McCain Gears Up to Run
Though he hasn’t made any official announcement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to launch a presidential exploratory committee — the first step toward running for the highest office in the land.
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Aides to McCain say the senator will discuss whether to seek the presidency with his family over the Christmas holiday and decide thereafter.
Establishing an exploratory committee allows a potential candidate to raise money for a White House run and travel the country.
McCain is a former Navy pilot who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He was elected to the Senate in 1986 and had served in the House for four years before that.
If McCain were to run, he would turn 72 on Aug. 29, 2008, at the height of the campaign. Only President Reagan was older — 73 at the start of his second term. McCain’s health could be another issue. The senator has had several cancerous lesions removed from his skin.
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