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Klobuchar campaign says she was 'sharing a memory' when recounting John McCain story

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, took issue with Klobuchar's anecdote.
Meghan McCain.

Meghan McCain.

The Amy Klobuchar campaign is defending an anecdote the senator shared over the weekend about late Sen. John McCain.

Klobuchar, while at a campaign stop in Des Moines Saturday, told the crowd about sitting between Sen. McCain and Sen. Bernie Sanders at Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017, HuffPost reported.

According to Klobuchar's telling, "McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation."

Klobuchar's comments quickly became a news story, one McCain's daughter - media personality and "The View" co-host Meghan McCain - must have seen. She took to Twitter to offer a response of sorts Monday:

McCain's own tweet then drew some criticism, the Washington Post points out. Some people noted her father was a well-known public figure, meaning it's unreasonable to expect his colleagues to not share stories about him. Others said Meghan McCain should have made the request privately, while some suggested her request comes across as hypocritical, since she often references her father publicly on TV.

George Conway, frequent Trump critic and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said Klobuchar was "perfectly respectful."

"His legacy belongs to the nation he devoted his life to serving," Conway added.

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The whole thing prompted a statement from the Amy Klobuchar campaign, shared with news outlets including The Daily Beast, in which a spokesperson said Klobuchar was "simply sharing a memory." The statement also noted Klobuchar has previously defended McCain "against President Trump's attacks," adding she "has deep respect for his family." 

“She continues to believe that the best stories about Senator McCain are not about the views he had about President Trump: they are about McCain’s own valor and heroism,” the statement continues.

The Washington Post, however, notes the statement doesn't say whether Klobuchar might continue to share the anecdote.

Klobuchar will bee campaigning out west this week, with stops in Santa Monica, California, Tuesday; Carson City, Nevada, Thursday; and San Francisco on Saturday.

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