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McCain checks out Foreign Affairs panel digs

Sen. John McCain flanked by “amigos” Sens. Lindsey Graham, left, and Joseph Lieberman. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McCain — who indicated he’d like to sit on the prestigious committee, although he needs Senate leaders to, you know, agree first — was spotted doing a sit-down interview Tuesday with CNN’s Piers Morgan in the Foreign Relations committee’s stately hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. McCain’s already got a perch on the Armed Services committee, but as a member of the foreign relations panel, he’d get a chance to grill whoever President Obama nominates to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

He hasn’t gotten the official nod yet, but the onetime presidential candidate got a chance to check out his potential new work environment during the taped interview with Morgan on Tuesday morning. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said the location was a mere coincidence that had nothing to do with his boss’s desire to sit on the committee. “It was just a room to use,” he says.

Joining McCain for the Q&A were Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), the triumvirate dubbed the “three amigos” who frequently travel overseas together.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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