John McCain

Current job: U.S. senator from Arizona

Birth date: August 29, 1936, Panama Canal Zone

Family: Married Cindy Hensley (May 17, 1980 - present); Carol Shepp (1965-1980, divorced); Children: Bridget, 1991 (adopted from Bangladesh, 1992); Jimmy, 1988; Jack, 1986; Meghan, 1984; Sidney, 1966; Adopted sons from Carol's previous marriage: Andy, 1962, and Doug, 1959.

Religion: Episcopalian

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., 1958; National War College, 1974

Campaign Web site:
Other candidate: Barack Obama »
In Their Own Words

... Many issues [are] at stake in this election. All of these challenges and more will face the next president of the United States and I will not leave them for some unluckier generation of leaders to deal with.
-- from speech on June 10, 2008
Video Highlights
Transcripts and Speeches
Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include:
Evelyn Lauder, Estee Lauder Company
Gave $2,000 in November 2006
Steve Forbes
Roger Enrico, chair of Dreamworks SKG
Donated $2,100 in November 2006
Bob Perry, major funder of "Swift Boats for Truth" PAC
Gave $4,200 in December 2006
* Money figures are according to FEC
Some of the top and notable advisers, according to the campaigns and/or media reports.
Rick Davis, Campaign manager
Served as campaign manager for McCain's 2000 presidential run.
Rick Davis
Phil Gramm, Campaign co-chairman
U.S. representative and senator from Texas from 1978 to 2003.
Mike DuHaime
Tom Loeffler, Campaign co-chairman
Lobbyist, former U.S. representative from Texas and Reagan administration official, national finance co-chair for Bush's 2000 campaign.
* Special Notes
• Delegate counts represent CNN's most recent estimate for each candidate. For Democrats, the figures include pledged delegates and superdelegates. For Republicans, the figures include pledged delegates and unpledged RNC member delegates. There are currently 4,234 total delegates to the Democratic National Convention, including 3,409 pledged delegates and 825 superdelegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 2,118. There are currently 2,380 total delegates to the Republican National Convention, including 1,917 pledged delegates and 463 unpledged delegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 1,191. More about the delegate selection process
• Needed to Win: This refers to the total number of delegate votes needed by a candidate to win the party's nomination.
• States won: This refers to CNN's projected winner for each race until a final result has been determined. How CNN projects winners
John McCain Fundraising
TOTAL through June 2008
Raised: $144,071,945
Spent: $116,051,115
Cash-on-Hand: $26,782,229
provided by FEC
more Fundraising data »
McCain on the Issues
Opposes abortion rights except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.
Co-sponsored Bush-backed immigration reform legislation, which would have increased funding and improved border security technology, improved enforcement of existing laws, and provided a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Voted for use of military force in Iraq. Supported Bush veto of war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Was an early proponent of sending additional American troops to Iraq.
Same-sex marriage
Supports definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but opposes a constitutional amendment banning same sex-marriage. Says individual states should decide the issue. Says a federal marriage ban might be appropriate if courts overturned state marriage laws. Supports legal benefits for same-sex partners.
Social Security
Supports Bush plan to allow workers to divert some Social Security payroll taxes to private retirement accounts.
Voted against 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cut laws, but later voted in favor of extending tax cuts through 2010.
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