John McCain

Presidential Candidacy

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In 2000, John McCain entered the contest for the Republican nomination for President, but he lost a heated primary season race to Governor George W. Bush of Texas. In 2008, John McCain secured the nomination to be the Republican presidential candidate, after coming back from early reversals.  However, in the presidential election, John McCain lost to the Democratic candidate Barack Obama, losing by a 365–173 electoral college margin. Following this election, John McCain became less of a maverick and tended to adopt more orthodox conservative positions and beliefs. For the most part, John McCain showed clear opposition to the actions of the Obama administration, especially with regard to foreign policy issues. By 2013, however, he had become a central player in the Senate for negotiating deals on key issues in an otherwise highly party-polarized environment. McCain became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2008. In July 2017, John McCain was faced with a diagnosis of brain cancer. Ever since the cancer diagnosis, John McCain has played a diminished role in the Senate.


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Quick Facts
Birth Date: 29 Aug, 1936
Age: 83 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Coco Solo
residence: Cornville
Gender: Male
Description: United States Senator and former presidential candidate
Spouse: Carol McCain[1965-1980]
Cindy McCain[1980-2018]
Net Worth 2021: 16 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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