Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin responded to a New York Times report that claimed Senator John McCain said he regretted choosing her as his vice presidential pick during the 2008 presidential election. Palin said she was surprised by the report and that it felt like a “perpetual gut-punch” every time she read it.
“That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he’s apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign – some who now staff MSNBC, the newsroom there, which tells you a lot,” claimed Palin. “It’s not a real fun thing that part of my job is the requirement – is having to read the news every day,” she added.
John McCain’s new book, “The Restless Wave,” evidently states that he now regrets choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate on the GOP ticket and wished he had gone with longtime friend Senator Joseph Lieberman, an Independent. Palin claims that McCain’s ghostwriter could have added the claim, since it’s so far off from what he’s told her privately. “I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters,” she said. “I don’t know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can’t un-ring the bell.” Palin says she doesn’t fully believe it “unless I heard it from Sen. McCain myself.”
Palin, who is strong supporter of President Trump, condemned his previous treatment of John McCain during the 2016 presidential election. Trump infamously bashed McCain, a former prisoner of war in North Vietnam after his plane was shot down, “because he was captured.” McCain, who’s now battling terminal cancer, was offered an early release from the prison, but refused to leave unless his men could be freed, too. He was tortured during captivity as well.
Trump and McCain began feuding early in the 2016 presidential race. McCain took issue with Trump’s criticisms of Mexican immigrants. About three weeks later, Trump called McCain “incompetent” and discounted his experience as a war prisoner in Vietnam. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump told an Iowa crowd. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
“At first Palin said she was ‘frustrated’ with Trump for not having a lighter touch with McCain,” reports the Daily Mail. “Then she stopped and said a better word would be ‘disappointment’ because Trump has been ‘disparaging Sen. McCain – his record, his history as a veteran – when we don’t know all the details of all those years that Sen. McCain made sacrifices for this country as a POW.'”
McCain is also saying he does not want President Trump at his funeral. And while he does not want Trump there, he does want Vice President Mike Pence. In addition, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral, sources close to both former presidents and McCain told CNN.
Palin has been critical of McCain for his “no” vote to kill an ObamaCare repeal. “[It’s] still on the books after all the promises that the GOP would repeal [it],” she said, adding, “it’s not all on Sen. McCain’s shoulders’ because plenty of Democrats became ‘obstructionists’ over the high-stakes legislative episode.” “I wish that he would have” voted “yes,” she continued. “And Sen. McCain and I, at least in the past, had a good enough relationship where if I had the opportunity, I would have told him that.”
Palin also said that even if McCain did say such a hurtful thing about regretting his choice in her, she still considers him a “friend.” “In spite of everything that has erupted in these past days with his spokesperson – or perhaps he himself – saying that he regrets that they chose me to run on their ticket,” Palin said, “despite all that, he has been my friend.” Palin says she will “choose to remember the good times with him.”
She has been loyal to McCain since their run together. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be reciprocal by an ever more bitter and spiteful John McCain. John McCain would probably not even be in the Senate today had Palin, despite getting considerable heat from Tea Party conservatives, not endorsed and campaigned with McCain in 2010 when he was up for reelection and facing primary challengers from the right.
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