Sarah Palin described hearing Sen. John McCain say he regrets choosing her as his 2008 running mate as being “like a perpetual gut-punch.”
The former Republican vice-presidential candidate was reluctant to believe McCain, who’s battling brain cancer, truly feels this way about the decision, suggesting that it could be coming from his lackeys.
“I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters,” Palin told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know unless I hear it from Sen. McCain myself.”
McCain, 81, reportedly expressed regret in selecting the then-governor of Alaska in his new book, “The Restless Wave,” according to the New York Times, stating that he preferred former Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate instead.
“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,” Palin said.
She added that “it’s not a real fun thing […] having to read the news every day.”
And if he did throw her under the bus, Palin described McCain as a “friend,” saying she will “choose to remember the good times with him.”
“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, despite all that, he has been my friend,” she said.
Palin used the word “disappointment” to characterize President Trump’s criticism of McCain, in part because of his history as a veteran.
Not that she wasn’t willing to offer her won criticism over McCain voting last year to kill a bill that would have repealed Obamacare.
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