When asked if race had anything to do with Price's removal, the Arizona senator said, "I have no idea, sir. It had nothing to do with my staff or anyone who is employed with me. ... I think it was a very bad thing that happened."
McCain cited his experience as a prisoner of war to somehow explain why he is a proponent of civil rights.
"I know what it is like to be deprived of your rights. I know what it's like to be in confinement. I know what it's like to be beaten. I know what it's like. So I think I have a special appreciation that maybe a lot of people don't have for what it's like to be deprived of your rights. ... We all improve over the years and we learn and we grow," McCain told Price according to his report.
Emphasis added. But that "somehow" does seem quite revealing, no?