Sen. John McCain


Sen. John McCain Trivia


  • Trivia

    • John McCain has Scottish and Irish ancestors.

    • His height is 5' 8" (1.73 m).

    • His nicknames are The Sheriff, The Maverick, McNasty, White Tornado and The Mac.

    • In March of 2008, Senator John McCain won the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.

    • McCain's youngest son, James, joined the Marines in 2006.

    • McCain told Larry King that he hiked from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon during the summer of 2006. He said, "It was fun, it was exhilarating and it almost killed me."

    • McCain's 2nd wife Cindy is the chairman of Anheuser-Busch.

    • McCain is a member of the Gang of 14 which is a term that was coined to describe 14 members of the 109th US Congress comprised of 7 Republicans and 7 Democrats. The Gang of 14 was an organized a filibuster to prevent the nomination of US Supreme Court Judges appointed by George Bush.

    • McCain announced on February 28, 2007 that he will run for President in the 2008 election.

    • McCain did a photo shoot for the September 2006 issue of Marie Claire with fellow politicians Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Rudy Giuliani. He also confessed to the magazine that he has an addiction to cappucino.

    • Senator McCain tried to persuade FIFA to ban Iran from the 2006 World Cup.

    • McCain ran for President in 2000.

    • Senator McCain and his wife Cindy have an adopted daughter from Bangladesh. Her name is Bridget.

    • Senator McCain followed a family tradition when he joined the Navy. His father and grandfather were admirals in the U.S. Navy. Both of them were also named John McCain.

    • Senator McCain is married to Cindy McCain.

    • During McCain's military service, he received a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    • In 1954, Senator John McCain graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

    • Senator John McCain was a Captain in the U. S. Navy.

  • Quotes

    • McCain:(about his Republican rival Mitt Romney on immigration) And maybe his solution will be to get out his small-varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn. I don't know.

    • McCain: Illegal immigration and our porous borders are problems that we have, to our shame, ignored for too long because it was too hard and politically risky to solve.

    • McCain: (on not wanting to be Vice President) As far as me and the vice presidency is concerned ... I spent a number of years in a North Vietnamese prison camp in the dark and was fed scraps, and I don't know why I would want to do that all over again.

    • McCain: Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives.

    • McCain: Presidents don't lose wars, political parties don't lose wars, nations lose wars. And when nations lose wars, nations suffer.

    • McCain: Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people. Hollywood is a Washington for the simpleminded.

    • McCain: War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.

    • McCain: Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.

    • McCain: (on "The Late Show with David Letterman") last time we were on this program, I'm sure you remember everything very clearly that we say, but you asked me if I would come back on this show if I was going to announce. ... I am announcing that I will be a candidate for president of the United States.

    • McCain: We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement -- that's the kindest word I can give you -- of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war. The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously. I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history.

    • McCain: Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in return.

    • McCain: (in reference to his daughter) Like every other 13-year-old in America, she's in love with Leonardo DiCaprio, who I think is an androgynous wimp. You know what he does throughout the whole movie Titanic? He smokes.

    • McCain: I'm older than dirt and I've got more scars than Frankenstein.

    • McCain: We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears.

    • McCain: America has much to gain in terms of jobs and trade by meeting the growing world demand for advanced, environmentally sound technologies.

    • McCain: Our nation has both an obligation and self-interest in facing head-on the serious environmental, economic and national security threat posed by global warming.

    • McCain: 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.

    • McCain: Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in rerun.

    • John McCain: We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.

    • McCain: I am a Republican. I'm loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline.

    • McCain: Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our President and fight. We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will.