Will He Or Won’t He? John McCain, 77, Ambivalent On Whether He’ll Seek 6th Senate Term


Saying he doesn’t want to end up as “one of those old guys that should’ve shoved off,” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Hollywood industry website The Wrap last week that his current term might be his last.

That caused a minor sensation on the Internet. Jaded conservatives weary of McCain’s cross-party liberalism took to political blogs to commemorate the news with comments that were equal parts jubilant and vindictive.

So McCain, currently serving his fifth Senate term, got back out on Twitter to clear things up.


The Wrap’s Tim Molloy had overheard McCain’s “last term” comment in a moment of candor while interviewing the Senator at a launch party for — wait for it — Pivot TV, a new network featuring daughter Meghan in a show called “Raising McCain,” an “investigative series.”

While talking with McCain (the Senator) about whether there’ll ever be a place in this world for a la carte cable pricing, Molloy paused as McCain greeted two well-wishers who doted on him for his support of President Barack Obama. From Molloy’s interview transcript (the interviewer’s words are in bold):

What about the idea that a show like a “Breaking Bad” or a “Mad Men” would never exist without bundling?

I think they would exist. I think that, look at [shows] now that are strictly over the internet.

[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.”]

Is this really your last term?

Nah, I don’t know. I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.

I had a conversation the other day with Barry Diller. And his whole point is, technology is going to overtake all of us. When young people are… not watching television, but gettin’ their information, their entertainment and their news through other means, then there’s bound to be this kind of — you can’t restrict it to just cable. So it’s changing and it continues to change and that’s a good thing.

Clearly, Molloy caught McCain off his pleasant “banter-about-the-television-business” script when he made the smart, instantaneous decision to take ownership of something he’d overheard as a third party and question McCain about it directly. It’s interesting that McCain’s on-record response lacked the candor of his comments to the Obama supporters.

But at this stage in his career in politics, who really knows what John McCain is thinking?

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  • independent thinker

    ” I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.”
    McCain is long past that point.

    • podunk1

      Long past senility – hard to figure out how he morphed from a butterfly back into a caterpillar that’s devouring the turnip patch!

  • stratus46

    PLEASE retire. In fact, you could resign right now.

    • rivahmitch

      or, alternatively, he could die and have a nice state funeral… I’m sure the Kenyan fascist would orate about how McLame was always a supporter of the government (“the bigger the better”)and “willing to work together” (to sell others into servitude).

      • txbadonetoo

        Hey.. let’s not lower the discussion to wishing death on someone. That is just wrong. I’m no McCain lover but I don’t wish death or even ill on him.
        Comments such as that Rivahmitch just reinforce false impressions about opposition to RINO’s and Progressives.

  • Harold Olsen

    When McCain go reelected this last time, he said it would be his final term. He said he would retire at the end of it. I had my doubts. Now I’m sure of it. He likes the power. He will not give it up. He’ll stay in office until he drops dead. We’ll have to put up with him, along with his boy friend Lindsay Graham, helping Obama destroy our country.

    • Gib74

      You / we do NOT have to ‘put up with him’.

      That kind of thinking lets things go as they are instead of making real changes.

  • txbadonetoo

    I doubt McCain could even win another election – between his votes for the Senate Immigration Reform Bill, his support of Obama’s non qualified nominations to various posts (to not ‘anger’ Harry Reid) and his support of al-Qaeda in Syria – I doubt McCain could even win another election.
    A recent article ran which outlined how a key Republican group in AZ chastized McCain and withdrew support for him. I think John’s days are numbered.

    • Merle Dickey

      I agree

    • Connie Slocum

      Spot-on Txbadonetoo!

    • peter

      Sure thing. His ‘ sell by ‘ date expired about 5 years ago. Getting really sour now. Time to go. If you think I am not a fan, just relax because you are quite right! McCain can go far away and take Obama, Clinton, Kerry and Reid with. Please may they hurry!

