Things got strange during a gondola ride up a mountain in Aspen, Colorado, when MSNBC's Alex Wagner asked Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, about his "bromance" with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a segment that aired on Tuesday.
"Would you call it a 'bromance'"? Wagner asked Graham at one point.
The South Carolina Senator responded enthusiastically, "Oh yeah, he's, he's, he's, he's just a..." before being cut off by Wagner who also wondered if McCain used email -- something Graham has famously denied ever using.
"Ya know, I don't know...I'd be surprised if he did," replied Graham.
The interview took a strange turn as Graham made the following remark about his colleague:
"But at the end of the day, I just admire John. He'd be like the uncle you put in the basement. I'd put him in the basement of the White House and call on him when I needed him."
Watch the clip via MSNBC:
The day before the interview aired, Graham posted a clip from the interview on his Facebook page. It shows Wagner asking McCain about his childhood nickname. A smiling Graham did not flinch, responding, "Stinkball!"
Wagner pressed him, "Please tell us why."
Graham responded, "When I was a kid we owned a bar. When people would go to the restroom, I'd drink their beer."
Watch the clip from Graham's Facebook page:
Interview on a gondola in Aspen, CO was a first for both me & Alex Wagner today. Check out a few of my answers to questions sourced right here on Facebook #aspenideasPosted byLindsey Graham on Monday, June 29, 2015
Later, during Wagner's "Now" program on MSNBC, a longer interview with Graham was shown. Neither the "bromance" question nor the childhood nickname were part of this piece.
Instead, Wagner plays a "word association" game with Graham, asking him for a single word to describe each of the 2016 presidential candidates -- democrat and republican.
Watch the full interview as it aired on Wagner's show on MSNBC:
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