McCain ‘Seriously Thinking’ About Running for Reelection in 2016

Back in September, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) began dropping hints that he may finally retire from the Senate in 2016. But in an interview with Phoenix’s KFYI-AM Tuesday, the senator said he’s now considering a run for reelection. “I’m seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now,” McCain said on the radio show. “I’m seriously giving that a lot of thought.”

McCain cited support from members of the “business community” who are “overwhelmingly upset about what we did shutting down the government.” Throughout the shutdown ordeal, McCain was one of the more moderate Republican voices in the Senate, often standing up to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others over their efforts to defund Obamacare and bring the government to a standstill.

“So, if some wild-eyed journalist is listening to this program,” the host asked, “and runs off saying ‘John McCain has announced on the air that he may run again for another term in the Senate, that would not be wrong?”

“That would not be wrong,” McCain confirmed.

If McCain does decide to run again in 2016, he will be 80 years old. And if the current climate in the GOP persists, he can expect to face a tea party-aligned primary challenger from the right.

Listen to audio below, via KFYI-AM:

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