September 3rd, 2009
02:39 PM ET
11 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. Democrat for Palin Primary 2012

    John, you would have made an great president in 2000. Didnt happen. Didnt happen again due to your poor choice of VP pick. Dont destroy your original legacy of maverick and war hero. Do the right thing and support our president on this. Only then you can avoid the Wasilla Wacho as being yolur legacy.

    September 3, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Stop Typing and Think

    How can people on here blame the republicans for holding Obama back when the democrats are the majority? It makes no sense. Find another excuse.

    September 3, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. gg

    so sarah takes her comedy show on the road more money than being govenor in a socialist state i guess her husband better keep his eye on his gold digger macian like usual sit on the fence to see which way the wind blows

    September 3, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Jackie

    McCain has NO intentions of looking at "specific proposals". If it's not written by Rush Limbaugh and Carl Rove, McCain won't even read it. He's a follower, not a leader!! Enough said.

    September 3, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Lillie

    Healthcare is a RIGHT and not a priviledge!! Pres. Obama should go for PUBLIC OPTION and if he serves only 4 years, so be it! And where were all those loonies on the trail now protesting against reform when BUSH/CHENEY were destroying our country? And no matter how the Obama administration attempts to improve things, it's never going to be good enough!!!

    September 3, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Walked right into that...

    Why be surprised McMoney? She is out for herself and she knew she would NEVER be reelected in her home state. How would that look on her resume, if you will? She has stars in her eyes. She thinks she is the only person who is going to make America right, and I do mean right on that one!

    If her home state loathes her, does she think she has more fans in the states? Her level of stupidity is endless.

    I love that she is writing a book. Could you imagine being the proof writer on that book? All her english issues, and lack of brains must come flying out on EVERY page! Wink, wink.

    Bye ya'll.

    September 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. SMP

    I'm sure it's pretty easy to say that you want to work together with President Obama on Health Care reform, but actions speak louder than words. So far, the only action coming from Republicans is saying "NO".

    September 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Kara

    John and Cindy McCain have the best medical insurance money can buy. Why in the world would John be concerned about reform??
    He's covered!

    September 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Jon

    The real shame here is that McCain might actually support BHO's socialist healthcare takeover. He's an even bigger d-bag now.

    September 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Carl Justus

    McCain is no different than the majority of republicans, they would not support an Obama plan if it was free and everyone was covered, they would come out with some excuse that it would wrong for Americans if it did cost one person a nickel or the government.

    We do not have a congress that will sit down and listen to each other for they want to introduce and pass "I GOTCHA" legislation so they may be able to win control of the congress and fill their pockets with cold hard cash from any source that will fill them.

    September 3, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. MATT

    John and Cindy McCain have the best health insurance money can buy. He's not losing any sleep for us poor slobs. Wake up America, we need reform NOW!

    September 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. we are not working together more

    words, Mr. McCain, you can say nice things, try following up with a little action of working together more

    you have been as divisive as the rest of the GOPers... show us some working together

    September 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Tom

    McCain, still thinking he's royalty. Nitwit.

    September 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Since CNN won't report this...Man bites off finger

    Today, in California a supporter of Obamacare bit the finger off a 65 year old man who opposed obamacare.

    Since this shows how gruesome liberals get, CNN will conveniently skip this story so I'll write it for you.

    Instead, CNN will tell you useless trivia about Palin's decision to fry chicken for dinner instead of fish. You know, the stuff CNN wants you to comment on...

    September 3, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. SlowGun

    McCain was shocked because he didn't do a poper job of vetting Palin. If he did he would have know that she quit everything she ever started...not to mention he would have realized that she is a nut case.

    September 3, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. obama08 but....

    McCain should be more upset with the person or people that suggested he put Palin on the ticket in the first place. I think he could have won had he put Huckabee. Oh well, the past is the past. Politics. sheesh.

    September 3, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. scardy cat here

    Palin supports scare me.


    That means birds of a feather, flock together.

    Don't you folks even LISTEN to her? If yes, then I wonder about how smart uuuzzz guys are too?

    September 3, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. sniffit owns the CNN Ticker

    Of coarse you know this means war....

    September 3, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. ac

    she paying the huge legal bills by spreading health lobbyist and insurance company lies. Check it out.

    September 3, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Kent in CA

    So why did you guys at CNN completely ignore the Pfizer lawsuit settlement? Biggest corporate fraud case for a heath care company in history, and not a word about it on What, are they sponsors of yours? There was a day when a reputable news organization would not think to filter the news like that. Shame on CNN.

    September 3, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Denise

    I don't understand the people who say that President Obama has made our country more divisive.

    The Republicans have done NOTHING but lie and incite hatred and are dangerously close to inciting violence at a national level. I fear our President's assassination because of the hate rhetoric by the right wingnuts. It's gotten ABSURD and DANGEROUS.

    Each day I'm surprised by the ongoing absurd lies. Wake up America and realize the reasons behind all the lying and hate. The republicans cannot stand the thought of a smart, black President – it just brings out the worst in them and that is scary.

    September 3, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Steven Douglas

    Who cares

    As a republican in the midwest my heart was shattered this past election. With all the vetting going on why did the McCain people pick Sarah Palin ? Was it because she is experianced, no less then 3 yrs as a govenor. Was it because she is educated on world politics ? Please lets not go there again. I am tired of the " I can see Russia from my window". We what is it. It was becuase the McCain camp had alot of the same folks the Bush camp used and they blew it. They tried to slip past the american people a fresh new face. However this face had no clue how to run for a higher political office. I blame the McCain camp but then again I blame the GOP for fronting this person as a compentent canidate. We would have been better of if he had chosen Rommney or Pawlenty. This hope she doesn't think she is the choice in 2012 or 2016 our party is suffering and bleeding out as it is.

    September 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    Geez, CNN whuddaya tryin' to do, feed the hungry hate-filled left-wing bloggers again?

    Don't you know that blind alignment with the Republican party is truly the only sensible way of thinking? They do all your thinking for you. Reactionary positions based on hear-say and what would best qualifies as rumor are typically the fodder for talking points that lead to "tea bag express" groups of people, clearly ignorant also of history.

    Just mention "East India Company" to them, blank stares through the red, white, and blue attire.

    September 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Denise

    John McCain – I have lost all respect for you. I used to view you as the ideal choice and the voice of reason. Straight talk? You stopped that when you sold your soul in your last, desperate try for the Presidency.

    Redeem yourself and stand up for America. Honor your "friend" Ted Kennedy and ideals he stood for and the sacrifice he made on behalf of "real America" – the poor, the needy and the downtrodden. Do it for equality and for what's right. Do it for your conscience.

    Yes you can.

    September 3, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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