Meghan McCain kicked off Thursday’s episode of The View by confirming the happy news of her engagement and spilling how she and man decided take their relationship to the next level.
The 33-year-old political pundit, who first confirmed reports to PEOPLE Wednesday night that she was a bride-to-be, explained that she and her fiancé Ben Domenech, publisher of online magazine The Federalist and a CBS contributor for Face the Nation, have been engaged for some time but were hoping to keep the news (and their nuptials) under wraps.
“You may have read something about me on the Internet last night. I’m engaged!” Meghan said. “We’ve been together for years. We’ve been engaged for awhile and it’s a secret. I was hoping to get married and people wouldn’t find out, but people talk sometimes.”
“I love him very much, I’m very happy,” she continued.
“Everybody keeps asking me, ‘How’d you get engaged?’ We were at Mayo Clinic, and my father had his scan, and we got engaged because we decided to sort of celebrate life and celebrate being alive,” she said. “It’s not the most romantic story, but he is my partner.”