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John McCain Not 'Taking Sides' After Sarah Palin Backs Trump



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    In this file photo, Senator John McCain and former Alsaka state Governor Sarah Palin campaign at Pima County Fairgrounds, March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.

    The man who first gave Sarah Palin a starring national role in August 2008 will try to avoid getting involved in the Trump endorsement storyline — for now, at least.

    "Senator [John] McCain has great respect and appreciation for Governor Palin," a senior aide told NBC News. "As he has said since Senator [Lindsey] Graham exited the race, he will not be taking sides and endorsing a primary candidate at this point in the race."

    McCain has been publicly supportive of Palin through all the attention and controversy in recent years but they keep some distance. He still credits her with exciting the conservative base and boosting fundraising for their White House bid.