Comments about "probably" being in his last term as a Senator made by John McCain to an entertainment reporter are getting a lot of attention on social media.
McCain was doing an interview with The Wrap, a Hollywood news website, when he told two Obama supporters: "The president and I, he's in his last term, I'm probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good."
He later told the reporter: “Nah, I don’t know. I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off," according to The Hill.
McCain later tweeted this comment about his off-the-cuff remark:
To clarify: I've long said I'll wait a few yrs before thinking about whether to seek reelection in 2016. Focused on our present challenges— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 13, 2013
Tim Sifert, spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party, said the party is focused on the 2014 election and it's too early to think about possible candidates to run for McCain's seat in 2016 were he to retire.
There's always speculation about McCain's next moves, he added, because McCain is a major public political figure.
McCain won 59 percent of the votes for Senator in the 2010 election in Arizona. He will be 80 years old in 2016.