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Overview (4)

Born in Canal Zone, Panama
Birth NameJohn Sidney McCain III
Nicknames The Sheriff
The Maverick
White Tornado
The Mac
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John McCain was born on August 29, 1936 in Canal Zone, Panama as John Sidney McCain III. He is an actor and writer, known for Face the Nation (1954), Television's Vietnam (1985) and Why We Fight (2005). He has been married to Cindy Hensley McCain since May 17, 1980. They have four children. He was previously married to Carol Shepp.

Spouse (2)

Cindy Hensley McCain (17 May 1980 - present) (4 children)
Carol Shepp (3 July 1965 - 1980) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (37)

Has been Senior Senator from Arizona since 3 January 1987.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona from 1983 to 1987.
Was the first sitting senator to host Saturday Night Live (1975).
The first time his appearance on Saturday Night Live (1975) aired, it was pre-empted in the Washington D.C./Baltimore metro area due to a sniper shooting.
Graduated, in 1958, fifth from the bottom of his class at the United States Naval Academy.
One of his favorite movies is Paths of Glory (1957). His favorite movie, as stated in his memoir Worth the Fighting For, is Viva Zapata! (1952). He also ranks Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) among his favorites.
As a U.S. Navy pilot, he was captured on 26 October 1967, after his plane was shot down while on a bombing run over Hanoi. He parachuted into a lake, breaking both arms and a leg. He was then imprisoned at the notorious North Vietnamese hell-hole, known as the Hanoi Hilton. He has described his five and a half year imprisonment as a nightmarish time, in which he was beaten and kept in solitary confinement. Twice he tried to hang himself, only to be cut down and assaulted by the guards.
At the time he was shot down, his father Admiral John S. McCain was Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet.
Good friends with Massachusetts senator John Kerry.
Longtime friend of Comedy Central show The Daily Show (1996) and of Jon Stewart.
His Senate seat was previously held by Barry Goldwater.
He is a second cousin seven times removed of President George Washington and a ninth cousin of Quincy Jones, both through the Washington line.
His candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election was endorsed by several celebrities, including former President George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Sylvester Stallone, and former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
U.S. Senators William Cohen and Gary Hart were the best men at his second wedding (17 May 1980).
Retired from the Navy as a Captain (1981).
After adopting his first wife Carol's children Doug and Andy, she gave birth to their daughter Sidney in September 1966.
Born to Admiral John S. "Jack" McCain Sr. (1911-1981) and his wife Roberta Wright (born in 1912), he grew up with his older sister Sandy and his younger brother Joe.
Was an excellent wrestler in high school.
Once joked about Chelsea Clinton at a Republican fundraiser, saying "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.", but later apologized (1998).
He has English, as well as Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), ancestry.
Quit his two pack a day cigarette habit in 1979.
Children with second wife, Cindy Hensley McCain, Meghan McCain (b. October 23, 1984), John Sidney IV ("Jack") (b. May 2, 1986), James Hensley ("Jimmy") (b. May 21, 1988) and Bridget Leela. (b. July 21, 1991).
He has been treated for cancer four times.
Made the surprise choice of the little-known Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, the first time a female candidate had been on the Republican ticket. The announcement fell on McCain's 72nd birthday and Palin's 20th wedding anniversary (August 29, 2008).
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
Presidential campaign slogan: "Country first".
Favorite book is For Whom the Bell Tolls. The title of his second memoir, Worth the Fighting For, is a phrase lifted from the novel. He credits the book with influencing much of his philosophy and calls its protagonist Robert Jordan his lifelong ideal of a hero.
Friend of Warren Beatty despite their political differences.
Naval honors included Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Ranking member, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
Member, U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Release of his book, "Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember" by John with Mark Salter. [2005]
Release of his book, "Faith of My Fathers" by John with Mark Salter. [1999]
Release of his book, "Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them" by John with Mark Salter. [2007]
Despite representing Arizona in the US Senate, he comes from a prominent military family based on the east coast of the United States. The USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) is jointly named after his father - who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War - and his grandfather, who served in World War I and World War II.
Diagnosed with brain cancer.[July 2017].
Underwent surgery for a blood clot over the left eye.[July 2017].

Personal Quotes (21)

We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos. There will be genocide; and they will follow us home.
War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
I am fully prepared to be commander-in-chief. I don't need on-the-job training.
The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.
I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike in the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also.
[on Vladimir Putin] I looked in his eyes and saw three letters: a K, a G and a B.
I will not take the low road to the highest office in this land. I want the presidency in the best way, not the worst way.
I spent five-and-a-half years in prison. The worst part was coming home and finding out 'Green Acres' had been canceled. What the hell was I fighting for?
The tea partiers are a great addition. They have invigorated a base that has been dormant for a long period of time. We're going to have a broad array of different views in our Republican conference, and I think it might be more interesting than any I've been in in a long time.
Our armed forces will fight for peace in Iraq, a peace built on more secure foundations that are found today in the Middle East. Even more important, they will fight for two human conditions of even greater value than peace: liberty and justice.
The use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights.
[on Donald J. Trump, 2016 ] It's not pleasant for me to to renounce the nominee of my party. He won the nomination fair and square.
[on dealing with his brain cancer diagnosis, July 2017] I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support. Unfortunately, for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon. So stand-by!
[on James Comey] Integrity is a word that doesn't get used a lot in Washington anymore. But that is the quality that has defined James Comey's service to our nation...Shifting political winds have blown criticism his way from different partisan directions. But his independence has never faltered. His integrity has never wavered. And I know that in the pursuit of justice it never will.
No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge's orders. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions
Our political differences, now matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions
I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30 budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process.
[on a new health care bill]I hope that in the months ahead, we can join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to arrive at a compromise solution that is acceptable to most of us, and serves the interests of Americans as best we can
We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach
[referring to the perceived effects of Donald Trump's presidency in a speech at the 2017 Liberty Medal Award Ceremony] To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last best hope of earth for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past, that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
[on the Vietnam war] One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income-level of America, and the highest income-level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we're going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.

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