Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin responded to reports that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that he regretted choosing her to be his vice presidential candidate in the 2008 election.
Here's what Palin said
The former vice presidential candidate spoke to the Daily Mail about McCain's comments just before a fundraising event in Washington D.C.
She said that the comments were like a "perpetual gut-punch" every time she hears them.
"That's not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he's apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign," Palin said, "some who now staff MSNBC, the newsroom there, which tells you a lot."
"It's not a real fun thing that part of my job is the requirement," she added, "is having to read the news every day."
But Palin doubted that McCain said he regretted choosing her as his vice president.
"I attribute a lot of what we're hearing and reading regarding McCain's statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters," Palin explained. "I don't know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can't un-ring the bell."
"I don't know unless I heard it from Sen. McCain myself," she said.
'A perfect storm'
"There were elements of a perfect storm for Barack Obama to have been elected," Palin said of the 2008 election. "It worked out the way that it was supposed to work out."
"In spite of everything that has erupted in these past days with his spokesperson – or perhaps he himself – saying that he regrets that they chose me to run on their ticket," she concluded, "despite all that, he has been my friend."
McCain has become even more of a maverick figure since the election of President Donald Trump, who mocked McCain early in his 2016 campaign. McCain voted against the Obamacare replacement bill that Trump supported, and his vote was the deciding factor in killing the legislation.
Palin, on the other hand, has become a vehement and vocal ally of the president.