September 3rd, 2009
02:39 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain addresses Palin, health care on Tonight Show

McCain says he still speaks with Palin 'fairly often.'
McCain says he still speaks with Palin 'fairly often.'

(CNN) – Nearly a year after the presidential race came to an end, it's a subject Arizona Sen. John McCain still can't avoid: Sarah Palin.

Appearing on the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Wednesday, the former presidential candidate was asked, as he has been several times before, whether he was shocked Palin chose to resign her post as governor of Alaska two months ago.

"Yeah I was because she didn't call me ahead of time," McCain said to laughter in the audience. "We all have families, we all have challenges, we all have issues in our lives. She did have huge legal debts because of these [ethics] charges."

Despite the at-times public bickering between aides to Palin and McCain since in the aftermath of the campaign's defeat, the Arizona senator insisted he still speaks with his former running mate "fairly often."

"We say hello. We ask about families. I wish her well," he said.

On the issue of health care, McCain indicated he may be willing to support President Obama's reform efforts, depending on what the president says in his joint address to Congress next week.

"I look forward to what he specific proposals are," said McCain. "I think the disappointment a lot of Americans display is that we are not working together more."

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. tickertape

    Why are we all kiding ourselfs, we have the votes, right? why all this bickering back and forth. as Obama says, We Won, you lost. Why are we changeing the subject to bipartisinship. This is stupid, you would think that the repubs have the 60 votes to block reform, WE have the votes, why all this blame blame game. Lets vote and get this over with, this is like a lawn-mower drag race. geesh............

    September 3, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. John in WV

    With all that's going on in this country, CNN should be able to find something more important to write about other than Palin or McCain.

    September 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Akin

    McCain is the best Republican for now. Let us get real; no one in Republican could have had a result close to what John had in general election. He is a respectable American and deserves respect for all his service for this nation. Yet again, he is willing to support the president on Health Care. Let us give him a chance; he will live up to his promise.

    September 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. shoegazer

    Isn't re-run season over yet?

    September 3, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Ruty

    I do hope the people of Arizona have the good sense to vote this twit out next time. He is a poor excuse for a senator.

    September 3, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Longhorn who speaks the truth.

    Ignorant people can not leave Palin alone. This is just like a bunch of babbling baboons at a football game not even watching the game but arguing over who should be playing.

    September 3, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. 7pesos

    sarah for vice prez....what a laugh !

    where do those republicans find these people.

    bush, cheney, palin.

    ha,ha,ha.

    September 3, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. REG in AZ

    Sarah Palin has only one issue that is important to her – what is in it for her!

    September 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. ALEX

    Who gives two hoots???????

    September 3, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. kentucky

    I hope Senator McCain will support some of the health insurance reforms. They are critical to the future of the country.
    I work full time, I am self employed, own a house, have saved for retirement, have savings, but I have a preexisiting condition and cannot obtain health insurance to protect these assets from financial ruin because of something God gave me. That is wrong.
    If you oppose the Presidents plan fine, what do you support>
    Perhaps the only way to reform is to have all employers stop providing health insurance to their employees and pay the employees more in wages, thus having the employees have to buy individual policies. When people found out the cost and many more could not get coverage because of preexisting conditions, the arrogant and selfish would change in 6 months.

    September 3, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Mack

    If the McCain/Palin ticket had won the election this past November, it makes you wonder if Palin would have resigned the vice presidency because of her legal problems and so she could make more money.

    Are her children in school or traveling around the country with her at the expense of SarahPAC? I guess the brood will be going with the Ding Dong to Hong Kong!!

    September 3, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Propering Pete

    Many of you do not believe in the free market, and feel that a European-like system will do us better. Have you researched the European model and do you understand the issues that go along with it? Note that our healthcare is NOT completely free market, if it were, it would probably be better. Case in point, health insurance providers are not allowed to compete across state lines, but if they were that would enable more competition. That is a restriction to the free market. I don't understand how a government(tax payer) funded public option would increase competition. Whenever an entity has a competitive advantage, which a public option would certainly have b/c it's subsidized, the industry moves towards monopoly – that is Econ 101.

    September 3, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Craig

    Ah....the republican'ts are recycling McCan't.

    The republican't are getting desparate. They tried to ruin our economy. Started an illegal war and were run by war criminals.

    Stand up America and tell these guys to disappear.

    September 3, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. 7pesos

    republicans...no solutions, no suggestions.

    the party of no...that's makes them a party of nobodies.

    ha,ah,ha.

    September 3, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Chris

    He is lying. He is facing a challenger in Arizona and will veer hard to the right to make sure he is the GOP candidate. Then, he will reference this double-talk to seem centrist in the general election.

    September 3, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Rick

    Some commenters lament for Sarah's media attention. Palin loves media attention, otherwise she would not be spouting off on Facebook, etc. Palin was not treated unfairly. She proved herself a name-caller, promoter of less-than-credible distortions and, amazingly, dumped her elected position as governor of Alaska. She belongs with the tea-baggers who cry for no taxes yet expect unlimited government medicare benefits and expect the national debt to miraculously pay itself off.

    September 3, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. ddj

    It is totally amazing to me that some people think that Palin has done SO much to serve her country....she had a short stint as mayor of a VERY small town, and quit after serving only half her term as governor, most of which was spent running all over promoting herself, so where is the BIG commitment and LONG time in service to this country? Hardly a major accomplishment! Give me a break! This woman wants to be in the spot light so badly that she will do nearly anything to get there no matter who it hurts, her family included. Being that narcissistic has to be a sickness!

    September 3, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. AJ

    All aboard the wack job express...

    September 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. CMG

    Why would anyone be surprised by the activities of an idiot?

    September 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Sabrina

    WOW- you must be really afraid of Sarah or you would not even bother to make a comment. You go Sarah – make lots of money – will drive the other side crazy!

    September 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Reformed Republican

    Who cares what this geezer McCain thinks, he's nothing but a white racist noise machine who spreads fear and lies at every chance.
    Remember the MLK holiday flap and "NO" vote on Sotomayor. Besides,

    He's to old to think at a 21st century pace...

    He's a rethuglican demagogue that puts party before country, and...

    He's a health care reform obstructionist bought and paid for by big insurance.

    September 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Santa Fean

    It is sad to see the Republicans be the party of rush/hannity.

    September 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. American

    Surely the Republican party can come up with something better than Palin. After the disaster that the Democrats have been this year I would love to get somebody more conservative (preferably somebody in the middle ideologically). But I just can't get behind Palin.

    September 3, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Kevin

    A nice showing by McCain in this short article. I didn't support him for president and he definitely made a huge blunder for his party by bringing Palin to the national level, but here he seems to be moving forward in a constructive way; a good example for the rest of our politicians.

    September 3, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Independent in NYC

    Just the idea that McCain thought to push this ignorant, silly women on the country in the guise of being VP material is so insulting I can't watch either of the two frauds for more than a few minutes. They discuse me

    September 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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