Palin: McCain's vice-presidential regret a 'gut punch'

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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin admitted that hearing Senator John McCain's regrets about appointing her as his running mate in 2008 felt "like a perpetual gut-punch".

In McCain's new book, The Restless Wave, the senator writes that he regretted picking Palin as vice president for the 2008 election - a claim he has made before - and one Palin says she can't believe. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (L) attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.

Palin said she would need to hear all the remarks and criticisms from McCain himself before jumping to any conclusions.

Palin is surprised by the retiring senator's change in heart, saying McCain has been quick to defend her in the past. "I wish it would've been going rogue more on the common-sense conservative side of issues, but I certainly have respect for numerous things he's accomplished".

Asked whether McCain's revelation hurt, she said, "Well, I don't lie, so I'll tell you, a bit". "I don't know all the details of his condition right now. You know, I think I described it earlier as a 'gut punch'".

"There were elements of a ideal storm for Barack Obama to have been elected", Palin said of the 2008 election. While I am not an admirer of either Trump or Palin, McCain's decision to exclude the current president from the funeral service and to gratuitously cast Palin in a negative light has bothered me.

Not that she wasn't willing to offer her won criticism over McCain voting previous year to kill a bill that would have repealed Obamacare.