AUDIO SLIDESHOW The evolution of a hawk
John McCain began his career as a traditional western conservative, but since has developed his own ideals. (Boston Globe)
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
about this candidate
August 29, 1936
Naval hospital in the Panama Canal Zone
US Naval Academy at Annapolis (1958)
Senior US Senator from Arizona
Survived The Forrestal Disaster in July 1967, where a fire on board the aircraft carrier killed 134 men; was a POW at "Hanoi Hilton" for five years - two in solitary confinement; nicknamed "The Sheriff" because of his crackdown on waste in government; presidential candidate in 2000
Arizona House of Representatives in 1982; US Senate in 1986
McCain is the son and grandson of United States Navy Admirals. He was commissioned an ensign in the Navy and trained to become an aircraft carrier pilot. He served as a naval aviator in the Vietnam War, and was held as a prisoner of war for five and a half years, from 19671973.
Wife Cindy Hensley McCain
mccain's position on
Senator McCain on the war in Iraq, healthcare, the economy, and the one issue that sets him apart.