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United States Senate Committee on Armed Services>Senate Armed Services Committee|term_start1 = January 3, 2015|term_end1 =|predecessor1 = Carl Levin|successor1 =United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs>Senate Indian Affairs Committee|term_start2 = January 3, 2005|term_end2 = January 3, 2007|predecessor2 = Ben Nighthorse Campbell|successor2 = Byron Dorgan|term_start3 = January 3, 1995|term_end3 = January 3, 1997|predecessor3 = Daniel Inouye|successor3 = Ben Nighthorse CampbellUnited States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation>Senate Commerce Committee|term_start4 = January 3, 2003|term_end4 = January 3, 2005|predecessor4 = Fritz Hollings|successor4 = Ted Stevens|term_start5 = January 20, 2001|term_end5 = June 3, 2001|predecessor5 = Fritz Hollings|successor5 = Fritz Hollings|term_start6 = January 3, 1997|term_end6 = January 3, 2001|predecessor6 = Larry Pressler|successor6 = Fritz Hollings|state7 = ArizonaAZ1st}}|term_start7 = January 3, 1983|term_end7 = January 3, 1987|predecessor7 = John Jacob Rhodes|successor7 = John Jacob Rhodes III|birth_name = John Sidney McCain III193629}}|birth_place = Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, U.S.|death_date =|death_place =Republican Party (United States)>Republican{{marriageCarol McCain>Carol SheppApril 1980{{marriageCindy McCain>Cindy Hensley|May 17, 1980}}}}Meghan McCain>MeghanJohn S. McCain Jr.Roberta McCain>Roberta Wright|relatives = Joe McCain (brother)United States Naval Academy}} (BS)weblink|Senate website}}United States|1960}}United States Navy}}|serviceyears = 1958–1981USNO6Captain (United States O-6)>Captain|battles = Vietnam War{{POW}}Silver Star>Bronze Star Medal (3) with Combat "V"Purple Heart>Purple Heart MedalLegion of Merit (2) with Combat "V">Distinguished Flying Cross (United States)>Commendation Medal (United States) (2) with Combat "V">Others}}}}{{John McCain series}}John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona, a seat to which he was first elected in 1986. He was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and followed his father and grandfather—both four-star admirals—into the U.S. Navy. He became a naval aviator and flew ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. While McCain was on a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. The wounds that he sustained during war have left him with lifelong physical disabilities. He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served two terms. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and easily won reelection five times, most recently in 2016.While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain at times has had a media reputation as a "maverick" for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the 1980s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, which eventually resulted in passage of the McCain–Feingold Act in 2002. He is also known for his work in the 1990s to restore diplomatic relations with Vietnam, and for his belief that the Iraq War should have been fought to a successful conclusion. McCain has chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, and he opposed pork barrel spending. He was a member of the bipartisan group known as the Gang of 14 who played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nominations.McCain entered the race for the Republican nomination for President in 2000, but he lost a heated primary season contest to Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He secured the nomination in 2008 after coming back from early reversals, but was defeated by Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the general election, losing by a 365–173 electoral college margin. He subsequently adopted more orthodox conservative stances and attitudes and largely opposed actions of the Obama administration, especially in regard to foreign policy matters. By 2013, however, he had become a key figure in the Senate for negotiating deals on certain issues in an otherwise partisan environment. In 2015, McCain became Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In July 2017, he was diagnosed with brain cancer; since the diagnosis he has taken a reduced role in the Senate, casting his last vote that December.NEWS, McCain Says His Brain Cancer Prognosis Is 'Very Poor', September 25, 2017,weblink Bloomberg News, Associated Press, February 9, 2018,

Early life and military career, 1936–1981

Formative years and education

John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, to naval officer John S. McCain Jr. (1911–1981) and Roberta (Wright) McCain (b. 1912). He has a younger brother named Joe and an elder sister named Sandy.Timberg, Robert. Chapter One, John McCain, An American Odyssey in The New York Times on the Web. Retrieved August 4, 2015. At that time, the Panama Canal was under U.S. control.Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War (Naval Institute Press, 2007), p. 119.McCain's family tree includes Scots-Irish and English ancestors.Roberts, Gary. weblink" title="">"On the Ancestry, Royal Descent, and English and American Notable Kin of Senator John Sidney McCain IV", New England Historic Genealogical Society (April 1, 2008). Retrieved May 19, 2008. His father and his paternal grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., both became four-star United States Navy admirals.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: At the Naval Academy", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007); retrieved November 10, 2007; "How the biography was put together", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved June 18, 2008. ("McCain's grades [at the Naval Academy] were good in the subjects he enjoyed, such as literature and history. Gamboa said McCain would rather read a history book than do his math homework. He did just enough to pass the classes he didn't find stimulating. 'He stood low in his class,' Gamboa said. 'But that was by choice, not design.'") The McCain family followed his father to various naval postings in the United States and the Pacific.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 19.Altogether, he attended about 20 schools. In 1951, the family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 22.McCain was christened and raised Episcopalian. See Nichols, Hans. weblink" title="">"McCain Keeps His Faith to Himself, at Church and in Campaign", Bloomberg (April 25, 2008). He now identifies as a Baptist, although he has not been baptized as an adult, and is not an official member of the church he attends. See Warner, Greg. weblink" title="">"McCain's faith: Pastor describes senator as devout, but low-key", Associated Baptist Press (April 8, 2008). Retrieved September 6, 2008. Also see Hornick, Ed. "McCain and Obama cite moral failures" {{webarchive|url= |date=August 18, 2008 }}, CNN (August 16, 2008): "McCain, who was raised an Episcopalian and now identifies himself as Baptist, rarely discusses his faith." Retrieved August 16, 2008. Also see Reston, Maeve and Mehta, Seema. "Barack Obama and John McCain to Meet at Saddleback Church", Los Angeles Times, (August 16, 2008): "McCain [is] an Episcopalian who attends a Baptist church in Phoenix..." Retrieved August 16, 2008. He excelled at wrestling and graduated in 1954.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 28.NEWS,weblink Episcopal fetes a favorite son, Alexandria Times, June 12, 2007, March 19, 2012, He referred to himself as an Episcopalian as recently as June, 2007 after which date he said he came to identify as a Baptist.NEWS,weblink McCain Says He's Been Baptist for Years, SMITH, BRUCE, 2007-09-17, 2018-08-08, en-US, 0190-8286, NEWS,weblink McCain: I'm Baptist, Not Episcopalian, 2018-08-08, en, Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, McCain entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was a friend and informal leader there for many of his classmates, and sometimes stood up for targets of bullying. He also became a lightweight boxer.Bailey, Holly. "John McCain: 'I Learned How to Take Hard Blows'", Newsweek (May 14, 2007). Retrieved December 19, 2007. McCain did well in academic subjects that interested him, such as literature and history, but studied only enough to pass subjects that gave him difficulty, such as mathematics.McCain, Faith of My Fathers, p. 134. He came into conflict with higher-ranking personnel and did not always obey the rules, which contributed to a low class rank (894 of 899), despite a high IQ.Alexander, Man of the People, 207. McCain scored 128 and then 133 on IQ tests. McCain graduated in 1958.Timberg, Robert. Nightingale's Song, pp. 31–35.

Naval training, first marriage, and Vietnam War assignment

McCain began his early military career when he was commissioned as an ensign and started two and a half years of training at Pensacola to become a naval aviator.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 32. While there, he earned a reputation as a man who partied.Woodward, Calvin. "McCain's WMD Is A Mouth That Won't Quit". Associated Press. USA Today (November 4, 2007). Retrieved November 10, 2007. He completed flight school in 1960 and became a naval pilot of ground-attack aircraft; he was assigned to A-1 Skyraider squadronsMcCain, Faith of My Fathers, p. 156. aboard the aircraft carriers {{USS|Intrepid|CV-11|6}} and {{USS|Enterprise|CVN-65|6}}Feinberg, Barbara. John McCain: Serving His Country, p. 18 (Millbrook Press 2000). {{ISBN|0-7613-1974-3}}. in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas.Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 66–68. McCain began as a sub-par flier who was at times careless and reckless; during the early to mid-1960s, two of his flight missions crashed and a third mission collided with power lines, but he received no major injuries.Vartabedian, Ralph and Serrano, Richard A. "Mishaps mark John McCain's record as naval aviator", Los Angeles Times (October 6, 2008). Retrieved October 6, 2008. His aviation skills improved over time, and he was seen as a good pilot, albeit one who tended to "push the envelope" in his flying.At age 28 on July 3, 1965, McCain married Carol Shepp, who was a model from Philadelphia.weblink" title="">"John McCain", Iowa Caucuses '08, The Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 8, 2007. McCain adopted her two young children Douglas and Andrew.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 92 He and Carol then had a daughter named Sidney.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 33Steinhauer, Jennifer. "Bridging 4 Decades, a Large, Close-Knit Brood", The New York Times (December 27, 2007). Retrieved December 27, 2007.McCain requested a combat assignment,McCain, Faith of My Fathers, pp. 167–68. and was assigned to the aircraft carrier {{USS|Forrestal|CVA-59|6}} flying A-4 Skyhawks.McCain, Faith of My Fathers, pp. 172–73. His combat duty began when he was 30 years old in mid-1967, when Forrestal was assigned to a bombing campaign, Operation Rolling Thunder, during the Vietnam War.McCain, Faith of My Fathers, pp. 185–86. Stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin, McCain and his fellow pilots became frustrated by micromanagement from Washington, and he would later write that "In all candor, we thought our civilian commanders were complete idiots who didn't have the least notion of what it took to win the war."Karaagac, John. John McCain: An Essay in Military and Political History, pp. 81–82 (Lexington Books 2000). {{ISBN|0-7391-0171-4}}.On July 29, 1967, McCain was a lieutenant commander when he was near the epicenter of the USS Forrestal fire. He escaped from his burning jet and was trying to help another pilot escape when a bomb exploded;Weinraub, Bernard. "Start of Tragedy: Pilot Hears a Blast As He Checks Plane", The New York Times (July 31, 1967). Retrieved March 28, 2008. McCain was struck in the legs and chest by fragments.Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 72–74. The ensuing fire killed 134 sailors and took 24 hours to control.McCain, Faith of My Fathers, pp. 177–79.US Navy Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships – Forrestal {{webarchive|url= |date=March 20, 2008 }}. States either Aircraft No. 405 piloted by LCDR Fred D. White or No. 416 piloted by LCDR John McCain was struck by the Zuni. With the Forrestal out of commission, McCain volunteered for assignment with the {{USS|Oriskany|CV-34|6}}, another aircraft carrier employed in Operation Rolling Thunder.Timberg, American Odyssey, 75. Once there, he would be awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for missions flown over North Vietnam.

Prisoner of war

File:McCain at Annapolis.JPG|upright=1.35|thumb|McCain at the Naval AcademyNaval AcademyFile:McCainWithSquadron.jpg|upright=1.35|thumb|alt=Four military pilots posed in, on, or in front of, silver jet with United States markings|McCain (front right) with his squadron and T-2 BuckeyeT-2 BuckeyeMcCain's capture and subsequent imprisonment occurred on October 26, 1967. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi.Nowicki, Dan & Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: Prisoner of War", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved November 10, 2007. McCain fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected from the aircraft,Dobbs, Michael. "In Ordeal as Captive, Character Was Shaped", The Washington Post (October 5, 2008) and nearly drowned after he parachuted into Trúc Bạch Lake. Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. McCain was then transported to Hanoi's main Hỏa Lò Prison, nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton".Hubbell, P.O.W., p. 363Although McCain was seriously wounded and injured, his captors refused to treat him. They beat and interrogated him to get information, and he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a high-ranking admiral.Hubbell, P.O.W., p. 364 His status as a prisoner of war (POW) made the front pages of major newspapers.Apple Jr., R. W. "Adm. McCain's son, Forrestal Survivor, Is Missing in Raid", The New York Times (October 28, 1967). Retrieved November 11, 2007."Admiral's Son Captured in Hanoi Raid", Associated Press. The Washington Post (October 28, 1967). Retrieved February 9, 2008 (fee required for full text).McCain spent six weeks in the hospital, where he received marginal care. He had lost {{convert|50|lb|kg|0}}, was in a chest cast, and his gray hair had turned as white as snow. McCain was sent to a different camp on the outskirts of Hanoi.Timberg, American Odyssey, p. 83 In December 1967, McCain was placed in a cell with two other Americans who did not expect him to live more than a week.Alexander, Man of the People, 54. In March 1968, McCain was placed into solitary confinement, where he would remain for two years.Timberg, American Odyssey, p. 89In mid-1968, his father John S. McCain Jr. was named commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater, and the North Vietnamese offered McCain early releaseHubbell, P.O.W., pp. 450–51 because they wanted to appear merciful for propaganda purposes,Rochester and Kiley, Honor Bound, p. 363 and also to show other POWs that elite prisoners were willing to be treated preferentially. McCain refused repatriation unless every man taken in before him was also released. Such early release was prohibited by the POWs' interpretation of the military Code of Conduct which states in Article III: "I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy".WEB, Executive Orders,weblink National Archives, October 24, 2017, en, August 15, 2016, To prevent the enemy from using prisoners for propaganda, officers were to agree to be released in the order in which they were captured.Beginning in August 1968, McCain was subjected to a program of severe torture.Hubbell, P.O.W., pp. 452–54 He was bound and beaten every two hours; this punishment occurred at the same time that he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries brought McCain to "the point of suicide," but his preparations were interrupted by guards. Eventually, McCain made an anti-U.S. propaganda "confession". He has always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, "I had learned what we all learned over there: every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine."Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 95, 118McCain, John. "How the POW's Fought Back" {{webarchive|url= |date=October 13, 2008 }}, U.S. News & World Report (May 14, 1973), reposted in 2008 under title "John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account". Retrieved January 29, 2008. Reprinted in Reporting Vietnam, Part Two: American Journalism 1969–1975, pp. 434–63 (The Library of America 1998). {{ISBN|1-883011-59-0}}. Many U.S. POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract "confessions" and propaganda statements;Hubbell, P.O.W., pp. 288–306. virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors.Hubbell, P.O.W., pp. 548–49 McCain received two to three beatings weekly because of his continued refusal to sign additional statements.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 60McCain refused to meet various anti-war groups seeking peace in Hanoi, wanting to give neither them nor the North Vietnamese a propaganda victory.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 64 From late 1969, treatment of McCain and many of the other POWs became more tolerable,Rochester and Kiley, Honor Bound, pp. 489–91 while McCain continued actively to resist the camp authorities.Rochester and Kiley, Honor Bound, pp. 510, 537 McCain and other prisoners cheered the U.S. "Christmas Bombing" campaign of December 1972, viewing it as a forceful measure to push North Vietnam to terms.Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 106–07McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years until his release on March 14, 1973.Sterba, James. "P.O.W. Commander Among 108 Freed", The New York Times (March 15, 1973). Retrieved March 28, 2008. His wartime injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.Purdum, Todd. "Prisoner of Conscience" {{webarchive|url= |date=January 20, 2015 }}, Vanity Fair, February 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2008.. Since his release from the Hanoi Hilton, McCain has returned to the site with his wife Cindy and family on a few occasions to come to grips with what happened to him there during his capture.WEB, McCain, in Vietnam, Finds the Past isn't Really the Past,weblink New York Times, New York Times, 31 July 2018,

