Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters over the weekend that he has no plans to run for president again — despite supposedly being begged to make another go of it.
“Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of emails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,’” McCain said, according to the Arizona Republic. “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.’”
“I can assure you, I don’t see it,” McCain added. “It’s not on my radar.”
Though McCain shut the White House possibility down, at least one pollster said he’s seen some renewed interest in a possible McCain 2016 run.
Bruce Merrill, an Arizona political scientist and pollster, told the Republic he’s recently fielded multiple calls from reporters asking about the possibility of a third McCain bid for the White House.
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