Washington is abuzz with the rumor that Arizona’s Republican Senator and 2008 Republican nominee for President, John McCain, will retire in 2016.
McCain, first elected to the Senate in 1987 after Barry Goldwater vacated the seat, hinted that this term in office would “probably” be his last.
In an interview with the Hollywood-centric website The Wrap, McCain floated the idea, saying, “The president and I, he’s in his last term, I’m probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good. Quite good.”
McCain made the off-the-cuff comment when the interview he was giving to The Wrap was interrupted by some Obama supporters who thanked him for supporting the President on Syria.
But when pressed, he admitted that he hasn’t really made any final decisions.
McCain was asked if he is sure he’ll retire at the end of this term, but replied, “Nah, I don’t know. I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.”
Senator McCain’s current term ends in 2016. McCain will have turned 80 years old by that time.
After the interview was published, the Senator reiterated that he has made no decisions about retirement with a Sept. 13 Tweet.
To clarify: I’ve long said I’ll wait a few yrs before thinking about whether to seek reelection in 2016. Focused on our present challenges
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 13, 2013