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McCain: I 'Absolutely' Want to Be President
newsmax.com ^ | Wednesday, June 1, 2005 2:29 p.m. EDT

Posted on 06/01/2005 11:49:06 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch

McCain: I 'Absolutely' Want to Be President

Sen. John McCain says he "absolutely” wants to be president – but hasn’t yet decided if he’ll run in 2008.

In a wide-ranging interview in the June edition of Men's Journal magazine, the Arizona Republican also reveals: John Kerry "discussed” the possibility of McCain running as his vice presidential candidate. U.S. troops could be in Iraq for another 50 years. Colin Powell will never run for office. Dan Rather was definitely fired over the Rathergate flap. In the interview, McCain – who has had prostate surgery and treatment for melanoma – said his health is "excellent” and sees no problem in running for president even though if elected in 2008, he would be 72 – "about what Reagan was.”

Asked point-blank if he wants to be president, McCain answered: "Absolutely. I think every member of the Senate wants to be president.”

McCain said he wants to gain the White House "because I think I’m qualified to help make the world a better place.”

As president, McCain said his foreign policy would greatly mirror President Bush’s: "I believe we have a unique opportunity, particularly now, to spread democracy and freedom throughout the world.”

He continued that domestically, "one thing is to expand opportunities for national service – the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, neighborhood and community organizations. You see, I think after 9/11 we had a golden opportunity to call all Americans to serve the country – not just to tell them to take a trip and go shopping. And I think they would have responded. I think they will still respond.”

McCain told Men’s Journal he’s going to wait a couple of years before making a decision on running for the White House in 2008, in part because he wants to devote his energy to the Senate and as a former candidate he’s already laid the groundwork for a campaign.

Looking back on the last election, McCain said he believes John Kerry mishandled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth controversy.

"He should have responded immediately. I think that was a mistake – not responding. You can’t leave charges like that unanswered.”

As for what he personally thought of the attacks on Kerry, McCain declared: "I said when they questioned John’s service in Vietnam, it was both dishonorable and dishonest.”

About Kerry’s much-bruited offer of the vice president slot, McCain confirmed that while "it was never officially offered,” Kerry "certainly discussed [it] with me on several occasions.”

Asked if he saw a U.S. presence in Iraq for 50 years, the senator replied: "In some form or another, as a military presence? Sure. Like I can see us in South Korea for another 50 years. We can be in Bosnia for another 10 to 15 years. Or Kosovo.”

Among McCain’s other comments:

On the right wing’s view of him: "They’re more accepting of me than they used to be – not accepting, but more accepting – because of the fact that I worked hard for Bush’s re-election.”

On whether Colin Powell will ever run for elective office: "No. His wife is convinced that somebody would try to kill him.”

On Dan Rather: "I feel sorry for Dan, because I think he obviously made a serious mistake, but he also paid a heavy price for it. Anybody who believes he lost his job for any other reason just doesn’t recognize the truth. His career was terminated.”

On Dick Cheney: "He will be seen as the most powerful vice president in the history of the country and a major impact on the conduct of national security policy.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: electionpresident; mccain2008; mccrook; mcrino; mcvain; thestrawberries
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To: InvisibleChurch

He is not fit to park cars in Washington DC let alone be President. Hell he is an insult to people that park cars!


21 posted on 06/01/2005 11:58:44 AM PDT by Lowell (The voice from beyond the edge!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

ABM in '08.


22 posted on 06/01/2005 11:58:50 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: MplsSteve

Dito


23 posted on 06/01/2005 11:59:14 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub.)
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To: andyk

He might qualify for "Miss America" with a line like that...


24 posted on 06/01/2005 11:59:21 AM PDT by Paloma_55
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To: InvisibleChurch

Only the dumb masses will vote for him.


25 posted on 06/01/2005 11:59:35 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: theDentist
I'll vote 3rd Party before I give him my vote.

Which is probably the only way he'll get in the race unless he beats out Hillary for the dem nomination.

26 posted on 06/01/2005 11:59:38 AM PDT by b4its2late (It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.)
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To: Sybeck1
Why does AZ vote for him?

Surely, you can't be surprised by the state that elected Janet Napolitano! :)
27 posted on 06/01/2005 12:00:13 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: Pete

"I'm going to find those strawberries if it takes until the 2008 election!" -- Senator McQueeg

(He is one scary dude!)


28 posted on 06/01/2005 12:01:34 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: InvisibleChurch

mccain for prez, won't work if it comes to a vote, as for him saying attacks on kerry from swift boat vets were dishonorable & dishonest, thats what kerry was & is !!!!!


29 posted on 06/01/2005 12:02:16 PM PDT by ronnied (big red)
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To: InvisibleChurch
McCain and I are almost on the same page, for once.

He "absolutely" wants to be President...

...and I "absolutely" don't want him to be President.

30 posted on 06/01/2005 12:02:28 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws spawned the federal health care monopoly and fund terrorism.)
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To: MplsSteve
Never again will I make that mistake!

He lost me in 2000 when he stuck his nose in Colorado state business by supporting Amendment 22. What a hack. He's a has-been, and can never win the Republican nomiation for President.
31 posted on 06/01/2005 12:02:51 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
McCain will run on a liberal conservative platform as the new Republicrat Party.
32 posted on 06/01/2005 12:03:33 PM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
McCain: I 'Absolutely' Want to Be President

He'll have to do it without my vote or money.

33 posted on 06/01/2005 12:03:59 PM PDT by An Old Marine
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

sounds like the absolute is working...


34 posted on 06/01/2005 12:04:05 PM PDT by ronnied (big red)
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To: Paloma_55

LOL


35 posted on 06/01/2005 12:04:08 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So you're only one word away from agreement.


36 posted on 06/01/2005 12:04:48 PM PDT by An Old Marine
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To: InvisibleChurch

McCain has done more damage to the Republican Party than any other single individual I can think of.

I believe he will run for President - as a third Party candidate. And the media will be in turmoil - who do they support him or Frau Clinton?


37 posted on 06/01/2005 12:05:18 PM PDT by Zivasmate
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To: InvisibleChurch
"McCain: I 'Absolutely' Want to Be President"


G.Mason: I 'absolutely' do not want you to be President

38 posted on 06/01/2005 12:05:54 PM PDT by G.Mason ( Republicans The only U.S. political party adept at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
McCain: I 'Absolutely' Want to Be President

Yeah, and I absolutely want to be Pope.
My chances are as good as McCains.

So9

39 posted on 06/01/2005 12:05:55 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Anyone who sees himself as "qualified to make the world a better place" is definitely NOT qualified to be President. Too much arrogance!


40 posted on 06/01/2005 12:05:56 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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