McCain won't say if he'd support Palin in 2012
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Sunday March 29, 2009

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When Senator John McCain's presidential campaign began faltering last October, some media sources blamed "tension" between him and Palin. There were also suggestions that Palin was more interested in her own future as a potential future leader of the Republican Party than in helping McCain to victory.

NBC's David Gregory attempted on Sunday to put McCain on the spot about his feelings concerning a possible 2012 Palin presidential bid. McCain, however, repeatedly dodged the question, even as he proclaimed his "love for Sarah and her family."

"Would you like to see Sarah Palin become president?" Gregory asked.

"I'd like to see her compete," McCain replied non-committally. "I think we've got some very good candiates -- Jon Huntsman ... Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty. ... There's a lot of good, fresh talent out there."

"Would you support Palin?" Gregory persisted.

"I'd have to see who the candidates are and what the situation is at the time," McCain replied. "But have no doubt of my respect, admiration, and love for Sarah and her family."

Mark Silva of The Swamp commented bitingly on this exchange, "For those who have been wondering when Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona might exact a certain price for the impact that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's candidacy for vice president had on his presidential chances, the answer is here. ... McCain probably will have plenty of more opportunities to return, and talk more about how much he loves his erstwhile running mate."

This video is from NBC's Meet the Press, broadcast Mar. 29, 2009.

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