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By Bill Zlatos
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Students at Juniata College got a lesson in dirty, sexy changes in plans.

Best-selling author Meghan McCain canceled her lecture there Friday "for several unforeseen professional responsibilities," according to her publicist. Instead, the author of "Dirty Sexy Politics," who is the daughter of Sen. John McCain, partied with her posse in Las Vegas.

"First real time off in months," she tweeted on Twitter. "Was gonna rest up for phase two of my "Dirty Sexy Politics" book tour but headed to sin city with my favorite crew of sinners instead ... Viva Las Vegas, baby."

Her faux pas created an Internet buzz in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and rankled many of the college's 1,550 students.

"Overall, the students are very upset that this happened -- kind of like we weren't good enough for her," said student body President Travis Raup, 21, a senior from Danville in Montour County.

McCain, 25, published a blog during her father's unsuccessful run in 2008 for the presidency as the Republican nominee.

"I feel like we deserve an apology and a better explanation," Raup said. "The situation would be different if the Twitter posts weren't so revealing of her real intentions."

Zach Gordon, 21, a senior from Wilmington, Del., is president of the College Democrats. Some members had planned to attend her talk.

"I understand things come up," he said, "but a surprise trip to Las Vegas doesn't sit with me as an adequate reason for ditching your obligation to a commitment."

McCain's agent, Kenny Rahtz, hung up when reached for a comment.

College spokesman John Wall said McCain would have been paid $7,500 for the appearance. Her lecture will be rescheduled if the college and author can find an open date.

The school's location in Huntingdon County -- about two-and-a-half hours from Pittsburgh and three-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia -- may have contributed to her decision to cancel.

"I guess she felt she couldn't sell many books here," Wall said.

Wall said the incident proves one thing.

"I guess whatever you tweet in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas," he said.

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