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November 15th, 2012
07:22 PM ET

John McCain's advice for Mitt Romney: "The best medicine for defeat is to get busy"

Nine days since Barack Obama completed his campaign for the presidency, successfully defeating Mitt Romney and earning a second term in the White House, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the one man who knows exactly what it feels like to lose a presidential election to the former senator from Illinois: John McCain.

Joining Piers Morgan from Washington D.C., the Arizona Senator shares some insight into how he coped with defeat in 2008:

"I have a great line that I use all the time: 'After I lost, I slept like a baby – sleep two hours, wake up and cry. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry,'" delivers McCain, to the amusement of the host. "The best medicine for defeat is to get busy. Because it's so wonderful to feel sorry for yourself, but that really doesn't gain you much. So get busy, and get it behind you."

In a week which saw McCain skip a classified briefing on the September 11th attack in Benghazi, Libya, the 76-year-old Republican created some controversy for snapping at a CNN reporter who questioned his whereabouts. Treading lightly, Morgan asks for a comment:

"You seem in a bit more cheerful mood with me, so dare I broach the subject, and clarify why you weren't at that meeting?"

"It was a scheduling error, and by the way, I just came from a briefing. This is why we need one committee by the way, because four different committees – three of which I'm a member of – are having different hearings ... I can assure you that I got all the information," explains McCain, before elaborating on the incident with the press.

"I said 'I have no comment,' and he said 'You can't have no comment.' I said 'What! I can't have no comment? Since when?' Look, these back and forth things happen, these guys follow you around, reporters follow you around. They have their job to do, and sometimes I'm nice to them. And sometimes, I tell them to take a hike."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in tonight at nine as McCain offers more of his opinion on what really happened in Libya, and further explains why he found the White Houses' subsequent response to be so objectionable.
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  1. diogeron

    Watching John McCain, whom I used to admire, morph into Dick Nixon before my 67 year old eyes. Very sad. He's become just another bitter partisan hack. Why the networks still have him front and center on the talking heads Sunday shows is beyond me.

    On the other hand, the more he talks, the better for the Democrats, if the worse for the nation.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Time to retire McCain...I would have loved to see him as POTUS, but lately he's more angry than focused...when you lose sight of the real's the economy!

      November 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Will-former Repug

      I agree 100% with your statement about McCain. The man has become pathetic and embarrassing. His laughter during the interview seemed demented.

      November 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jvan

    i am sick of pierce morgan being so obvious on his democratic american political views. Go to an American Law School & study american politics before you give stupid opionions. He needs to take his a$$ back to england. Don't know how you got the replacement of larry king....what a joke. if you can't report the news with impartiality, go to work for the inquirer.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sung dude

      Who the heck is Pierce Morgan and what is an "opinionion?"

      November 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jaker, Dublin

    No Mc Cain, again...duh...Piers, you might as well let him take over your show!

    November 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. maf

    Really John, weak American leadership???? Again??? That's all you seem to be able to say of late. You will NEVER be comfortable with how President Obama handles foreign affairs, but suffice to say, Obama's chess game mind is miles ahead of your shoot first, figure it out later approach! Your comments border on treasonous. Time to act more like an elected representative!!

    November 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. kay

    McCain just a grumpy old man. It is time for him to retire.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. david

    I just saw tonight's interview with the israeli ambassador. I happen to like Mr Morgan and think he is a fair interviewer.
    However he clearly doesn't understand that when Hamas continues to fire rockets at Israel the israelis must try to stop them.That is the issue.
    And there is collateral dmage when Israel targets militants...but clearly not when Hamas fires rockets ito israel..their purpose is to kill call that collateral dmage is ludicrous.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • david's damage.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Nana

    Jvan, If your so sick of Piers Morgan (not pierce morgan). Then stop watching him! Duh! Piers your doing a GREAT job. Keep it up!!

