(CNN) - Play word association with the name "John McCain" and "maverick" is certain to pop up.
After all, McCain's presidential campaign repeatedly dubbed the Arizona Republican "the original maverick" and late last month McCain's former running mate, Sarah Palin, urged a crowd in Tucson to "send the maverick back to the Senate!"
But there's only one problem: McCain, who faces a difficult primary challenge from the right, says he's no maverick.
"I never considered myself a maverick," the senator told Newsweek this week. "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."
McCain faces a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth and has come under criticism for being too moderate on a variety of issues, including immigration. Several leading Tea Party activists in Arizona have decided not to endorse McCain or Hayworth, criticizing both of their records while serving in Congress.
Palin, who remains popular with the conservative voters McCain is hoping to court, campaigned with the Arizona senator last month. It was the first time the two appeared publicly since their 2008 bid for the White House came to an end.
Following Palin's recent appearance for McCain, the senator's campaign released a 90-second video of the two .
You lie! Johnny Boy.
Somebody is putting something in his Metamucil!
Hey Four and the Door – You obviously don't remember Mr. McCain stating that the economy was just fine, so he didn't need a plan to fix it. If he had become President, the economy would be worsening, but Bush's $4 Trillion would have still been added to the debt. Maybe you and John could share a room in the nursing home, eh? Or maybe one of his many homes if he can remember where they are. And you can help with his enemas, since you'll be so close to the point of entry with your nose anyway.
I used to respect McCain, even though I was not a Republican. It goes to show that absolute power corrupts absolutely. He's a wealthy man, yet he –as many other people of influence– craves the power and influence that comes with public office.
Another mediocre politician.
Hey Sarah Palin.....do you like this "Hopey Changey"
Had McCain and Palin won the the election in 2008, this recession would have been long over, the jobless situation would have improved and the wars would have been resolved cause we would have bombed Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan two weeks after they were sworn in. Oh well, maybe in 2012.
I was happy to vote for Sen. McCain in 2008 because I believed in his integrity. I though then he had the capability to "act outside the box" and compromise on key issues. I admire his one major accomplishment: the McCain-Feingold reform of political contributions.
Now I see Sen. McCain become a prisoner of his own mental box, which is the Republican party ideology. With these increasing signs of senility, it's time for him to retire gracefully from politics.
A Vote for a corpse would be more effective than a vote for McCain...
He has done NOTHING for Arizona and is the poster child for TERM LIMITS!
Papasan in AZ
McCain. you just guaranteed you won't be reelected.
And all your Republican buddies are right behind you.
PS. For everyone who's yelling "TERM LIMITS!!" off the top of their lungs, we tried that in California and it didn't work. Most of these freshmen politicians didn't have a very good idea how to navigate the system and they ended up being steered by lobbyists and special interest groups.
I don't know what the solution is, but it probably lies somewhere in between the two extremes.
I wish him the very best in his post senator life. He served the American people both as a armed forces officer and in the Senate and for that we should respect him.
But, his actions as of late more or less say he should hang up the gloves.
Thanks for the memories Maverick
I remember a time when I used to respect John McCain.
John McCain fell off his horse long ago and Palin dragged him right off the cliff. President Obama's win has been too much for McCain to overcome and has sent him straight to the nut house.
Did you ever notice that McCain never smiles? Instead, he grimaces - and for good reason. There's clearly no life to his life. He is an object battered about by political winds, unable to get anchored, unwilling to forge his own integrity. And now, highly unlikely to win any election.
he is the only so called "heroe" who has crashed more planes than any other soldier and still is consider a "heroe"
he needs to be out of politics and let other people rebuilt this country after eight years of republican disaster.
For all those like Laura, Boston, It's time to wake up from your long deep dream. J McCain is a plain old mistake. A Republican puppet. A dishonest gold digging spouse and an elite who cares only about the wants of big business and his elite kind. And to bring Sarah P back to tag-team on the public's heartstrings? – J McCain – you were never good for the people
McCain the Maverick,
Joe the Plumber
Both were fabrications.
Chameleon is more like it. Changes colors with the seasons. I live in Arizona, and I can't see what McCain has done for our state. It seems that all the Republicans from Arizona want to do is cut benefits for unemployment and extend them for the super wealthy with the Capitol Gains and Inheritance tax that is about to expire. Take from the poor give to the rich.
How many different personalities does he have now? I can't keep track anymore.
Where were you during the 2008 election? Hello!!!!
Just the latest McCain flip flop. Whatever the winds of public opinion are whispering, that's what McCain tries to become. He claimed in his concession speech to Obama that it was time to unite the country, then he turns around and declares "No cooperation!" John, you are hurting the country. You are no patriot. Please, go away.
McCain is an American hero and a politician who makes decisions based on what he feels is best for the people. He's not conservative enough for me, but I respect him and understand why he seems to be "all over the place" regarding the conservatrive and liberal positions–he walks nobody's "party line."
so you weren't a Maverick before you were a Maverick? or you were a Maverick before you weren't a Maverick? OR you're just a consistent LIAR?
hats off to Capt. McCain, it's only been 14-15 months and he's already showing signs, imagine if he was incapacitated and you know who was in charge........She would quit under the pressure, and fast moving words on the teleprompter and Pelosi would be the president, then the tea party would desolve because there isn't any more negroes to hate......wait, I forgot about Steele, but Tom is not a color!
McCain pressured Federal Banking Regulators for his buddy Charles Keating and Lincoln Savings and Loan. Thus the tag-line "The Keating Five". McCain does not care about the average person on the street in Arizona, McCain cares about money, power, and John McCain.