John McCain: Choosing Between Hillary and Rand Paul Would Be a ‘Tough Choice’ in 2016

Sen. John McCain said it would be a “tough choice” for him choosing who to vote for if Hillary Clinton runs against Rand Paul in 2016.


The Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee made the comment to the New Republic in an interview published Tuesday. Asked about a hypothetical race between the former secretary of state and his Republican Senate colleague Paul — whom McCain called a “wacko bird” along with his Tea Party-backed allies — McCain laughed, “It’s gonna be a tough choice.”

“Let me just clarify that,” McCain said. “I think that Rand Paul represents a segment of the GOP, just like his father. And I think he is trying to expand that, intelligently, to make it larger.”

Clinton and Paul are both considered top contenders for 2016 presidential bids.