In a wide-ranging interview with The New Republic published Tuesday, Sen John McCain (R-AZ) praised former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, his running mate in the 2008 presidential race, for “exciting” the GOP base in a way the senator couldn’t achieve.
Asked if it “bothered” him when people said his legacy was choosing Palin as his running mate in 2008, McCain said “no.”
“We were four points down when I chose her and three points up afterwards,” he told the magazine. “She held her own and, some people said, won a debate with the vice president. She did everything I ever wanted. She excited our base in a way I was unable to achieve.”
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