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Cindy McCain, on the fourth night of the Republican National Convention. (Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Who is Cindy McCain?

by Ashley Grashaw
Sep 11, 2008

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Addiction. Wealth. Secrecy. Orphan babies. This is the stuff soap operas, err, presidential campaigns are made of. At least in the case of Cindy McCain. We've seen her on the campaign trail for over a year now, standing proudly by her husband Sen. John McCain's side, waving to the crowds, donning an expensive wardrobe in bold colors.* She's given speeches with anecdotes about surprising John with an orphan from Bangladesh, and about her charity work abroad. But what do we really know about Cindy McCain, the person? In an article for The New Yorker, author and journalist Ariel Levy takes us inside the McCain camp, and gives us a glimpse at Cindy McCain's privileged background, self-reliant personality, history of addiction, and relationship with her husband and children. If you have questions about Cindy McCain — about her background or style of campaigning — leave them here.

* Most notably, an Oscar de la Renta number, with diamonds and pearls, that totaled $300,000.

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