July 6th, 2014
02:25 PM ET
9 years ago

John McCain's favorite Democrat?

Washington (CNN) - Arizona, please do not read on.

Republican Sen. John McCain joked that he hopes CBS does not air in the Grand Canyon state so that his constituents don't hear what he has to say next: "I respect Hillary Clinton."

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Bob Schieffer told McCain on "Face the Nation" that Clinton has said he is her "favorite Republican." Is the feeling mutual? Schieffer asked.

"I hope this program is blacked out in Arizona. Please cut," he joked Sunday.

Appearing with long-time friend and ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, McCain discussed immigration, Iraq and terrorism. But Hillary Clinton was the "one question I can't let you get away without asking," said Schieffer.

McCain had nothing but kind words for Clinton and parlayed his response into a broader push for bipartisanship.

"I respect Secretary, Senator Clinton. I respect her views. We have had disagreements on a number of issues. But I think it's my job to work with every president - if she is, regrettably, if she obtains the presidency," he said, before noting his work with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, on a bill to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"You've got to reach across the aisle and work together on certain issues. And I'm not only not embarrassed about that, I'm proud of it," he said.

During an interview with ABC News, Clinton commended McCain when asked who her favorite Republican in Congress is.

"He and I have traveled a lot, we argue a lot, and he goes off on something that I disagree with, you know I admire him, and I spend a lot of time with him," he said.

The two served together on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which required extensive travel.

In April, McCain hosted the former secretary of State at the Sedona Forum at his McCain Institute for International Leadership. In a news release at the time, he called her "my friend."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. 2_indy1600

    Mutual admiration is so easy. However, how about running two-party tickets since the polarization has reached such insanity here in Merica? A few more non-partisan teams could save us....naah, the independents would be the group excluded from group-think then. Always an outsider around, our blessing and curse.

    July 6, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That just proves McCain has lost it completely.

    July 6, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. nintex

    See, politicians can get along, as long as they aren't afraid of the right-wingers who call the shots and keep the hate and dissension alive and well. Imagine our Congress actually working with the opposite party and the things they could accomplish for our country. Thanks, right-wingers, for preventing that from happening. Not.

    July 6, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Chris..E.al

    Be careful john dont take the bait John M. choose your words wisely . MSm would love to take a word out of context and spin it to the next Continent . Dems think they are they are the only 1's that loves womankind even tho you married a fine lady .

    July 6, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    There is no competent republican, so there is no favorite.

    July 6, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Michigan patriot

    Very disappointed of Senator McCain. He has changed a lot, and I do not trust him like I used to. How he can say he respect her views. Unbelievable!

    July 6, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Gary

    Be careful john dont take the bait John M. choose your words wisely . MSm would love to take a word out of context and spin it to the next Continent.
    Yeah Chris. What difference does it make?

    July 6, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. ED1


    Did you hear I got away with it what a bunch of dumb voters.

    July 6, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Fedup

    Vote this RINO out already.

    July 6, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Yes, Hillary16.

    July 6, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. rs

    And for the GOP therein lies the problem. Their best and brightest (Mr. Romney from the last electoral bashing) made a fool of himself abroad. Do you think Santorum, Paul, Cruz, Huckabee, or any of the other lunatic GOPpers looking to run can hold a candle to Ms. Clinton if even Mr. McCain acknowledges her skills (albeit only in a moment of truth telling)?
    The GOP is living in their Benghazi/invasion/cold war fantasyland. Only the weak-minded buy their nonsense- so they are destined to lose again (and again, and again) until they get their wits back.

    July 6, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    That just proves McCain has lost it completely
    As has the rest of the pointless GOP.

    July 6, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Carefull John... The rw nutjobs aren't going to like it if you actually "respect" someone that you disagree with. They expect anyone who disagrees needs/deserves waterboard treatment.

    July 6, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. YoonYoungJo

    And this is why McCain is respected. He tells it like it is. He has vastly different viewpoints but this is a guy who truly loves his country and will put his country first when necessary.

    July 6, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Send Hillary Clinton to the Mid East as a Special Envoy !

    As a special envoy , she can accomplish more then Secretary of State .

    Nobodys leaving the table till there is a deal , and who ever breaks that deal will be our enemy .

    July 6, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. sonnie3

    McCain has lost his marbles a few years back. He served the country well and must have had some brain damage while a prisoner For sure he is a CLASSIC RINO, and needs to change his party affiliation He once was a great hero and served well in politics, and then when his senility set in it was an about face to the party loyal With age comes the onset of dementia and well before that they should have the common sense to step down and let competent leader carry on.. . . Speaking of dementia, I wonder how that blow to the head she took when it was time to bone up to Benghazi is doing. She had lack of memory on certain subjects these days and the cover up and lies are not working well with Americans any more.

    July 6, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. sonnie3

    Hillary had way to much baggage and hard earned money after leaving White House. She was broke then you know???

    She does not connect well as on of the 1%ers she and hussein obama talk about. She is part of the problem and will never contribute to keeping America Safe and Protecting our Boarders like the oath of office they swore to keep and then walk another walk and talked another talk. Shameful at Best

    July 6, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. king

    if i had no choice but to vote for a repub, i would cast my vote for john McCain. the reason is that he have his war mungering ways, but he is also a pragmatist when his right winged buddies is not looking down his back. pragmatism is a death word in the repubs party, the conservative purity movement will not tolerate ideas from this party which will work with the other side and solves problems. Clinton will bring the two parties closer together, because its not too many repubs going to try up Clinton like they did Obama, they know Clinton will hit back and her powerful friends will join in the beat down too. the repubs will be very careful on how they treat the first woman president, especially one with as much spunk as the former secretary of state, and they wont be shouting what difference does it make either because they will be @$!$$ with the right one baby.

    July 6, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Winston Smith

    I'd bet any aount of money that they were discussing the possibility of John, getting a top level job after she's elected. Maybe he could be the Secretary Of War? Seems to be the only thing the old fart has on his mind these days.

    July 6, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. Wes

    hillary is a disaster.

    July 7, 2014 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    Like, Favorite, Respect, Admire, My Friend
    In either Webster's or the Oxford English dictionaries.... the meanings of all these words are well known and understood.
    However in the world of politics it really means from both sides a horrible cobble up of Rousseau philosophical observation:-
    I may like/ respect/ admire and see you as one of my opposing favorite/ friend and then with (real) respect see everything you say or do as wrong but will defend unto death your right to be wrong.
    But awe shucks we have to talk and be " nice to each" other everything else would be politically incorrect OR correct
    I'm confused which dictionary I should look up for correct and incorrect in the political sense!!??

    July 7, 2014 03:22 am at 3:22 am |