Saturday, January 17, 2009

McCain: I still speak with Palin often

From Sean Hannity's interview with Arizona Sen. John McCain last night (full xcript here):

HANNITY: Speaking of Governor Palin, do you speak with her often?

MCCAIN: Oh, yes.

HANNITY: She's still under fire.

MCCAIN: I know.

HANNITY: She's still getting criticized.

MCCAIN: I know.

HANNITY: Do you think it hurt her in any way personally?

MCCAIN: I think it hurt her feelings, of course, you know, particularly a lot of the family stuff. But I think most Americans now, really, most Americans, are moving on. We're moving on.

We've got two severe problems facing us, she's back being governor of the state of Alaska, she's got issues there as you well know, in fact, accommodating to the cut-off of the earmarks and pork barrel spending that used to go to her state.No, I -- I have great respect and admiration for her and her family.

HANNITY: That was your choice, you're proud of.

MCCAIN: I'm very proud.

HANNITY: Do you think she could be president one day?

MCCAIN: Sure, sure. But I'd also like to point out that it's very early in this whole season.... People like Bobby Jindal and Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty and Mark Sanford, and -- you know, there's -- governors now, I think, are going to be -- play -- an enhanced role in the direction of the Republican Party. One reason is because their talent, and another reason is because they govern.

This is similar to McCain's answer to George Stephanopoulos last month, when the little Grecian urn asked McCain whether Sarah Palin was McCain's choice for 2012:

"We've got some great other young governors, Pawlenty, Huntsman."

Only in Hannity's i/view, McCain adds the names of Bobby Jindal and Mark Sanford.