Commanding officer, liaison to Senate, and second marriage

(File:John McCain 19742.jpg|thumb|alt=White-haired man in thirties sitting in a chair, pack of cigarettes readily available|McCain being interviewed after his return from Vietnam, April 1973)File:Richard Nixon Greets John McCain.jpg|thumb|right|McCain greeting President Richard NixonRichard NixonMcCain was reunited with his family when he returned to the United States. His wife Carol had suffered her own crippling ordeal due to an automobile accident in December 1969. As a returned POW, McCain became a celebrity of sorts.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: Back in the USA", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved November 10, 2007.McCain underwent treatment for his injuries that included months of grueling physical therapy.Kristof, Nicholas. "P.O.W. to Power Broker, A Chapter Most Telling", The New York Times (February 27, 2000). Retrieved April 22, 2007. He attended the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. during 1973–1974.Alexander, Man of the People, 81. McCain was rehabilitated by late 1974 and his flight status was reinstated. In 1976, he became commanding officer of a training squadron that was stationed in Florida.Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons {{webarchive|url= |date=March 8, 2008 }}, Volume 1, Naval Historical Center. Retrieved May 19, 2008. He improved the unit's flight readiness and safety records,Vartabedian, Ralph. "McCain has long relied on his grit", Los Angeles Times (April 14, 2008). Retrieved September 2, 2008. and won the squadron its first-ever Meritorious Unit Commendation. During this period in Florida, McCain had extramarital affairs and his marriage began to falter, about which he later stated, "The blame was entirely mine".Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 123–24McCain served as the Navy's liaison to the U.S. Senate beginning in 1977.Frantz, Douglas, "The 2000 Campaign: The Arizona Ties; A Beer Baron and a Powerful Publisher Put McCain on a Political Path", The New York Times, A14 (February 21, 2000). Retrieved November 29, 2006. WEB,weblink Archived copy, November 6, 2008, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink October 14, 2007, In retrospect, he has said that this represented his "real entry into the world of politics and the beginning of my second career as a public servant." His key behind-the-scenes role gained congressional financing for a new supercarrier against the wishes of the Carter administration.Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 132–34In April 1979, McCain met Cindy Lou Hensley, a teacher from Phoenix, Arizona, whose father had founded a large beer distributorship.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: Arizona, the early years", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Regarding his first marriage, McCain said that he "had not shown the same determination to rebuild (his) personal life" as he had shown in his military career, and that "marriages can be hard to recover after great time and distance have separated a husband and wife. We are different people when we reunite... But my marriage's collapse was attributable to my own selfishness and immaturity more than it was to Vietnam, and I cannot escape blame by pointing a finger at the war. The blame was entirely mine." Retrieved November 21, 2007. They began dating, and he urged his wife Carol to grant him a divorce, which she did in February 1980; the uncontested divorce took effect in April 1980. The settlement included two houses, and financial support for her ongoing medical treatments due to her 1969 car accident; they would remain on good terms. McCain and Hensley were married on May 17, 1980, with Senators William Cohen and Gary Hart attending as groomsmen. McCain's children did not attend, and several years would pass before they reconciled. John and Cindy McCain entered into a prenuptial agreement that kept most of her family's assets under her name; they would always keep their finances apart and file separate income tax returns."McCain Releases His Tax Returns" {{webarchive|url=|date=April 21, 2008}}, Associated Press for CBS News (April 18, 2008); retrieved April 24, 2008.McCain decided to leave the Navy. It was doubtful whether he would ever be promoted to the rank of full admiral, as he had poor annual physicals and hadn't been given a major sea command.Timberg, American Odyssey, p. 135 His chances of being promoted to rear admiral were better, but McCain declined that prospect, as he had already made plans to run for Congress and said he could "do more good there."Kirkpatrick, David. "Senate's Power and Allure Drew McCain From Military ", The New York Times (May 29, 2008); retrieved May 29, 2008.Leahy, Michael. "Seeing White House From a Cell in Hanoi", The Washington Post (October 13, 2008); retrieved October 17, 2008.McCain retired from the Navy on April 1, 1981,Alexander, Man of the People, p. 93 as a captain. He was designated as disabled and awarded a disability pension.Vartabedian, Ralph. "John McCain gets tax-free disability pension", Los Angeles Times (April 22, 2008). Upon leaving the military, he moved to Arizona. His numerous military decorations and awards include the Silver Star Medal, two Legions of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Heart Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal.Kuhnhenn, Jim. weblink" title="">"Navy releases McCain's military record". Associated Press. The Boston Globe (May 7, 2008); retrieved May 25, 2008.

House and Senate elections and career, 1982–2000

U.S. Congressman

(File:John McCain 1983.jpg|thumb|McCain in 1983, during his first term in the House of Representatives)McCain set his sights on becoming a congressman because he was interested in current events, was ready for a new challenge, and had developed political ambitions during his time as Senate liaison.Gilbertson, Dawn. "McCain, his wealth tied to wife's family beer business", The Arizona Republic (January 23, 2007). Retrieved May 10, 2008.Timberg, American Odyssey, p. 139 Living in Phoenix, he went to work for Hensley & Co., his new father-in-law Jim Hensley's large Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. As vice president of public relations at the distributorship, he gained political support among the local business community, meeting powerful figures such as banker Charles Keating Jr., real estate developer Fife Symington III and newspaper publisher Darrow "Duke" Tully.Symington would become Governor of Arizona in 1991. In 1982, McCain ran as a Republican for an open seat in Arizona's 1st congressional district, which was being vacated by 30-year incumbent Republican John Jacob Rhodes.Thornton, Mary. "Arizona 1st District John McCain", The Washington Post (December 16, 1982). Retrieved May 10, 2008. A newcomer to the state, McCain was hit with charges of being a carpetbagger. McCain responded to a voter making that charge with what a Phoenix Gazette columnist would later describe as "the most devastating response to a potentially troublesome political issue I've ever heard":McCain won a highly contested primary election with the assistance of local political endorsements, his Washington connections, and money that his wife lent to his campaign. He then easily won the general election in the heavily Republican district.In 1983, McCain was elected to lead the incoming group of Republican representatives, and was assigned to the House Committee on Interior Affairs. Also that year, he opposed creation of a federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but admitted in 2008: "I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support [in 1990] for a state holiday in Arizona.""McCain, Clinton Head to Memphis for MLK Anniversary", Washington Wire (blog), The Wall Street Journal (April 3, 2008). Retrieved April 17, 2008."McCain Remarks on Dr. King and Civil Rights", The Washington Post (April 4, 2008): "We can be slow as well to give greatness its due, a mistake I made myself long ago when I voted against a federal holiday in memory of Dr. King. I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support for a state holiday in Arizona." Retrieved May 10, 2008.At this point, McCain's politics were mainly in line with President Ronald Reagan; this included support for Reaganomics, and he was active on Indian Affairs bills.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 98–99, 104 He supported most aspects of the foreign policy of the Reagan administration, including its hardline stance against the Soviet Union and policy towards Central American conflicts, such as backing the Contras in Nicaragua. McCain opposed keeping U.S. Marines deployed in Lebanon citing unattainable objectives, and subsequently criticized President Reagan for pulling out the troops too late; in the interim, the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing killed hundreds.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 100 McCain won re-election to the House easily in 1984, and gained a spot on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 100–01 In 1985, he made his first return trip to Vietnam,Tapper, Jake. "McCain returns to the past" {{webarchive|url= |date=December 3, 2007 }}, Salon (April 27, 2000). Retrieved November 21, 2007. and also traveled to Chile where he met with its military junta ruler, General Augusto Pinochet.Reinhard, Beth. "Blog: McCain met with Pinochet" {{webarchive|url=|date=October 9, 2009}}, Naked Politics, Miami Herald (October 24, 2008); retrieved November 1, 2008.Dinges, John. "CIPER Chile » Blog Archive » La desconocida cita entre John McCain y Pinochet" {{webarchive|url= |date=October 27, 2008 }}, Centro de Investigación e Información Periodística (October 24, 2008); retrieved October 24, 2008. This source is in the Spanish language."Revelan inédita cita entre McCain y Pinochet en 1985" {{webarchive|url=|date=May 30, 2013}}, Los Tiempos (October 25, 2008); retrieved October 25, 2008. This source is in Spanish.

Growing family

In 1984, McCain and Cindy had their first child together, daughter Meghan, followed two years later by son John Sidney (Jack) IV, and in 1988 by son James (Jimmy)."John McCain", The New York Times; retrieved October 8, 2008.In 1991, Cindy McCain brought an abandoned three-month-old girl needing medical treatment to the U.S. from a Bangladeshi orphanage run by Mother Teresa.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 147 The McCains decided to adopt her and named her Bridget.Strong, Morgan. "Senator John McCain talks about the challenges of fatherhood" {{webarchive|url=|date=December 21, 2007}}, (June 4, 2000); retrieved December 19, 2007.

First two terms in U.S. Senate

McCain's Senate career began in January 1987, after he defeated his Democratic opponent, former state legislator Richard Kimball, by 20 percentage points in the 1986 election. McCain succeeded longtime American conservative icon and Arizona fixture Barry Goldwater upon the latter's retirement as U.S. senator from Arizona.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: The Senate calls", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved November 23, 2007.File:Reagans with John McCain 1987.jpg|thumb|alt=White-haired man in suit greets dark-haired man in suit in formal setting, as gaunt, well-coiffed woman looks on| President Ronald Reagan greets John McCain as First Lady Nancy ReaganNancy ReaganFile:Bush Contact Sheet P16287 (cropped).jpg|thumb|right|McCain with President George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. BushSenator McCain became a member of the Armed Services Committee, with which he had formerly done his Navy liaison work; he also joined the Commerce Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee. He continued to support the Native American agenda.Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant; Cohen, Richard E. The Almanac of American Politics, 2000, p. 112 (National Journal 1999). {{ISBN|0-8129-3194-7}}. As first a House member and then a senator—and as a lifelong gambler with close ties to the gambling industryBecker, Jo; Van Natta, Don. "For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling", The New York Times (September 27, 2008). Retrieved September 29, 2008.—McCain was one of the main authors of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,Johnson, Tadd. "Regulatory Issues and Impacts of Gaming in Indian Country", Increasing Understanding of Public Problems and Policies: Proceedings of the 1998 National Public Policy Education Conference, pp. 140–44 (September 1998)Sweeney, James. "New rules on Indian gaming face longer odds" {{webarchive|url= |date=September 17, 2008 }}, The San Diego Union-Tribune (September 11, 2006). Retrieved July 1, 2008. which codified rules regarding Native American gambling enterprises.Mason, W. Dale. Indian Gaming: Tribal Sovereignty and American Politics, pp. 60–64 (University of Oklahoma Press 2000). {{ISBN|0-8061-3260-4}} McCain was also a strong supporter of the Gramm-Rudman legislation that enforced automatic spending cuts in the case of budget deficits.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 112McCain soon gained national visibility. He delivered a well-received speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, was mentioned by the press as a short list vice-presidential running mate for Republican nominee George H. W. Bush, and was named chairman of Veterans for Bush.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 115–20McCain became embroiled in a scandal during the 1980s, as one of five United States senators comprising the so-called Keating Five.Abramson, Jill; Mitchell, Alison. "Senate Inquiry In Keating Case Tested McCain", The New York Times (November 21, 1999). Retrieved May 10, 2008. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in lawful political contributions from Charles Keating Jr. and his associates at Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, along with trips on Keating's jets that McCain belatedly repaid, in 1989.Rasky, Susan. "To Senator McCain, the Savings and Loan Affair Is Now a Personal Demon", The New York Times (December 22, 1989). Retrieved April 19, 2008. In 1987, McCain was one of the five senators whom Keating contacted in order to prevent the government's seizure of Lincoln, and McCain met twice with federal regulators to discuss the government's investigation of Lincoln. In 1999, McCain said: "The appearance of it was wrong. It's a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do." In the end, McCain was cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee of acting improperly or violating any law or Senate rule, but was mildly rebuked for exercising "poor judgment"."Excerpts of Statement By Senate Ethics Panel", The New York Times (February 28, 1991). Retrieved April 19, 2008.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: The Keating Five", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieval date November 23, 2007. In his 1992 re-election bid, the Keating Five affair was not a major issue,Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: Overcoming scandal, moving on", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved November 23, 2007. and he won handily, gaining 56 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic community and civil rights activist Claire Sargent and independent former governor, Evan Mecham.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 150–51File:McCain family at christening of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56).jpg|thumb|alt=White-haired man, elderly white-haired woman, young boy, young girl, short-haired woman holding roses, all in front of sign showing a ship's silhouette|The 1992 christening of {{USS|John S. McCain|DDG-56|6}} at Bath Iron Works, with his mother Roberta, son Jack, daughter Meghan, and wife Cindy ]]McCain developed a reputation for independence during the 1990s.Dan Balz, "McCain Weighs Options Amid Setbacks", The Washington Post (July 5, 1998) Retrieved May 10, 2008. He took pride in challenging party leadership and establishment forces, becoming difficult to categorize politically.As a member of the 1991–1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, chaired by fellow Vietnam War veteran and Democrat, John Kerry, McCain investigated the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, to determine the fate of U.S. service personnel listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 152–54 The committee's unanimous report stated there was "no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia."Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, U.S. Senate (January 13, 1993). Retrieved January 3, 2008. Helped by McCain's efforts, in 1995 the U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with Vietnam.Walsh, James. "Good Morning, Vietnam", Time (July 24, 1995). Retrieved January 5, 2008. McCain was vilified by some POW/MIA activists who, unlike the Arizona senator, believed large numbers of Americans were still held against their will in Southeast Asia.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 170–71Farrell, John. "At the center of power, seeking the summit", The Boston Globe (June 21, 2003). Retrieved January 5, 2008. Since January 1993, McCain has been Chairman of the International Republican Institute, an organization partly funded by the U.S. government that supports the emergence of political democracy worldwide.McIntire, Mike. "Democracy Group Gives Donors Access to McCain", The New York Times (July 28, 2008). Retrieved August 16, 2008.In 1993 and 1994, McCain voted to confirm President Clinton's nominees Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg whom he considered to be qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court. He would later explain that "under our Constitution, it is the president's call to make."Eilperin, Juliet. "McCain Sees Roberts, Alito as Examples" {{webarchive|url= |date=May 11, 2008 }}, The Trail; A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008, via (May 6, 2008). Retrieved July 26, 2008. McCain had also voted to confirm nominees of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.Curry, Tom. "McCain takes grim message to South Carolina", MSNBC (April 26, 2007). Retrieved December 27, 2007.McCain attacked what he saw as the corrupting influence of large political contributions—from corporations, labor unions, other organizations, and wealthy individuals—and he made this his signature issue.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: McCain becomes the 'maverick'", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved December 19, 2007. Starting in 1994, he worked with Democratic Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform; their McCain–Feingold bill attempted to put limits on "soft money". The efforts of McCain and Feingold were opposed by some of the moneyed interests targeted, by incumbents in both parties, by those who felt spending limits impinged on free political speech and might be unconstitutional as well, and by those who wanted to counterbalance the power of what they saw as media bias.Timberg, American Odyssey, p. 190 Despite sympathetic coverage in the media, initial versions of the McCain–Feingold Act were filibustered and never came to a vote.Maisel, Louis and Buckley, Kara. Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process, pp. 163–66 (Rowman & Littlefield 2004). {{ISBN|0-7425-2670-4}}The term "(wikt:maverick|maverick) Republican" became a label frequently applied to McCain, and he has also used it himself.Barone, Michael; Cohen, Richard E. The Almanac of American Politics, 2006, pp. 93–98 (National Journal 2005). {{ISBN|0-89234-112-2}}.McCain, Worth the Fighting For, p. 327 In 1993, McCain opposed military operations in Somalia.Jackson, David. "McCain: Life shaped judgment on use of force", USA Today (March 25, 2008). Another target of his was pork barrel spending by Congress, and he actively supported the Line Item Veto Act of 1996, which gave the president power to veto individual spending items but was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1998.Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417 (1998)In the 1996 presidential election, McCain was again on the short list of possible vice-presidential picks, this time for Republican nominee Bob Dole.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 176–80 The following year, Time magazine named McCain as one of the "25 Most Influential People in America"."Bio: Sen. John McCain" {{webarchive|url= |date=April 13, 2008 }}, Fox News (January 23, 2003). Retrieved August 11, 2008.(File:McCainFatherandGrandfather.jpg|thumb|right|alt=two men in uniform|Photo of McCain's father and grandfather that appeared on the cover of his 1999 family memoir)In 1997, McCain became chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee; he was criticized for accepting funds from corporations and businesses under the committee's purview, but in response said the small contributions he received were not part of the big-money nature of the campaign finance problem. McCain took on the tobacco industry in 1998, proposing legislation that would increase cigarette taxes in order to fund anti-smoking campaigns, discourage teenage smokers, increase money for health research studies, and help states pay for smoking-related health care costs.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 184–87 Supported by the Clinton administration but opposed by the industry and most Republicans, the bill failed to gain cloture.

