If John McCain was young and registering to vote for the first time, he would “think about” registering as an independent instead of as a Republican.

At least, that’s what the Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee told the New York Times Magazine’s Mark Leibovich during an extensive profile.

“To pass the time on the drive back, I engage McCain in a game of hypothetical-question roulette,” Leibovich writes. “If he were a young man living in Arizona today, not a politician, would he register to vote as an Independent? ‘I would think about it,’ he says, but then catches himself and reasserts his faith in ‘the party of Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.’”

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