|United States Senator
January 3, 1987
Serving with Jon Kyl
|Preceded by||Barry Goldwater|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st district
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||John Jacob Rhodes Jr.|
|Succeeded by||John Jacob Rhodes III|
|Born||August 29, 1936
Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone
|Spouse(s)||Carol Shepp (m. 1965, div. 1980)
Cindy Lou Hensley (m. 1980)
|Relations||John S. McCain, Jr. (father)
Roberta McCain (mother),
John S. McCain, Sr. (grandfather)
|Children||Douglas (b. 1959, adopted 1966),
Andrew (b. 1962, adopted 1966),
Sidney (b. 1966),
Meghan (b. 1984),
John Sidney IV "Jack" (b. 1986),
James "Jimmy" (b. 1988),
Bridget (b. 1991, adopted 1993)
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy|
|Religion||Southern Baptist congregant
(Brought up Episcopalian)
|Website||U.S. Senator John McCain: Arizona|
John Sidney McCain (born August 29, 1936) is a United States Senator from Arizona. He was chosen by the Republican Party for the party's candidate in the United States presidential election, 2008. He is married to business woman Cindy McCain, his second wife.
McCain's father (John S. McCain, Jr.) and grandfather (John S. McCain. Sr.) served in the U.S. Navy. McCain went to the U.S. Naval Academy and later served during the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down. He was captured by the Viet Cong, a name given to the North Vietnamese military who finally took over the entire country. While captured, he was called a "POW" (Prisoner of War). He was held in prison for several years and tortured, resulting in long-term damage to his body.
Later, he became a U.S. Congressman and then, in 1986, a U.S. Senator. He tried to get the Republican Party to choose him to be their candidate for President of the United States before, but George W. Bush got it. He tried again for it in 2008, and got chosen this time. He was defeated in the election on November 4 by Barack Obama. His running mate was Sarah Palin.
He is popular for his support of the Arab Spring, the protests and uprisings inside the Arab World, as well as the protests outside those regions, like Russian protests, he has remarked that the recent protests of years are worldwide.
- McCain was christened and raised Episcopalian. See Nichols, Hans. "McCain Keeps His Faith to Himself, at Church and in Campaign", Bloomberg (2008-04-25). 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. "McCain’s faith: Pastor describes senator as devout, but low-key", Associated Baptist Press (2008-04-08). Retrieved 2008-09-06. Also see Hornick, Ed. "McCain and Obama cite moral failures", CNN, (2008-08-16): "McCain, who was raised an Episcopalian and now identifies himself as Baptist, rarely discusses his faith." Retrieved 2008-08-16. Also see Reston, Maeve and Mehta, Seema. "Barack Obama and John McCain to Meet at Saddleback Church", Los Angeles Times, (2008-08-16): "McCain [is] an Episcopalian who attends a Baptist church in Phoenix..." Retrieved 2008-08-16.