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07/19/2013 10:57 pm ET | Updated Jul 20, 2013

John McCain Endorses Mike Enzi (VIDEO)

Sen, John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt Friday night that if asked, he'd "look forward" to campaigning on behalf of Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), whose reelection is being challenged by Liz Cheney.

"If someone wants to run for office, that's fine with me," McCain said on "Political Capital with Al Hunt," referring to the 2014 Republican primary challenge to Enzi mounted by the Bush administration vice president's daughter. "I will never, ever tell someone they shouldn't run for office."

McCain and Dick Cheney have had a tense relationship, with Cheney bashing McCain in his book for suspending his 2008 presidential campaign during the financial crisis and criticizing McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

McCain quickly switched from discussing Liz Cheney to touting Enzi, Wyoming's senior senator seeking a fourth term. "If there is ever the epitome of a workhorse, it is one Mike Enzi," McCain said. "Do you know there's nobody in the Senate that knows more about health care issues than Mike Enzi? There is nobody who has worked harder on many of our taxation issues and others.

"If he wants me out there talking to our veterans how he's really taking care of them, I'll look forward to it," McCain added.

Cheney, oldest of the two Cheney daughters and a political rookie, announced her candidacy Tuesday, declaring that it's time "for a new generation to come to the fore." Republicans in Wyoming rarely challenge incumbents of their own party for national office. All three members of the state's congressional delegation and all statewide elected officials are Republican.

According to a recent poll, Enzi leads Cheney 55 percent to 21 percent among GOP primary voters.

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