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John Sidney McCain III (1936–), born August 29, 1936, at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, is in 2012 the senior U.S. senator from Arizona, was a Republican presidential contender in 2000, and was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008.
Because his father was an admiral in the U.S. Navy at the time, McCain spent many of his early years moving around the United States and the world with his family, attending over twenty schools in the process. After his graduation from high school, McCain followed a family tradition dating back to his grandfather by attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1958.
Following his graduation from Annapolis, McCain entered naval flight school. After earning his wings, McCain was ...