WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain had some choice words for Fox News in a recent interview with The New Republic.

Speaking to the publication, the longtime senator likened the news organization to a mental disorder.

“I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic,” McCain said while answering a question about Fox News’ coverage on immigration. “I saw a guy on ‘Hannity,’ maybe ‘Huckabee,’ and the guy said, ‘You know the Chinese are coming across our border and they are going to commit cyber attacks.’”

According to The New Yorker, McCain and other Senate Republicans have had private conversations with Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto in order to sell them on the immigration bill that would grant millions of illegal immigrants citizenship.

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McCain told The New Republic that the men who run Fox News support immigration.

“It is well known that Rupert Murdoch is a strong supporter of immigration reform. Roger Ailes is also a realist,” McCain said. “He believes that immigration reform is vital to the country first, but also the GOP. Yet he does not dictate. Hannity has come out against it and kept his job. I don’t think Roger Ailes is ham-fisted.”

McCain also said in the interview that he doesn’t know if he would vote for Hillary Clinton or Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) if the 2016 presidential election came down to those two.

“It’s gonna be a tough choice,” McCain said laughing. “Let me just clarify that. I think that Rand Paul represents a segment of the GOP, just like his father [Rep. Ron Paul]. And I think he is trying to expand that, intelligently, to make it larger.”

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McCain has butted heads with the junior Tea Party senator since Paul was elected.

Some Republicans have favored a narrower path to citizenship. House Speaker John Boehner is among those who have embraced legislation to offer citizenship to some immigrants brought here illegally as children by their parents. Opponents of that plan have said it would split of families.

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