John McCain

(John Sidney McCain III)

John McCain
John McCain
  • Born: August 29, 1936
  • Died: August 25, 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.

Quote Topics Cited
America must be a model citizen if we want others to look at us as a model. We can’t torture or treat inhumanely suspected terrorists we have captured. Intergovernmental Relations
As long as there is a demand [for drugs], there will be a supply. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Challengers do not have a level playing field. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Corporations are not people. That’s why we have different laws governing corporations and governing people. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Don’t fear this campaign, my fellow Republicans, join it. Liberals & Conservatives
Earmarks are the gateway to corruption. Corruption
Equal access to public education has been achieved. But what is the good of access to a failing school? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Even Adolf Eichmann got a trial. Justice & Injustice
Every senator I know would like to be President. The question is do they want to run to be President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Every time I have done things for political reasons, I have regretted it. Every time I have done what I thought was right, it has come out all right in the end. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Fear is an opportunity for courage. Miscellaneous
Fear is an opportunity for courage. Miscellaneous
For too long we have let history outrun our government’s ability to keep up with it. History
For us to throw away opportunities to cure diseases … is a mistake. Two-thirds of the American people support stem cell research. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Hope is not a strategy. Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am not sure whether I should be afraid of a national security threat from another country or another solar system. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I believe that the American People have a right to know what was done in their name.. Secrecy & Transparency
I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I do not question people’s motives in politics. I think we do too much of that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I spent five years in a North Vietnamese POW camp, kept in the dark, fed with scraps. Do you think I want to do that all over again? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I wasn't there for one constituent; I was there for a major economic interest of my state. Regulation & Deregulation
I will always forgive but I will never forget. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’m not looking back in anger at anything. Miscellaneous
I’ve learned to recognize my failings and seek opportunities for redemption. Human Nature
If France can produce 80 percent of its electricity with nuclear power, why can't we? Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
If George W. Bush is a reformer, I'm an astronaut! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If Iran gets nuclear weapons we are near to the apocalypse. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Miscellaneous
In every conflict we make mistakes. The trick is to fix them. War & Peace
In order to maintain my own self-respect, I had to dedicate my life to something that was greater than my own self-interest. Miscellaneous
In the war against terror, we have no stronger ally than Israel. Terrorism
In wars, serious mistakes are made. War & Peace
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the right side of the argument, it just matters whether you have the right ear. Public Opinion & Polling
It has given me an intense appreciation for this country and the wonders and freedoms that are associated with it. Freedom & Liberty
It is time the American people saw the incredible power of staff members ...and how little power the members who are elected by the people, as opposed to the unelected, have in the decision-making process. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It’s all torture. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
It’s not only what you do in politics. It’s what you appear to do. Public Relations & Image
Mistakes happen in wars. Wars do not go well…. But we adjust. War & Peace
Money is not free speech. Money is property. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
More people have been hit by lightening than who have contracted anthrax. Let’s just settle down. Terrorism
Nation building is a very daunting enterprise. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right Political Parties & Machines
No average citizen in America today can figure out the tax code. Taxes
Nothing in life is more exhilarating than fighting for something larger than you. Human Nature
One thing I have learned about lawyers is that if you look hard enough you will always find some who will agree with you. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
One thing I regret about American politics is that no one seems to have a sense of humor any more. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Our Founding Fathers created the United States Senate for the purpose of protecting the rights of the minority. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Presidential nomination debates have turned into mud wrestling instead of expositions of the candidates’ views. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Presidents should plan for war before they threaten war. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Russia is a gas station posing as a country. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Energy
Senator Obama has been saying some pretty nasty things about Western Pennsylvania lately, and you know, I couldn’t agree with him more. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Senator Rand Paul is a Whacko Bird Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Serve a cause greater than your self interest. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
States should have enormous input into the decisions that affect them. Intergovernmental Relations
That's how dictators get started. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Freedom & Liberty ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Media, Journalism & The Press ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The best schools in Arizona are charter schools. The worst schools in Arizona are charter schools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The consequences of failure are so profound that we can not even contemplate it….We’re going to have to ask for more money—after the election [scheduled for November 2004] Miscellaneous
The costs of failure are infinitely greater than the price of victory. War & Peace
The failures of the past will mean more sacrifices. Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The majority prevails in a democracy, eventually. Democracies & Republics
The more pain you inflict on someone, the more they will tell you what they think you want to hear. Miscellaneous
The most misguided, naïve, uninformed, egregious decision of the United States Supreme Court … in the 21st century. To somehow view money as not having a corrupting effect on an election flies in the face of reality. I just think that just one of the five had run for county sheriff. I guarantee you … there will be scandals. There is too much money washing around political campaigns today, and it will take scandals and maybe the Supreme Court will go back and revisit this issue Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The people who I serve believe that the means by which I came to office corrupt me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Saudis have been engaged in a Faustian bargain with the radical Islamic institutions in order to remain on the throne …they have played a central role in the rise of Islamic fundamentalism all over the world. Terrorism
The special interests are protected in Washington and the public interest is submerged. Lobbying & Special Interests
The system is broken …. We must secure our borders. But we have to have a way of matching willing workers with willing employers and have a way for people to do the jobs that Americans don’t seem to want to do…. But I don’t believe that we are going to take people who have been here for 40 or 50 years and ship them back where they came from…. As long as there is a demand for workers, workers will come. Immigration & Emigration
