John McCain, chatting with RCP's Erin McPike about Rob Portman's VP chances.
With a laugh, he added, “Everybody likes him, unlike me.”
McCain cites one exception to that sentiment, however.
Portman stood in as then-Sen. Barack Obama when McCain was practicing for the presidential debates in 2008. Portman had played a similar role in 2004 for the Bush campaign, and McCain decided to use him too because “everybody said he really does his homework.” Feigning a snarl, he said, “He really was throwing every punch at me.”
And so, balling a fist, McCain added: "I sure didn't like him during debate prep. I wanted to go over and punch him in the face."