Start of third term in the U.S. Senate

In November 1998, McCain won re-election to a third Senate term; he prevailed in a landslide over his Democratic opponent, environmental lawyer Ed Ranger. In the February 1999 Senate trial following the impeachment of Bill Clinton, McCain voted to convict the president on both the perjury and obstruction of justice counts, saying Clinton had violated his sworn oath of office.Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 194–95 In March 1999, McCain voted to approve the NATO bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, saying that the ongoing genocide of the Kosovo War must be stopped and criticizing past Clinton administration inaction.McDonald, Greg. "NATO trains sights on Serb targets: Senate OKs use of force in Balkans", Houston Chronicle (March 24, 1999). Retrieved March 5, 2008. Later in 1999, McCain shared the Profile in Courage Award with Feingold for their work in trying to enact their campaign finance reform,"U.S. Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold Share 10th John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award" {{webarchive|url= |date=May 6, 2008 }}, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (May 24, 1999). Retrieved December 27, 2007. although the bill was still failing repeated attempts to gain cloture.In August 1999, McCain's memoir Faith of My Fathers, co-authored with Mark Salter, was published; a reviewer observed that its appearance "seems to have been timed to the unfolding Presidential campaign."Bernstein, Richard. "Books of the Times; Standing Humbly Before a Noble Family Tradition", The New York Times (October 1, 1999). Retrieved August 11, 2008. The most successful of his writings, it received positive reviews,Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 194–95 became a bestseller,"Faith of My Fathers (1999)" (IE only), Books and Authors. Retrieved May 26, 2008. and was later made into a TV film. The book traces McCain's family background and childhood, covers his time at Annapolis and his service before and during the Vietnam War, concluding with his release from captivity in 1973. According to one reviewer, it describes "the kind of challenges that most of us can barely imagine. It's a fascinating history of a remarkable military family."Knickerbocker, Brad. "From a Vietnam Prison to the United States Senate", The Christian Science Monitor (September 16, 1999). Retrieved May 27, 2008.

2000 presidential campaign

McCain announced his candidacy for president on September 27, 1999, in Nashua, New Hampshire, saying he was staging "a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests, and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve".weblink" title="">"McCain formally kicks off campaign", CNN (September 27, 1999). Retrieved December 27, 2007 The frontrunner for the Republican nomination was Texas Governor George W. Bush, who had the political and financial support of most of the party establishment.Bruni, Frank. "Quayle, Outspent by Bush, Will Quit Race, Aide Says", The New York Times (September 27, 2000). Retrieved December 27, 2007McCain focused on the New Hampshire primary, where his message appealed to independents.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 188–89 He traveled on a campaign bus called the Straight Talk Express. He held many town hall meetings, answering every question voters asked, in a successful example of "retail politics", and he used free media to compensate for his lack of funds. One reporter later recounted that, "McCain talked all day long with reporters on his Straight Talk Express bus; he talked so much that sometimes he said things that he shouldn't have, and that's why the media loved him."Harpaz, Beth. The Girls in the Van: Covering Hillary, p. 86 (St. Martin's Press 2001). {{ISBN|0-312-30271-1}} On February 1, 2000, he won New Hampshire's primary with 49 percent of the vote to Bush's 30 percent. The Bush campaign and the Republican establishment feared that a McCain victory in the crucial South Carolina primary might give his campaign unstoppable momentum.Corn, David. "The McCain Insurgency", The Nation (February 10, 2000). Retrieved January 1, 2008File:McCainGallupPollRatings.gif|thumb|upright=1.5|alt=Chart with three data lines|McCain's Gallup Poll favorable/unfavorable ratings, 1999–2009Data for table is from "Favorability: People in the News: John McCain", The Gallup OrganizationThe Gallup OrganizationThe Arizona Republic would write that the McCain–Bush primary contest in South Carolina "has entered national political lore as a low-water mark in presidential campaigns", while The New York Times called it "a painful symbol of the brutality of American politics".Steinhauer, Jennifer. "Confronting Ghosts of 2000 in South Carolina", The New York Times (October 19, 2007). Retrieved January 7, 2008"Dirty Politics 2008", NOW, PBS (January 4, 2008). Retrieved January 6, 2008 A variety of interest groups, which McCain had challenged in the past, ran negative ads.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 254–55, 262–63 Bush borrowed McCain's earlier language of reform,Mitchell, Alison. "Bush and McCain Exchange Sharp Words Over Fund-Raising", The New York Times (February 10, 2000). Retrieved January 7, 2008 and declined to dissociate himself from a veterans activist who accused McCain (in Bush's presence) of having "abandoned the veterans" on POW/MIA and Agent Orange issues.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: The 'maverick' runs", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved December 27, 2007Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 250–51Incensed, McCain ran ads accusing Bush of lying and comparing the governor to Bill Clinton, which Bush said was "about as low a blow as you can give in a Republican primary". An anonymous smear campaign began against McCain, delivered by push polls, faxes, e-mails, flyers, and audience plants.Alexander, Man of the People, pp. 263–66 The smears claimed that McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock (the McCains' dark-skinned daughter was adopted from Bangladesh), that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that he was a homosexual, and that he was a "Manchurian Candidate" who was either a traitor or mentally unstable from his North Vietnam POW days. The Bush campaign strongly denied any involvement with the attacks.Gooding, Richard. "The Trashing of John McCain", Vanity Fair (November 2004). Retrieved July 21, 2015McCain lost South Carolina on February 19, with 42 percent of the vote to Bush's 53 percent,Knowlton, Brian. "McCain Licks Wounds After South Carolina Rejects His Candidacy", International Herald Tribune (February 21, 2000). Retrieved January 1, 2008 in part because Bush mobilized the state's evangelical votersBarone, Michael and Cohen, Richard. The Almanac of American Politics, 2008, p. 96 (National Journal 2008). {{ISBN|0-89234-117-3}} and outspent McCain.Mitchell, Alison. "McCain Catches Mud, Then Parades It", The New York Times (February 16, 2000). Retrieved January 1, 2008. The win allowed Bush to regain lost momentum. McCain would say of the rumor spreaders, "I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like those." According to one report, the South Carolina experience left McCain in a "very dark place".McCain's campaign never completely recovered from his South Carolina defeat, although he did rebound partially by winning in Arizona and Michigan a few days later.McCaleb, Ian Christopher. weblink" title="">"McCain recovers from South Carolina disappointment, wins in Arizona, Michigan", CNN (February 22, 2000). Retrieved December 30, 2007 He made a speech in Virginia Beach that criticized Christian leaders, including Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, as divisive conservatives, declaring "... we embrace the fine members of the religious conservative community. But that does not mean that we will pander to their self-appointed leaders.""Excerpt From McCain's Speech on Religious Conservatives", The New York Times (February 29, 2000). Retrieved December 30, 2007. McCain lost the Virginia primary on February 29,Rothernberg, Stuart. "Stuart Rothernberg: Bush Roars Back; McCain's Hopes Dim", CNN (March 1, 2000). Retrieved December 30, 2007. and on March 7 lost nine of the thirteen primaries on Super Tuesday to Bush.McCaleb, Ian Christopher. weblink" title="">"Gore, Bush post impressive Super Tuesday victories", CNN (March 8, 2000). Retrieved December 30, 2007. With little hope of overcoming Bush's delegate lead, McCain withdrew from the race on March 9, 2000.McCaleb, Ian Christopher. "Bradley, McCain bow out of party races" {{webarchive|url= |date=January 25, 2008 }}, CNN (March 9, 2000). Retrieved December 30, 2007. He endorsed Bush two months later,Marks, Peter. "A Ringing Endorsement for Bush", The New York Times (May 14, 2000). Retrieved March 1, 2008. and made occasional appearances with the Texas governor during the general election campaign.

Senate career, 2000–2008

Remainder of third Senate term

McCain began 2001 by breaking with the new George W. Bush administration on a number of matters, including HMO reform, climate change, and gun legislation; McCain–Feingold was opposed by Bush as well.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: The 'maverick' and President Bush", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved December 27, 2007. In May 2001, McCain was one of only two Senate Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts.Holan, Angie. "McCain switched on tax cuts", Politifact, St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 27, 2007. Besides the differences with Bush on ideological grounds, there was considerable antagonism between the two remaining from the previous year's campaign.Carney, James. "Frenemies: The McCain-Bush Dance", Time (July 16, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008.Drew, Citizen McCain, 5. Later, when a Republican senator, Jim Jeffords, became an Independent, thereby throwing control of the Senate to the Democrats, McCain defended Jeffords against "self-appointed enforcers of party loyalty". Indeed, there was speculation at the time, and in years since, about McCain himself leaving the Republican Party, but McCain has always adamantly denied that he ever considered doing so.Edsall, Thomas and Milbank, Dana. "McCain Is Considering Leaving GOP: Arizona Senator Might Launch a Third-Party Challenge to Bush in 2004", The Washington Post (June 2, 2001). Retrieved May 10, 2008. {{webarchive |url= |date=March 8, 2008 }}Cusack, Bob. "Democrats say McCain nearly abandoned GOP", The Hill (March 28, 2007). Retrieved January 17, 2008. Beginning in 2001, McCain used political capital gained from his presidential run, as well as improved legislative skills and relationships with other members, to become one of the Senate's most influential members.Kirkpatrick, David D. "After 2000 Run, McCain Learned to Work Levers of Power", The New York Times (July 21, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008.File:John McCain pork.png|thumb|left|alt=Red rocks landscape of Arizona with McCain image added, on uppper half; cartoon illustration of pigs inside brown barrels on lower half|McCain's Senate website from 2003 to 2006 illustrated his concern about pork barrelpork barrelAfter the September 11, 2001 attacks, McCain supported Bush and the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.McCain, John. "No Substitute for Victory: War is hell. Let's get on with it", The Wall Street Journal (October 26, 2001). Retrieved January 17, 2008. He and Democratic senator Joe Lieberman wrote the legislation that created the 9/11 Commission,"Senate bill would implement 9/11 panel proposals", CNN (September 8, 2004). Retrieved January 17, 2008. while he and Democratic senator Fritz Hollings co-sponsored the Aviation and Transportation Security Act that federalized airport security."Senate Approves Aviation Security, Anti-Terrorism Bills", Online NewsHour, PBS (October 12, 2001). Retrieved January 17, 2008.In March 2002, McCain–Feingold, officially known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, passed in both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush. Seven years in the making, it was McCain's greatest legislative achievement.Alexander, Man of the People, p. 168File:George W. Bush and John McCain at the Navy goal line 2004.jpg|thumb|upright=0.7|U.S. President George W. BushGeorge W. BushMeanwhile, in discussions over proposed U.S. action against Iraq, McCain was a strong supporter of the Bush administration's position. He stated that Iraq was "a clear and present danger to the United States of America", and voted accordingly for the Iraq War Resolution in October 2002. He predicted that U.S. forces would be treated as liberators by a large number of the Iraqi people.weblink" title="">"Sen. McCain's Interview With Chris Matthews", Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC (March 12, 2003). Via McCain's Senate website and Retrieved April 7, 2008. In May 2003, McCain voted against the second round of Bush tax cuts, saying it was unwise at a time of war. By November 2003, after a trip to Iraq, he was publicly questioning Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, saying that more U.S. troops were needed; the following year, McCain announced that he had lost confidence in Rumsfeld."Newsmaker: Sen. McCain", PBS, NewsHour (November 6, 2003). Retrieved January 17, 2008.Nowicki, Dan and Muller, Bill. "John McCain Report: The 'maverick' goes establishment", The Arizona Republic (March 1, 2007). Retrieved December 23, 2007.In October 2003, McCain and Lieberman co-sponsored the Climate Stewardship Act that would have introduced a cap and trade system aimed at returning greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels; the bill was defeated with 55 votes to 43 in the Senate."Summary of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act" {{webarchive|url= |date=April 11, 2008 }}, Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Retrieved April 24, 2008. They reintroduced modified versions of the Act two additional times, most recently in January 2007 with the co-sponsorship of Barack Obama, among others."Lieberman, McCain Reintroduce Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act" {{webarchive|url= |date=March 22, 2012 }}, Lieberman Senate website (January 12, 2007). Retrieved April 24, 2008.In the 2004 U.S. presidential election campaign, McCain was once again frequently mentioned for the vice-presidential slot, only this time as part of the Democratic ticket under nominee John Kerry."McCain: I'd 'entertain' Democratic VP slot", Associated Press for USA Today (March 10, 2004). Retrieved May 6, 2008.Halbfinger, David. weblink" title="">"McCain Is Said To Tell Kerry He Won't Join", The New York Times (June 12, 2004). Retrieved January 3, 2008.Balz, Dan and VandeHei, Jim. "McCain's Resistance Doesn't Stop Talk of Kerry Dream Ticket", The Washington Post (June 12, 2004). Retrieved January 18, 2008. McCain said that Kerry had never formally offered him the position and that he would not have accepted it if he had."Kerry wants to boost child-care credit", Associated Press. MSNBC (June 16, 2004). Retrieved March 8, 2008. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, McCain supported Bush for re-election, praising Bush's management of the War on Terror since the September 11 attacks.Loughlin, Sean. "McCain praises Bush as 'tested'", CNN (August 30, 2004). Retrieved November 14, 2007. At the same time, he defended Kerry's Vietnam War record.Coile, Zachary. "Vets group attacks Kerry; McCain defends Democrat", San Francisco Chronicle (August 6, 2004). Retrieved August 15, 2006. By August 2004, McCain had the best favorable-to-unfavorable rating (55 percent to 19 percent) of any national politician; he campaigned for Bush much more than he had four years previously, though the two remained situational allies rather than friends.McCain was also up for re-election as senator, in 2004. He defeated little-known Democratic schoolteacher Stuart Starky with his biggest margin of victory, garnering 77 percent of the vote."Election 2004: U.S. Senate – Arizona – Exit Poll", CNN. Retrieved December 23, 2007.

