Sen. John McCain

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Announced suspension of his presidential campaign on March 9, 2000 in Sedona, AZ; endorsed Gov. Bush on May 9, 2000. 


John McCain, Republican, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Current U.S. Senator from Arizona since 1987.  McCain chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and serves on the Armed Services and Indian Affairs Committees.
Chairman of the International Republican Institute since 1993. 
Established presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 30, 1998; declared himself a candidate on April 14, 1999; formally announced on Sept. 27, 1999.
Book, Faith of Our Fathers, published by Random House in late Aug. 1999.
Career Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, succeeding Barry Goldwater; re-elected in 1992 and 1998.
Elected to the U.S. House in 1982, served two terms, 1983-87.
Twenty-two years in the military.  A naval aviator, he was shot down over Vietnam in 1967 and spent the next five and a half years as a POW.  McCain retired from the service in 1981. Awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Education Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. 
Family Wife Cindy.  Four children: Meghan, Jack, Jimmy and Bridget.
Previous marriage ended in divorce.
Religion Episcopalian.
Age 63 years old.  Born August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone.  McCain's father and grandfather were both admirals.

Tales from the Bus
David Foster Wallace. "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub."  Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000.

Tucker Carlson.  "On The Road."  The Weekly Standard, March 27, 2000, p. 28-33.

Howard Kurtz.  "Along for the Ride: McCain's Strategist Steered a Shaky Bus."  Washington Post, March 12, 2000, p. A1.

"The Life of John McCain" series.  Washington Post, January 20 and 21, 2000 and March 2 and 3, 2000. >

Bob Jones.  "Is McCain able?"  World, Aug. 21, 1999. >

David Grann.  "The Hero Myth."  The New Republic, May 24, 1999, p. 24-31. >

Tom Dunkel.  "John McCain's Private War."  George, January 1999, p. 68-72, 94-95.

Michael Lynch.  "The Good Soldier."  Reason, January 1999, p. 36-42.

Andrew Ferguson. "The Media's Favorite Republican." The Weekly Standard, July 6-13, 1998, p. 20-25.

Charles P. Pierce. "John McCain Walks on Water." Esquire, May 1998.

Carroll J. Doherty. "All in a Day's Battle: McCain, the Eager Warrior." CQ Weekly, Vol. 56, No. 21, p. 1356-1359.

Michael Lewis. "A Question of Honor: The Subversive." New York Times Magazine, May 25, 1997.

Robert Timberg. The Nightingale's Song--Touchstone Books, 1996. (paper edition)

A&E Network aired a one-hour profile, "John McCain: American Maverick," on Feb. 10, 1999. >

Announcing Suspension of Candidacy in Sedona, AZ--March 9, 2000. >

Announcement Speech at Greeley Park in Nashua, NH--Sept. 29, 1999. >

As is required of presidential campaigns receiving federal funds, after the campaign the McCain committee underwent an audit by the Federal Election Commission.  The audit division finished its report on the McCain campaign on March 22, 2002, making it the first of the 2000 audit reports released.  The FEC approved the report unanimously in its April 12 public meeting with almost no discussion.  "This one was a pretty clean audit," stated FEC press officer Ron Harris.

The report showed the committee received approximately $28,450,000 from approximately 154,700 contributors and $14,777,748 from the U.S. Treasury in federal matching funds.  Total receipts of $58,012,969 included $11.2 million in bank loans, taken out because the campaign couldn't get the money from the Treasury as quickly as needed [the committee received $12,576,435 of its total matching funds in the period March 10, 2000-Dec. 31, 2001, after McCain had suspended his campaign].  There were also $327,000 in contribution refunds, $1.3 million in offsets and $81,000 transferred to the compliance committee.  The audit report concluded that the committee owned the U.S. Treasury just $99,037.

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.