Kerry, McCain dispute who approached whom

Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry to NYU Abu Dhabi: We can't address world problems by 'going it alone' Juan Williams: Trump's dangerous lies on Iran Pompeo: US tried, failed to achieve side deal with European allies MORE (D-Mass.) yesterday fanned the flames of speculation over Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill MORE’s (R-Ariz.) flirtation with leaving the GOP, telling a liberal blog that the Arizonan’s camp approached him about a Kerry-McCain presidential ticket in 2004.

Asked about The Hill’s report last week that McCain discussed quitting the Republicans in 2001 with several senior Democrats, Kerry told MyDD.com, “It doesn’t surprise me completely, because his people similarly approached me to engage in a discussion about his potentially being on the ticket as vice president.”

McCain’s senior advisers, already grappling with fundraising totals lower than his two main rivals and poor poll numbers for his 2008 presidential run, pushed back at Kerry on conservative blog Townhall.com.

“The idea that McCain approached Kerry is a fantasy,” McCain chief of staff Mark Salter said on the website, describing the situation in reverse, with Kerry repeatedly importuning McCain to become his running mate.