Jacksonville, Fla.-- Sen. John McCain was in town stumping for Mitt Romney on Tuesday.
McCain was greeted by veterans and Romney supporters. But McCain found himself helping Romney do damage control after this video surfaced.
Action News Catherine Varnum sat down with Sen. McCain to talk about the possible effect Romney's comments will have on an already-tight presidential race. We asked if it was a make or break comment. "People care about the jobs and national security," said McCain.
He says Romney's comments were off the cuff and it's a lesson learned, always assume there's a camera.
McCain also said the statement should be put into context. "It's clear what he was talking about was economic job growth and keep people from going on program. He understands we need a safety net. He's fully aware," said McCain.
The candidates are pulling in some big names and making a lot of stops in the Sunshine State. They know Florida voters can make or break their run for the White House. "Romney can win without Florida. It makes it more difficult. It's the same for Obama," said McCain.
This former presidential candidate knows it's not easy, but McCain expects the race to remain tight. "Florida is one of those states we'll be watching into the night on November 6th," said McCain.