McCain strolls into Dem caucus meeting

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainState officials under pressure to OK ObamaCare premium hikes McCain's primary opponent takes shot at his age McCain, allies cheer watchdog report defending A-10 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 PaulTrump, Clinton boost Snapchat spending Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRepublican exodus from Trump grows Dozens of GOP lawmakers staying away from Trump's convention House uprising thwarts change to Patriot Act 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 ClintonWatchdogs warn of 'serious' conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation Kaine laughs off reputation as 'America's stepdad' on Colbert Trump claims ignorance on alt-right movement MORE were to face off for the presidency in 2016.

— Carlo Munoz contributed.


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