“What I was talking about, quoting from a Wall Street Journal editorial, was that there was a segment of the Republicans in the Senate — Republican Senators — that said we cannot raise the debt limit until we pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution,” McCain said when asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” about his choice of words. “The Senate would not pass — would not get 67 votes. ... We could not have passed it. That was unrealistic, hobbits are unrealistic, it was unrealistic to say.”
McCain, who ran against Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race, said he had not heard whether his former running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will join the 2012 GOP presidential field. Karl Rove, a former senior adviser for President George W. Bush, predicted on “Fox News Sunday” that Palin would enter.
“She has not asked my advice, and I do not know” whether Palin will run, McCain said. “I certainly put some credence to Karl Rove.”
McCain plans to “take a while” before supporting a GOP candidate, he said.
“My sympathy is with all of you,” McCain said of the contenders. “I’m glad I’m not with you.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.