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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  1. Common Sense

    Let's see a democratic house, senate, and presidency, and they still cannot pass the their number one campaign pledge... Are we back in 92...

    September 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Larry

    McCain and Palin are insignificant regarding any real issues this country faces

    Being the brunt of, or practicing their boring one liners is about all their good for

    They both are completely out of touch with America and it's intelligent people

    September 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. AssieMcGee

    Sweet! Even Senator McCain is distancing himself from her. That's pretty bad. On the other hand, my respect for McCain has grown.

    September 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. William

    I'm happy Sarah and Mccain didn't get elected that would've a disaster. we are heading in the right direction; thank God he Obama and Biden in position!!!

    September 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. tuff red

    It's INSANE to believe that health care cost won't continue to spiral out of control without a public option! But for the repukes, it's never been about health care reform, this outcast group want to regain power, STOP OBAMA. The stakes have never been higher here. For the dems, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. They will deliver health care reform with the public option. It's about the majority. It just takes 51 votes.

    September 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. jeff @ MA

    how is this still relevent?

    September 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Debby

    I can easily see a Cantor/Palin ticket down the road. I mean we have dumb and dumber in office now it can't get any worse than this.

    September 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    I still think that John McCain is a principled man, and has the interests of Americans at heart. One of the few in Washington, I think you could genuinely talk to, about issues, and someone who will not "talk down" to you.

    September 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. cspurgeon

    McCain will never get over the loss and will never support Obama unless Obama lets him call the shots. GThis cou8ntry is getting pretty disgustin wuit people threatening to pull their kids out of school if Obama visits and waling around with assualt rifles and guns.. What a bunch of ignorant bullies and Palin fits right in there, Wow what a country...

    September 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. John from California

    John McCain indicates that Sarah Palin gave up her responsibility as Governor of Alaska so that she could spend more time with her family is as ridiculous as any of the claims the old goat made during the past election.

    Sarah Palin gave up her responsibility because she is a greedy lazy non-responsible person, pure and simple.

    Sarah Palin is a narcissist that think the galaxy revolves around her beaming phony smile.

    I for one understand her to be just another republican in the "Greedy Old People's" party.

    John McCain should retire and leave the running of the country to men and women that care about the American people.

    September 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. GOPer

    Mcain and Palin hive no crediblity on health care. They are only reacting to democrat proposals. Had the dems not brought up the topic, Mcain and Palin woul dbe happy to discuss keeping us in Iraq at the cost of American lifes and treasure. As a proud member of the GOP, Mccain and Palin make me ill.

    September 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. J

    McCain was just trying to be nice. Good for him!

    September 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. carlos, that one

    is mc.c going to repudiate and condem that evil pastor from PHOENIX, ARIZONA for his comments wishing President Obama would die???....but let us not forget who started the hatred towards our current President.....you know her........and there are those blogging here that feel the same way as the hag from alaska and the criminal pastor

    September 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin has effectively stopped the boondoggled government option from Facebook while Obama can't do anything town hall after town hall. Who is the more effective leader here? How did anyone think Obama was more qualified than any of the other candidates?

    September 3, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Leah

    Now this is a picture of dumb and dumber....literally!

    September 3, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Ally

    McCain still has NO ANSWERS of his own for healthcare reform. He just keeps in step with Ruch and Rove. McCain is still the proven idiot!

    September 3, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. PraireRose

    McCain is a wolf in sheeps clothing, ready to lead the little sheep to slaughter. And I might add, following with blinders well strapped on!

    September 3, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. b nice

    screw those losers. Pass the healthcare reform bil!. No one cares about two washed up wanna be mavericks as they call themselves. I call it like I see it. LOSERS!!!!

    September 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. carlos, that one

    look at his expression and his hand below her waist....that's why he is so generous when talking about her.......TLC a la mark sanford

    September 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Emma

    Working together? There is inherent in our political system an adversarial opportunity which continues to be demonstrated.

    September 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. PAUL

    In a quiet moment, I'm sure John McCain has regretted, kicked himself and slapped himself senseless that he chose Palin for his running mate.....however, being a Republican and all, he'll never admit it.

    September 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Wesley in the West

    Sarah Palin was McCain's biggest mistake...but beings he's a Republican, he'll NEVER admit to any mistakes.

    September 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. sue

    I will try to be patient with the Republicans and take McCain at his word regarding health care.

    September 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Contrary to what many may think, not all liberals hate Former Governor Sarah Palin. I really like this woman. She is one of the bright spots in this bad economic down turn.

    At a time when so many of us could be depressed, she has taken it upon herself to keep the entire free world laughing. This is no easy task for a person with limited abilities so people should give her a break. My mother always liked comics. She said it is so smart of them to be comics. She said if you are going to be and do stupid things, at least you should get paid for them and Sarah Palin is being paid. She even gave up her part time day job so she could be stupid full time and be paid for it so give her a break. I know I am. If you will just take a few moments and watch her on TV you will see that it is not an easy thing for her to do being Sarah Palin. Without a model to guide her (Tina Fay didn’t come along until 2008) through life it is no easy job so please people give this lady a break.

    September 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Mike in Dallas

    I would be surprised if Palin did something that I expected and I would be doubly surprised if she did something that made sense.

    September 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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