In Divorce, McCain Lost Both Reagans

Philandering, quick 2nd marriage especially angered Nancy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 12:02 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., walks with former first lady Nancy Reagan Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in Bel Air, Calif.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – If Nancy Reagan’s endorsement of John McCain seemed a little muted—"Obviously this is the nominee of the party,” was all she would say—it’s probably because she’s still angry at the way McCain's first marriage ended, the LA Times reports. The couples were great friends until McCain divorced his first wife, Carol, whom the Reagans adored, and swiftly married Cindy.

McCain had a license to marry Cindy before his divorce from Carol was official. In his memoirs, McCain says he was already separated from Carol, but his divorce papers say otherwise, and friends say Carol was taken by surprise. McCain has always acknowledged that he acted poorly, however; his memoir says he “deserved” the contempt the Reagans, particularly Nancy, showed him.