Start of fourth Senate term

File:Jsm2.ogg|thumb|Speaking on the Senate floor against earmarking, February 2007]]In May 2005, McCain led the so-called Gang of 14 in the Senate, which established a compromise that preserved the ability of senators to filibuster judicial nominees, but only in "extraordinary circumstances"."Senators compromise on filibusters; Bipartisan group agrees to vote to end debate on 3 nominees", CNN (May 24, 2005). Retrieved March 16, 2008. The compromise took the steam out of the filibuster movement, but some Republicans remained disappointed that the compromise did not eliminate filibusters of judicial nominees in all circumstances.Hulse, Carl. "Distrust of McCain Lingers Over '05 Deal on Judges", The New York Times (February 25, 2008). Retrieved March 16, 2008. McCain subsequently cast Supreme Court confirmation votes in favor of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, calling them "two of the finest justices ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court."Breaking from his 2001 and 2003 votes, McCain supported the Bush tax cut extension in May 2006, saying not to do so would amount to a tax increase. Working with Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, McCain was a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, which would involve legalization, guest worker programs, and border enforcement components. The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act was never voted on in 2005, while the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 passed the Senate in May 2006 but failed in the House. In June 2007, President Bush, McCain, and others made the strongest push yet for such a bill, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, but it aroused intense grassroots opposition among talk radio listeners and others, some of whom furiously characterized the proposal as an "amnesty" program,Preston, Julia. "Grass Roots Roared and Immigration Plan Collapsed", The New York Times (July 10, 2007). Retrieved July 27, 2008. and the bill twice failed to gain cloture in the Senate."Why the Senate Immigration Bill Failed", Rasmussen Reports (June 8, 2007). Retrieved May 10, 2008.By the middle of the 2000s (decade), the increased Indian gaming that McCain had helped bring about was a $23 billion industry. He was twice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, in 1995–1997 and 2005–2007, and his Committee helped expose the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal.Schmidt, Susan; Grimaldi, James. "Panel Says Abramoff Laundered Tribal Funds; McCain Cites Possible Fraud by Lobbyist", The Washington Post (June 23, 2005). Retrieved May 10, 2008.Anderson, John. Follow the Money (Simon and Schuster 2007), p. 254. {{ISBN|0-7432-8643-X}}. By 2005 and 2006, McCain was pushing for amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that would limit creation of off-reservation casinos, as well as limiting the movement of tribes across state lines to build casinos.Butterfield, Fox. "Indians' Wish List: Big-City Sites for Casinos", The New York Times (April 8, 2005).File:McCainAndPetreaus.JPG|thumb|left|alt=Middle-aged man in military uniform talking with older man in casual civilian clothes, at night|General David Petraeus and McCain in BaghdadBaghdadOwing to his time as a POW, McCain has been recognized for his sensitivity to the detention and interrogation of detainees in the War on Terror. In October 2005, McCain introduced the McCain Detainee Amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill for 2005, and the Senate voted 90–9 to support the amendment."Roll Call Votes 109th Congress – 1st Session on the Amendment (McCain Amdt. No. 1977)", United States Senate (October 5, 2005). Retrieved August 15, 2006. It prohibits inhumane treatment of prisoners, including prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, by confining military interrogations to the techniques in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Interrogation. Although Bush had threatened to veto the bill if McCain's amendment was included,"Senate ignores veto threat in limiting detainee treatment", CNN (October 6, 2005). Retrieved January 2, 2008. the President announced in December 2005 that he accepted McCain's terms and would "make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad"."McCain, Bush agree on torture ban", CNN (December 15, 2005). Retrieved August 16, 2006. This stance, among others, led to McCain being named by Time magazine in 2006 as one of America's 10 Best Senators.Calabresi, Massimo and Bacon Jr., Perry. "America's 10 Best Senators", "John McCain: The Mainstreamer", Time (April 16, 2006). Retrieved August 14, 2008. McCain voted in February 2008 against a bill containing a ban on waterboarding, which provision was later narrowly passed and vetoed by Bush. However, the bill in question contained other provisions to which McCain objected, and his spokesman stated: "This wasn't a vote on waterboarding. This was a vote on applying the standards of the [Army] field manual to CIA personnel."Eggen, Dan and Shear, Michael. "Vote Against Waterboarding Bill Called Consistent", The Washington Post (February 16, 2008): "[T]he aide said, there are noncoercive interrogation techniques not used by the Army that could be useful to the CIA." Retrieved June 9, 2008.Meanwhile, McCain continued questioning the progress of the war in Iraq. In September 2005, he remarked upon Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers' optimistic outlook on the war's progress: "Things have not gone as well as we had planned or expected, nor as we were told by you, General Myers."Ricks, Thomas. (Fiasco (book)|Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq) p. 412 (Penguin Press 2006). {{ISBN|1-59420-103-X}}. In August 2006, he criticized the administration for continually understating the effectiveness of the insurgency: "We [have] not told the American people how tough and difficult this could be." From the beginning, McCain strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007.Baldor, Lolita C. "McCain Defends Bush's Iraq strategy", Associated Press. The Arizona Republic (January 12, 2007). Retrieved July 19, 2012. The strategy's opponents labeled it "McCain's plan"Giroux, Greg. "'Move On' Takes Aim at McCain's Iraq Stance", The New York Times (January 17, 2007). Retrieved January 18, 2008. and University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato said, "McCain owns Iraq just as much as Bush does now." The surge and the war were unpopular during most of the year, even within the Republican Party,Carney, James. "The Resurrection of John McCain", Time (January 23, 2008). Retrieved February 1, 2008. as McCain's presidential campaign was underway; faced with the consequences, McCain frequently responded, "I would much rather lose a campaign than a war."Crawford, Jamie. "Iraq won't change McCain" {{webarchive|url= |date=July 19, 2008 }}, CNN (July 28, 2007). Retrieved January 18, 2008. In March 2008, McCain credited the surge strategy with reducing violence in Iraq, as he made his eighth trip to that country since the war began."McCain arrives in Baghdad", CNN (March 16, 2008). Retrieved March 16, 2008.

