The daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain has asked U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to stop talking about her late father on the presidential campaign trail.
The Sunday tweet from Meghan McCain followed coverage of remarks by Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator running for the Democratic nomination, about Sen. McCain's views of President Donald Trump.
Klobuchar was in Iowa on Saturday night celebrating her 59th birthday at a Des Moines winery. According to a Des Moines Register story, she was telling the crowd about her experience at Trump's inauguration, where she sat next to McCain.
"John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during [Trump's inaugural] speech. Because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation. He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did," the newspaper quoted Klobuchar as saying.
Meghan McCain, who is a co-host of the syndicated talk show "The View," tweeted at Klobuchar on Sunday: "On behalf of the entire McCain family — @amyklobuchar please be respectful to all of us and leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics."
Tim Hogan, communications director for Klobuchar's presidential campaign, released a statement in response: "Senator Klobuchar had a longtime friendship with Senator McCain, she has defended him against President Trump's attacks in the past, and she has deep respect for his family. While she was simply sharing a memory, she continues to believe that the best stories about Senator McCain are not about the views he had about President Trump: They are about McCain's own valor and heroism."
Klobuchar has spoken often about both John and Cindy McCain, with whom she collaborated in attempts to crack down on human trafficking.