Last updated on: 10/4/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

John McCain Biography

Title:
Former United States Senator (R-AZ)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Then there was the case of the man in California [Michael Newdow] who filed a suit against the entire United States Congress, which I guess made me a defendant too. This man insisted that the words ‘Under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance violated his rights under the establishment clause of the First Amendment. The Ninth Circuit court agreed, as it usually does when litigious people seek to rid our country of any trace of religious devotion. With an air of finality, the court declared that any further references to the Almighty in our Pledge were – and I quote – ‘impermissible.’ And it was so ordered – generations of pious, unoffending custom supposedly overturned by one decree out of a courtroom in San Francisco. And now it turns out the same litigant is back for more in the Ninth Circuit, this time demanding that the words ‘In God We Trust’ be forever removed from our currency. I have a feeling this fellow will get wind of my remarks today – and we’re all in for trouble when he hears that we met in a chapel…

The sum effect of these capricious rulings has been to spread confusion instead of clarity in our vital national debates, to leave resentment instead of resolution, and to turn Senate confirmation hearings into a gauntlet of abuse.”

Speech on judicial philosophy delivered at Wake Forest University, May 5, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (R-Arizona), 1987-2018
  • Candidate, United States President, 2000 and 2008
  • National Security Adviser, Dole/Kemp Presidential Campaign, 1996
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, Arizona District 1, 1982-1986
  • Senate Navy Liaison, 1977-1981
  • Pilot, Captain, United States Navy, Vietnam, 1958-1981
  • Member, National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Co Chair, Porkbusters Coalition
  • Member, Senate Centrist Coalition
  • Member, Senate Committee for American Indian College Fund
  • Senate Co Chair, National Security Caucus
  • Board of Directors, Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom
  • Member, Purple Heart Association
  • Member, Sons of the Revolution in the State of Virginia
  • Member, The Military Order of World Wars
Education:
  • Attended National War College, 1973-1974
  • BS, United States Naval Academy, 1958
Other:
  • He died on Aug. 25, 2018
  • Legal name is John Sidney McCain, III
  • Born on Aug. 29, 1936, Panama Canal Zone, Panama (US Territory)
  • Has 7 children
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Christian Nation?