McCain Speaks About Palin on Jay Leno Show
On Tuesday night's Tonight Show with Jay Leno, John McCain insisted that Sarah Palin did not hurt his bid to become president and that the same outcome would have been likely had he chosen a different running mate.
"I'm so proud of her and I'm very grateful she agreed to run with me. She inspired people, she still does," McCain told Jay Leno during an "Tonight Show" interview taped for broadcast Tuesday night. "I couldn't be happier with Sarah Palin."
Asked by Leno about griping about Palin from unidentified McCain operatives in the days following the election, the Arizona senator said, "These things happen in campaigns.
"I think I have at least a thousand, quote, top advisers," he scoffed. "A top adviser said? I've never even heard of ... a top adviser or high-ranking Republican official."
McCain's comments come amid a flurry of Sarah Palin's own media appearances and interviews, many of which have drawn additional controversy and public ire. There has been much speculation about a possible 2012 Palin presidential bid, and the Alaska Governor didn't exactly stomp out those rumours though she did deny she would run for Ted Stevens' seat in the Senate:
Palin has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012 or a possible contender for the Alaskan U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Stevens, who may be forced out of Congress because he was convicted of seven felonies for failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts.
If Stevens loses his seat, Palin could run for it in a special election.
"You know, when you talk about that white hot spotlight -- that's not really attractive to me," Palin said about running.
But she left open the possibility of running for president. Obama would be up for re-election in 2012.
"Well, life is very unpredictable. And that's the excitement of life. You never know what is around the next corner," Palin said. "And I do not know what is around the next corner. I don't know what opportunities will be there."
In an interview broadcast on Monday, Palin also suggested she might run for higher office in 2012 if the right opportunity presents itself.
"Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door," Palin said in an interview on Fox News' "On The Record" program. She did not specify which office she might be interested in seeking.
In a recent interview Palin retaliated against her anonymous critics, calling them "bloggers in their parents' basement, just talking garbage."
Sarah Palin has more TV appearances scheduled this week, including a spot on CNN tomorrow.