01/07/2014 11:19 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

John McCain Likes Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal As Presidential Candidates In 2016

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) favors Govs. Chris Christie (N.J.) and Bobby Jindal (La.) as candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

During a Monday appearance on “The Tonight Show" with his daughter Meghan McCain, host Jay Leno asked McCain whom he would support.

“I think we’ve got a lot of governors,” McCain said. “I like Chris Christie. I like Bobby Jindal. I like a number of those people who have succeeded in states that have both Republican and Democrat."

McCain then mentioned implicit tensions between himself and other potential candidates who are opposed to the interventionist foreign policies that McCain has supported, like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

"I think, in the Republican Party, we are going to have a group of people, frankly, are isolationist and there's an international wing," McCain said. "I think it's going to be a very interesting debate."

Leno asked Meghan McCain, a columnist and blogger, whom she would support leading up to 2016.

"I'm deciding, it's too hard, I've learned at this point, too far out until you've learned more about the candidates," she said. "I like Chris Christie but we got in a fight and now I don't like him anymore. He may not be my top contender for 2016. I like to see the field, I still like Marco Rubio, but he did not like that answer. He went, like, pretty crazy on me. I think [Christie] hates me, and [Christie] loves [Rubio]."

Fellow guest Louis C.K. suggested that John McCain should run for president again.



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