Sen. McCain's Own Tasteless Joke About A Young Woman

June 12, 2009 3:29 pm ET

On June 11, 2009, Sen. John McCain criticized David Letterman for making a tasteless joke at the expense of Sarah Palin's daughter.  Yet in 1998, McCain called a teenage Chelsea Clinton "ugly."

Sen. McCain Criticized David Letterman For Joke About Sarah Palin's Daughter

McCain in 2009:

"I don't understand why Letterman would say that about a young woman... They deserve some kind of protection from being the butt of late-night hosts."

McCain: "I Don't Understand Why Letterman Would Say That About A Young Woman." Reacting to a recent controversy surrounding a joke David Letterman told regarding one of Sarah Palin's daughters, Sen. John McCain told Reuters, "I don't understand why Letterman would say that about a young woman... They deserve some kind of protection from being the butt of late-night hosts." [Reuters, 6/11/09]

Sen. McCain Called Teenage Chelsea Clinton "Ugly"

McCain in 1998:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?  Because Janet Reno is her father."

McCain Made Joke Attacking The Physical Appearance Of Teenage Chelsea Clinton At The Expense Of Hillary Clinton & Janet Reno. In 1998, National Journal reported, McCain "got hammered for telling a tasteless joke at Chelsea Clinton's expense at a recent GOP fundraiser. ... Still, the usually sure-footed McCain committed a gaffe with his joke.  It went something like this: 'Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?  Because Janet Reno is her father.'" [National Journal, 6/27/98]

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