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February 20th, 2014
10:31 PM ET

John McCain comfortable waiting for more facts, and a healthy debate, on both Chris Christie and Ted Cruz

He's been called a "maverick". And a "badass". And, even, the real life version of actor Ed Harris (though his wife thinks he's too cute for such a comparison).

However, on Thursday evening John McCain was simply a guest of Piers Morgan.

A frequent visitor to the program, the one-time presidential candidate joined the host for a primetime interview, sharing some thoughts on a few of the names currently dominating the GOP headlines.

"I'll let the Republican party judge but he has become an effective force in the Republican political scene. I respect that," said McCain, referring to embattled Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who chatted with CNN's Dana Bash earlier this week. "I want to have this debate within my party but I hope it would be respectful."

If there's a Republican figure that's faced as much scrutiny as Cruz in the last six months, it's Christ Christie, who has been battling with the backlash of "Bridgegate" and the misappropriated Sandy funds scandal.

For McCain, though, the New Jersey governor deserves some wiggle room and some trust from his constituents.

"I think he deserves the innocence until proven guilty," said Thursday's guest, fully admitting that he himself had weathered a storm early in his career. "I think that he certainly has plenty of time to recover from this. I believe he's been a very good governor of a Democrat state."

Watch the clip for more of McCain and Morgan, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," tune to CNN every night at 9p.
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  1. tomj

    There's no debate about the fact that John McCain is a hypocritical fateful backstabbing warmonger

    February 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. tomj

    There can be no healthy debate with fools like all of them. McCain will just start his immature name calling and swearing. Then Cruz won he's a wacko as McCain. "Good Debate"

    February 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. CleisonC

    I think it is a very good work he presenter Pier Morgan. I say why they don't understand you American people. You can't legacy of a official America English. I like support to Pier Morgan good speaking British English.

    February 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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