Meghan McCain would likely not have joined “The View” had it not been for her late father John McCain.

McCain, 34, says the former U.S. senator and Vietnam War veteran encouraged her to become a regular presence on the talk show. “I didn’t take the offer seriously because, no shade to the show, it just wasn’t the show that I wanted to work on,” McCain tells Elle. “A carousel of people getting on and off; it didn’t seem to have a lot of direction.”

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“It was my dad who talked me into it,” the political columnist and author continued. “He said, ‘You can’t ever give up an opportunity to work on a network with Whoopi Goldberg.’

“My presence on the show has been, ‘Nobody’s going to bully me, nobody’s going to talk down to me, and nobody’s going to pull the kind of s**t that’s been pulled on a lot of people in this chair. And I will be vocal, and I will live in the moment, for better or worse.’ I should be better at being less reactive,” she admits.

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Meghan McCain. Photo: Celeste Sloman/Elle. Stylist: Lawren Sample
Meghan McCain. Photo: Celeste Sloman/Elle. Stylist: Lawren Sample

McCain famously said on-air she hated Hillary Clinton. She still regrets it. McCain says she and her colleagues went for drinks the night before and she carried the convivial nature of their outing onto the show. “I call her Crooked Hillary!” she said. “I hate Hillary Clinton.

“I apologized on TV and said that I was contributing to the polarization of this country,” she recalls. “I really regret saying that. She was friends with my dad. It’s really not fair.” McCain has been a co-host on “The View” since 2017.