Apr 4, 2006

McCain to be Liberty’s 33rd commencement speaker

by Alicia Wotring, Editor-in-Chief

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be Liberty University ’s 2006 Commencement speaker. 

In addition to an extensive history in politics, McCain served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1981. During the Vietnam War, McCain’s plane was shot down, forcing him to bail over  . He was captured in 1967 and held as a prisoner or war for almost six years in Hanoi . He was released in 1973. 

According to Vietnamwar.com, even though McCain was offered early release, supposedly due to his high-profile father, McCain refused, saying that prisoners who were held there longer should be released first. Before leaving the Navy in 1981, McCain served as a Senate liaison. 

McCain was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. He was elected senator in 1986 and continues to serve as the senior senator in Arizona . He was a candidate for the 2000 presidential Republican primary, and may be a candidate in 2008. 

According to Pollingreport.com, in a poll of more than 600 registered Republicans in mid-March, McCain led eight other candidates with 25 percent support. McCain has been a leading candidate in several polls, with Condoleezza Rice and Rudy Guiliani being his main competitors. As of yet, McCain has not announced his candidacy for 2008.

McCain, and his wife Cindy, have seven children and four grandchildren and live in Phoenix .


Contact Alicia Wotring at aawotring@liberty.edu.





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