John McCain's file

McCain

Republican from Arizona

John McCain was a U.S. senator from Arizona, a post he held from 1987 to his death in 2018. He previously served two terms in the U.S. House. He was the Republican nominee for president in 2008. McCain was 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 prisoner of war. He was born in 1936 in Panama. 

The PolitiFact scorecard

  • True37 (%)(37)
  • Mostly True37 (%)(37)
  • Half True31 (%)(31)
  • Mostly False32 (%)(32)
  • False39 (%)(39)
  • Pants on Fire8 (%)(8)

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Remembering John McCain

PolitiFact regularly rated John McCain on the Truth-O-Meter since 2008.

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Checking hurricane claims by Limbaugh, McCain, Chris Christie and Rick Perry

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Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

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