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


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke with NBC News Friday about a passage in Sen. John McCain's new book in which he said he'd wished he picked a different candidate as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Palin told NBC it felt like a "gut punch," but she said she had a lot of respect for his "Maverick" nature.

"I think I described it earlier as a 'gut punch,' " she told NBC News, "But again, I'm going to choose to look back on the good times that we did have together," she continued.

"I will never disparage someone who has served our country and made a lot of sacrifices as a vet," Palin said. "And that's how I look at him as someone who served all those years."

"I always had a lot of respect for his 'maverick' nature, the going rogue," Palin said. "I wish it would've been going rogue more on the common-sense conservative side of issues, but I certainly have respect for many of the things he's accomplished."

CNN reporter Ana Navarro said on air Friday that she has read McCain's new book and in it, McCain doesn't specifically say he regrets picking Palin as his running mate, but that he regrets not picking Joe Lieberman, a former democrat-turned Independent, who is a close friend of his.

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