2008 presidential campaign

File:McCain25April2007Portsmouth.jpg|thumb|alt=White-haired man speaking at podium, with group of people behind him, some holding blue "McCain" signs|McCain formally announces his candidacy for president in Portsmouth, New HampshirePortsmouth, New HampshireMcCain formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States on April 25, 2007 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire."McCain launches White House bid", BBC News (April 25, 2007). Retrieved May 15, 2008. He stated that: "I'm not running for president to be somebody, but to do something; to do the hard but necessary things, not the easy and needless things.""Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Senator McCain's Announcement Speech", USA Today (April 25, 2007). Retrieved May 18, 2008.McCain's oft-cited strengths as a presidential candidate for 2008 included national name recognition, sponsorship of major lobbying and campaign finance reform initiatives, his ability to reach across the aisle, his well-known military service and experience as a POW, his experience from the 2000 presidential campaign, and an expectation that he would capture Bush's top fundraisers.Balz, Dan. "For Possible '08 Run, McCain Is Courting Bush Loyalists", The Washington Post (February 12, 2006). Retrieved August 15, 2006. During the 2006 election cycle, McCain had attended 346 events and helped raise more than $10.5 million on behalf of Republican candidates. McCain also became more willing to ask business and industry for campaign contributions, while maintaining that such contributions would not affect any official decisions he would make.Birnbaum, Jeffrey and Solomon, John. "McCain's Unlikely Ties to K Street", The Washington Post (December 31, 2007). Retrieved January 3, 2008. Despite being considered the front-runner for the nomination by pundits as 2007 began,Kirkpatrick, David D. and Pilhofer, Aron. "McCain Lags in Income, but Excels in Spending", The New York Times (April 15, 2007). Retrieved August 11, 2008. McCain was in second place behind former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani in national Republican polls as the year progressed.McCain had fundraising problems in the first half of 2007, due in part to his support for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which was unpopular among the Republican base electorate."McCain lags in fundraising, cuts staff" {{webarchive|url= |date=January 19, 2008 }}, CNN (July 2, 2007). Retrieved July 6, 2007."Lagging in Fundraising, McCain Reorganizes Staff", NPR (July 2, 2007). Retrieved July 6, 2007. Large-scale campaign staff downsizing took place in early July, but McCain said that he was not considering dropping out of the race. Later that month, the candidate's campaign manager and campaign chief strategist both departed.Sidoti, Liz. "McCain Campaign Suffers Key Shakeups", The Oklahoman (July 10, 2007). Retrieved February 9, 2017. McCain slumped badly in national polls, often running third or fourth with 15 percent or less support.File:BushAndMcCains.jpg|thumb|left|alt=White-haired man in dark suit looks on as grey-haired man in dark suit holds hand and greets blonde-haired woman in medium-colored suit, all in front of a white building.|President Bush meets with the McCains as he endorses him for President, March 5, 2008]]The Arizona senator subsequently resumed his familiar position as a political underdog, riding the Straight Talk Express and taking advantage of free media such as debates and sponsored events.Martin, Jonathan. "McCain's comeback plan", Politico (July 19, 2007). Retrieved December 12, 2007. By December 2007, the Republican race was unsettled, with none of the top-tier candidates dominating the race and all of them possessing major vulnerabilities with different elements of the Republican base electorate.Witosky, Tom. "McCain sees resurgence in his run for president" {{webarchive|url= |date=May 24, 2012 }}, The Des Moines Register (December 17, 2007). Retrieved December 29, 2007. McCain was showing a resurgence, in particular with renewed strength in New Hampshire—the scene of his 2000 triumph—and was bolstered further by the endorsements of The Boston Globe, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and almost two dozen other state newspapers,Sinderbrand, Rebecca. "McCain, Clinton win Concord Monitor endorsements" {{webarchive|url= |date=January 2, 2008 }}, CNN (December 29, 2007). Retrieved December 29, 2007. as well as from Senator Lieberman (now an Independent Democrat)."Lieberman: McCain can reunite our country", CNN (December 17, 2007). Retrieved June 26, 2008.Lieberman, Joseph. "Joe Lieberman: McCain for President" {{webarchive|url= |date=May 9, 2008 }}, New York Post (February 3, 2008): "Joe Lieberman is an independent Democratic senator from Connecticut." Retrieved June 26, 2008. McCain decided not to campaign significantly in the January 3, 2008, Iowa caucuses, which saw a win by former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee.McCain's comeback plan paid off when he won the New Hampshire primary on January 8, defeating former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney in a close contest, to once again become one of the front-runners in the race."CNN: McCain wins New Hampshire GOP primary", CNN (January 8, 2008). Retrieved January 8, 2008. In mid-January, McCain placed first in the South Carolina primary, narrowly defeating Mike Huckabee.Jones, Tim; Anderson, Lisa. "Moderates flock to McCain in S.C.; 2nd-place finish deals blow for Huckabee", Chicago Tribune (January 20, 2008). Retrieved November 2, 2008. Pundits credited the third-place finisher, Tennessee's former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, with drawing votes from Huckabee in South Carolina, thereby giving a narrow win to McCain."Thompson Quits US Presidential Race", Reuters (January 22, 2008). Retrieved June 2, 2008.A week later, McCain won the Florida primary,"McCain wins Florida, Giuliani expected to drop out", CNN (January 29, 2008). Retrieved January 29, 2008. beating Romney again in a close contest; Giuliani then dropped out and endorsed McCain.Holland, Steve. "Giuliani, Edwards quit White House Race", Reuters (January 30, 2008). Retrieved January 30, 2008.On February 5, McCain won both the majority of states and delegates in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, giving him a commanding lead toward the Republican nomination. Romney departed from the race on February 7.Sidoti, Liz. "Romney Suspends Presidential Campaign", Associated Press (February 7, 2008). Retrieved February 22, 2017. McCain's wins in the March 4 primaries clinched a majority of the delegates, and he became the presumptive Republican nominee."McCain wins key primaries, CNN projects; McCain clinches nod", CNN (March 4, 2008). Retrieved March 4, 2008.McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Had he been elected, he would have become the first president who was born outside the contiguous forty-eight states. This raised a potential legal issue, since the United States Constitution requires the president to be a natural-born citizen of the United States. A bipartisan legal review,"Lawyers Conclude McCain Is "Natural Born", Associated Press. CBS News (March 28, 2008). Retrieved May 23, 2008. and a unanimous but non-binding Senate resolution,Dobbs, Michael. "McCain's Birth Abroad Stirs Legal Debate", The Washington Post (May 2, 2008). Retrieved October 24, 2008. both concluded that he is a natural-born citizen. Also, if inaugurated in 2009 at age 72 years and 144 days, he would have been the oldest U.S. president upon accession to the presidency,Bash, Dana. "With McCain, 72 is the new... 69?", CNN (September 4, 2006). Retrieved May 10, 2008. and the second-oldest president to be inaugurated."Presidential Inaugural Facts", The Miami Herald (January 20, 1985). Excerpt via Google News. Retrieved March 30, 2008. Ronald Reagan was 73 years and 350 days old at his second inauguration.McCain addressed concerns about his age and past health issues, stating in 2005 that his health was "excellent".McCain, John. Interview transcript. Meet the Press via MSNBC (June 19, 2005). Retrieved November 14, 2006. He had been treated for a type of skin cancer called melanoma, and an operation in 2000 for that condition left a noticeable mark on the left side of his face.Altman, Lawrence. "On the Campaign Trail, Few Mentions of McCain's Bout With Melanoma", The New York Times (March 9, 2008). Retrieved May 10, 2008. McCain's prognosis appeared favorable, according to independent experts, especially because he had already survived without a recurrence for more than seven years. In May 2008, McCain's campaign briefly let the press review his medical records, and he was described as appearing cancer-free, having a strong heart, and in general being in good health.weblink" title="">"Medical records show McCain is in good health". International Herald Tribune (May 23, 2008). Retrieved on May 23, 2008.McCain clinched enough delegates for the nomination and his focus shifted toward the general election, while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fought a prolonged battle for the Democratic nomination.Page, Susan. "McCain runs strong as Democrats battle on" USA Today (April 28, 2008). Retrieved May 10, 2008. McCain introduced various policy proposals, and sought to improve his fundraising."McCain tells his story to voters" CNN (March 31, 2008). Retrieved May 10, 2008.Luo, Michael and Palmer, Griff. "McCain Faces Test in Wooing Elite Donors", The New York Times (March 31, 2008). Retrieved May 10, 2008. Cindy McCain, who accounts for most of the couple's wealth with an estimated net worth of $100 million, made part of her tax returns public in May.Kuhnhenn, Jim. "Cindy McCain had $6 million income in 2006", Associated Press. USA Today (May 24, 2008). Retrieved May 24, 2008. After facing criticism about lobbyists on staff, the McCain campaign issued new rules in May 2008 to avoid conflicts of interest, causing five top aides to leave.Shear, Michael. "A Fifth Top Aide To McCain Resigns", The Washington Post (May 19, 2008). Retrieved June 4, 2008.Kammer, Jerry. "Lobbyists on John McCain's Team Facing Some New Rules", The Arizona Republic (May 26, 2008). Retrieved June 4, 2008.File:McCainPalin1.jpg|thumb|alt=Todd Palin, Sarah Palin (behind a podium), Cindy McCain, John McCain together on an outdoor stage during daytime, crowd holding blue-and-white "McCain Palin" signs around them|The Palins and McCains campaign in Fairfax, Virginia, following the 2008 Republican National Convention2008 Republican National ConventionWhen Obama became the Democrats' presumptive nominee in early June, McCain proposed joint town hall meetings, but Obama instead requested more traditional debates for the fall.Pickler, Nedra. "Obama, McCain Fail To Agree On Town Halls", Associated Press. CBS News (June 13, 2008). Retrieved July 19, 2012. In July, a staff shake-up put Steve Schmidt in full operational control of the McCain campaign.Balz, Dan and Shear, Michael D. "McCain Puts New Strategist Atop Campaign", The Washington Post (July 3, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008. Rick Davis remained as campaign manager but with a reduced role. Davis had also managed McCain's 2000 presidential campaign; in 2005 and 2006, U.S. intelligence warned McCain's Senate staff about Davis's Russian links but gave no further warnings.Birnbaum, Jeffrey and Solomon, John. “Aide Helped Controversial Russian Meet McCain”, Washington Post (January 25, 2008).Carter, Sara. “Grassley gets backlash from McCain camp after asking FBI if Trump's campaign was warned about Russia”, Circa News (September 22, 2017).King, John and Raju, Manu. “Grassley asks FBI if it warned Trump about Manafort”, CNN (September 22, 2017).Ames, Mark and Berman, Ari. “McCain’s Kremlin Ties”, The Nation (October 1, 2008).Throughout the summer of 2008, Obama typically led McCain in national polls by single-digit margins,"General Election: McCain vs. Obama", Real Clear Politics. Retrieved August 11, 2008. and also led in several key swing states. McCain reprised his familiar underdog role, which was due at least in part to the overall challenges Republicans faced in the election year.Boshart, Rod. "McCain says he's underdog in Iowa during State Fair visit", The Gazette (August 8, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008."McCain Predicts 'Underdog' Win in Final 48 Hours", Fox News (June 27, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008. {{webarchive |url= |date=August 3, 2008 }} McCain accepted public financing for the general election campaign, and the restrictions that go with it, while criticizing his Democratic opponent for becoming the first major party candidate to opt out of such financing for the general election since the system was implemented in 1976.Wayne, Leslie. "McCain Raised $27 Million in July", The New York Times (August 15, 2008). Retrieved August 16, 2008.Barr, Andy. "Obama passes 2 million donors", The Hill (August 14, 2008). Retrieved August 16, 2008. The Republican's broad campaign theme focused on his experience and ability to lead, compared to Obama's.Kuhnhenn, Jim. "Analysis: McCain tries to sow doubts about Obama", Associated Press for USA Today (July 31, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008.On August 29, 2008, McCain revealed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his surprise choice for running mate."McCain taps Alaska Gov. Palin as vice president pick", CNN (August 29, 2008). Retrieved August 29, 2008. McCain was only the second U.S. major-party presidential nominee (after Walter Mondale) to select a woman for his running mate and the first Republican to do so; Palin would have become the first female Vice President of the United States if McCain had been elected. On September 3, 2008, McCain and Palin became the Republican Party's presidential and vice presidential nominees, respectively, at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota. McCain surged ahead of Obama in national polls following the convention, as the Palin pick energized core Republican voters who had previously been wary of him.Berman, Russell. "McCain-Palin Surging in the Polls", The New York Sun (September 9, 2008). Retrieved December 31, 2008. However, by the campaign's own later admission, the rollout of Palin to the national media went poorly,Nagourney, Adam. "In Election's Wake, Campaigns Offer a Peek at What Really Happened", The New York Times (December 9, 2008). Retrieved December 31, 2008. and voter reactions to Palin grew increasingly negative, especially among independents and other voters concerned about her qualifications.Cohen, Jon and Agiesta, Jennifer. "Perceptions of Palin Grow Increasingly Negative, Poll Says", The Washington Post (October 25, 2008). Retrieved December 31, 2008.(File:2008prescountymap.PNG|thumb|alt=Colored map|County-by-county results of the election, shaded by percentage won: Obama in blue, McCain in red)On September 24, McCain said he was temporarily suspending his campaign activities, called on Obama to join him, and proposed delaying the first of the general election debates with Obama, in order to work on the proposed U.S. financial system bailout before Congress, which was targeted at addressing the subprime mortgage crisis and liquidity crisis.Fouhy, Beth. "Obama rejects McCain's call to delay debate", Associated Press. South Florida Times (September 24, 2008). Retrieved July 19, 2012."John McCain Statement: 'Suspending' His Campaign", ABC News (September 24, 2008). McCain's intervention helped to give dissatisfied House Republicans an opportunity to propose changes to the plan that was otherwise close to agreement.Weisman, Jonathan. "How McCain Stirred a Simmering Pot", The Washington Post (September 27, 2008). Retrieved September 27, 2008. "In truth, McCain's dramatic announcement Wednesday that he would suspend his campaign and come to Washington for the bailout talks had wide repercussions."Stolberg, Cheryl Gay and Bumiller, Elisabeth. "A Balancing Act as McCain Faces a Divided Party and a Skeptical Public", The New York Times (September 26, 2008). Retrieved September 27, 2008. "His greatest contribution," Mr. Bachus said, "was returning to Washington and standing up for Republicans who were refusing to be stampeded." After Obama declined McCain's suspension suggestion, McCain went ahead with the debate on September 26."McCain To Attend Debate, Resume Campaign" {{webarchive|url= |date=September 27, 2008 }}, RTTNews (September 26, 2008). Retrieved September 26, 2008. On October 1, McCain voted in favor of a revised $700 billion rescue plan."Senate Passes Economic Rescue Package" {{webarchive|url= |date=April 1, 2016 }}, NY1 News (October 2, 2008). Retrieved April 10, 2016. Another debate was held on October 7; like the first one, polls afterward suggested that Obama had won it.Steinhauser, Paul. "Obama picks up second debate win, poll says", CNN (October 8, 2008). Retrieved October 12, 2008. A final presidential debate occurred on October 15.Daniel, Douglass. "Obama backs away from McCain's debate challenge", Associated Press. Houston Chronicle (August 2, 2008). Retrieved August 11, 2008.During and after the final debate, McCain compared Obama's proposed policies to socialism and often invoked "Joe the Plumber" as a symbol of American small business dreams that would be thwarted by an Obama presidency.Drogin, Bob and Barabak, Mark Z. weblink" title="">"McCain Says Obama Wants Socialism", Los Angeles Times (October 18, 2008). Retrieved December 31, 2008.Bumiller, Elisabeth. "In Ohio, McCain Is Everywhere Even if Joe the Plumber Isn't", The New York Times (October 30, 2008). Retrieved December 31, 2008. McCain barred using the Jeremiah Wright controversy in ads against Obama,Smith, Ben. "McCain pollster: Wright wouldn't have worked", Politico (December 11, 2008). Retrieved December 30, 2008. but the campaign did frequently criticize Obama regarding his purported relationship with Bill Ayers.Johnson, Alex. "McCain hammers Obama on Ayers ties", MSNBC (October 23, 2008). Retrieved January 1, 2009. McCain's rallies became increasingly vitriolic, with attendees denigrating Obama and displaying a growing anti-Muslim and anti-African-American sentiment. During a campaign rally in Minnesota, Gayle Quinnell, a 75-year old McCain supporter said she did not trust Obama because "he's an Arab",NEWS,weblink Where Are They Now?: Gayle Quinnell, Washington Times, 2012-10-01, 2018-02-10, McCain pointedly replied to the woman, "No ma'am. He's a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.""McCain Responds to 'Arab' Epithet at Rally: 'Obama a Decent Family Man'", Huffington Post (October 10, 2008). McCain's response was considered one of the finer moments of the campaign and was still being viewed several years later as a marker for civility in American politics."Romney backer sees treason, Obama's campaign cries foul", Reuters (May 7, 2012).Bai, Matt, "A Turning Point in the Discourse, but in Which Direction?" The New York Times (January 8, 2011). Down the stretch, McCain was outspent by Obama by a four-to-one margin.Rutenberg, Jim. "Nearing Record, Obama's Ad Effort Swamps McCain", The New York Times (October 17, 2008). Retrieved December 30, 2008. Meghan McCain said that she cannot "go a day without someone bringing up (that) moment," and noted that at the time "there were a lot of people really trying to get my dad to go (against Obama) with ... you're a Muslim, you're not an American aspect of that," but that her father had refused. "I can remember thinking that it was a morally amazing and beautiful moment, but that maybe there would be people in the Republican Party that would be quite angry," she said.NEWS, King, Alexandra,weblink Meghan McCain sees 'a lot of gray' with Trump voters and their views, CNN, 2018-02-10, 2018-02-10, The election took place on November 4, and Barack Obama was projected the winner at about 11:00 pm Eastern Standard Time; McCain delivered his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona about twenty minutes later."Transcript: McCain concedes presidency", CNN (November 4, 2008). In it, he noted the historic and special significance of Obama becoming the nation's first African American president. In the end, McCain won 173 electoral college votes to Obama's 365;Franke-Ruta, Garance. "McCain Takes Missouri", The Washington Post (November 19, 2008). Retrieved November 19, 2008. McCain failed to win most of the battleground states and lost some traditionally Republican ones. McCain gained 46 percent of the nationwide popular vote, compared to Obama's 53 percent."President – Election Center 2008", CNN. Retrieved November 19, 2008.

Senate career after 2008

Remainder of fourth Senate term

Following his defeat, McCain returned to the Senate amid varying views about what role he might play there.Mooney, Alexander. "McCain may face bumpy shift from White House run", CNN (November 18, 2008). Retrieved November 21, 2008. In mid-November 2008 he met with President-elect Obama, and the two discussed issues they had commonality on.Tapper, Jake. "Obama, McCain Meet While Bill Speaks About Hillary", ABC News (November 17, 2008). Retrieved November 21, 2008. Around the same time, McCain indicated that he intended to run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2010.Cillizza, Chris. "McCain's Next Step: Re-Election in 2010", The Washington Post (November 19, 2008). Retrieved November 21, 2008. As the inauguration neared, Obama consulted with McCain on a variety of matters, to an extent rarely seen between a president-elect and his defeated rival,Kirkpatrick, David D. "Obama Reaches Out for McCain's Counsel", The New York Times (January 19, 2009). Retrieved January 20, 2009. and President Obama's inauguration speech contained an allusion to McCain's theme of finding a purpose greater than oneself.Brune, Tom. weblink" title="">"Obama speech strong but anti-climatic", Newsday (January 20, 2009). Retrieved January 20, 2009.File:President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain press conference.jpg|thumb|left|alt=Barack Obama speaking in foreground at an indoor event with an American flag in background; John McCain behind him, somewhat of focus|U.S. President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaNevertheless, McCain emerged as a leader of the Republican opposition to the Obama economic stimulus package of 2009, saying it had too much spending for too little stimulative effect.Hulse, Carl and Herszenhorn, David M. "Senators Reach Deal on Stimulus Plan as Jobs Vanish", The New York Times (February 6, 2009). Retrieved February 7, 2009. McCain also voted against Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor—saying that while undeniably qualified, "I do not believe that she shares my belief in judicial restraint"O'Donnell, Kelly and Montanaro, Domenico. "McCain to vote against Sotomayor" {{webarchive|url= |date=August 6, 2009 }}, NBC News (August 3, 2009). Retrieved August 22, 2009.—and by August 2009 was siding more often with his Republican Party on closely divided votes than ever before in his senatorial career.Giroux, Greg. weblink" title="">"McCain: Maverick No More?", CQ Politics (August 19, 2009). Retrieved August 22, 2009. McCain reasserted that the War in Afghanistan was winnableMcCain, John and others. "Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan", The Wall Street Journal (September 13, 2009). Retrieved November 17, 2009. and criticized Obama for a slow process in deciding whether to send additional U.S. troops there.Newton-Small, Jay. "John McCain: Can He Mend Fences with the Right?", Time (October 8, 2009). Retrieved November 20, 2009. In print magazine as "Voice in the Wilderness", October 19, 2009.McCain also harshly criticized Obama for scrapping construction of the U.S. missile defense complex in Poland, declined to enter negotiations over climate change legislation similar to what he had proposed in the past, and strongly opposed the Obama health care plan.Lerer, Lisa. "John McCain slams 'horrendous' climate bill", Politico (November 19, 2009). Retrieved November 20, 2009. McCain led a successful filibuster of a measure that would allow repeal of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy towards gays.Shane, Leo, III, "'Don't ask, don't tell' reversal measure falters in Senate", Stars and Stripes, September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010. Factors involved in McCain's new direction included Senate staffers leaving, a renewed concern over national debt levels and the scope of federal government, a possible Republican primary challenge from conservatives in 2010, and McCain's campaign edge being slow to wear off. As one longtime McCain advisor said, "A lot of people, including me, thought he might be the Republican building bridges to the Obama Administration. But he's been more like the guy blowing up the bridges."(File:Flickr - europeanpeoplesparty - EPP in the USA (18).jpg|thumb|right|alt=Man in office with old-style furnishings|McCain in his Senate office, November 2010)In early 2010, a primary challenge from radio talk show host and former U.S. Congressman J. D. Hayworth materialized in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Arizona and drew support from some but not all elements of the Tea Party movement. With Hayworth using the campaign slogan "The Consistent Conservative", McCain said—despite his own past use of the term on a number of occasionsJacobson, Louis. "McCain's ultimate maverick move, denial", PolitiFact (April 6, 2010). Retrieved October 31, 2014.—"I never considered myself a maverick. I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."Margolick, David. "The McCain Mutiny", Newsweek (April 3, 2010). Retrieved April 6, 2010. The primary challenge coincided with McCain reversing or muting his stance on some issues such as the bank bailouts, closing of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, campaign finance restrictions, and gays in the military.Steinhauer, Jennifer. "From Right of Radio Dial, Challenge to McCain", The New York Times (February 9, 2010). Retrieved February 13, 2010.When the health care plan, now called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed Congress and became law in March 2010, McCain strongly opposed the landmark legislation not only on its merits but also on the way it had been handled in Congress. As a consequence, he warned that congressional Republicans would not be working with Democrats on anything else: "There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it."O'Brien, Michael. "McCain: Don't expect GOP cooperation on legislation for the rest of this year", The Hill (March 22, 2010). Retrieved March 28, 2010. McCain became a vocal defender of Arizona SB 1070, the April 2010 tough anti-illegal immigration state law that aroused national controversy, saying that the state had been forced to take action given the federal government's inability to control the border.Slevin, Peter. "Hard line on immigration marks GOP race in Arizona", The Washington Post (May 22, 2010). Retrieved May 22, 2010.Good, Chris. "McCain Defends Arizona's Immigration Law", The Atlantic (April 26, 2010). Retrieved May 22, 2010. In the August 24 primary, McCain beat Hayworth by a 56 to 32 percent margin."The 2010 Results Map – Senate – 2010 – AZ", Politico (August 25, 2010). Retrieved August 25, 2010. McCain proceeded to easily defeat Democratic city councilman Rodney Glassman in the general election."McCain, Republicans sweep statewides", Phoenix Business Journal (November 3, 2010). Retrieved November 3, 2010.In the lame duck session of the 111th Congress, McCain voted for the compromise Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010,Potts, Tracie. weblink" title="">"Lawmakers compromise on tax deal, nobody completely happy", WCBD-TV (December 14, 2010). Retrieved November 15, 2012. but against the DREAM Act (which he had once sponsored) and the New START Treaty.Walshe, Shushannah. "John McCain's Lasting Anger", The Daily Beast (December 21, 2010). Retrieved November 15, 2012. Most prominently, he continued to lead the eventually losing fight against "Don't ask, don't tell" repeal. In his opposition, he sometimes fell into anger or hostility on the Senate floor, and called its passage "a very sad day" that would compromise the battle effectiveness of the military.Milbank, Dana. "John McCain at his fieriest before 'don't ask, don't tell' vote", The Washington Post (December 18, 2010). Retrieved December 26, 2010.

