Meghan McCain presses Steyer on 2020 bid: 'You have not proven that you can inspire people'

Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainModerators come under criticism online over contentious debate Meghan McCain says Steyer should drop out: 'I hate that guy' Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' MORE pressed billionaire activist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina There's only one candidate for Democrats in Puerto Rico MORE (D) on his presidential ambitions this week, questioning how a candidate with no government or military experience could connect with voters.  

“We already have a billionaire businessman in the White House, and it’s not going so great," McCain said on "The View."


"One of the few things that unites this table is we all think government experience or military experience is important, so no disrespect, nothing you’re saying is resonating with me at all,” she added.

Steyer defended his record by touting his political and philanthropic work.

“For the last 10 years, I have put together coalitions of Americans to take on corporate power and won. So that involves direct democracy, going and taking on oil companies and propositions around the country, taking on tobacco companies,” Steyer said.

Steyer has spent millions on his political organization NextGen America, which registered youth voters during the 2018 midterm elections and worked toward flipping Republican House seats. He also launched the group Need to Impeach, which advocates to begin impeachment efforts against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE

But McCain told Steyer that he has “not proven that you can inspire people to elect you to any office.”

“I just think that billionaires — put your money where your mouth is with these candidates. But why run yourself instead of funding them?” McCain asked.

Steyer said his campaign is focusing on "grass roots" mobilization around the country. 

“What I’m talking about here is if we are going to reform this government, isn’t it going to have to be from the outside and the grass roots that it’s going to come. Isn’t it going to be the power of the American people deciding that we together have to take back this government,” he said.