Kerry, McCain dispute who approached whom

Sen. John KerryJohn KerryEllison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' 'Can you hear me now?' Trump team voices credible threat of force Obama to attend Pittsburgh Steelers owner's funeral MORE (D-Mass.) yesterday fanned the flames of speculation over Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump wall faces skepticism on border No Congress members along Mexico border support funding Trump's wall Treasury won’t grant Exxon drilling waiver for Russia 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.