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In an interview in The Huffington Post, McCain was asked whether Amash, and Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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 GrahamGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week 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: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces Five takeaways from Pentagon chief's first major trip Esper given horse in Mongolia as US looks for new inroads against China MORE during Hagel's confirmation hearings.