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"I've got to give you some straight talk."

"Your character is not tested on occasions of public scrutiny or acclaim. It is not tested in moments when the object of your actions is the regard of another. Your character is what you are to yourself, not what you pretend to be to yourself or others."

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 - August 25, 2018) was an American politician and US Navy officer who served as both a US Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. He previously served as a US representative for two terms.

He served as a naval aviator in The Vietnam War, where he was shot down. He spent five and a half years at "Hanoi Hilton", the infamous Hellhole Prison for American POWs and was subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture to the point that he could never again raise his hands above his shoulders. A staunch conservative, McCain still stood out for his willingness to reach across the aisle on issues like health care, immigration, and America's own troublesome interrogation methods, leading him to be known as "Maverick".

McCain entered the race for the Republican nomination for president in 2000, but lost in a heated primary season contest to Governor of Texas (and eventual winner of the general election) George W. Bush. He ran for president against Barack Obama for president with Sarah Palin as his running mate but lost in 2008. He spent the last few years of his public service as one of the loudest Republican critics of Donald Trump, in part due to Trump disparaging his military service during his primary run. He died in 2018 after a battle with glioblastoma on the same day as his late friend, Senator Ted Kennedy, who died of the same disease in 2009.


McCain was married to Carol Shepp and Cindy Hensley and had seven children, including his daughter, Meghan, a commentator and co-host of The View. Long considered political royalty in Arizona, the state branch of the Republican party has censured the McCain family after many of them chose to endorse Joe Biden, John's longtime co-worker and friend in the Senate, rather than Trump in the 2020 election, a move that many attribute to a string of Republican losses in the once solid-red state in recent years.


Books he had written

  • Faith of My Fathers with Mark Salter
  • Worth Fighting For with Salter
  • Why Courage Matters with Salter
  • Charater Is Destiny with Salter
  • Hard Call with Salter
  • Thirteen Soldiers with Salter
  • The Restless Wave with Salter



Live Action Television

  • He makes a brief cameo as a CTU staffer in one episode in the fifth season of 24.
  • He appeared in an episode of Finding Your Roots.
  • Saturday Night Live
    • Darrell Hammond impersonated him numerous times, particularly during the 2008 election.
    • McCain himself hosted in 2002 and made guest appearances during the election (alongside Tina Fey's impersonation of his running mate Sarah Palin) and they re-aired the episode he hosted after his death.


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