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In an interview in The Huffington Post, McCain was asked whether Amash, and Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Senate primary heats up in Montana Sarah Sanders: ‘Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration’ Kentucky Dems look to vault themselves in deep-red district MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 7 points Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Five races to watch in the Texas runoffs MORE (Texas), are a "positive force" within the Republican party. McCain has reportedly "tangled" with the three lawmakers in the past.

"They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else," McCain said in the interview. "But I also think that when, you know, it's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."

Amash shot back on Twitter with a reference to McCain and eleven other Republican senators sitting down for a closed door meeting with President Obama on Wednesday.


Earlier in the week McCain and Paul exchanged barbs in response to Paul filibustering John Brennan's nomination for CIA director. McCain called Paul's filibuster "ridiculous." Paul responded that McCain and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Graham: Trump will 'end North Korea’s threat to the American homeland' in his first term Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in after Texas school shooting MORE (R-S.C.), who also criticized Paul's filibuster "think the whole world is a battlefield." Recently, McCain also criticized Cruz's questioning of now-Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelOvernight Defense: Latest on historic Korea summit | Trump says 'many people' interested in VA job | Pompeo thinks Trump likely to leave Iran deal Should Mike Pompeo be confirmed? Intel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security MORE during Hagel's confirmation hearings.