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. GI Joe

    I think most of us watched what the Party of NO said during August, and the deliberate lies that were spread or not squelched.

    It's time to re-think who these folks are working for. Seems to me a lot of them prefer corporate profits over American quality of life.

    Vote them out unless they vote for US.

    September 3, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. CJ/PA

    Oh dear John - I'm surprised that your're surprised that your Sarah has again surprised you, since she seems to be chock full of surprises. So glad, too, you're spouting about cooperating with the President on health care as you meet in the back room with your cronies to decide how best to destroy the man, all the while with the little laugh - "heh, heh, heh" - and your eyes turning dark and squinty at the same time. Sorry, Bub - we've got your number and it ain't pretty and it ain't #1.

    September 3, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Lets face it America..

    Whenever the name Palin comes up America reacts..you might call this Lady all kinds of names ...mean-ones. kind-ones.. Some might call Sarah Palin a moron she so wrongly was called out by the media
    and the people without an opinion of their own..just repeat what they
    hear......Well let us tell you Obama is disguised in fancy talk to cover-up his short comings....Is Obama smart...stay tuned...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Marriagemuse

    I dont suppose that it ever occured to anyone that the reason Sarah left office is because she had the hell beat out of her by the media. As a woman, your first instinct is to protect those that you love. There is no political office in the land that is worth what everyone put this woman through.
    Not only the media, but also some close to the family have since tried to get their 15 minutes – They need to get a life.
    For Goodness sake, leave the woman and her family alone.
    What other political candidate in the world has ever had their parentage of a child questioned? I mean really, be fair here.. Some of the crap that was put out about this woman was just hateful. Maybe she was just plain ol fed up.. and judging by some of the bigot and haters in here, I can see why she would feel that way. She has been crucified already, enough is enough, put this to bed.

    September 3, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. beck

    Your right there is no bipartisanship. Pelosi is worse than Tom Delay and no one thought that was feasible. In the house 60% of the amendments that have been supplied have been by the GOP and its goes without says all have been squashed by Pelosi. Obama has done nothing other than make this country more divisive.

    September 3, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Considering how many uninsured, underinsured there are in Arizona, McCain better do something about a public option that includes affordable health care, PLUS he had better do something about UNfreezing our social security cost of living increases, especially since Medicare premiums will go up. After speaking with a lot of Scots on our trip to Scotland two weeks ago, many of them just can't understand why we don't have some form of national health care. National health care does not have to FREE, just affordable and reasonable with NO pre-existing conditions tacked on just like the Federal health care packages the Congress and other receive at 75% paid by TAXPAYERS anyway. The majority of the idiots in the Senate and House just don't get it, do they?

    September 3, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Steve

    You people need to wake up. Sarah Palin has given a lot of time and service to our country. You bring her down for no reason because it "seems cool." Well, it's not. She is a long time server of our country and well as Senator McCain and I thank them and respect them. Just like I do Obama since he serves our nation as well.

    September 3, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Jeff W.

    Why would he be surprised by her decision? She has proven herself to be an idiot time and time again. I would only be "surprised" if she said or did something that made sense. McCain should feel nothing but shame for choosing Palin to run with him.

    September 3, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    I think that Sarah Palin deserves our silence!

    ok I guess that was long enough.

    September 3, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Not Left or Right but Forward

    Wow, CNN. Not one but two articles with Palin in the headlines. Did she win an election somewhere that I missed, or is she still out of a job? Why do you do this to us?

    September 3, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. W L Jones

    Ethier it to hot or to cold for some people to think constructed. Health care for a wealthy country like ours is a right and not an option. We are in this together, businees and government for the general welfare of every citizen.

    September 3, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Tim, Memphis TN

    It amazes me how everyone states "The Republicans aren't working with President Obama", when the President hasn't done anything on Health Care Reform except give a few speeches. He is leaving the bill up to Congress, and really hasn't given them clear guidelines on what he wants. Bipartisan doesn't mean you listen to what the other side wants and then so it's my way or no way. The far left and the far right are really out of touch with Main Street Citizens, but it seems the far right is the only ones people are blaming.

    September 3, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. up here in S.D.

    W L Jones...you just described socialistic Russia, NOT America. The only right we have is to work hard and strive for the best. Nothing is ever free; it is alwaysat the cost of someone. And in the case of free healthcare it would be at years worth of time lost from family, children, spouses of physicians

    September 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. tv

    May God have mercy on each one of us and on the socialized health care in this country !

    September 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Stacey

    The republican party has stated openly and without shame that they hope President Obama fails – yet they have the nerve to complain that the President won't work with them? The President has gone out of his way, to a fault imo, to try and work with republicans; the republicans are so full of hate and loathing for this President (I got to hear and see that hate at a town hall meeting the other night which was truly disgusting) that they will never work with him. They may offer to work with the President after they make sure he fails on health care.

    September 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. independent_me

    What a hypocrite John McCain is!
    Obama has bent over backwards reaching out to the repugnant Republicans and they have done nothing but twist the truth and out-and-out LIE to the American public about TARP, Healthcare, etc.

    They incite mobs to derail healthcare and call it grass-roots uprising. Yet when a wheelchair bound woman went to a town hall meeting to state her case, that odious mob boo-ed her and tried to silence her. Others with heart-breaking stries of being denied healthcare, or of insurance companies rationing healthcare have been silenced by Republican senators.

    These Republicans are neither patriotic, nor do they have any real family values. They are bent of protecting the ungodly CEP compensations that insurance industry executives receive on the backs of suffering Americans. God will judge them all for this. They are clearly godless, wolves in sheep's clothing.

    September 3, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. TIM

    If sarah palin is an idiot what does that make joe biden any takers on that question i didnt think so!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. LaVon K Hummel

    This is amazing. It light of all we know about MS. Palin. In light of the fact that we know she is not only backwards thinking, let alone. A liar. We going to entertain this Grumpy Old Man and this Nutty dame one more time. Wowser. And the President Name is. Support Health Care. From (Our) President.

    September 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Average guy in Kansas

    At the risk of repeating myself...

    WHY IS THIS WOMAN STILL NEWS?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Let's move on, CNN!

    September 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Margaret

    And the good people of Arizona look forward to having a new Senator, a Republican this time.

    September 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. historian

    I think Senator McCain should retire ( it's time), we need to replace him with an individual who is in touch and can multitask – our government is so complex. God bless Senator McCain for all of his service to our country, but he needs to step aside. We need experienced, highly educated people like President Obama who are filled with energy and competency. The last month has truly shown the Republican party needs restructuring as the behavior of some of the Republican politicians is inmature, shameful and is not the kind of behavior that we should vote for or elect to represent our country.

    September 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Brock

    Keep up the reporting on Palin – she is raking it in. She deserves the payday after having to deal with the wackjob liberals who are like insanely jealous spouses.

    September 3, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Joe

    So, McCain still talks to Palin "Fairly often" but she did not tell him she was going to quit being governor of Alaska.

    Everything she talks about is bad for the country and especially for the state of Alaska.

    I kind of feel bad for McCain that she fooled him like she did.

    September 3, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. JonDie

    Pretty much everything suprises John McCain; McCain's light bulb, which was always pretty dim, is dimming even more rapidly.

    September 3, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Palm Beacher

    The fact that John McCain and Sarah Palin are worlds apart in terms of social pedigree and sophistication leads me to believe that they have little or nothing in common and would, from Mr. McCain's perspective, have no need to communicate with one another. His recent comments, in my opinion, are made for the sake of party appearance and more than likely have little basis in fact.

    September 3, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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