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Meghan McCain is sick of the debate about her weight.

After the 24-year-old daughter of U.S. Senator and former GOP presidential hopeful John McCain criticized Anne Coulter and other conservatives in an online column, political commentator Laura Ingraham heckled her on her radio show last week.

Ingraham tore into Meghan McCain as "just another Valley Girl gone awry," and even went on to mock McCain in a faux Valley Girl voice, saying that she didn't get a "role in the Real World" because "they don't like plus-sized models."

Ouch. Hitting back on The View today, Meghan McCain said she can't believe Ingraham went after her weight instead of actually talking about the issues.

"What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics, and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican party, and the answer is, 'she's fat, she shouldn't have an opinion?'" she said.

"What kind of message are we sending young women? ... It infuriates me. I'm a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I'm too fat to write?"

"I couldn't possibly imagine how any woman could criticize another woman's weight. I work out at the gym and try and eat healthy, but I'm still a size 8."

Enduring taunts about her body since she was in grade school, Meghan McCain - a vocal campaign supporter of her dad last year - said she is fed up.

"Why are we so obsessed with weight?" she said.

"When Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, 'Kiss my fat ass...' That's what I feel right now. I'm like, 'Kiss my fat ass!'"

Added McCain, "There is no place for weight criticism in 2009."

Amen, Megs. An exchange of bad political ideas shouldn't have to devolve into fat jokes. Click to enlarge more Meghan McCain photos below ...

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Meghan McCain feels for Bristol Palin.

Not only is she expecting her first child at a very early age in the public spotlight, but "it's a rough go being the son or daughter of a politician," John McCain's daughter, 24, writes on her official site, the McCain Blogette.

Having been on "political stages and in campaigns since before I could walk or talk," Meghan McCain continues, "it is often difficult to establish your identity and independence as the son or daughter of a politician."

The younger McCain recalls how when she was 14, a reporter asked her father "about me having a hypothetical abortion, had I been pregnant at 14."

Bristol Palin, 17, is pregnant with boyfriend Levi Johnston's child. Mom Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, is McCain's running mate.

After a week of controversy, Sarah Palin addresses the Republican National Convention tonight. No matter what happens to the McCain-Palin ticket in this presidential election, Meghan McCain has Bristol Palin's back.

"I have not known Bristol Palin long, but there is a kinship I feel to her as I do other political daughters such as Chelsea Clinton, Jenna and Barbara Bush and Mary Cheney. You can't fully understand it unless you have lived it. So I wanted to let it be known that I support Bristol and the entire Palin family."

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