McCain wants Palin to run, but may back others

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq MORE (R-Ariz.) said he's open to backing his former running mate, but seemed to indicate there are a number of candidates he'd consider.

"I'd like to see her compete," McCain said of Palin's presidential aspirations on Meet the Press Sunday morning. "We've got some very good candidates."

But McCain also dropped the names of some of Palin's fellow Republican governors, perhaps hinting he may back a candidate other than Palin. In particular, McCain named Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and dark-horse candidate Utah Gov. John Huntsman.

"I'd have to see who the candidates are and what the situation is at the time," McCain explained. "I have no doubt of my respect, love, and admiration for Sarah and her family."