Republican Sen. John McCain appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS Thursday night, and just like his daughter did the night before on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the Arizona senator offered some less-than-favorable views on the current state of the Republican Party.
Asked by Letterman how things were going in the “Grand Ole Party,” McCain said things weren’t going so great.
“Well, you know, we’ve had better days,” the senator said, chuckling.
Letterman then pushed a little harder for the senator’s real assessment of the party. McCain responded describing himself as a Theodore Roosevelt fan and tried to change the subject.
Letterman shot back.
“You know, it seems like everybody has gone wacky in the Republican Party, and I just wondered was it the influence of the tea party?”
“These are good things for America,” McCain said. “How many people have watched one of these debates? I bet you everybody … It’s been good for America. It’s good for the process. It’s good to see whether somebody’s a wacko or whether they’re not a wacko.”
McCain laughed an said things are pretty much as usual, and that it wasn’t the tea party’s influence.
“It’s a tough business, you know it is a collision sport,” McCain said. “It’s a contact sport. Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. had a very spirited primary. And afterwards, Ronald Reagan chose George Herbert Walker Bush as his running mate.”
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