The View panelists Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman played a game of “Ask Me Anything: Bestie’s Edition” on Instagram and quite a few secrets were revealed as the longtime pals learned a little more than they ever believed about one another.
The two sat down and took viewer questions giving fans a new look at the co-hosts, who share a long history both on and off camera. McCain noted that she is inspired by Huntsman’s ability to always see the bright side of things, even when it is difficult. In turn, Huntsman applauded her pal’s honesty even when it makes her cringe. They called their friendship a “good balance of Ying and Yang.”
The conservative panelists recall meeting in high school, as both their fathers were very involved in service to the United States government. Huntsman’s father Jon Huntsman was the U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, the governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and the U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011. He currently serves as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under the Trump administration.
As for the one thing McCain dislikes discussing? A talk show staple: sex. McCain says she feels very uncomfortable speaking on the subject, particularly because of her grandmother, Roberta McCain, the mother of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, watching the show daily. Mrs. McCain is 107-years-old.
The women, both registered Republicans, noted that they would throw their support behind a different nominee in the 2020 race for president of the United States as they dislike many of the policies and actions of Donald Trump, who will likely run on the Republican ticket.
Huntsman revealed that she likes Joe Biden and remains hopeful that despite a scandal where several women accused him of making them feel uncomfortable by the way he interacted with them would not take away from his humanity toward people. She also revealed that she could potentially write in her own nominee. McCain, who admitted she was “tribal” toward her party, would likely write in Republican Paul Ryan as a nominee when she voted.
McCain also noted during the series of viewer questions that her marriage to conservative writer, blogger, and television commentator Ben Domenech made her “tougher, smarter, and stronger.” She calls him “her rock” and her “ride or die” and revealed that he was the only man she ever met that did not want to change her.
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84 days without you. You used to get up early in the morning and go get us all Starbucks in town in the Cottonwood Safeway and then come home and make eggs and bacon. You always had a giant venti cappuccino. We would eat on the porch and talk about life and politics while you read the newspaper and watched out for the hawks to fly by. I want to tell you about everything and get your opinion on everything - just like we used to do. I don’t know how you go from talking to someone seven times a day to never. It is still so indescribably surreal to go through the motions of life without sharing all of it with you - like some awful parallel universe I fell into. The pain of missing you and the grief that comes with it continues to be sharp and primal. Some waves are more intense than others but they come every day relentlessly. Stay with me. Stay with me. Stay with me. I fight on because that is what you told me I had to do and demanded of me. I know you made me so tough and strong with the intensity that only you could have purposefully - and for that I am the most grateful. You raised me “Don’t let the bastards grind you down” you always said. Thank you for always, always being on my team and for being my best friend. I love you forever. To anyone else in my place or those who are not - I wish we wouldn’t put time limits or rules on grief, we all do it differently in different ways. I shared my father on social media while he was here (and he loved it) and I choose to continue sharing him now that he is not. There’s always the unfollow button if recognizing the impact of death and loss makes anyone uncomfortable. ♥️
The couple wed shortly after becoming engaged in July 2017 at the Mayo Clinic in July, shortly after her father’s diagnosis. They wed several months after in Sedona, Arizona, due to her father’s failing health. John McCain announced in July he was battling glioblastoma, an aggressive stage 4 brain cancer.
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1 year married tomorrow baby, I can’t believe it’s been a year. My ride or die from day one. In the words of the late poet Johnny Cash - we fell into a burning ring of fire. My great love, my best friend, my true partner, my shelter from the storm. I would not have survived this last year without you. Thank you for always taking on the world beside me - Bonnie and Clyde forever. I love you with my entire heart Ben @btdomenech ♥️
Senator McCain died on August 25, 2018.
The View, starring McCain, Huntsman, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Ana Navarro, and Sunny Hostin airs weekdays on ABC Television.