Fire Rat
John McCain
August 29, 1936 John Sidney McCain III American American magician and endurance artist

John McCain is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election.

He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981, moved to Arizona, and entered politics. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, he served two terms, and was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, winning re-election easily in 1992, 1998, and 2004. While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain at times has had a media reputation as a "maverick" for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the 1980s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, which eventually led to the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002. He is also known for his work towards restoring diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the 1990s, and for his belief that the war in Iraq should be fought to a successful conclusion. McCain has chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, has opposed spending that he considered to be pork barrel, and played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nominations.

McCain ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, but lost a heated primary contest to George W. Bush. He secured the nomination in 2008 after coming back from early reversals, but lost to Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the general election.

Born August 29, 1936, his primary personality traits are represented by the Chinese Zodiac elemental animal sign, the Fire Rat. Fire makes this the most active and aggressive of the breed. The normally calculating Rat can be quite impulsive and uncharacteristically fall into the "fools rush in" trap as they get caught up in a whirlwind of activity. He tends to be restless and have a need to frequently change jobs and to travel, especially to new and different places. He can burn out if not careful, but he sure is a great person to have around when lots of enthusiasm is needed.

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