“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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.