Senator John McCain:
"There are fundamental facts that cannot be denied. When we selected, asked Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party. We were ahead in the polls until the stock market crashed. And she still is a formidable force in the Republican Party. And I have great affection for her.
"Well, Sarah and I -- did we always agree on everything in the past; will we in the future? No.
"But, look, let's let a thousand flowers bloom. Let's come up with a winning combination the next time. And let's all go through the process rather than condemning anybody's chances. And I'm happy to say, we have some great people out there and Sarah is one of them."