McCain jokes about waterboarding his staff.

The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza recounts a moment on the Straight Talk Express with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):

At one moment, bursting into laughter, he exuberantly explains why, after “a short period of waterboarding to find out what they did in their absence,” he would take back some of the staffers who fled his campaign at its low point.

Recently, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee joked that “running for office is sort of like being waterboarded” and last year, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said he was “getting tortured running for president of the United States.”