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McCain on 'The View': I haven't changed

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The Republican nominee for President may have appeared on The View four times in the past, but that didn't mean he got a free pass on visit number five.

John McCain appeared on the popular daytime talk show this morning and they peppered him with questions from the get-go.

There were some niceties at first, before Barbara Walters hit him with a question about his running mate Sarah Palin.

The greatest ever?

"You have said that Sarah Palin is the greatest vice president [candidate] in the history of the United States," Walters said. "Greater than John Adams who became President? Greater than father George Bush who became President? The greatest vice presidential candidate? Isn't that a little strong?"

McCain, who appeared comfortable throughout the session, laughed and said, "We politicians are never given to exaggeration or hyperbole.  But the fact is, she's a great person, a great governor, she's the most popular governor in America, she understands energy issues which is a fundamental challenge...

"I'm going to be sorry I asked the question," Walters droned.

Maverick no more

Co-host Joy Behar seemed disappointed with McCain lamenting, "You used to be more of the maverick, then you sort of turned."

"In what way," McCain asked.

"Well, you became much more lockstep, I think, with your party – with George Bush's policies," she said.  "I don't see the old John McCain who used to really buck the system as much."

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