Fifth Senate term

While control of the House of Representatives went over to the Republicans in the 112th Congress, the Senate stayed Democratic and McCain continued to be the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. As the Arab Spring took center stage, McCain urged that the embattled Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, step down and thought the U.S. should push for democratic reforms in the region despite the associated risks of religious extremists gaining power."McCain Says the Time for Mubarak to Leave Has Come", Associated Press, ABC News (February 3, 2011). Retrieved May 22, 2011. McCain was an especially vocal supporter of the 2011 military intervention in Libya. In April of that year he visited the Anti-Gaddafi forces and National Transitional Council in Benghazi, the highest-ranking American to do so, and said that the rebel forces were "my heroes"."McCain: Libyan rebels are 'my heroes'", CBS News (April 22, 2011). Retrieved May 11, 2011. In June, he joined with Senator Kerry in offering a resolution that would have authorized the military intervention, and said: "The administration's disregard for the elected representatives of the American people on this matter has been troubling and counterproductive."Steinhauer, Jennifer. "Kerry and McCain Introduce Libya Resolution", New York Times (June 21, 2011). Retrieved February 21, 2016."Boehner: House not with McCain on Libya campaign", CNN (June 22, 2011). Retrieved February 21, 2016. In August, McCain voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011 that resolved the U.S. debt ceiling crisis."McCain says he'll 'swallow hard' and vote for debt deal", Associated Press, Daily Herald (August 1, 2011). Retrieved August 7, 2011. In November, McCain and Senator Carl Levin were leaders in efforts to codify in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that terrorism suspects, no matter where captured, could be detained by the U.S. military and its tribunal system; following objections by civil libertarians, some Democrats, and the White House, McCain and Levin agreed to language making it clear that the bill would not pertain to U.S. citizens.Barett, Ted. "Senate passes defense bill with detainee policy compromise", CNN (December 2, 2011). Retrieved December 3, 2011.Gerstein, Josh. "Defense bill revised in bid to avoid veto", Politico (December 12, 2011). Retrieved December 26, 2011.In the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries, McCain endorsed former 2008 rival Mitt Romney and campaigned for him, but compared the contest to a Greek tragedy due to its drawn-out nature with massive super PAC-funded attack ads damaging all the contenders.Chabot, Hillary. "John McCain: Close curtain on GOP 'Greek tragedy'", Boston Herald (February 28, 2012). Retrieved March 7, 2012. He labeled the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision as "uninformed, arrogant, naïve", and, decrying its effects and the future scandals he thought it would bring, said it would become considered the court's "worst decision ... in the 21st century".Gilbert, Holly. "McCain on campaign finance: 'The system is broken'" {{webarchive|url= |date=July 5, 2012 }}, CNN (June 17, 2012). Retrieved July 7, 2012. McCain took the lead in opposing the defense spending sequestrations brought on by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and gained attention for defending State Department aide Huma Abedin against charges brought by a few House Republicans that she had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.File:Flickr - DVIDSHUB - Senators visit special operations forces soldiers in eastern Afghanistan (Image 6 of 15).jpg|thumb|right|alt=A group of about ten men walking along a road|The "Three Amigos" walking in Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan in July 2011: McCain (second from left), Lindsey Graham (second from right in front), Joe LiebermanJoe LiebermanMcCain continued to be one of the most frequently appearing guests on the Sunday morning news talk shows.Steinhauer, Jennifer. "Once a Rebel, McCain Now Walks the Party Line", The New York Times (July 27, 2012). Retrieved July 31, 2012.He became one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, saying it was a "debacle" that featured either "a massive cover-up or incompetence that is not acceptable" and that it was worse than the Watergate scandal.Eldridge, David. "McCain slams Obama on Libya: 'Nobody died in Watergate'", The Washington Times (October 28, 2012). Retrieved November 16, 2012. As part of this, he and a few other senators were successful in blocking the planned nomination of Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State; McCain's friend and colleague John Kerry was nominated instead.Ioffe, Julia. "John Kerry's Quiet Campaign Pays Off", The New Republic (December 22, 2012). Retrieved December 23, 2012.Regarding the Syrian civil war that had begun in 2011, McCain repeatedly argued for the U.S. intervening militarily in the conflict on the side of the anti-government forces. He staged a visit to rebel forces inside Syria in May 2013, the first senator to do so, and called for arming the Free Syrian Army with heavy weapons and for the establishment of a no-fly zone over the country.Cassata, Donna. "McCain: Syrian rebels need heavy weapons", Associated Press. Yahoo! News (May 31, 2013). Retrieved June 1, 2013. Following reports that two of the people he posed for pictures with had been responsible for the kidnapping of eleven Lebanese Shiite pilgrims the year before, McCain disputed one of the identifications and said he had not met directly with the other.Cassata, Donna. "McCain: Syrian rebels need heavy weapons", Associated Press. The Guardian (May 31, 2013). Retrieved April 3, 2014. Following the 2013 Ghouta chemical weapons attack, McCain argued again for strong American military action against the government of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and in September 2013 cast a Foreign Relations committee vote in favor of Obama's request to Congress that it authorize a military response."Senate panel votes to authorize Syria strike", Fox News (September 4, 2013). Retrieved September 11, 2013. McCain took the lead in criticizing a growing non-interventionist movement within the Republican Party, exemplified by his March 2013 comment that Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Representative Justin Amash were "wacko birds".Weiner, Rachel. "McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash 'wacko birds'", The Washington Post (March 8, 2013). Retrieved September 11, 2013.File:Secretary Kerry and Senator McCain Chat With Members of the Saudi Royal Family.jpg|thumb|left|Kerry (far left) and McCain (center-right) with members of the Saudi Royal Family after greeting the new King Salman of Saudi ArabiaSalman of Saudi ArabiaDuring 2013, McCain was a member of a bi-partisan group of senators, the "Gang of Eight", which announced principles for another try at comprehensive immigration reform.Deruy, Emily. "Gang of Eight Accelerates Immigration Reform Pace", ABC News (January 30, 2013). Retrieved February 2, 2013. The resulting Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 passed the Senate by a 68–32 margin, but faced an uncertain future in the House."McCain: Immigration-reform backers 'not winning'", United Press International (July 19, 2013). Retrieved July 31, 2013. In July 2013, McCain was at the forefront of an agreement among senators to drop filibusters against Obama administration executive nominees without Democrats resorting to the "nuclear option" that would disallow such filibusters altogether.Condon, Stephanie. "Senate reaches deal to avert 'nuclear option'", CBS News (July 16, 2013). Retrieved July 31, 2013. However, the option would be imposed later in the year anyway, much to the senator's displeasure. These developments and some other negotiations showed that McCain now had improved relations with the Obama administration, including the president himself, as well as with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and that he had become the leader of a power center in the Senate for cutting deals in an otherwise bitterly partisan environment."The new power triangle", Politico (July 23, 2013). Retrieved July 31, 2013.Pace, Julie. "Once heated White House rivals, Obama and McCain becoming bipartisan partners in second term", Associated Press, Star Tribune (July 27, 2013). Retrieved July 31, 2013. They also led some observers to conclude that the "maverick" McCain had returned.Kane, Paul. "John McCain helps avert Senate showdown" {{webarchive|url= |date=October 20, 2013 }}, The Washington Post (July 16, 2013). Retrieved August 1, 2013.Hunt, Albert R. "McCain a maverick again", The Miami Herald (July 29, 2013). Retrieved August 1, 2013.McCain was publicly skeptical about the Republican strategy that precipitated the U.S. federal government shutdown of 2013 and U.S. debt-ceiling crisis of 2013 in order to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act; in October 2013 he voted in favor of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, which resolved them and said, "Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable."Weisman, Jonathan. "Senators Restart Talks as Default Looms", The New York Times (October 15, 2013). Retrieved October 19, 2013. Similarly, he was one of nine Republican senators who voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the end of the year.Barrett, Ted and Cohen, Tom. "Senate approves budget, sends to Obama", CNN (December 18, 2013). Retrieved December 20, 2013. By early 2014, McCain's apostasies were enough that the Arizona Republican Party formally censured him for having what they saw as a liberal record that had been "disastrous and harmful".Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett. "Arizona GOP censures McCain for 'disastrous' record", The Arizona Republic (January 25, 2014). Retrieved January 26, 2014. McCain remained stridently opposed to many aspects of Obama's foreign policy, however, and in June 2014, following major gains by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive, decried what he saw as a U.S. failure to protect its past gains in Iraq and called on the president's entire national security team to resign. McCain said, "Could all this have been avoided? ... The answer is absolutely yes. If I sound angry it's because I am angry."Baron, Kevin. "McCain Calls for Obama's National Security Team to Resign Over Iraq", National Journal (June 12, 2014). Retrieved June 14, 2014.File:Маккейн на Євромайдані.jpg|thumb|right|McCain addresses anti-government protesters in Kiev, UkraineUkraineMcCain was a supporter of the Euromaidan protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his government, and appeared in Independence Square in Kiev in December 2013.Walsh, Nick Paton and Capelouto, Susanna. "Ukrainian protesters get visit from Sen. John McCain", CNN (December 15, 2013). Retrieved December 17, 2014. Following the overthrow of Yanukovych and subsequent 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine, McCain became a vocal supporter of providing arms to Ukrainian military forces, saying the sanctions imposed against Russia were not enough.Wong, Kristina. "McCain, Graham call for US to arm Ukrainians", The Hill (November 18, 2014). Retrieved December 17, 2014. In 2014, McCain led the opposition to the appointments of Colleen Bell, Noah Mamet, and George Tsunis to the ambassadorships in Hungary, Argentina, and Norway, respectively, arguing they were unqualified appointees being rewarded for their political fundraising.John, Arit. "John McCain Fights, Loses Good Fight Against Bundler-Ambassadors", Bloomberg News (December 2, 2014). Retrieved December 4, 2014. Unlike many Republicans, McCain supported the release and contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture in December 2014, saying "The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless."Everett, Burgess. "Torture report divides Republicans", Politico (December 9, 2014). Retrieved December 10, 2014. He added that the CIA's practices following the September 11 attacks had "stained our national honor" while doing "much harm and little practical good" and that "Our enemies act without conscience. We must not."Jaffe, Alexandra. "McCain makes passionate defense for torture report's release", CNN (December 10, 2014). Retrieved December 20, 2014. He opposed the Obama administration's December 2014 decision to normalize relations with Cuba.Bolton, Alexander. "GOP senators slam Obama's Cuba moves", The Hill (December 17, 2014). Retrieved December 20, 2014.As the 114th United States Congress assembled in January 2015 with Republicans in control of the Senate, McCain became chair of the Armed Services Committee, a longtime goal of his. In this position, he led the writing of proposed Senate legislation that sought to modify parts of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 in order to return responsibility for major weapons systems acquisition back to the individual armed services and their secretaries and away from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics."McCain Would Let Services Out of 'Penalty Box'", DefenseNews (May 22, 2015). Retrieved May 23, 2015. As chair, McCain has tried to maintain a bipartisan approach and has forged a good relationship with ranking member Jack Reed.Steinhauer, Jennifer. "With Chairmanship, McCain Seizes Chance to Reshape Pentagon Agenda", The New York Times (June 9, 2015). Retrieved June 10, 2015. In April 2015, McCain announced that he would run for a sixth term in Arizona's 2016 Senate election.Cheney, Kyle. "John McCain announces reelection bid", Politico (April 7, 2015). Retrieved April 9, 2015. While there was still conservative and Tea Party anger at him, it was unclear if they would mount an effective primary challenge against him.Raju, Manu and Cheney, Kyle. "Is the tea party afraid of John McCain?", Politico (April 15, 2015). Retrieved April 15, 2015. During 2015, McCain strongly opposed the proposed comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, saying that Secretary of State Kerry was "delusional" and "giv[ing] away the store" in negotiations with Iran.Michael Crowley. "John Kerry and John McCain: Once friends, now foes", Politico (May 13, 2015). Retrieved May 13, 2015. McCain supported the Saudi Arabian-led military intervention in Yemen against the Shia Houthis and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh,Perry, Mark. "US generals: Saudi intervention in Yemen 'a bad idea'", Al Jazeera (April 17, 2015). Retrieved June 20, 2015 saying: "I'm sure civilians die in war. Not nearly as many as the Houthis have executed.""U.S. Senators Hem and Haw on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Abuses". The Intercept. October 1, 2015.File:總統出席接見美國聯邦參議院軍事委員會馬侃(John McCain)主席訪問團 (26882360893).jpg|thumb|Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wenTsai Ing-wenMcCain accused President Obama of being "directly responsible" for the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting "because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama's failures."NEWS,weblink The Washington Post, John McCain: Obama is 'directly responsible' for Orlando attack, June 16, 2016, June 18, 2016, NEWS,weblink The Guardian, John McCain blamed Obama for the Orlando shooting. That's some pretzel logic, June 17, 2016, June 18, 2016, During the 2016 Republican primaries, McCain said he would support the Republican nominee even if it was Donald Trump, but following Mitt Romney's March 3 speech, McCain endorsed the sentiments expressed in that speech, saying he had serious concerns about Trump's "uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues".Dumcius, Gintautas. "Sen. John McCain backs up Mitt Romney, says Donald Trump's comments 'uninformed and indeed dangerous'", The Republican (March 3, 2016). Retrieved March 3, 2016. Relations between the two had been fraught since early in the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016, when McCain referred to a room full of Trump supporters as "crazies", and the real estate mogul then said of McCain: "He insulted me, and he insulted everyone in that room... He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured... perhaps he was a war hero, but right now he's said a lot of very bad things about a lot of people."NEWS, Hains, Tim,weblink July 19, 2015, Trump On McCain: "He Is A War Hero Because He Was Captured... I Like People Who Weren't Captured", Real Clear Politics, Following Trump becoming the presumptive nominee of the party on May 3, McCain said that Republican voters had spoken and he would support Trump.Raju, Manu. "Flake, McCain split over backing Trump", CNN (May 5, 2016). Retrieved May 7, 2016.McCain himself faced a primary challenge from Kelli Ward, a fervent Trump supporter, and then was expected to face a potentially strong challenge from Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election. The senator privately expressed worry over the effect that Trump's unpopularity among Hispanic voters might have on his own chances but also was concerned with more conservative pro-Trump voters; he thus kept his endorsement of Trump in place but tried to speak of him as little as possible given their disagreements.Everett, Burgess and Kim, Seung Min. "McCain on tape: Trump damages my reelection hopes", Politico (May 5, 2016). Retrieved May 7, 2016.Barabak, Mark Z. "As John McCain fights for reelection, the Trump problem cuts two ways – both against him", Los Angeles Times (August 24, 2016). Retrieved August 24, 2016.Matt Fuller, John McCain Unendorses Donald Trump, Huffington Post October 8, 2016. However McCain defeated Ward in the primary by a double-digit percentage point margin and gained a similar lead over Kirkpatrick in general election polls, and when the Donald Trump Access Hollywood controversy broke, he felt secure enough to on October 8 withdraw his endorsement of Trump.Everett, Burgess. "How McCain finally decided he couldn't stomach Trump anymore", Politico (October 8, 2016). Retrieved October 8, 2016. McCain stated that Trump's "demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults" made it "impossible to continue to offer even conditional support" and added that he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, but would instead "write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president."Siddiqui, Sabrina; Jacobs, Ben; Helmore, Edward. "John McCain withdraws support for Donald Trump over groping boasts", The Guardian (October 8, 2016). Retrieved October 8, 2016.Aaron Blake, Three dozen Republicans have now called for Donald Trump to drop out, Washington Post (October 9, 2016). McCain, at 80 years of age, went on to defeat Kirkpatrick, securing a sixth term as United States Senator from Arizona.NEWS,weblink John McCain Wins Arizona Senate Race, New York Times, Fernanda Santos, November 8, 2016, On the 2017 New Year's Eve, which he spent in Mariupol, McCain stated that the United States should give lethal weapons to Ukraine.WEB,weblink США мають надати зброю Україні – сенатор Джон МакКейн / John McCain in Mariupol, 31 December 2016,, Public TV of Azov, 31 January 2018, Ukrainian, One year later, on 23 December 2017, the State Department announced that the United States will provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities".WEB,weblink U.S. says it will provide Ukraine with 'defensive' aid, 23 December 2017,, Reuters, 31 January 2018,

