Growing Up McCain

09/10/2008 at 04:30 PM ET
Courtesy PEOPLE

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Republican nominee for president John McCain and his family pose for the cover and discuss the ins and outs of their household. Posing with children Doug, 48, Andy, 46, Sidney, 42, Meghan, 23, John, 22, Jimmy, 20, and Bridget, 17, John and wife Cindy open up about life in Phoenix and the family’s house rules. Although the children are older now, Cindy explains that she still expects the kids in their teens and 20s to check in!

"If you’re home and going [to be] out after midnight, you have to calland check in with me. I want to know you’re safe. Just because you’re24 and on your own doesn’t mean I don’t worry about you. And if you usethe car, fill it up when you’re done. It drives me nuts to find anempty gas tank and everyone gone."

For more on the family, head over to for exclusive online excerpts. Photos and a full exclusive interview hits newsstands on Friday. For more election coverage, check out Growing Up Obama and Sarah Palin Talks About Her Family Struggles.

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They look like a wonderful family. on

They’re a beautiful family and I love Cindy’s quote about the gas tank!

jane on

Just wondering but are they all biologically theirs???

molly on

They are a very beautiful family. The election campaing, though, is slowly turning into circus. I like Cindy McCain a lot.

kaitlyn on

Oh, I didn’t realize the older kids were in their 40s. Although I’m not a big fan of John, I have to admit that I really like Cindy. She seems very down to earth.

aurora mia on

I like her, too.

Lauren on

His politics seriously scare me, but I respect his service and his family looks lovely. If your grown kids still love you and want to hang around, I think that says a lot.

Tasha on

I don’t recall seeing the site pose the pics of Obama and his family on the magazine covers…did I miss it?

Tasha on

my mistake… 7/25/2008.

kati on

kaitlyn – the oldest sons are john’s adopted sons from his first marriage

Colleen on

The McCains really rub me the wrong way. John didn’t even know how many houses he had and Cindy wore $200, 000 worth of jewelry to the convention! Their politics scare me as well. Also, John left his first wife because she was disfigured in a car accident. Cindy lied about Mother Theresa personally telling her to adopt Bridget, among other things.

Heidi on

Beautiful family! I’m hoping to see them in the white house.🙂

allied on

LOVE them!! Great looking family.

MJ on

I guess so.

Maria on

Not a cute family.
Looks fake and staged. But what can you expect from the McCain family, really…

Obama 08!

Sanja on

I’m not from the US, and haven’t been reading about John McCain, so could someone please explaing which children are from which wife, adopted, bio, etc. Thanx!

Marilyn on

Sanja: His two older sons are his first wife’s children which he adopted (Doug, Andy), then he had a daughter with her named Sidney. His children with Cindy are two sons (John, Jimmy) and a daughter Meghan and an adopted daughter, Bridget.

Kelly on

Lovely, beautifully blended family.

Bren on

I think this article needs to be explained with who’s kids are who’s(not trying to be rude just find it a bit confusing) lol. Seems like a big mix which is really nice to see. They look like a nice family. I had no idea they had so many children together or adopted or whatever the case is but they look happy!

Mimi on

I’m sorry, but Cindy is down to earth? This is the woman who said that one if her vacation homes were so overrun with her kids that she “had to buy another one”. Uh…..

nikki on

Love Mcain! Hope to see him in the White House ! Beautiful family!

Chrissy on

Very nice! I have the upmost respect for families that adopt. Just another reason to Love McCain!

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