February 11th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain formally announces Senate re-election bid

McCain’s e-mail this week takes aim at congressional Democrats, though it avoids criticism of President Obama.
McCain’s e-mail this week takes aim at congressional Democrats, though it avoids criticism of President Obama.

(CNN) - John McCain officially announced a 2010 campaign to hold on to his Senate seat Tuesday, sending supporters a fundraising message asking for help with “a tough re-election challenge.”

McCain won his home state of Arizona by 9 points in November, but the state has become increasingly competitive. Until the state’s Democratic governor, Janet Napolitano, was selected by President Obama to head the Department of Homeland Security, political observers had considered her to a formidable potential challenger to the four-term incumbent.

McCain’s e-mail this week takes aim at congressional Democrats, though it avoids criticism of President Obama.

“While the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama, has pledged to change business as usual in Washington and spoken of bipartisanship, I have been saddened to watch as Congressional Democrats try to use their majority to advocate more of the same failed policies and wasteful spending of the past,” he writes. “With so much at stake, now is not the time to step away from my work in the Senate.

Following his presidential run, the Republican senator said he intended to seek re-election in 2010 and set up a political action committee as a first step in that process, but the e-mail marks McCain’s official announcement and fundraising pitch to supporters that he plans to defend his Senate seat.


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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Miss lead

    I am lucky not to live in AZ. I could not fathom to watch the Vietnam film clips when was prisoner –again and again. He does not have anything to contribute to AZ, much less to the US.

    February 11, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Mike Dallas

    Actually, his last hissy fit in the Senate shows us how he would have run his Presidency.

    My way or the high-way and to he!! with the rest of you little people.

    February 11, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Bell

    McCai should be sent back to the Hanoi Hilton. McCain thinks it's his job to say NO to anything that will help this country.

    February 11, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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