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Meghan McCain Bashes Newt Gingrich, Jay Leno Calls Him A ‘Hot Air Balloon’

MSNBC contributor Meghan McCain sat down with Jay Leno on Friday’s Tonight Show and spoke candidly on the Republican candidates, comparing the process of picking a nominee to speed dating. McCain slammed Newt Gingrich‘s campaign as a “vanity project” and slighted him as “this week’s fling” for Republicans, lamenting how the process has turned into an “anybody but Romney” affair. “He seems to be rising — hot air balloons do that,” Leno snarked.

McCain dished on how she got into a feud with the former Speaker of the House. “I said that he was running for president purely for vanity purposes — to sell books, to sell DVDs, which I still believe. Someone told him that, and he was like ‘What would she know?’ and his implication was, like, ‘dumb blond chick, get off TV, what do you know?’ And he just was so — I’m so sick of being talked to like that.”

Earlier, McCain talked about the troubled campaign of Rick Perry, and wrote off his chances at getting the nomination. “I think the gaffe is what everyone’s going to remember him for,” McCain said referring to the Texas Governor’s “oops moment”. “Unfortunately, I think he’s just not ready for prime time. I didn’t think he was beforehand. and I think it’s unfortunate, cause he hurt his reputation as a long standing governor of Texas.”

Watch McCain on The Tonight Show below via NBC:

(h/t NB)

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