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Major Player: John McCain

Senior senator from Arizona; winner of the New Hampshire primary; dropped out of the presidential race after big Super Tuesday losses.

Age: 63

Family: Married, seven children.

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, National War College.

Career: Naval aviator 1958-81. Shot down over Hanoi in 1967, held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 51/2 years. Honored with numerous awards, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Elected to the House in 1982 and the Senate in 1986.

In Congress: Chairs the Commerce Committee; serves on Armed Services and Indian Affairs. Best known as a fierce advocate of campaign finance reform, McCain recently helped secure passage of legislation to force secretive "527" committees to disclose donors and expenditures. Beyond campaign finance and his support for punitive legislation directed at tobacco companies, McCain has been a reliably conservative vote on issues ranging from taxes to abortion.

Did you know?
Accused of packing his carpetbag and moving to Arizona just so he could run for Congress in 1982, McCain fired back: "The longest place I ever lived in was Hanoi."

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