    • Gib74

      Recall election??

      • txbadonetoo

        I’d gladly donate some $$ to get rid of McCain.. I think it’s time that he, Lindsey Graham and Harry Reid spend more time relaxing in Las Vegas lecturing to Reid’s Pomegranite trees (you have to know about Reid to get this one).. Where they can’t do any harm to America.

      • Joanne Thomann

        a whole lot of these politicians should be recalled. We should be following Colorado’s lead across this country until every one of these traitors are removed from office!!!!!

      • IsThisAmerica

        I WISH!

    • podunk1

      Maybe he’ll run in Syria!

  • peter

    Yes, clearly who knows what he is thinking;- did I say ‘ thinking?’ and at the end of the day ” what difference does it make anyway?”

  • northbrook

    McCain served the nation long enough Time for him to retire

  • brownstoneconstr

    another turn coat. throw the bum out.

  • Gib74

    It’s WAY past time for McCain to do the honorable thing and get out of politics.

    The whole falling on their swords thing isn’t very popular any more so it’s the best we can get. = ]

  • rivahmitch

    He’s been “one of those old guys that should’ve shoved off,” for over a decade.

  • jollyroger

    McCain is as crooked as a bent corkscrew. Totally corrupted beyond any salvage. Never met a liberty and freedom stealing bill he didn’t like. Has betrayed America many times. Blocked attempts to locate POWs and MIAs, started the fire on the carrier Forestall, graduated 3rd from the bottom of the class at Annapolis; was nearly booted out of same but was saved by his daddy the Admiral. Involved with the Keating 5 scandal. His wife Cindy Hensley McCAin’s father was a member of Mayer Lanskey’s gang and got very wealthy from the gang controlled bear distribution in Arizona. According to those who survived Hanoi Hilton, he was a traitor. There are photos of McCain having tea with a Cuban ambassador. He also lobbied successfully for the F-35 fighter which has been a dismal and very costly failure from the onset.

    Yes, McCain has been the perfect congressman for America as this is the kind of representation Americans deserve.
    Decrepit, senile and corrupted; this creature should have been removed a long time ago. How and why the people in his congressional district ever kept re-electing this creature says a lot about the intelligence of the people of Arizona.
    The old fool needs to go the way of the Dodo and none too soon. His days in congress are numbered only he doesn’t know it yet; just like the body with a dead brain while the heart continues to pump blood.

  • dan

    according to the GOP (Good Old Progressives) RHINO Juan should be
    PRESIDENT…nothing like dodging a bullet and gettin hit by a flippin’ bus.

  • Alan

    Do the country a favor and shove off, you have already over stayed your welcome. If you do decide to run again, at least do it as a progressive democrat which is what you have proven yourself to be.

  • Carlucci

    McCain and so many other entrenched RINOs have got to go. He should have “shoved off” a long, long time ago. I can’t believe the people of Arizona keep re-electing him. If he runs again, hopefully they will tell him: “Buh, bye John -! Don’t let the door knob hit cha where the good Lord split cha.”

  • CharlaS

    McCain needs to be sued for BREACH OF CONTRACT. When he was elected and swore an oath to the Constitution that bound him to certain actions. He has not performed according to that contract.

  • IsThisAmerica

    He has done everything against the people of Arizona! No to your next term and I will not vote for you again! I did not last time and I will not this time. You are a liar, and a turncoat! I think all the demoncrats voted for you. Run as one. That’s what you are you miserable elitist. SHOVE OFF!

  • dave

    For Me, McCain was the first republican presidential candidate that I DID NOT vote for in 40 years of voting eligibility. Not obama, either, but some of those “third party” candidates made a whole lot more sense than the RINO from Arizona!

  • Clarence D. Chapman Jr.

    Sen. McCain do us all a favor, and go where all good mavericks go, wherever that is !! RETIRE and do soon, don’t wait !!! …

  • ted

    The question should be “Will AZ voters screw up again and re-elect him?”