Senator John McCain stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Monday (April 21), where he talked about appearing on “Saturday Night Live” with Meyers back in the day. McCain cracks that the reason he selected Sarah Palin as his running mate is because of the resemblance to Tina Fey. Hee.

Below, things turn more serious as McCain talks about the importance of social media and TV appearances as a politician in this day and age, plus the trouble in Russia/Ukraine and Syria.

On politics today: “The purpose of campaigns is reaching people. What better way to reach young voters than to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ … The hardest thing for a politician today, very honestly, is to stay in touch with younger people and their hopes and their dreams and what they’re doing. Social networking is the major reason why President Obama was elected in 2012. They did a tremendous job with using all aspects of social networking and it’s amazing.”

On Russia: “Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country … I take that back, it’s a gas station run by the mafia masquerading as a country.”

On the situation in Syria: “Say a prayer for the Syrians and ask everybody if we could help them. It’s really tough, when you go to a refugee camp and you see these thousands of kids running around. It’s really awful and we should care what happens in Syria, what should happen in these places around the world.”

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."