Sen. John McCainJohn McCainCheney: Russian election interference could be ‘act of war’ Grassley wants details on firm tied to controversial Trump dossier Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report MORE's (R-Ariz.) daughter said on Wednesday that her father and Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Trump, GOP fumble chance to govern MORE (R-Ky.) "hate each other."
She repeated the sentiment before wondering aloud if it had previously been publicly disclosed.
“In a fistfight, I’m pretty sure your dad can kick [Paul’s] ass,” Stern quipped to McCain.
“Yeah,” the Vietnam War veteran’s daughter said, “My father’s 76 years old and he can still throw down.” McCain, born in 1936, is actually 78 years old.
McCain and Paul have had a notoriously prickly relationship that has included a number of public spats. The former GOP presidential candidate famously called Paul, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzConservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashObamaCare gets new lease on life Top Republican: The healthcare bill is dead House GOP abandons ObamaCare repeal effort in stunning defeat MORE (R-Mich.) “wacko birds” in 2013.
When asked last year in an interview if he would vote for Paul or Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonCheney: Russian election interference could be ‘act of war’ Conservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE if either made a White House run in 2016, McCain responded with a laugh, “It’s gonna be a tough choice.”
But any tensions appeared to have eased, at least temporarily, when McCain said last month that he would indeed support Paul if the Kentucky senator is the Republican nominee. “I’ve seen him grow, and I’ve seen him mature, and I’ve seen him become more centrist,” McCain told The New Yorker.
Paul’s office had no comment on Meghan McCain’s remarks. McCain’s office didn’t immediately respond to ITK’s request for comment.