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Get to know John McCain

2008 Republican Presidential Candidate

At 72 years old, Arizona Senator John McCain is older than most people who have won the presidency. But that doesn't mean he's ignoring young people and young voters.

The Senator's family has been instrumental in getting people, especially young people, involved with McCain's campaign. His daughter Meghan has brought younger voters into the political process through blogging.

She runs the blog McCain Blogette along with two of her friends. On the blog, Meghan writes about pop culture—music, art, fashion—in relation to her father's campaign for President. Meghan even writes about how she might improve the White House if her father becomes President.

"It is everything people say it is and more. Just truly, absolutely breathtaking," Meghan blogged about the White House on March 6. "However, I do think it's in need of some modern art. I was an art history major after all and love everything Andy Warhol has done—there should be one in the White House!"

McCain's adopted daughter Bridget supports her father from their home in Phoenix. She told Scholastic News that she traveled on the campaign trail during McCain's previous run for President in 2000, but it was hard being away from her friends.

So this time, she's staying home and going to high school, where she is a sophomore. "School is awesome because of my friends," Bridget told Scholastic News. "It's important for kids to be respectful to each other and help one another to make school better for everyone."

Senator McCain has his ideas on how to make schools better, too. He would limit the federal government's involvement in schools and put the responsibility on states and local authorities.

A major educational focus for McCain has been on the increasing price of college tuition."We obviously have to make college affordable and available to all Americans who make the grades," McCain told Scholastic News. "We're going to have to keep the prices down and reward, particularly, science and engineering students because that's a great need of ours."

McCain also thinks young people should get more involved in politics. "First they should become informed on the issues and the candidates, and then become involved in a campaign," McCain told Scholastic News. "There is no better or exciting experience than to become involved in a political campaign."

Certainly, McCain must find campaigning exciting. This is his second bid for President, and he has served in public office since 1982!

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site.

Get to know Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama here.

Articles

Meet Sarah Palin
Meet Sarah Palin
by Karen Fanning
Scholastic News Online | September5,2008
Learn more about the life, family, and policies of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.
Bridget McCain at Home
Bridget McCain at Home
by Jacob Schroeder
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | December5,2007
Senator John McCain's daughter talks to Scholastic News about how she leads the life of a regular teenager.
McCain Wins Nomination
McCain Wins Nomination
by Valirie A. Morgan
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March5,2008
Victory was in the air as Arizona Senator John McCain stepped onstage to claim victory in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday night. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton took back some momentum with wins in Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island. Obama won Vermont.

Write a Biography
Scholastic News Online | In this lesson plan using resources from Scholastic News Online, students research the presidential candidates and write fun biographies in the form of talk-show interviews.

Activities

Scholastic's Student Vote 2008
Scholastic's Student Vote 2008
Scholastic News Online | You can vote for President in Scholastic's Student Vote!
Election 2008: Where the Candidates Stand
Election 2008: Where the Candidates Stand
Scholastic News Online | Do you know where the candidates for President stand on the issues? Explore the chart in this activity to discover what John McCain and Barack Obama think about major social and political issues.
Election 2008: Guess Where the Candidates Stand
Election 2008: Guess Where the Candidates Stand
Scholastic News Online | Can you guess where the presidential candidates stand on the issues? Read the clues below and guess whether it's something that John McCain or Barack Obama wants to do as President. Click on the box with the question mark to see if you're right.
Election 2008
Election 2008
Scholastic News Online | Participate in Election 2008 with polls, bulletin boards, games and quizzes.
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