Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Manchin bashes GOP candidate for pushing McCain to resign McCain’s primary challenger asks him to step aside after diagnosis MORE — a Democrat?

There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol.

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The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance.

As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.

Saying he “had to give a speech,” McCain was eyed walking away sporting a big grin.



Obama scheduled Wednesday powwows with House and Senate Democrats just ahead of Congress’ five-week recess.

McCain has emerged as a dealmaker in talks with Democrats, and has had numerous dustups this year with the Tea Party wing of the GOP. At one point he memorably described Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTalk of Trump pardons reverberates on Sunday shows Paul says president likely has authority to pardon himself Paul still supports repealing, replacing ObamaCare at the same time MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGOP wrestles with soaring deductibles in healthcare bill Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP divided over care for transgender troops Dem rep polls Twitter followers on whether a hot dog is a sandwich Dems launch ‘no confidence’ resolution against Trump MORE (R-Mich.) as “wacko birds.”

The senator on Wednesday joked it would a "difficult choice" for him if Paul and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonScaramucci makes Sunday shows debut with vow to stop WH leaks Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Franken: Trump Jr., Manafort need to testify under oath MORE were to face off for the presidency in 2016.

— Carlo Munoz contributed.


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