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SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 4, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago
Posted: Nov 4, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago

FACTBOX-U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the
Republican candidate for U.S. president in the election on
Tuesday. Following are some of McCain's biographical details:
Age: 72
Birth date: Aug. 29, 1936
Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone
Education: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis; National War
College, Washington, D.C.
Wife: Cindy Lou Hensley
Children: Seven children, four grandchildren
Religious affiliation: Episcopalian
Family: McCain is the son and grandson of Navy admirals.
His grandfather, John McCain, commanded a fast carrier task
force in the Pacific during World War Two and saw the Japanese
surrender aboard the USS Missouri. The senator's father, also
John McCain, was a submariner in the Pacific during World War
Two. He was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command
during the Vietnam War when the younger McCain was a prisoner
of war.
Career: After graduating fifth from the bottom of his class
at the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain began a 22-year career in the
Navy. During the Vietnam War, he flew the carrier-based A-4
Skyhawk attack aircraft.
On July 29, 1967, McCain was almost killed aboard the
aircraft carrier USS Forrestal when a missile accidentally
fired from another plane hit the fuel tanks on his jet,
igniting a deadly fire. He narrowly escaped, but 134 people
died in the blaze.
On Oct. 26 of the same year, McCain was shot down during
his 23rd bombing mission. He ejected, broke both arms and a leg
and was knocked unconscious. He was captured and held as a
prisoner of war in the North Vietnamese forces' infamous “Hanoi
Hilton.” He was denied medical treatment, often beaten and
served much time in solitary confinement.
McCain spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war and declined
offers to be released earlier than longer-serving prisoners
after his captors discovered he was the son of a U.S. admiral.
Upon his release, he regained flight status and continued his
Navy career. His last assignment before retiring in 1981 was as
naval liaison to the U.S. Senate.
Elective office: McCain won a seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives from Arizona in 1982. He served in the House
until 1986, when he won a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he has
served ever since.
McCain ran for president in 1999 but lost the Republican
nomination to George W. Bush.
McCain's voting record is mixed. The nonpartisan National
Journal did not give him a ranking on its liberal-conservative
scale in 2007 because it said he did not vote frequently enough
to earn a score, missing more than half the votes in the
economic and foreign policy categories. The American
Conservative Union gives him an 82 percent conservative
lifetime rating.
Sources: Reuters, Almanac of American Politics,

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