Sixth Senate term

McCain chaired the January 5, 2017 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee where Republican and Democratic senators and intelligence officers, including James R. Clapper Jr., the Director of National Intelligence, Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command presented a "united front" that "forcefully reaffirmed the conclusion that the Russian government used hacking and leaks to try to influence the presidential election."{{citation |title=Countering Trump, Bipartisan Voices Strongly Affirm Findings on Russian Hacking |url= |location=Washington, DC |authors=Matt Flegenheimer and Scott Shane |date=January 5, 2017 |access-date=January 6, 2017}}In June 2017, McCain voted to support Trump's controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia.NEWS, Carney, Jordain, Senate rejects effort to block Saudi arms sale,weblink The Hill, June 13, 2017, NEWS, Cooper, Helene, Senate Narrowly Backs Trump Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia,weblink The New York Times, 13 June 2017, Repeal and replacement of Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) was a centerpiece of McCain's 2016 re-election campaign, and in July 2017 he said, "Have no doubt: Congress must replace Obamacare, which has hit Arizonans with some of the highest premium increases in the nation and left 14 of Arizona's 15 counties with only one provider option on the exchanges this year." He added that he supports affordable and quality health care, but objected that the pending Senate bill did not do enough to shield the Medicaid system in Arizona.Nowicki, Dan. "McCain is not happy with the new Senate health bill. Here's what he wants", The Arizona Republic (July 14, 2017).In response to the death of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died of organ failure while in government custody, McCain said that "this is only the latest example of Communist China's assault on human rights, democracy, and freedom."NEWS, Trump praises Xi soon after death of Chinese dissident,weblink CNBC, 13 July 2017,

Brain tumor diagnosis and surgery

File:John McCain returns to Senate and delivers remarks on July 25, 2017.webm|thumb|McCain returns to the Senate for the first time following his cancer diagnosis and delivers remarks on July 25, 2017, after casting a crucial vote on the American Health Care ActAmerican Health Care ActOn July 14, 2017, McCain underwent a minimally invasive craniotomy at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, in order to remove a blood clot above his left eye. His absence prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.NEWS,weblink McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery, CNN, Mattingly, Phil, Raju, Manu, Almasy, Steve, July 17, 2017, July 19, 2017, Five days later, Mayo Clinic doctors announced that the laboratory results from the surgery confirmed the presence of a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive brain tumor.NEWS,weblink Sen. John McCain had aggressive brain tumor surgically removed, Scutti, Susan, CNN, July 19, 2017, Standard treatment options for this tumor include chemotherapy and radiation, although even with treatment, average survival time is approximately 14 months. McCain is a survivor of previous cancers, including melanoma.NEWS, McCain Recovering After Cancer Surgery,weblink July 20, 2017, ABC News, August 21, 2000, President Trump made a public statement wishing Senator McCain well,Caplan, David. "Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor after blood clot removed", ABC News (July 19, 2017). as did many others, including former President Obama.WEB,weblink John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John., Obama, Barack, 2017-07-19, @BarackObama, 2017-07-23, On July 19, McCain's senatorial office issued a statement that he "appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective." On July 24, McCain announced via Twitter that he would return to the United States Senate the following day.WEB, Sullivan, Sean,weblink McCain's return to Senate injects momentum into GOP health-care battle, The Washington Post, 2017-07-25,

Return to Senate

On July 25, 2017, less than two weeks after brain surgery, McCain returned to the Senate, and cast a deciding vote allowing the Senate to begin consideration of bills to replace Obamacare. Along with that vote, he delivered a speech criticizing the party-line voting process used by the Republicans, as well as by the Democrats in passing Obamacare to begin with, and McCain also urged a "return to regular order" utilizing the usual committee hearings and deliberations.NEWS, Werner, Erica.,weblink McCain, fighting cancer, turns on GOP and kills health bill, ABC News, July 28, 2017, yes,weblink" title="">weblink July 29, 2017, mdy-all, NEWS, Cowan, Richard, Oliphant, James,weblink In hero's return, McCain blasts Congress, tells senators to stand up to Trump, Reuters, July 25, 2017, NEWS, Alonso-Zaldivar, Ricardo,weblink Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet, Washington Post, July 25, 2017, Obama and the Democrats shouldn't have pushed the Affordable Care Act through on party-line votes when they controlled Washington back in 2010, McCain said, 'and we shouldn't do the same with ours....', yes,weblink July 25, 2017, mdy-all, The same Associated Press article was published at: NEWS,weblink McCain Delivers a Key Health Care Vote, Scolding Message, New York Times, July 26, 2017, On July 28, he cast the decisive vote against the Republicans' final proposal that month, the so-called "skinny repeal" option, which failed 49–51.NEWS,weblink John McCain's maverick moment, Fox, Lauren, July 28, 2017, CNN, 28 July 2017, McCain has not voted in the Senate since December 2017, instead opting to remain in Arizona to undergo cancer treatment. On April 15, 2018, he underwent surgery for an infection relating to diverticulitis and the following day was reported to be in stable condition.WEB,weblink McCain recovering after surgery for infection, Samuels, Brett, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, April 16, 2018, April 16, 2018,

Committee assignments

File:U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Senators Joni Ernst, Daniel Sullivan, John McCain, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, and Cory Gardner attending the 2016 International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit in Singapore.jpg|thumb|upright=1.35|U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Senators Joni Ernst, Daniel Sullivan, John McCain, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, and Cory Gardner attending the 2016 International Institute for Strategic StudiesInternational Institute for Strategic Studies

Caucus memberships

Political positions

File:McCain-ACU-ADA-scores.gif|upright=1.5|thumb|right|alt=Chart, with jagged pink and blue lines|McCain's congressional voting scores, from the American Conservative Union (pink line; 100 is most conservative) and Americans for Democratic Action (blue line; 100 is most liberal)Chart is built from current year and past year ratings found at the ratings sections of the websites of the American Conservative Union and Americans for Democratic ActionAmericans for Democratic ActionVarious advocacy groups have given McCain scores or grades as to how well his votes align with the positions of each group.Mayer, William. "Kerry's Record Rings a Bell", The Washington Post (March 28, 2004). Retrieved May 12, 2008: "The question of how to measure a senator's or representative's ideology is one that political scientists regularly need to answer. For more than 30 years, the standard method for gauging ideology has been to use the annual ratings of lawmakers' votes by various interest groups, notably the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the American Conservative Union (ACU)." The American Conservative Union has awarded McCain a lifetime rating of 82 percent through 2015, while McCain has an average lifetime 12 percent "Liberal Quotient" from Americans for Democratic Action through 2015."Federal Legislative Ratings", American Conservative Union. Retrieved October 5, 2016. Lifetime rating is given. "2015 Congressional Voting Record" {{webarchive|url= |date=November 13, 2016 }}, Americans for Democratic Action. Retrieved October 5, 2016. Average includes all years beginning with 1983 in House, collected from various parts of ADA website and calculated on spreadsheet. CrowdPac, which rates politicians based on donations made and received, has given Senator McCain a score of 4.3C with 10C being the most conservative and 10L being the most liberal.WEB,weblink John McCain {{!, US Senate in Arizona (AZ) {{!}} Crowdpac | |access-date=December 20, 2016 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=November 19, 2016 |df= }}The non-partisan National Journal rates a Senator's votes by what percentage of the Senate voted more liberally than he or she, and what percentage more conservatively, in three policy areas: economic, social, and foreign. For 2005–2006 (as reported in the 2008 Almanac of American Politics), McCain's average ratings were as follows: economic policy: 59 percent conservative and 41 percent liberal; social policy: 54 percent conservative and 38 percent liberal; and foreign policy: 56 percent conservative and 43 percent liberal.Barone, Michael and Cohen, Richard. The Almanac of American Politics, 2008, 95 (Washington, D.C.: National Journal group, 2008, {{ISBN|0-89234-117-3}}). (National Journal{{'s}} methodology and criteria are explained in the "Guide to Usage" on pages 15–16.) In 2005, the economic ratings were 52 percent conservative and 47 percent liberal, the social ratings 64% conservative and 23% liberal, and the foreign ratings 54 / 45. In 2006, the economic ratings were 64 / 35, the social 46 / 53, and the foreign 58 / 40. In 2012, the National Journal gave McCain a composite score of 73% conservative and 27% liberal,BOOK,weblink Almanac of American politics 2014, Michael, Barone, January 1, 2013, University of Chicago Press, 9780226105581, 855896170, while in 2013 he received a composite score of 60% conservative and 40% liberal.BOOK,weblink The almanac of American politics 2016 : members of Congress and governors: their profiles and election results, their states and districts, Barnes, James A., Keating, Holland, Charlie, Cook, Michael, Barone, Louis, Jacobson, Louis, Peck, 9781938518317, 927103599, Columnists such as Robert Robb and Matthew Continetti have used a formulation devised by William F. Buckley Jr. to describe McCain as "conservative" but not "a conservative", meaning that while McCain usually tends towards conservative positions, he is not "anchored by the philosophical tenets of modern American conservatism."Robb, Robert."Is McCain a conservative?", RealClearPolitics (February 1, 2008). Retrieved June 18, 2008.Continetti, Matthew."Not your dad's Republicans", Los Angeles Times (March 6, 2008). Retrieved July 19, 2012. Following his 2008 presidential election loss, McCain began adopting more orthodox conservative views; the magazine National Journal rated McCain along with seven of his colleagues as the "most conservative" Senators for 2010Condon, Stephanie."John McCain ranked most conservative senator in 2010" CBS News (February 24, 2011). Retrieved February 26, 2011. and he achieved his first 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union for that year. During Barack Obama's presidency, McCain was one of the top five Republicans most likely to vote with Obama's position on significant votes; McCain voted with Obama's position on such votes more than half the time in 2013 and was "censured by the Arizona Republican party for a so-called 'liberal' voting record."NEWS,weblink Collins, Murkowski Most Likely Republicans to Back Obama, Lesniewski, Niels, 2014-02-04, Roll Call, 2018-03-24, Lesniewski, Niels, en, From the late 1990s until 2008, McCain was a board member of Project Vote Smart which was set up by Richard Kimball, his 1986 Senate opponent.Kimball, Richard. "Program History", Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 20, 2008. Also see Nintzel, Jim. "Test Study: Why are politicians like John McCain suddenly so afraid of Project Vote Smart?", Tucson Weekly (April 17, 2008). Retrieved May 21, 2008. Also see Stein, Jonathan. "Senator Straight Talk Won't Go on the Record with Project Vote Smart", Mother Jones (April 7, 2008). Retrieved May 21, 2008. The project provides non-partisan information about the political positions of McCain"Senator John Sidney McCain III (AZ)", Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 20, 2008. Non-partisan information about McCain's issue positions is also provided online by other sources. See, e.g., "John McCain on the Issues", OnTheIssues. Retrieved May 18, 2008. and other candidates for political office. Additionally, McCain uses his Senate website to describe his political positions."Issues", McCain's official Senate website. Retrieved May 21, 2008.

