Arizona Sen. John McCain is "seriously" considering running for another term in 2016 and says he's getting encouragement from business leaders upset by the government shutdown,
McCain, a Republican who will be 80 years old when he's up for re-election, shared his thoughts with a man named Kyle on KFYI-AM, who called in while the senator was speaking to the Phoenix talk-radio station.
"I'm seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," said McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee in his fifth Senate term.
"I'm seriously giving that a lot of thought," he said. "I'm certainly getting a lot of encouragement from our business community who's overwhelmingly upset about what we did in shutting down the government because of what it did to their businesses and Arizona's economy."
McCain's re-election thoughts were first reported on Twitter by New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich. The Washington Post then posted the audio of McCain.
McCain was part of a bipartisan group of 14 senators who helped craft a framework for a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown. He called the shutdown "one of the more shameful chapters" he's experienced while in the Senate and has been highly critical of Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite . The Texas Republican was a driving force behind linking a plan to defund President Obama's health care law to a short-term spending bill that funds the government.
Tea Party supporters targeted McCain for defeat in 2010, but he easily beat back a GOP primary challenge from former congressman J.D. Hayworth. Business leaders being upset by the government shutdown could factor across the country where Tea Party favorites are strongest.
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