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John McCain: Get Joe Biden Out Of The 'Witness Protection Program'

US Vice President Joe Biden waves as he arrives at Sendai airport in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on August 23, 2011 nearly six
US Vice President Joe Biden waves as he arrives at Sendai airport in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on August 23, 2011 nearly six months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Biden praised Japan's courage and resolve as he visited its tsunami-shattered coast, where US forces helped with a large-scale relief effort. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that he wants Vice President Joe Biden to get involved in the talks on raising the U.S. government's debt ceiling and ending the government shutdown.

"I hope the president will become engaged. Maybe we need to get Joe Biden out of the witness protection program," said McCain, speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation" about the Senate's failure to find a deal acceptable to both Republican and Democratic leadership.

McCain noted that Biden has good relationships with many lawmakers.

The vice president has mostly stayed out of negotiations over ending the shutdown, reportedly at the behest of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

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