McCain hopes Bush 'respects' choice to cut him from campaign

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) does not regret his decision against campaigning with then-President Bush during the lead-up to the 2008 election,  the senator said during an interview on Sunday.

"It was a decision we made and I hope he respects it," McCain said on "Meet the Press."

McCain said the choice to distance himself from Bush reflected the "realities of the political situation at the time."

"President Obama was doing everything he could to tie me to President Bush," McCain said.

He added that during the campaign, he called Bush "a friend."

McCain was responding to a question concerning a passage in the former president's memoir.

"I was confident I could have helped him make his case," Bush reportedly writes. "But the decision was his. I was disappointed I couldn't do more to help him."