McCain Skips Premiere of Movie He Calls 'Biased'

National Journal

Instead of watching Saturday night's premiere of Game Change, the controversial HBO movie that depicted John McCain and Sarah Palin's run for the White House in 2008, McCain watched the Phoenix Coyotes defeat the San Jose Sharks.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, the Republican senator from Arizona said that he didn't watch the film because it is "based on a book that's completely biased," and expressed dismay over the film's negative portrayal of Sarah Palin.

"I admire and respect her. I'm proud of our campaign. I'm grateful that she ran with me and I will always be proud of what she did," he said, calling Palin a "good and decent person."

McCain said that, despite a scene in the film that seemed to reveal otherwise, Palin's gender played no role in his pick of her as his running mate. And one of his biggest problems with the way he was portrayed in the film? His swearing.

"I have been told that I'm portrayed as using an exceeding amount of coarse language. I don't use coarse language that often. I have a larger vocabulary than that," he said.

McCain and Palin both have come out loudly against the film, calling it biased and not based on fact. But one of McCain's top strategists, Steve Schmidt, has said that the film is entirely true – a claim which McCain refused to respond to, saying only "I regret that he would make such a statement."

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