    November 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Irwin Herschlag

    When Israel left Gaza enjoyed open borders and everything else it needed to reach the condition that you say would bring peace. They brought about their current misery by choosing a war party. I hope that your only basis for holding IIsrael responsible for defending its people is ignorance. Gaza's rejection of peace after Israel left is the strongest reason that it is so hard for people like me to argue against keeping the West Bank. And where were you and the rest of the media when Egyptians and others were cheering unprovoked Hamas rockets raining on Israel civilians? The relatively silent reaction of the press in Israel's only ally show them that they mus go it alone. They no that rockets fired at civilians in any other country would provoke your outrage.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ssimhoni cohen

    from 1970 to 1981 prior to the first intifada the West Bank and Gaza Strip were open to all and palestinians prospered as israelis spent money buying consumer goods all over palestinians territories. Over 100,000 palestinian workers will come in to israeli city's to work. It did work well since they were free of corrupt and cruel leadership living abroad planing and executing terror attacks against israel. There will be no peace with israel unless new educated leaders will lead the palestinian people to peaceful new path. We are on the other side with extended arm in hope for peace and prosperity for both people.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Malia Hughes

    Re interview with Carol Blue, Christopher Hitchens's widow: I am very disappointed this "interview" was only about 2 minutes long! You could have given McCain 2 minutes and spent his time reminising about Hitch who had much more to say than McCain did over his entire life. She could have read excerpts from the new book or shown footage from his speeches, or just talked about Hitch's witticisms. Giving him only 2 minutes was a terrible insult....esp since Piers is British. It would be nice if someone would respond and apologize for this oversight....yeah, right!

    November 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Scar1

    Okay he was a military hero and ran for office but, he and Romney need to get over the lost. No one knows exactly what is going on in the Middle East. And after Bush Sr. did his thing Jr. came in to clean up his Dad's goofs but, what was actually done no one really knows. So now we got a real mess. And McCain needs to just shut up and let Obama do his job just as Obama let Bush do his job.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. SMMcMahon

    From McCain, one sore loser himself, about another.

    (But we will alwayhave McCain to thank for that brain-trust, Sarah Palin... Gasp!)

    November 16, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. worldcares

    I like Piers.
    Living in the techno era, people are distracted, yet they want instant gratification: a no winner.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. John Carter

    John McCain is worse that Richard Nixon. What a grumpy man. There are so many issues to discuss and decide on by both parties and yet here is Senator Grumpy trying to make something of the tragedy that took place with the death of our Ambassador to Libya. Maybe there should be an investigation on why Senator Grumpy's party in the House denied a request by the State Department for 331 million dollars in embassy security so our embassies around the world could be safer. The only response from House Republicans so far is no response.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jane

    John McCain chuckles and explains what he finds so "amusing" about his exchange with the Cnn producer.....For real ?
    He's probably the only person alive who found anything "amusing" about that exchange.
    He came across as a grumpy nasty old man, who is desperately trying to maintain some semblance of relevance.
    Guess what John,
    Epic fail.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. lumesi

    It is a shame ,really . This wonderful man devolving to this . Reduced to jokes. This is difficult to fathom . No matter what , everybody should try to remember that this used to be a wonderful human being .He is still married to a caring and wonderful wife.

    November 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. tom jones

    What advice could McCain give? McCain still can not get over the fact that the American people rejected him and his hate mongering and warmongering. John McCain became a frustrated,bitter, revengeful, vindictive senile old man since his landslide defeat. McCain going to go down in history as being the biggest liar, hate monger, warmonger in the senate. Plus he's the sorest sore loser in a presidential election in the history of this country.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. David D

    McCain is so bitter about president Obama winning again, that one cannot trust his judgement anymore. His opinions have become so biased that they are worthless. In essence, he is acting like a child. America voted and of all people, McCain should help us feel hopeful about the future and help unify the country in these very difficult times. If you cannot accept reality, John, get out of the way, retire and let someone else be a constructive influence. The party and the US needs a leader not someone acting like a loser now.

    November 17, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • tomj

      I agree that we can not trust John McCain's judgement anymore. The GOP should demand his resignation, before McCain takes the whole party down with him.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Reblogged this on Great blogs.

    November 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. tomj

    I certainly would hope that Romney is a better loser than John McCain! McCain is disgracing everyone whoever ran for president with his bitter, jealous, hatred for the man that defeated him. I think that McCain lost it mentally since his defeat and should retire.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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