Sen. John McCain Has a Clever Comeback for Sarah Palin Questions

Palin hinted she might not support Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to members of the media after a meeting with Senate Republicans on Oct. 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says there is "a statute of limitations on Sarah Palin questions."

Sarah Palin hinted she might support a primary challenger against Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the best friend in the Senate of her former running mate, Sen. John McCain. Thus McCain was asked Thursday morning at the Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum if he regretted elevating her to national stature.

"You know, there is a statute of limitations on Sarah Palin questions," McCain told the crowd. "I love Sarah Palin, I love Todd Palin, I am proud – I can show you polling data that showed when we selected her our numbers went up," McCain added. The Arizona senator acknowledged that he and the former Alaska governor do have their disagreements, but noted that Palin didn't explicitly say that Graham warranted a primary challenger, which is true.

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Palin wrote on Facebook in October. after Republican Steve Lonegan's loss to now-Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., that there are other states Republicans should explore. "We're going to shake things up in 2014," Palin wrote. "Let's start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up."

McCain said he hoped Palin wouldn't seriously support one of Graham's primary challengers (as of now, he has four.) "I'm very close with both Sarah and Lindsey and I think Lindsey is [as strong and as good a] conservative as we have in the United States Senate," McCain said.

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