By Justin Sink
Sens. John McCainJohn McCainNBC's Lester Holt emerges from debate bruised and partisan Pundits react: Clinton won first debate Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamShutdown risk grows over Flint Senate poised to override Obama veto Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (R-S.C.) met with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday to discuss national security issues.
Finished up a productive meeting with the President and @GrahamBlog on imp't national security issues— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 17, 2013
It is the second meeting in as many weeks for McCain with the president. Last week, he and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerOvernight Tech: Tech pushes for debate spotlight | Disney may bid for Twitter | Dem seeks Yahoo probe Saudis hire lobbyists amid 9/11 fight Consumer bureau remains partisan target after Wells Fargo settlement MORE (D-N.Y.) huddled with the president in the Oval Office to discuss a way forward on immigration reform.
White House press secretary Jay Carney would not categorically rule out a boycott on Wednesday, despite admitting he thought it was a bad idea. But Graham stood by his suggestion when talking to reporters yesterday afternoon.
McCain has also played a role in a set of meetings with White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughObama: I curse more than I should The Hill's 12:30 Report Benghazi Report and Hillary: What it means for Philadelphia MORE and other Republican lawmakers attempting to plot a budget grand bargain, according to reports.
The meeting was not on the president's official schedule.
McCain and Graham have been harsh critics of many of Obama's foreign policy decisions, urging him to do more to aid rebel groups in Syria seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad and questioning the administration's rapid drawdown of combat forces from Afghanistan.