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Cindy McCain's Secret Struggle with Migraines

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Cindy McCain's Secret Struggle with Migraines

Originally posted 09/02/2009 09:25AM

Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Senator and former GOP presidential candidate John McCain, has suffered from severe migraines for over 15 years but has never spoken out about it – until now.

In this week's PEOPLE magazine, McCain, 54, reveals her painful condition in the hope of raising awareness and encouraging more research. She says one of her first challenges was finding the words to describe how painful the headaches can be. When she first told her husband, a former POW during the Vietnam War, she used a word she knew he would understand.

"Torture," she says. "Being tied to a chair for four days. I can't imagine how unbearable that pain must have been, but yeah, I can, because a migraine may come close."

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Meghan McCain: 'The Election Killed My Personal Life'

Meghan McCain: 'The Election Killed My Personal Life'

Originally posted 03/03/2009 11:40AM

John McCain wasn't the only family member to suffer a loss after November's presidential race. Daughter Meghan says her love life has flatlined as well.

"The election killed my personal life," she writes in a Daily Beast blog. "Nothing kills my libido quite like discussing politics."

The 24-year-old, who was an active campaigner for her Republican father's presidential bid, writes that she's "become something I used to despise: people who let politics dictate his or her attraction to someone." She adds that her aversion extends not just to those on the left, but to McCain superfans as well.

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John McCain: 'I've Been Sleeping Like a Baby'

2008 Presidential Elections

John McCain: 'I've Been Sleeping Like a Baby'

Originally posted 11/11/2008 09:10PM

While he may have lost his bid for the White House, John McCain did not lose his sense of humor.

"I've been sleeping like a baby," the GOP candidate said on The Tonight Show Tuesday. "I sleep two hours, wake up and cry. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry."

The Arizona senator's 14th visit to the show brought a loud and spontaneous ovation from Jay Leno's special Veteran's Day audience of U.S. service men and women.

Noting that Americans "don't like a sore loser," McCain defended his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate and of Joe the Plumber as his campaign everyman.

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McCain and Obama Race Toward Finish Line

2008 Presidential Elections

McCain and Obama Race Toward Finish Line

Originally posted 11/04/2008 07:15AM

As the clock struck midnight Tuesday – signaling the start of Election Day – both John McCain and Barack Obama couldn't help feeling sentimental.

Obama marked the occasion with a solemn stroll through his campaign plane before it carried him home to Chicago. The Democratic hopeful shook the hand of each of the five dozen journalists aboard, some of whom had traveled with him for all 21 months of his long campaign. (One photographer, who was celebrating her birthday, even got a kiss!)

And when one in the entourage said, "Good luck," Obama simply shook his head. "It'll be fun," he replied, "fun to see how the story ends."

And, early Tuesday, Obama and his wife Michelle cast their ballots at a polling place in Hyde Park, just a few minutes from their home. Their daughters were with them.

Asked by reporters if he was feeling sentimental, Obama replied, "I'm sure I will tonight. That's when the polls close and the journey ends."

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At the same time in Wilmington, Delaware, his running mate Joe Biden, along with his family, was doing the same.

Meanwhile, in Prescott, Ariz., Obama's Republican rival was also eagerly anticipating his final day of stumping.

"I'm confident," he told the crowd at the Yavapai County courthouse. And while polls show the Arizona Senator running behind Obama, McCain added, "I have seen the momentum."

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2008 Presidential Elections

John McCain Pokes Fun at 'Maverick' Status on SNL

Originally posted 11/02/2008 01:45AM





With the presidential election just days away, Republican presidential candidate John McCain drew laughs – often at his own expense – during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

In response to Barack Obama's purchase of airtime on several major networks on Wednesday, McCain joked in the opening sketch that he could only afford airtime on QVC, peddling everything from pork knives to commemorative plates.

"I'm a true Maverick: a Republican without money!" he quipped. "My only showbiz connections are Jon Voight and Heidi from The Hills."

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John McCain To Appear on Saturday Night Live

John McCain To Appear on Saturday Night Live

Originally posted 10/31/2008 11:30AM

John McCain may be locked in the fight of his political life, but he just found time to appear on Saturday Night Live.

With only three days to go until his Nov. 4 ballot box clash with Barack Obama, the GOP presidential hopeful will duck from the campaign trail to appear on NBC's live broadcast, according to the Associated Press.

McCain last appeared on SNL in May, after he became the Republican nominee. During that appearance, the candidate, 72, joked about his age, saying: "I ask you, what should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly, someone who is very, very, very old."

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Meghan McCain Reveals Dad's Election Day Superstitions

2008 Presidential Elections

Meghan McCain Reveals Dad's Election Day Superstitions

Originally posted 10/31/2008 09:00AM

Want to catch a glimpse of John McCain on election day? First, try the ballot box. And if that doesn't work, there's always the local multiplex.

"He always goes to a movie on election day," daughter Meghan McCain told PEOPLE Tuesday in Las Vegas. "He usually goes in the early afternoon."

As for her own ritual, "I wear purple somehow," she said. "Purple is my lucky color."

This is the presidential hopeful's eighth political campaign. But all that election-day experience doesn't make the upcoming decision any less nerve-wracking.

"I'm a basket case on election days traditionally, and I probably will be on this one, too," she said. "This is a really big deal and no one knows what the outcome is going to be."

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John McCain Gives David Letterman a Ratings Boost

John McCain Gives David Letterman a Ratings Boost

Originally posted 10/17/2008 04:30PM

John McCain may have apologized to David Letterman Thursday night, but the show's ratings are nothing to feel sorry about.

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John McCain to David Letterman: 'I Screwed Up'

UpdatePosted 10/17/2008 12:30AM

John McCain to David Letterman: 'I Screwed Up'

Originally posted 10/16/2008 09:00PM

John McCain made an apologetic appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, blaming nobody but himself for his much-ridiculed cancellation last month.

"I screwed up. What can I say?" the Republican presidential nominee told Letterman on Thursday night's show.

There was, however, a silver lining, said McCain.

"Look at all the conversation I gave you," he told Letterman.

The late-night host had been skewering the Arizona senator since he missed a Sept. 24 appearance during the momentary suspension of his campaign due to the economic crisis.

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Who Is 'Joe the Plumber' from the Presidential Debate?

2008 Presidential Elections

Who Is 'Joe the Plumber' from the Presidential Debate?

Originally posted 10/16/2008 09:55AM

Who was the big winner in Wednesday night's heated presidential debate? Oddly enough, it wasn't Barack Obama or his Republican opponent John McCain.

Meet plumber Joe Wurzelbacher, an unknown from Ohio, whose first name was invoked nearly a dozen times during the third and final showdown for the would-be-presidents.

Wurzelbacher met Obama in Toledo earlier this week, and explained that he'd been working as a plumber for 15 years. He claimed that, under the Democratic hopeful's tax plan, he'd never be able to buy the business. (Because it earns more than $250,000, it would be taxed at a higher rate – 39 rather than 36 percent – under Obama's plan, the Associated Press reports.)

"It's not that I want to punish your success," Obama told Wurzelbacher at the time. "I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you ... [has] a chance at success, too."

McCain seized on the encounter during the debate, using the plumber's story as an example of how Obama's economic policies could hurt small business owners.

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