McCain: Clinton ‘Very Strong Candidate’

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Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk prior to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C.

Sen. John McCain knows a few things about presidential elections, although he first played humble when asked this morning in Chicago about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 prospects.

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,” McCain told reporters, alluding to his 2008 loss to President Barack Obama. Then, the Arizona Republican offered plenty of praise for Clinton, who is also making an appearance in Chicago today.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate,” McCain said of the former secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady. “I don’t think there’s any doubt she has widespread support. Her work as secretary of state, with the exception of this issue of Benghazi — which isn’t going away — I think has been outstanding. I think she would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016.”

McCain then tossed some love in the direction of another former Democratic Senate colleague, Vice President Joe Biden, calling him a “wonderful guy” and saying it would be a mistake to “rule Joe Biden out of this mix.”

The comments to reporters came after a joint breakfast appearance with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois at the City Club of Chicago. Both men used their appearances to push for immigration legislation stalled in Congress.

See what the senator also had to say about Bill Clinton and immigration here at Political Capital.

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