McCain: Don't count Obama out

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says people shouldn't underestimate President Obama as he heads into his sixth year in the White House.

He discounted Obama's low approval ratings and said a sitting president always has influence.

"We all wear thin with the American people after a while," McCain told the Associated Press

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"To count a man of that talent out at this point in time in his administration would be a huge mistake," he added.

McCain has had his up-and-downs in his relationship with Obama, his foe during the 2008 presidential campaign.

He met with Obama this year to discuss immigration reform, but was a vocal critic of the president's foreign policy moves in Syria and elsewhere.

Democrats and Obama plan to make immigration reform a top priority in 2014, and are pushing House Republicans to take up legislation.