McCain: Don't expect surprises in upcoming debate

By the Associated Press | September 30, 2012 | 10:35 AM EDT

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2008, file photo Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is greeted by Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., respectively second and third from left, while on stage with other Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls during a break in the debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. When they stand side by side on the presidential debate stage Wednesday night, Oct. 3, 2012, it will be one of the few times Obama and Romney have ever even met in person. Others from left are former New York City Mayor Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.,former Sen. Fred Thompson, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says not to expect any surprises in this week's first presidential debate because the televised confrontations nowadays are so heavily scripted.

McCain was President Barack Obama's challenger in 2008. He says if he were running against Obama again, he could easily guess — and prepare for — the first half dozen questions because they are usually so obvious.

McCain says he still thinks debates are good for the country and the elections, and he predicted that Wednesday's debate between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will attract the largest number of viewers in history. But, he says, if Americans are expecting to catch any revealing moments, they might be disappointed because "frankly the candidates are too well prepared."

McCain spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."