Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has no idea who he will support in the 2016 GOP primary now that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is out of the race.
McCain answered the question regarding a possible endorsement during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. McCain said he didn’t have a candidate to support.
“I do not. I think it’s better for me to stay out of it,” McCain said. “I’m still in mourning. I still believe that if Lindsey could have gotten into the top tier he would have gotten traction but, eh that it, I, I’ve been wrong in every prediction so far so maybe I ought to quit.”
McCain, who was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said he understood the public appeal of GOP presidential contender and businessman Donald Trump, but had nothing to say about it other than “the obvious.” He said Americans are dissatisfied with Washington politics and a number of other things.
McCain said in other interviews this month that he would support the Republican presidential nominee, regardless of who gains the nomination. He said that includes Trump.
“I’m a loyal Republican,” McCain said. “I believe the best way to shape the agenda of the next president of the United States is to be part of the team and make my influence felt as strongly as possible.”
The senator said he would be ignoring his duties as someone elected by the people if he left the GOP.
“For me to walk away from the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan would be I think an abrogation of my responsibilities to the voters,” McCain said.