John McCain’s comments about “probably” being in his last term as a U.S. senator got a lot of attention on social media Friday.

McCain was doing an interview with a reporter from 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.

Then Friday afternoon McCain posted this comment on Twitter: “To clarify: I’ve long said I’ll wait a few yrs before thinking about whether to seek re-election in 2016. Focused on our present challenges.”

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Tim Sifert, spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party, said the party is focused on the 2014 election, and it is 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 in 2016.

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