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On the heels of a recent "The Washington Post" story, in which the newspaper collects and counts various instances of a very specific form of praise offered by John McCain, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes the Senator from Arizona, asking him to offer a reaction.
In the article, the former Republican presidential candidate is quoted as having used the expression “I’m a great admirer of..." a astounding 23 times over the course of the last decade.
Proving that McCain's repetitive turn of phrase isn't limited to simply print, tonight Piers Morgan rolls a video compilation that features the 77-year-old Republican admiring multiple colleagues over the course of four separate television interviews.
At the conclusion of the clips, the host admits to feeling left out, as "there's no record of you saying that about me."
Proving that he's nothing if not a good sport, McCain enjoys the moment along with Morgan:
"I won't say that about you, I will not say that about you," he says, with mock intensity. "I will expand my descriptive language when I admire someone. I admit that I probably use the same phrase too often. I plead guilty, Piers."
Joining the program via satellite from Washington, McCain is unable to let the interview end without tossing one more good-natured verbal barb:
"But I'll never say that about you!"
It's this final comment that leaves Morgan truly hurt:
"I'm absolutely devastated, I've got to say," he admits.