April 9th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain to ponder giving up seat?

WESTPORT, Connecticut (CNN) – During a Q&A following a town hall in a New York suburb, a young hedge fund employee asked John McCain if he would consider giving up his Arizona Senate seat this summer. In that scenario, the questioner suggested, the Republican who would replace him would have an easier time defeating an opposing Democrat in a special run-off election because McCain will be at the top of November’s ballot.

“No, I will not,” replied McCain after complimenting the audience member for his knowledge of Arizona election by-laws. McCain added he was confident that a Republican would succeed him if he were elected President so he doesn’t feel the need to resign his seat early.

Towards the end of his answer, however, McCain told the crowd he would entertain the idea.

“I will go back and think about it, and think about the scenario that you just described,” said McCain, adding, “right now my intentions are to remain in the United States Senate.”

McCain was asked the same question in February, telling the Wall Street Journal, “if I get the nomination, we’ll figure it out.” He admitted that time on the trail took him away from his Senate duties.

But now that he has the nomination wrapped up, what will he do? In the same interview, McCain noted that he told Bob Dole in 1996 that he shouldn’t give up his Kansas seat while running for president. In the end, Dole gave up the seat and then lost the race for the presidency.

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  1. DM, Arlington TX


    Via his lobbyist connection made over $ 3.2 million dollars he congress don't pay in comparison. The game is over..

    April 9, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Chris Crew

    McCain is clearly not confident that he can win. That is the ONLY reason he would have to stay in the senate at this point. He knows he will not have time to be a good senator during the spring and summer before the election, but he is not yet all-in on being president.

    If I were him, I'd do the same. Obama looks really strong. Its not to say that McCain has no chance, he's just a realist. He has lost before and knows he is up against the most inspiring leader in a generation. McCain is rightfully worried that Obama will win.

    April 9, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. JC

    Obama has the least baggage, while Hillary is loaded.

    McCain doesn't shy away from any baggage.
    It seems nothing sticks to him.

    April 10, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. rachel

    McCain should go ahead and give up his seat. I also see that as usual Obama has waited to hillary has done something (tell Bush to boycott the olympics) and then followed suite a couple days later. What a follower he probably just wanted to wait to see what kind of reaction Hillary got from before he took a stand. Barrack needs to man up and stop beign such a light weight and start taking a stand whether its popular or not.

    April 10, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. Whites in the backround

    Grow up all the canidates do it New agencies report Clinton rallies filled with white women but behind her are white and black males, it called framing a picture, McCain does it as well they want to show America a diverse support base, also it was probrably a white person that asked for more white people its a non issue seeing as how fox didn't make an issue of the Tiger Woods comment.

    April 10, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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