(CNN) – John McCain says he’s going to sit out this upcoming presidential race when it comes to supporting a particular candidate, even though his former running mate might be among them
“I think I’m staying out of this for the first time in many years,” McCain told Politico Thursday.
Pressed if he would stay out completely, the Arizona senator added, “Most likely.”
McCain’s endorsement would of course be at least a symbolic boost to several candidates, especially for Sarah Palin should the former vice presidential candidate decide to run.
It would have been great to see the dynamic if Palin was to run but it was not like he would have had a shot if he did... sorry John you need to serve this term in the Senate and quietly retire with a luxury penison and benefits.
I´m glad , his judgement in the past has been suspect . After all he´s the one who gave us PALIN !
Follow up question Senator... Any regrets for inflicting Sarah Palin on the nation?
Why is it so difficult for any GOP candidate to say that they wouldn't back one of the least prepared, divisive candidates for high office in the history of the country? Show some integrity, guys!
Nobody in their right mind would back Palin...not even Bristol.
He knows he unleashed a monster that is splitting up his beloved Republican party.....hey John.....your daughter Meghan gets it......listen to her.
McCain created the Palin Frankenstein to begin with. Now he can't kill the monster.........
Gutless, John McCain. You select Palin as your running mate after 15 minutes of conversation – it says more about his character and love for country than it does about her presumptuousness. He only wanted to win and had no regard for the impact it could have on the country, it was all about winning for the gop. What a shallow, pitiful excuse of a man.
I don't think McCain can keep his mouth shut for that length of time. He just has to be in the news, too big an ego.
Even the senile McCain understands what Sarah is all about. He probably also understand that his 2008 campaign is responsible for foisting this horribly uninformed brain dead narcissist on the world and he has to be regretting that. I know the rest of the country is – well, save for the 18% of the population who still think she has something meaningful to say.
Wow. McCain is a great man, thanks Senator for choosing Sanity over Insanity.
A wise move, considering that choosing Palin as a running mate was a bad move from the start.
So he still has some grey cells left. Not too many, or else he would not have listened to his "advisors" and unleashed her on us.
Senator McCain..the US population that use their brains is still mad and will never forgive you for what you unleashed on us in the 2008 election. That monster is STILL haunting us like Freddy Kreuger/Micheal Myers/etc and as far as I can see, she will never go away. Until you ran as a tightie rightie and picked the Wasilla hillbily, I actually would have considered voting for you in an election. You blew that chance when trailor trash Palin stepped forward and the screeching has not stopped. Go away and please take her with you.
John-you should have stayed out of it last time.
Why would he support someone that totally cost him the election last time?
I hope he equates "staying out" with keeping his ignorant mouth shut.
McCain has been involved, and often heavily involved in opretty much every single Presidential election for the last three decades. As the former Republican candidate, he is also given the traditional role of supporting and helping the incoming candidate, it has always been that way for both parties.
His 'stepping aside' and not even verbally endorsing any candidates cannot be seen as ANYTHING except a massive slap in the face for Sarah Palin. He won't actually come out and say his former running mate has no business being president, but these actions make it clear that is exactly what he believes.
Saran Palin cost John McCain to be President. Saran Palin couldn't win if she was the only person running , the Woman a IDIOT. She Is Racist she spread hate and all she worry about is how must In It for her. If she should win American would be the happy stock of the world. Saran Palin Is the most UNQUALIFIED person In American too run for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind ,not even dog catcher they would out smart her.
Even McCain acknowledges the woman is an idiot.
Given that he did so well the last time... It isn't a huge surprise. Maybe they'll nominate Palin and give the election to Obama.
simple McCain is a Democrat and Palin is not a Republican.
Why would anybody want to back this nut case
So, McCain won't even support the person he nominated to take his place if he were elected and passed away while in office. Good to know.
Palin was by far the most irresponsible VP pick I've seen in my lifetime... But she did rile up the rural, know-nothing GOP base, so I guess she did her "job", such as it was.
I don't feel it matters what he does. He is at the end of his political career and it is time for him to retire. But, that is how I see it.