John McCain's claim to fame dates back to his POW years during
the Vietnam War.
After being shot down, wounded and becoming a POW of the North
Vietnamese army, John McCain was offered an early spot in the prisoner exchange
program after his captors identified his father as the US commander in the
war. John McCain declined and waited 5 more years for his proper turn in the prisoner
In total, all but 2 years of John McCain's adult life have been in public service: 23 years in the United
States Navy, 4 years in the United States Congress and 24 years in the United States Senate.
John McCain's loyalty to those around him in his
public life has been exemplary.
The son and the grandson of US Navy Admirals, John
McCain is also the grandson of an Episcopalian preacher, and was raised and
schooled as an Episcopalian. Since his second marriage to Cindy McCain,
he has been attending her Baptist church, but questions remain about
John McCain's beliefs.
John McCain has foreign policy
credentials but is weak on
the economy, including America's national debt and
issues. He opposed a Constitutional ban on gay marriage and advocated
abortion in some cases.
John McCain also called
denies Christ's deity, an "honorable religion", and confuses
Mormon cult with Christianity.
Despite reservations, his candidacy rating
was raised to B- after choosing
Sarah Palin instead of
Mitt Romney as his 2008 running mate.
Should he decide to run again,
our rating of his candidacy would restart in this range.