidential primary, when George W. Bush and John McCain were competing for the nomination, that McCain had an illegitimate black child. Rove has denied any involvement.
Asked about his daughter’s comments on Fox News, the elder McCain said, “I don't hate Karl Rove at all. The campaign is over.”
“As far as my daughter's emotions are concerned, it's the family members that always take these things the hardest,” he continued.
The younger McCain also said Rove’s recent remarks that Hillary Clinton wore glasses that people only need when they have “traumatic brain injury” were “disgusting.”
The senator and his daughter have also split in terms of policy. Meghan McCain supports gay marriage, while the senator does not.
“I do appreciate her perspective on her generation,” John McCain said. “I have learned a lot from her.”