Washington (CNN) – John McCain the political maverick or the political partisan?
Well, the Arizona Republican senator says it depends on who he is opposing. In 2008 when he was running for president, McCain embraced the maverick moniker even thought he told Newsweek earlier this month that "I never considered myself a maverick."
Primary rival J.D. Hayworth has accused McCain of trying to rebrand himself, which the senator took issue with on Fox News Sunday.
"Well, look, when I was fighting against my own president, whether we needed more troops in Iraq, or whether we - spending was completely out of control, then I was a maverick," McCain said. "Now that I'm fighting against this spending administration and this out-of-control and reckless health care plan, then I'm a partisan."
McCain added, "What I was saying was that I have considered myself a person who's a fighter. I wouldn't be around today if I wasn't a fighter. I fight for the things that I believe in, and sometimes that's called a maverick. Sometimes that's called a partisan. And people can draw their own conclusions."