Senator's daughter is working hard to clean up her 'mouth like a trucker's' ahead of Monday radio debut
Sure, Meghan McCain is the daughter of a former presidential candidate (John McCain 2008, anyone?). So it’s little surprise that when her new three-hour daily radio show called America Now debuts on Monday, her first guest will be a man running for the White House who also happens to be a family friend (Lindsey Graham 2016!)
But since presidential candidates are almost literally a dime a dozen these days, the bigger news is that Topic 2 of her premiere broadcast on Premiere Networks – from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET, following their all-star lineup of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity – will be (wait for it): The Bachelorette.
“I’m obsessed with this season! I’m obsessed with the fact that she had sex really soon and the two guys she’s choosing,” McCain, 30, tells PEOPLE.
“I used to be embarrassed to admit I can’t get enough of it, but now that I have, I want to talk about it all day long!”
So, McCain says she’s booking a sociologist to come on her show to talk about, as she puts it, “why so many career women like me are so obsessed with this princess fantasy love-story show.”
As a veteran of the GOP campaign trail, author, former TV talk-show host and outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, McCain, a moderate and millennial Republican, is used to kicking over stereotypes with her stilettos.
And she’s not shy about playing by her own rules in the often angry and divisive conservative talk-radio sandbox dominated by the likes of Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity.
“I like the juxtaposition of me up against the legends of talk radio. They’re people I’ve feuded with, with Glenn Beck being the number-one person I’ve feuded with in the past. But, in America, there’s room for all different opinions. And the world is changing,” McCain says.
“Caitlyn Jenner can be at the ESPYs with resounding respect and love being channeled toward her. Even in the most conservative parts of America, there’s a lot of change happening and I like the idea of sharing a different perspective with a more conservative audience.”
And McCain promises to bring her personal perspective – sometimes blushingly personal – to the air.
When Sen. Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat fulfills his promise to be a guest (McCain says she met the vegan pol while helping him scare up a salad at a red-meat charity dinner), he’ll have to dish on dating. “I told him, ‘You’re a hot bachelor and I want to ask what it’s like being a single senator,'” says McCain, who separately noted that she is single herself.
Also this week, McCain inked a deal to join Fox News Channel as a contributor. But for now, she’s reveling in the fact that her full-time job will be as a voice – not a face – on air.
“It is awesome to come into work every day and not have to wear makeup,” she says. “A huge perk of radio!”
And one potential pitfall? No five-second delay.
“I can’t swear at all on the air! It’s been the hardest thing to curb,” McCain says, admitting that she’s been working with a voice coach to suppress her natural instinct to drop the F-bomb.
“I have the mouth of a trucker.”