McCain hails Palin power in the mid-term elections
Arizona Senator John McCain says his former running mate former Alasaka governor Sarah Palin is a “visionary” for the United States.
“She has had a tremendous impact on this election cycle, as you well know, by supporting certain candidates,” McCain said in an interview on ABC’s “Nightline. “It is really a remarkable thing to observe.”
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee again defended his decision to pick the then relatively unknown Palin for the number-two spot on the ticket.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the campaign she waged,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her or her performance and her continued performance. So, I think, you begin to think about legacy and I think that Sarah Palin will play a very big role in the American political scene for a very long time.”
McCain, a war hero who ran against Barack Obama for president in 2008, has represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate since 1986.
He handily defeated conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth in a bitter battle for the Republican Senate nomination.
During the primary, McCain took some heat for shifting his stance on several issues, including “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and immigration.
He told “Nightline” that he has not changed on the military’s ban on openly gay men and women serving in uniform.
But McCain conceded he had changed on immigration because he says he was following the will of American voters. He says he shifted “frankly because the American people spoke. They want the border secure.”
Photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott (McCain greets supporters at his headquarters in Phoenix)