Sarah Palin Responds To John McCain Saying He Regrets Choosing Her As VP

"Despite all that, he has been my friend."

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On Thursday, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin responded to a New York Times report that claimed Senator John McCain said he regretted choosing Mrs. Palin as his vice presidential pick during the 2008 presidential election.

Palin told The Daily Mail the report was surprising and that it felt like a "perpetual gut-punch" every time she read it.

"That's not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he's apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign – some who now staff MSNBC, the newsroom there, which tells you a lot," claimed the former governor.

"It's not a real fun thing that part of my job is the requirement – is having to read the news every day," she added.

Earlier in the week, the Times reported that McCain's new book, "The Restless Wave," says he regretted choosing Palin as his number two on the ticket and wished he had gone with Senator Joseph Lieberman, an Independent.

It's possible McCain's ghostwriter added the claim, said Mrs. Palin, since it's so far off from what he's told her privately. "I attribute a lot of what we're hearing and reading regarding McCain's statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters," she said. "I don't know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can't un-ring the bell."

Palin says she doesn't fully believe it "unless I heard it from Sen. McCain myself."

The Alaskan native went on to condemn President Donald Trump's treatment of her former ticket-mate during the 2016 presidential election. Trump infamously bashed McCain, a former prison of war in North Vietnam after his plane was shot down, "because he was captured." McCain, who's now battling terminal cancer, was offered an early release from the prison but refused to leave unless his men come be freed, too.

"At first Palin said she was 'frustrated' with Trump for not having a lighter touch with McCain," reports the Daily Mail. "Then she stopped and said a better word would be 'disappointment' because Trump has been 'disparaging Sen. McCain – his record, his history as a veteran – when we don't know all the details of all those years that Sen. McCain made sacrifices for this country as a POW.'"

However, Palin did knock McCain for his "no" vote to kill an ObamaCare repeal. "[It's] still on the books after all the promises that the GOP would repeal [it]," she said, adding, "it's not all on Sen. McCain's shoulders' because plenty of Democrats became 'obstructionists' over the high-stakes legislative episode."

"I wish that he would have" voted "yes," she continued. "And Sen. McCain and I, at least in the past, had a good enough relationship where if I had the opportunity, I would have told him that."

Palin added that even if McCain did say such a hurtful thing about regretting his choice in her, she still considers him a "friend."

"In spite of everything that has erupted in these past days with his spokesperson – or perhaps he himself – saying that he regrets that they chose me to run on their ticket," Palin said, "despite all that, he has been my friend."

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