McCain Waiting 'A Few Years' Before Deciding on Re-Election Bid

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 11:17 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Sen. John McCain brushed aside an impromptu remark on Friday that led some observers to question whether the Arizona Republican plans to seek re-election in 2016.

“To clarify: I've long said I'll wait a few years before thinking about whether to seek re-election in 2016,” he tweeted on Friday. “Focused on our present challenges.”

McCain, who was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, was conducting an interview with The Wrap website when he reportedly made an off-the-cuff remark to a couple of Obama supporters, according to the publication.

“At this point two supporters of President Obama cut in to thank McCain for being on ‘our president's side for once in your life.’ McCain tells them, ‘The president and I, he's in his last term, I'm probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good. Quite good,’" the publication reported.

Appearing in “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” on Friday, McCain said that Russia’s Vladimir Putin “outfoxed” President Obama on Syria.

He also took a swipe at Putin’s “chutzpah” and penchant for appearing bare chested in photographs.

“I think I’ll start coming on this show with my shirt off to show how macho I am too by the way,” McCain joked.

“Nobody but someone with a mammoth ego could have written what was in The New York Times,” he added. “Lecturing to us about freedom and democracy. You got to hand it to him for chutzpah but the fact is you’ve got to understand he is what he is.”

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