Cultural and political image

File:McCain2008MemorialDay.jpg|thumb|alt=White-haired man standing at podium and speaking and gesturing with outstretched arm and an outdoor venue|Speaking in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Memorial Day, 2008, wearing his Purple HeartPurple Heart(File:US Navy 110128-N-3303D-001 Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy, watch as their son, Jimmy McCain, pins aviator's wings on his brother, Ensign John.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Four people in a room|McCain and his wife Cindy watch in 2011 as their son Jimmy pins aviator wings on their son Ensign John Sidney McCain IV)McCain's personal character has been a dominant feature of his public image.Brooks, David. "The Character Factor", The New York Times (November 13, 2007). Retrieved December 19, 2007. This image includes the military service of both himself and his family,Mitchell, Josh. "Military Veterans step up for John McCain", The Baltimore Sun (February 5, 2008). Retrieved May 10, 2008. the circumstances and tensions surrounding the end of his first marriage and beginning of second, his maverick political persona, his temper, his admitted problem of occasional ill-considered remarks, and his close ties to his children from both his marriages.McCain's political appeal has been more nonpartisan and less ideological compared to many other national politicians.Jacobson, Gary. "Partisan Differences in Job Approval Ratings of George W. Bush and U.S. Senators in the States: An Exploration", Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 2006. His stature and reputation stem partly from his service in the Vietnam War.Hunt, Albert. "John McCain and Russell Feingold" in Profiles in Courage for Our Time, 256 (Kennedy, Caroline ed., Hyperion 2003): "The hero is indispensable to the McCain persona." {{ISBN|0-7868-8678-1}}. He also carries physical vestiges of his war wounds, as well as his melanoma surgery.Purdum, Todd. "Prisoner of Conscience", Vanity Fair, February 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2008. The surgery took place in 2000. When campaigning, he quips: "I am older than dirt and have more scars than Frankenstein."Simon, Roger. "McCain's Health and Age Present Campaign Challenge", The Politico (January 27, 2007). Retrieved November 23, 2007.Writers often extolled McCain for his courage not just in war but in politics, and wrote sympathetically about him.Lewis, Michael, "I Liked a Pol", The New York Times Magazine (November 21, 1999) Retrieved July 2, 2008. McCain's shift of political stances and attitudes during and especially after the 2008 presidential campaign, including his self-repudiation of the maverick label, left many writers expressing sadness and wondering what had happened to the McCain they thought they had known.Margolick, David, "The McCain Mutiny", Newsweek (April 2, 2010). Retrieved September 12, 2010.Fallows, James, "The Mystery of John McCain", The Atlantic (December 3, 2010). Retrieved May 21, 2011.O'Dowd, Niall, "John McCain a sad figure as he loses all that made him great and an American original", Irish Central (December 18, 2010). Retrieved May 21, 2011.Purdum, Todd S., "The Man Who Never Was", Vanity Fair (November 2010). Retrieved May 21, 2011. By 2013, some aspects of the older McCain had returned, and his image became that of a kaleidoscope of contradictory tendencies, including, as one writer listed, "the maverick, the former maverick, the curmudgeon, the bridge builder, the war hero bent on transcending the call of self-interest to serve a cause greater than himself, the sore loser, old bull, last lion, loose cannon, happy warrior, elder statesman, lion in winter...."Leibovich, Mark. "How John McCain Turned His Clichés Into Meaning", The New York Times Magazine (December 18, 2013). Retrieved December 24, 2013.In his own estimation, the Arizona senator is straightforward and direct, but impatient.McCain, Worth the Fighting For, xvii: "God has given me heart enough for my ambitions, but too little forbearance to pursue them by routes other than a straight line." Other traits include a penchant for lucky charms,Milbank, Dana. "A Candidate's Lucky Charms", The Washington Post (February 19, 2000). Retrieved April 8, 2006. a fondness for hiking,Campanille, Carl. "'Like to Hike' McC Loves Uphill Climb, Stays Fit in Ariz. Outdoors", New York Post (March 10, 2008). Retrieved May 19, 2008. and a sense of humor that has sometimes backfired spectacularly, as when he made a joke in 1998 about the Clintons widely deemed not fit to print in newspapers: "Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? â€“ Because Janet Reno is her father."Corn, David. weblink" title="">"A joke too bad to print?", (June 25, 1998). Retrieved August 16, 2006. Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. In 1998, Janet Reno was the Attorney General of the United States.Pilkington, Ed. "The joke that should have sunk McCain", The Guardian (September 2, 2008). Retrieved September 3, 2008. McCain subsequently apologized profusely,Timberg, American Odyssey, 194. and the Clinton White House accepted his apology.Gerhart, Ann; Groer, Annie. "The Reliable Source", The Washington Post (June 16, 1998). Retrieved May 24, 2008. McCain has not shied away from addressing his shortcomings, and apologizing for them.Dowd, Maureen. "The Joke's On Him", The New York Times (June 21, 1998). Retrieved April 2, 2008. He is known for sometimes being pricklyDrew, Citizen McCain, 23. and hot-tempered"Best and Worst of Congress", Washingtonian, September 2006. Retrieved January 19, 2008. with Senate colleagues, but his relations with his own Senate staff have been more cordial, and have inspired loyalty towards him.Drew, Citizen McCain, pp. 21–22.Zengerle, Jason. weblink" title="">"Papa John", The New Republic (April 23, 2008). Retrieved April 11, 2008. He formed a strong bond with two senators, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, over hawkish foreign policy and overseas travel, and they became dubbed the "Three Amigos".Steinhauer, Jennifer. "Foreign Policy's Bipartisan Trio Becomes Republican Duo", The New York Times (November 26, 2012). Retrieved December 20, 2014.McCain acknowledges having said intemperate things in years past,weblink" title="">"A Conversation About What's Worth the Fight", Newsweek (March 29, 2008): "I have â€“ although certainly not in recent years â€“ lost my temper and said intemperate things... I feel passionately about issues, and the day that passion goes away is the day I will go down to the old soldiers' home and find my rocking chair." Retrieved May 10, 2008. though he also says that many stories have been exaggerated."On The Hustings – April 21, 2008", The New York Sun (April 21, 2008): "I am very happy to be a passionate man... many times I deal passionately when I find things that are not in the best interests of the American people. And so, look, 20, 25 years ago, 15 years ago, that's fine, and those stories here are either totally untrue or grossly exaggerated." Retrieved May 10, 2008. One psychoanalytic comparison suggests that McCain was not the first presidential candidate to have a temper,Renshon, Stanley. "The Comparative Psychoanalytic Study of Political Leaders: John McCain and the Limits of Trait Psychology" in Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior, 245 (Feldman and Valenty eds., Greenwood Publishing 2001): "McCain was not the only candidate or leader to have a temper." {{ISBN|0-275-97036-1}}. and cultural critic Julia Keller argues that voters want leaders who are passionate, engaged, fiery, and feisty.Keller, Julia. "Me? A bad temper? Why, I oughta ...", Chicago Tribune (May 1, 2008): "Anecdotes about McCain's short fuse â€“ dashing off nasty letters, manhandling colleagues when they oppose him â€“ have popped up in recent profiles. Conversely, though, we also want people in public life to be passionate and engaged. We want them to be fiery and feisty. We like them to care enough to blow their stacks every once in a while. Otherwise, we question the sincerity of their convictions." Retrieved May 10, 2008. McCain has employed both profanityColeman, Michael. "Domenici Knows McCain Temper", Albuquerque Journal, Online Edition (April 27, 2008). Retrieved May 10, 2008. and shouting on occasion, although such incidents have become less frequent over the years.Kranish, Michael. "Famed McCain temper is tamed", The Boston Globe (January 27, 2008). Retrieved April 28, 2008.Kane, Paul. "GOP Senators Reassess Views About McCain", The Washington Post (February 4, 2008): "the past few years have seen fewer McCain outbursts, prompting some senators and aides to suggest privately that he is working to control his temper." Retrieved May 10, 2008. Lieberman has made this observation: "It is not the kind of anger that is a loss of control. He is a very controlled person." Senator Thad Cochran, who has known McCain for decades and has battled him over earmarks,Novak, Robert. "A Pork Baron Strikes Back", The Washington Post (February 7, 2008). Retrieved May 4, 2008.Leahy, Michael. "McCain: A Question of Temperament", The Washington Post (April 20, 2008). ("Cornyn is now a McCain supporter, as is Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, himself a past target of McCain's sharp tongue, especially over what McCain regarded as Cochran's hunger for pork-barrel projects in his state. Cochran landed in newspapers early during the campaign after declaring that the thought of McCain in the Oval Office 'sends a cold chill down my spine.'") Retrieved April 28, 2008. McCain aide Mark Salter challenged the accuracy of some other elements of Leahy's article; see weblink" title="">"McCain's Temper, Ctd.", National Review Online (April 20, 2008). Retrieved May 4, 2008. expressed concern about a McCain presidency: "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me." Ultimately Cochran decided to support McCain for president, after it was clear he would win the nomination.Raju, Manu. "McCain reaches out to GOP senators with weekly meetings", The Hill (April 30, 2008). Retrieved May 4, 2008All of McCain's family members are on good terms with him, and he has defended them against some of the negative consequences of his high-profile political lifestyle.Timberg, American Odyssey, pp. 144–145.Bumiller, Elisabeth. "Two McCain Moments, Rarely Mentioned", The New York Times (March 24, 2008). Retrieved March 24, 2008. His family's military tradition extends to the latest generation: son John Sidney IV ("Jack") graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009, becoming the fourth generation John S. McCain to do so, and is a helicopter pilot; son James served two tours with the Marines in the Iraq War; and son Doug flew jets in the navy.Tilghman, Andrew. "McCain win might stop sons from deploying", Navy Times (March 10, 2008). Retrieved March 28, 2008.Stolberg, Sheryl Gay. "Obama Is Embraced at Annapolis", The New York Times (May 23, 2009). Retrieved May 25, 2009. His daughter Meghan became a blogging and twittering presence in the debate about the future of the Republican Party following the 2008 elections, and showed some of his maverick tendencies.Parker, Kathleen. "Another McCain Throws Down a Challenge", The Washington Post (March 25, 2009). Retrieved May 25, 2009.Tobin, Frances. "Is Meghan McCain, Miss Maverick, Undermining Her Daddy?", Politics Daily (February 10, 2010). Retrieved February 27, 2010.

Awards and honors

{{See also|Early life and military career of John McCain#Awards and decorations}}File:Senator McCain Visits Batumi 2010.jpg|right|thumb|President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia awards a National Hero of Georgia order to McCain in January 2010 in BatumiBatumiIn addition to his military honors and decorations, McCain has been granted a number of civilian awards and honors.In 1997, Time magazine named McCain as one of the "25 Most Influential People in America".In 1999, McCain shared the Profile in Courage Award with Senator Russ Feingold for their work towards campaign finance reform. The following year, the same pair shared the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government."Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government", Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois. Retrieved July 24, 2015. In 2005, The Eisenhower Institute awarded McCain the Eisenhower Leadership Prize.weblink" title="">"Senator John S. McCain to Receive 2005 Eisenhower Leadership Prize", The Eisenhower Institute (August 24, 2005). Retrieved November 14, 2007. The prize recognizes individuals whose lifetime accomplishments reflect Dwight D. Eisenhower's legacy of integrity and leadership. In 2006, the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award was bestowed upon McCain by the National Park Trust."National Park Trust Awards Senator John McCain Highest Honor" {{webarchive|url= |date=July 25, 2015 }}, National Park Trust (June 8, 2006). Retrieved June 18, 2015. The same year, McCain was awarded the Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Service Award by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, in honor of Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson."JINSA Bestows Distinguished Service Award Upon Senator John McCain" {{webarchive|url= |date=December 14, 2007 }}, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (December 5, 2006). Retrieved December 27, 2007. In 2007, the World Leadership Forum presented McCain with the Policymaker of the Year Award; it is given internationally to someone who has "created, inspired or strongly influenced important policy or legislation".Turner, Malcolm. weblink" title="">"Senator John McCain receives Policy Maker of the Year Award", World Leadership Forum (February 20, 2007). Retrieved August 5, 2015. In 2010, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia awarded McCain the Order of National Hero, an award never previously given to a non-Georgian."Senator McCain Visits Batumi (January 10–11" {{webarchive|url= |date=October 23, 2015 }}, U.S. Embassy to Georgia. Retrieved March 28, 2010. In 2015, the Kiev Patriarchate awarded McCain its own version of the Order of St. Vladimir."Leader of Ukrainian schismatics awards anti-Russian senator McCain", Interfax-Ukraine (February 5, 2015). Retrieved June 18, 2015. In 2016, Allegheny College awarded McCain, along with Vice President Joe Biden, its Prize for Civility in Public Life.Mauriello, Tracie. "Allegheny College awards civility prize to Joe Biden and John McCain", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 8, 2016). Retrieved June 23, 2016. In August 2016, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, awarded McCain with the highest award for foreigners, the Order of Liberty."УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ №340/2016", Office of the President of Ukraine (August 22, 2016). Retrieved August 22, 2016. In April 14, 2017, Hashim Thaçi, the President of Kosovo, awarded McCain with the medal "Urdhër i Lirisë" (Order of Freedom) for his contribution to the freedom and independence of Kosovo, and its partnership with the US."Thaçi dekoron Mc Cain me çmimin “Urdhëri i lirisë”" {{webarchive|url= |date=April 15, 2017 }}, Retrieved August 14, 2017. In October 2017, he received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center.NEWS,weblink McCain condemns isolationist politics, calls it 'unpatriotic', 2017-10-17, Fox News, 2017-10-18, en-US, McCain has received honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. These include ones from Colgate University (LL.D 2000),"Honorary degree recipients", Colgate University (July 2000). Retrieved June 18, 2015. The Citadel (DPA 2002),"Citadel announces graduation awards", The Citadel (May 11, 2002). Retrieved June 18, 2015. Wake Forest University (LL.D May 20, 2002),"Commencement News", Wake Forest University (June 2002). Retrieved June 18, 2015.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2017-05-09, yes,weblink" title="">weblink December 18, 2015, mdy-all, the University of Southern California (DHL May 2004),"Past Recipients", University of Southern California. Retrieved June 18, 2015. Northwestern University (LL.D June 17, 2005),"McCain to Speak at Commencement, Eight to Receive Honorary Degrees", Northwestern University (June 7, 2005). Retrieved August 5, 2015."Office of the Provost: Honorary Degree Recipients" {{webarchive|url= |date=April 11, 2015 }}, Northwestern University. Retrieved August 5, 2015. Liberty University (2006),Vrazilek, Jessica. "John McCain: For Liberty at Liberty", National Review Online. CBS News (May 15, 2006). The New School 2006), "Commencement: Past Recipients", The New School. Retrieved August 5, 2015. and the Royal Military College of Canada (D.MSc June 27, 2013).WEB,weblink Royal Military College of Canada Honorary Degree Recipients,, 2017-05-30, 2017-07-25, "MacKay gives honorary degree to John McCain in Washington", CBC News (June 18, 2013).Goodman, Lee-Anne. "Peter MacKay in U.S. meeting with Chuck Hagel, John McCain", CTV News (June 18, 2013). He was also made an Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin in 2005."John McCain" {{webarchive|url= |date=September 10, 2015 }}, University Philosophical Society, Trinity College Dublin. Retrieved September 21, 2013.


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Writings by McCain


  • Faith of My Fathers by John McCain, Mark Salter (Random House, August 1999) {{ISBN|0-375-50191-6}} (later made into the 2005 television film Faith of My Fathers)
  • Worth the Fighting For by John McCain, Mark Salter (Random House, September 2002) {{ISBN|0-375-50542-3}}
  • Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life by John McCain, Mark Salter (Random House, April 2004) {{ISBN|1-4000-6030-3}}
  • (Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember) by John McCain, Mark Salter (Random House, October 2005) {{ISBN|1-4000-6412-0}}
  • Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them by John McCain, Mark Salter (Hachette, August 2007) {{ISBN|0-446-58040-6}}
  • Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War by John McCain, Mark Salter (Simon & Schuster, November 2014) {{ISBN|1-4767-5965-0}}
  • (The Restless Wave (book)|The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations) by John McCain, Mark Salter (Simon & Schuster, May 2018) {{ISBN|978-1501178009}}

Articles and forewords

  • weblink" title="">"How the POW's Fought Back", by John S. McCain III, Lieut. Commander, U.S. Navy, U.S. News & World Report, May 14, 1973 (reprinted for web under different title in 2008). Reprinted in Reporting Vietnam, Part Two: American Journalism 1969–1975 (The Library of America, 1998) {{ISBN|1-883011-59-0}}
  • "The Code of Conduct and the Vietnam Prisoners of War", by John S. McCain, Commander USN, National War College, April 8, 1974 (actual paper)
  • Foreword by John McCain to A Code to Keep: The True Story of America's Longest-Held Civilian POW in Vietnam by Ernest C. Brace (St. Martin's Press, 1988) {{ISBN|0-7090-3560-8}}
  • weblink" title="">Speeches of John McCain, 1988–2000
  • Foreword by John McCain to Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-held Prisoner by Tom Philpott (W. W. Norton, 2001) {{ISBN|0-393-02012-6}}
  • Foreword by John McCain to The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam (Random House, 2001 edition) {{ISBN|1-58836-098-9}}
  • Foreword by John S. McCain to Unfinished Business: Afghanistan, the Middle East and Beyond â€“ Defusing the Dangers That Threaten America's Security by Harlan Ullman (Citadel Press, June 2002) {{ISBN|0-8065-2431-6}}
  • Foreword by John McCain and Max Cleland to Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming by Jonathan Shay (Scribner, November 2002) {{ISBN|0-7432-1156-1}}
  • weblink" title="">Foreword by John McCain to Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts by the Editors of Popular Mechanics (Hearst, August 2006) {{ISBN|1-58816-635-X}}
  • Introduction by John McCain to Pearl Harbor, the Day of Infamy, an Illustrated History by Dan van der Vat (Black Walnut Books, 2007) {{ISBN|1-897330-28-6}}
  • weblink" title="">"An Enduring Peace Built on Freedom: Securing America's Future" by John McCain Foreign Affairs, November/December 2007

See also




External links

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