The Washington Times - February 4, 2011, 02:42PM

Sen. John McCain praised a “much more centrist” President Obama on Thursday after a private White House meeting a day earlier.

The former GOP presidential nominee, speaking to Bloomberg Television, said: “I think it’s pretty clear that the president has really pivoted to a much more centrist position, which I think makes it much more for us easier to work with him.”


The Arizona senator made more news Thursday when he told Politico that he was not likely to endorse a candidate for the 2012 election, saying he would stay on the sidelines.

His former running mate, Sarah Palin, hasn’t said whether or not she will run, but a McCain endorsement would help mend some fences between the former Alaska governor and the Republican establishment in Washington.