“It was thorough, and it was complete, and I am so proud that Sarah Palin agreed to be my running mate,” he said in response to a question about the vetting. “And the facts are stubborn things, as Ronald Reagan used to say. The fact is that it energized our party. It gave us a very much-needed impetus, and Sarah Palin’s popularity continues very strongly to this day. And the hysterical attacks from the liberal left are ample indication of the threat that she poses to the liberal left and especially the feminist, radical-left movement in this country.”

McCain said he recently spoke to Palin to congratulate her on her new gig as a Fox News political analyst.

“And she’ll be coming to Arizona, I’m sure,” he said.