03/15/2012 12:44 pm ET

Meghan McCain Playboy Interview: 2012 GOP Primary Has Been 'So Lame,' Lacks 'Electricity'

In an interview with Playboy magazine, Meghan McCain gave her take on the 2012 primary cycle, lamenting the lack of "electricity" in this year's crop of candidates.

"It's just been so lame," she said. "So many debates, so much blather, so much oversaturation."

McCain, whose father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the GOP nominee in 2008, said this year's primaries fall short on excitement.

"Granted, my father is not running, so I'm biased, and we have an incumbent president, which changes things," she said. "But where's the electricity? You'd think someone would rise up and tap the frustration and energy of the Occupy movement or the Tea Party, but it just hasn't happened yet."

However, according to McCain, a strong vice presidential candidate could make the difference for the party in November's general election.

"The Republicans need someone to excite younger people, independents, Hispanic voters and the disenfranchised," she said. "I think if Chris Christie is the vice presidential nominee we can change the weather and have a very good chance of beating Obama. I love that he's no bullshit."

McCain has been a vocal critic of the presidential field. Last month, she called Rick Santorum "unelectable," and said it would be an "absolute bloodbath" if the former Pennsylvania senator were to challenge Obama in the general election. McCain, a vocal advocate of gay rights, has also slammed Santorum for his "gross" views on same-sex marriage.

McCain, whose father endorsed Mitt Romney, has also called on Newt Gingrich to "bow out with grace," stating that his insistence on staying in the race is hurting the party. Last year, she called his run a "vanity project."