Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN on Sunday that he hadn’t seen former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) widely-panned speech in Iowa last week, but offered his ex-running mate his support regardless.
“If she did not give a good speech, she’s not the first politician that didn’t give a good speech from time to time, including me,” he told host Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
After CNN played a few choice moments from Palin’s baffling address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, McCain grasped for words for a moment and then said Palin is “very popular with a lot of people.”
“I think that she ought to do whatever she feels that she would like to do,” he said when Bash asked if he thought Palin should run. “And I’m very supportive of anything that she does.”
But McCain didn’t opt to endorse Palin’s potential candidacy.
“Obviously Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC-R) is the person I’m supporting,” McCain said, “but I wish her every success.”
Watch the clip, courtesy of CNN: