Sat, Sept. 21

McCain announces plan to seek another term in U.S. Senate

John McCain

John McCain

PHOENIX -- John McCain said today he intends to seek another six years in the U.S. Senate.

At his first Arizona press conference since losing the presidential bid, McCain also swore off any future run for the nation's highest office, saying if he is reelected in 2010 he will complete the term.

McCain said he believes he lost because Americans were far more concerned about the economy than they were about the war in Iraq, an issue that was supposed to give him a leg-up over the less-experienced Barack Obama. The senator also said he does not believe his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hurt the campaign.

The senator also said he presumes it's a done deal that Gov. Janet Napolitano is headed to Washington to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Along those lines, McCain said he and Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona's other Republican senator, already have met with Secretary of State Jan Brewer, who would become governor if, in fact, Napolitano quits "and congratulated her on what obviously is going to happen.' He promised to work closely with her when she becomes the state's chief executive.

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