John McCain's file


Republican from Arizona

John McCain is a U.S. senator from Arizona, a post he has held since 1986. He previously served two terms in the U.S. House. He was the Republican nominee for president in 2008. McCain is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and spent his career in the military, as his father did. He was a combat pilot in Vietnam who was shot down and spent 5 1/2 years as a prisonor of war. He was born in 1936 in Panama. He and his wife, Cindy, have four children together. McCain also has three children from his first marriage.

The PolitiFact scorecard

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  • Mostly True37 (%)(37)
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  • Mostly False32 (%)(32)
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  • Pants on Fire8 (%)(8)

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Recent stories featuring John McCain

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Claims about MLK often go astray

In the four-plus decades since his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has become, perhaps, the most quoted and misquoted figured in America.

With today being King’s birthday, PolitiFact Georgia thought it would be timely to look at some claims concerning the Atlanta native and civil rights legend. Not surprisingly, many of these claims needed some context or were flat-out wrong.

Here is a round-up on a few fact-checks involving King.

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