VERDICT: CBS News projects a win for McCain
McCain is defending a seat he’s held for five terms. Though he’s lead in polling, he has also called this the “race of his life” because of the potentially damaging effects of Trump at the top of the ticket, whom he has publicly clashed with throughout the campaign, and now says he will not support after the release of a 2005 recording of Trump’s lewd remarks about women.
Even before that, the two had a fraught relationship. In July, he skipped the Republican National Convention where Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination. And last year, Trump had said McCain, who served 5 1/2 years in a POW camp during Vietnam, was only a hero because he’d been imprisoned -- “I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.
McCain chairs the Armed Services Committee and is a member of the committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Indian Affairs.
McCain has advocated campaign finance reform for years and co-sponsored the McCain-Feingold law that regulated campaign spending for years before it was essentially gutted by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. He also spearheaded the “Gang of Eight” which worked to enact comprehensive immigration reform during the Bush administration.
The legislation, however, was blocked by House Republicans. McCain was also one of the few politicians who supported a surge in Iraq in 2007. The counterinsurgency effort was hailed a success later by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who initially opposed the mission.
In 2008, McCain launched a failed presidential bid with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.