John McCain Reveals the 1 Relationship He Wishes He Never Had (and Why He Doesn’t Want Trump at His Funeral)
Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2017, is currently living out his life on his ranch. He has an HBO documentary and his last book, The Restless Wave, set to release in late May 2018.
Both delve into McCain’s various complicated and bipartisan political relationships. McCain revealed the one relationship he regrets and why he doesn’t want President Trump at his funeral (page 7).
George W. Bush
Despite the fact he lost in the 2000 primaries to George W. Bush, the two Republicans have stayed friends. In fact, the former president checked in with McCain in May to tell him that America and Congress miss him.
Sources close to both Bush and McCain confirmed to CNN that Bush is one of two former presidents asked to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral.
Next: McCain encourages this ‘good family friend’ despite their policy differences.
Cindy McCain called former Vice President Joe Biden a “good family friend” in a tweet after he stopped by the ranch to visit McCain. Biden’s oldest son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. Despite their differing political views (and parties), McCain reportedly told Biden to “not walk away” from politics.
Biden told The New York Times he visited “to let [McCain] know how much I love him and how much he matters to me and how much I admire his integrity and his courage,” ending with “I wanted to see my friend.”
It’s no secret former President Barack Obama is a fan of McCain’s. Obama tweeted this heartfelt sentiment following the senator’s cancer diagnosis: “John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”
The American people
While McCain has garnered an “iconic” image in recent years, specifically as an Arizonian, America didn’t always favor him and he certainly didn’t always speak so candidly. Biden visited McCain in Arizona and offered a single takeaway to The New York Times: McCain is “concerned about the state of the country.”
The one relationship McCain regrets? Selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate in his 2008 presidential campaign against Obama. McCain reportedly defends Palin’s performance in his forthcoming HBO documentary but admits he wishes he made a smarter selection (next).
“She stumbled in some interviews and had a few misjudgments in the glare of the ceaseless spotlight,” McCain writes in his memoir. “those missteps too are on me. She didn’t put herself on the ticket. I did.”
Next: Who McCain would have chosen instead if he got a do-over.
McCain called his decision not to select Joe Lieberman as his running mate, “another mistake I made.” At the time Lieberman was a former Democrat turned independent senator from Connecticut. His advisors warned against picking a former Democratic Party member as his VP.
Lieberman remains one of McCain’s closest friends to this day and filled in for the senator at The McCain Institute forum in April 2018. “He was O.K., but he wanted to get out of the hospital,” Lieberman said about McCain’s bout of diverticulitis. “Look, this is a man whose whole life has been active.”
Next: McCain made these comments about Trump attending his funeral.
McCain called out President Trump in various ways in his new book The Restless Wave. He first called Trump “uninterested in the moral character of world leaders and their regimes,” saying “Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity.”
The senator didn’t stop there. McCain reportedly doesn’t want Trump attending his funeral and asked that Mike Pence attend in his place.
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