Meghan McCain: My dad hates Rand Paul
© Getty Images

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema MORE's (R-Ariz.) daughter said on Wednesday that her father and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE (R-Ky.) "hate each other."

ADVERTISEMENT

Meghan McCain appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show to promote her “TakePart Live” talk show on Pivot TV. When Stern asked the 29-year-old what her father thinks of the Tea Party favorite, she quickly replied, “They hate each other.”

She repeated the sentiment before wondering aloud if it had previously been publicly disclosed.

“In a fistfight, I’m pretty sure your dad can kick [Paul’s] ass,” Stern quipped to McCain.

“Yeah,” the Vietnam War veteran’s daughter said, “My father’s 76 years old and he can still throw down.” McCain, born in 1936, is actually 78 years old.

McCain and Paul have had a notoriously prickly relationship that has included a number of public spats. The former GOP presidential candidate famously called Paul, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzState Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' MORE (R-Mich.) “wacko birds” in 2013.

When asked last year in an interview if he would vote for Paul or Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani MORE if either made a White House run in 2016, McCain responded with a laugh, “It’s gonna be a tough choice.”

But any tensions appeared to have eased, at least temporarily, when McCain said last month that he would indeed support Paul if the Kentucky senator is the Republican nominee. “I’ve seen him grow, and I’ve seen him mature, and I’ve seen him become more centrist,” McCain told The New Yorker.

Paul’s office had no comment on Meghan McCain’s remarks. McCain’s office didn’t immediately respond to ITK’s request for comment.