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        John McCain | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        A war hero and United States Senator, John McCain ran two of the most memorable presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008. Barnstorming the country in his “Straight Talk Express,” McCain built his brand as a maverick politician and demonstrated it time and again, including in his selection of unknown Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, as his running mate.

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        John McCain: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use this interactive timeline to learn more about the life and politics of John McCain, including his his "Straight Talk Express" and maverick campaign style.

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        John McCain: The Dark Art of Politics

        Learn more about the Dark Arts of campaign strategy with this clip from "The Contenders."

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        John McCain: McCain Versus George W. Bush

        Learn more about McCain's new rivalry with George W. Bush with this clip from "The Contenders."

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        John McCain: McCain Loses the Election

        Learn more about why the recession cost McCain the election with this clip from "The Contenders."

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        John McCain: Episode

        McCain entered national politics in the 1980s and earn reputation as a political “maverick” for his willingness to buck his party, including campaign finance reform. McCain declared his presidential candidacy in 2000 and set off aboard his famous “Straight Talk Express.”

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