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Two longtime friendly rivals — Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] — shared the stage at the Sedona Forum’s opening dinner on Friday, April 26.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks to U.S. Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] before a crowd of several hundred attendees at the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum on Friday, April 26. Despite their  differences, the two have remained friends for 38 years.The nation’s fiscal struggles, terrorism, gun control, the use of torture after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15 were among the topics of conversation before a few hundred attendees of the second annual invitation-only event, hosted by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at a Sedona resort. During the talk, Biden also admitted that the beginning of the Great Recession in the months before the 2008 presidential election — which pitted then-Sen. Barack Obama [D-Ill.] and running mate Biden against McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — is what might have kept McCain out of the White House.

“The truth of the matter is, Barack knows it, I know, had the economy not collapsed around your ears, John, in the middle of — literally as things were moving — I think you probably would have won,” Biden said. “But it would have been incredibly, incredibly, incredibly close. You inherited a really difficult time.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 1, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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    Joe is giving McCain too much credit.<br /><br />He ran a horrible campaign. Its like he wasnt trying to win.<br /><br />Its hard to win an election when you go on stage and say - the other candidate is a good guy, great credentials, and "I'd be fine with him if he won." That's not what people what to hear. The problem is that John McCain always trys to play both sides of the coin.

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