Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said on CNN on Wednesday that his support for Richard Mourdock was dependent on an apology from the Republican Senate candidate for his remarks that pregnancies caused by rape are intended by God.
"It depends on what he does," McCain said on AC360°. He was answering Anderson's question about whether he still considered himself in Mourdock's corner after the comments on rape and pregnancy, which came at a debate Tuesday.
"If he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and asks the people to forgive him, I would be the first," the 2008 presidential nominee said, adding that he had made mistakes and asked for people's forgiveness after owning up to his transgressions.
On AC360 Wednesday, Sen. John McCain responds to Hillary Clinton telling reporters that an accountability review board will look at all aspects of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She made a point of saying that they won't be "cherry-picking" stories and documents about the incident. Clinton was referring to e-mails sent on the day of the assault to the White House, State Department and FBI identifying an Islamist group as taking credit, which they later denied.
"I'm all for a thorough and complete investigation, but certain facts are known and there continues to be contradictions within the government. And we now find out, we members of Congress, rather than being briefed, we find out from the news media," said McCain. He told Anderson he doesn't expect that the results of the review board will be made public until after the November 6 election.
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday said Mitt Romney missed an opportunity to go after the president over Libya in the second presidential debate.
Asked whether Romney failed to press President Barack Obama on the administration's handling of last month's consulate attack, the Arizona senator said "in a way, he did" on AC360.
During the debate, Obama said he referred to the Libya attack as an "act of terror" the day after the violence last month. Romney disputed the claim, sparking a fiery exchange over whether the president used the term.
Sen. John McCain talks about the way the Obama administration reacted to the attack on the U.S Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the how challenging it will be for the Libyan government to control militias.
Can a crime scene that hasn't been secured 16 days after the incident still prove to be valuable to an investigation? That's a question many are asking about the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Tonight Anderson will get Sen. John McCain's response, as well as his perspective on the handling of intelligence before and after the attack.
McCain is outraged that the Obama administration at first pointed to an anti-Islamic video as the impetus for the violence. "They were either incredibly naive or willfully deceiving the American people," he said.
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday compared a comment he made during his 2008 presidential bid to one made by his party's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, which is similarly drawing heavy Democratic flak.
At the time, McCain later pedaled back on his comment.
Clips recorded secretly at a May fundraiser and released Monday showed Romney saying 47% of the electorate are dependent on government. He said they see themselves as victims, and would "vote for the president no matter what."
Criticism from Democrats piled on. At a news conference Monday evening, Romney said the comments were "not elegantly stated.” His campaign has said the comments were aimed at criticizing expanding entitlement programs.
McCain, a high-profile supporter of Romney and a senator from Arizona, defended the candidate Wednesday on AC360, saying the comments were being misunderstood.
Sen. John McCain reflects on the work of his friend Amb. Chris Stevens and stands by Mitt Romney's criticism of President Obama.
The shocking news of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday brought personal grief to those who knew U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The attackers killed him along with another diplomat and two State Department security officers.
Senator John McCain considered Stevens a friend and in a joint statement with Senators Lieberman and Graham called him “one of America's finest and bravest diplomats.”
Tonight Anderson Cooper asks McCain about Stevens’ work and legacy in Benghazi. They also talk about the U.S. mission in Libya, where some are concerned about the worsening security situation and al Qaeda’s growing presence.
McCain also responds to the controversy on the campaign trail that came after Mitt Romney criticized a statement released by the American Embassy in Cairo – made before the first protests happened. Romney accused the president of sympathizing with the killers.
McCain said he hasn’t paid much attention to the back-and-forth, but he told Anderson that he shares Romney’s argument that “this president is weak in his leadership.”
Sen. John McCain says he knew Kofi Annan's cease-fire negotiations would fail. He thinks the conflict in Syria requires a safe area where the opposition can train and equip, the wounded can be treated and refugees can be helped.
Sen. John McCain says Sen. Harry Reid might have gone "over the line" by alleging Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes for 10 years. McCain also discusses Kofi Annan’s resignation as the special envoy to Syria and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. Watch a preview of Anderson Cooper’s interview with the Senator and see the rest of their conversation tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.