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John McCain Biography (John Sidney McCain III): United States Senator of the Republican Party
Famous for : being a prisoner of war during the Vietnam war when he was a Captain in the US Navy and for being a presidential candidate in 2000 for the Republican Party during the presidential election (lost to George W. Bush). John McCain was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2008, with Sarah Palin as his choice for Vice President. He lost to Barack Obama.
McCain details : Born - August 29, 1936 Coco Solo, USA / Lives - United States of America

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John McCain, a decorated war veteran and former Prisoner of War, began his political career in 1982 with his election into office as a US Representative from Arizona and later as a Senator. He ran for the Republican nomination for Presidency in 2000 and 2008.

John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936 at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in Panama. His Father, John S. McCain Jr., was a Navy officer at the time (later becoming an Admiral) stationed in Panama with his mother, Roberta. During his early years, McCain moved around the US to various naval stations as a result of his father's career and ended up attending approximately twenty different schools. The family finally settled in Virginia where McCain attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, graduating in 1954.

After graduation, McCain, highly influenced by his father and grandfather's associations with the Navy, entered the US Naval Academy with mixed results. Although he did not perform well in school and did not respond well to the overwhelming discipline of the structured environment, McCain managed to gain respect with his peers and surfaced as a natural leader. Despite the problems, McCain was able to graduate from the Academy in 1958.

McCain entered active service and graduated from flight school in 1960 to become a naval pilot. He was stationed in both the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas onboard the USS Intrepid and the USS Enterprise. Known as a party man, John McCain met and eventually married Carol Shepp, a model, with whom he had one child, Sidney. McCain also formally adopted Carol's two children from a previous relationship.

In 1966 John McCain returned to combat and boarded the USS Forrestal and about six months later was sent to Vietnam with the aircraft carrier. The Forrestal was to be part of Operation Rolling Thunder, an plan with which McCain openly disagreed. During the Operation, the Forrestal caught fire, almost killing McCain, and eventually rendering the Forrestal inoperable for a period of time. McCain, still healing from shrapnel wounds, joined the USS Oriskany.

During a flight over North Vietnam, McCain's plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. Although John McCain escaped the plane via parachute, he did fracture both arms and leg and was further injured by an angry mob that discovered him. He was sent to the Hoa Loa Prison (nicknamed "Hanoi Hilton") and was originally refused medical treatment. When the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a top admiral, they changed their tactics and agreed to treat his wounds.

In March 1968, the North Vietnamese moved McCain into solitary confinement where they kept him for two years. He endured severe beatings and torture and refused early release: The North Vietnamese had wanted to use him as a political ploy but McCain refused to go unless all the other prisoners were also set free.

John McCain's imprisonment lasted for five and a half years. He endured enough beatings and torture to render him permanently incapable of raising his hands above his head. The North Vietnamese released him, and other Prisoners of War, in March of 1973.

McCain underwent physical therapy and was restored to flight status in 1974 at which time he became the Commanding Officer of a training squadron in Florida.

McCain became the Navy's liaison to the US Senate in 1977 and began an affair with Cindy Hensley two years later. Although his marriage to Carol was failing at the time, they did not finalize the divorce until 1980. McCain married Hensley in May of that same year. One year later McCain retired from the Navy as a Captain, having collected five major medals for his career: the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, and a Distinguished Flying Cross.

With the help of his new father in-law, McCain began his political career in 1982 an elected Representative from Arizona and was re-elected in 1984 to the same position. He began his Senate career in 1986 and focused his efforts on improving international affairs and ending corporate monetary influences on political affairs. McCain also helped decrease the tobacco industry's influence on teenagers by increasing cigarette taxes to fund anti-smoking campaigns.

McCain remained an active part of the senate and ran for the Republican nomination to the 2000 US presidency. He eventually lost the nomination to George W. Bush, but decided to run for the nomination again in 2007 with hopes of winning the bid for the 2008 presidential election. McCain chose Sarah Palin
as his potential vice president and lost to Barack Obama.

John McCain has three biologica
l children with his second wife and one adopted daughter.

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