McCain: I'm Not Running for President Again

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Monday, 11 Nov 2013 04:17 PM

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Most people haven't seen much evidence of a groundswell of support for Sen. John McCain to run for president again.

But the senator, who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, says there are plenty of people out there who want him to give it a go. Still, McCain has no intention of doing so, he told The Arizona Republic.

"Particularly since the [government] shutdown, I've had a spate of emails and letters and phone calls saying, 'Run for president again,'" said McCain, R-Ariz.

"As you know, I'm seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, 'The people have spoken — the bastards.'"

The deceased Udall, a former Arizona congressman, ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976.

McCain is up for re-election to the Senate in 2016. He drew plaudits from moderates for criticizing conservatives' willingness to shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare.

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