04/28/2013 04:31 pm ET Updated Apr 29, 2013

John McCain Responds To Joe Biden's Claim That He Would've Won In 2008: 'No' (VIDEO)

Humble and gracious as ever, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sees Vice President Joe Biden's 2008 comments as nothing more than nice words from "my dear friend."

At a Friday McCain Institute for International Leadership forum in Sedona, Ariz., Biden suggested that McCain "inherited a really difficult time" economically, which prevented him from winning the presidential election.

Asked on Sunday's edition of NBC's "Meet The Press" if he sees things the same way, McCain appreciatively rejected that notion.

"No," McCain said. "I think it would have been a much closer race, but I’ll tell you President Obama ran a great race and that campaigns matter."

Obama defeated McCain by more than eight million votes and 170 electoral votes in 2008, with the campaigns operating alongside a scene of economic turmoil. The Associated Press reported that from Oct. 2007 thru mid-March 2008, the Dow Jones fell 2,000 points. Two months before the November election, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and AIG all failed over a 10-day span.

In a March 2013 interview with HuffPost, McCain explained what type of mindset helped him escape disappointment following the 2008 election loss.

"I knew the best cure and the only cure is to get busy, and put it behind you," he said. "When you sit around and mope, I mean, it's a very destructive exercise."


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