The traditional definition of patriotism was more associated with the military. Now we have broadened the definition to not only service to one’s country, but service to all mankind. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The Vice President has two duties: To daily inquire about the health of the President and to attend the funerals of third world dictators, neither of which interest me. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
There are lots of colleagues for whom I have a great deal of personal affection. But they’re not necessarily the people I go do to get something done. Legislating & Legislative Process
There is nothing secret in our nation’s capital. Secrecy & Transparency
There will be huge scandals because there is too much money washing around …. And we don’t know who’s behind it. Scandals
There will be more [political] scandals. There is too much money around …. It is legal for an American subsidiary corporation owned by the Chinese Army to make a major contribution to an American political party. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There will be scandals. There will be scandals. And then maybe we can reform again. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There's no such thing as a secret meeting. There's no such thing as a secret document.... That's a fact of life. Secrecy & Transparency
Things don’t go well in war. You make mistakes. War & Peace
This ban on interracial dating is stupid, it’s idiotic, and it is incredibly cruel. Discrimination & Prejudice
This question [torture] is not about our enemies; it is about us. We need not risk our national honor to prevail in any war. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
This town has become very corrupt. We need reform of lobbying. Corruption
This War on Terror has no boundaries …. We have to get them wherever they are. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
Tragedies ensure in wars. And we’ve seen it in every war. That’s why those who have known war hate it the most. Military & Veterans
Trust and transparency, the great principles of the free market, are at stake here. Regulation & Deregulation ;Secrecy & Transparency
We [Congress] are proving inadequate not only to our most difficult problems but also to routine duties. Our national political campaigns never stop. We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important. […] That’s not how we were meant to govern. Our entire system of government — with its checks and balances, its bicameral Congress, its protections of the rights of the minority — was designed for compromise. Policy & Policy Making ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We all know that if we repeal Roe v. Wade tomorrow …, we would condemn thousands of young women to illegal and dangerous operations. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
We lose credibility when we make idle threats. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We make mistakes in every war and serious mistakes were made here. War & Peace
We must have a free press. If we are to maintain democracxy as we know it, we must have a free and adversarial press.... That's how dictoators get power [by intimidating, restriciting and censoring the press.] Freedom & Liberty ;Media, Journalism & The Press
We ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
We’ve been through the House. We’ve been through the Senate. We’ve been through the rantings and ravings. The time is now. Legislating & Legislative Process
Whackobird Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When you’re spending 24 billion dollars in pork barrel transportation projects how can you go to the American people and talk about tax increases. Patronage & Pork Barrel
With the Internet, information is knowledge and knowledge is freedom. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You can’t fly in to an aircraft carrier and declare the war is over and then have American troops continue to die in Iraq. You just can’t do that. War & Peace
You cannot sit down at the negotiating table and still preach violence in the streets. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
You don’t want to humiliate your enemy—your adversary. Leaders & Leadership
And the people who live in the southern part of my state do not have a secure environment. To wit, there are signs that the government put up that say, 'Warning. You are in a drug smuggling area and a human smuggling area.' Government
And, if we lost, then who win? Did Al Qaida win? When on the floor of the House of Representatives they cheer - they cheer - when they pass a withdrawal motion that is a certain date for surrender, what were they cheering? Surrender? Defeat?
As a governor and senator, John Chafee set the standard for honesty and decency that the rest of us on our best days could only dream to emulate.
Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today. I know that because I've had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her.
But please know, whether you believe campaign contributions are speech or property, that I learned to love very dearly the right of free expression when I lived without that freedom for a while a long time ago. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Freedom & Liberty
Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our President and fight. We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will.
I am a Republican. I'm loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline.
I am fully prepared to be commander in chief... I don't need on-the-job training.
I don't doubt the sincerity of my Democratic friends. And they should not doubt ours.
I'm as frustrated with the French, I think, as anyone, but look, there's going to be other challenges and there are going to be other issues. As long as there's a war on terrorism going on, we're all going to have to work together. War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My greatest fear is the Iranians acquire a nuclear weapon and give it to a terrorist organization. And there is a real threat of them doing that.
On 'don't ask, don't tell' I was always the same. I said we needed a complete review of the impact on morale and battle effectiveness of 'don't ask, don't tell' before we repeal it. That's my position now. Now they're trying to ram through a repeal without a - any kind of really realistic survey done.
On the subject of Osama bin Laden... we will track him down. We will capture him. We will bring him to justice, and I will follow him to the gates of hell.
Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. War & Peace
Our armed forces will fight for peace in Iraq, a peace built on more secure foundations than are found today in the Middle East. Even more important, they will fight for two human conditions of even greater value than peace: liberty and justice. War & Peace
Our political differences, now matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions.
Remember the words of Chairman Mao: 'It's always darkest before it's totally black.'.
Thank God for our form of government. The media won't let there be any cover-up. Religion & God ;Government
The American people want us to stop spending. And so let's just give them some certainty. Let's extend the tax - the existing tax cuts. And then let's give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American people will have some confidence.
The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them. Society
The first pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk, I'm going to veto it and make the authors of those pork-barrel items famous all over America. Fame
The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on.
The tea partiers are a great addition. The tea partiers have invigorated a base that has been dormant for a long period of time. We're going to have a broad array of different views in our Republican conference, and I think it might be more interesting than any I've been in in a long time. Time
The way you have bipartisan negotiations, you sit down across the table, as we did with Ted Kennedy, as I've done with many other members, and you say, 'OK, here's what I want, here's what you want. We'll adhere to your principles, but we'll make concessions.'
War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality. War & Peace
We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves. Truth
We know that Medicare's going broke in seven years, but we need to start over. That's what the American people want us to do.
We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos; there will be genocide; and they will follow us home.
You cannot tell the enemy you're going to leave and expect the enemy to not - and expect to succeed. I mean, that's just a fundamental of warfare.