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'''Roberta Wright McCain''' (b. 7 February 1912, [[Oklahoma]]) is the mother of Senator [[John McCain]], the [[Republican]] candidate for president in 2008, whom she has described as ''"a leader from the very beginning''."<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQsckD9trn4&eurl=http://evangelicalsformccain.org/meetthesenator.htm ''John McCain: Courageous Service'']. Interview with Roberta McCain. Accessed 5 March 2008</ref>  
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'''Roberta Wright McCain''' (born [[February 7]], [[1912]]) is the widow of [[Admiral]] [[John S. McCain, Jr.]] (married from 1933 to 1981) and mother of [[Arizona]] [[Senator]] and former Republican [[presidential candidate]] [[John McCain|John S. McCain III]].
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In early 2008, despite John McCain having just won the [[New Hampshire]] and [[South Carolina]] primaries, Roberta McCain declared that she did not think her son ''"has any"'' support by the Republican base. [[CNN]] senior political analyst Gloria Borger observed that ''"now we know where McCain gets all the straight talk from. We think it's his mother."''<ref>[http://mediamatters.org/items/200801280010 CNN's Borger on McCain's mother]</ref>
  
==Background==
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She is shy around publicity and her son John largely omitted her from his best-selling book. She told [[Time Magazine]] in 2000, when [[John McCain]] first ran for president:
Roberta Wright and her twin sister, Rowena, were born in [[Muskogee, Oklahoma|Muskogee]], [[Oklahoma]] on February 7, 1912. Her parents, [[Archibald Wright]], a [[Los Angeles]] [[oil]] [[wildcatter]], and Myrtle Fletcher, were married in [[Cleburne, Texas]], on June 18, 1901.
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==Family==
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:''"I am so shy and so nervous that I couldn't tell you anything. I can't think on my feet. I would have a heart attack or jump out this five-story window. I'm worried that whatever I would tell you would be true."''
On January 21, 1933, she married Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. in Caesar's Bar, [[Tijuana]], [[Mexico]].
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Roberta McCain had three children. [[Sandy McCain Morgan]], John S. McCain III, and [[Joe McCain]], a [[dinner theatre]] actor.{{fact|date=April 2008}}
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She was 88 years old then; as of 2008 she is 96 years old. She has been presented to the media by [[John McCain]] as a way of defusing questions about his age of 72, which would make him the oldest person to be elected president for the first time.
  
Her son, John, was held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years.  When notified upon his release on March 15, 1973, that he had shouted expletives at his captors, Mrs. McCain's response was, "Johnny, I'm going to come over there and wash your mouth out with soap."
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In 2008, as it became apparent that [[John McCain]] would be the [[Republican]] nominee, his mother Roberta declared that [[conservatives]] would have to ''"hold their nose"'' while they vote for him. John was asked about this in an interview on the [[CBS]] Evening News:<ref>[http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/04/eveningnews/main3789119.shtml One-On-One With John McCain]</ref>
  
John McCain has said of his mother: "My mother was raised to be a strong, determined woman who thoroughly enjoyed life, and always tried to make the most of her opportunities. She was encouraged to accept, graciously and with good humor, the responsibilities and sacrifices her choices have required of her. I am grateful to her for the strengths she taught me by example." [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5039481]
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:[[Katie Couric]]: ''They'll support you even if, as your 95 year old mom, Roberta, said, they have to hold their nose while they're doing it?''
  
Roberta McCain is still active at age 96. She has campaigned during her son's [[John McCain presidential campaign, 2008|2008 presidential campaign]].
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:McCain: ''Well, you know, I mean ... in all due respect ... my 95-year-old mother, I think, is very much entitled, and has earned her right to her views. The fact is I am uniting the party. The conservatives are coming along -- in very large numbers.''
  
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Roberta McCain declared about her son John:
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''He's backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld.  Have you heard other senators and congressmen backing Bush over eight years? Find me it--give me a name.  I've not seen any public recognition of the work that he's done for the Republican party.'' <ref>[http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=19238920&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=623508&rfi=6 McCain's Mom Pops Off] The Bulletin. Philadelphia’s Family Newspaper. </ref>
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*[http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/time/2000/02/21/mccain.mother.html McCain's Mother], [[CNN]], February 28, 2000.
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Roberta McCain's husband, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., died in 1981.
*[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5039481 Shaping Character and Destinies: John McCain], [[National Public Radio]], by Terry Gross, December 6, 2005.
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*[http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/05/mccain-highlights-mothers-age-on.html McCain highlights mother's age on Mother's Day] May 14, 2007.
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*[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=3846522 Play of the Day: McCain's Mom on Mormons], November 9, 2007
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*[http://www.wargs.com/political/mccain.html Ancestry of Sen. John McCain]
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*[http://www.style.com/vogue/feature/080108VFEA/ "The Firecracker"], Style.com (condensed version of article for [[Vogue (magazine)|Vogue]]).  August 2008.
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== See also ==
[[Category:1912 births]]
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*[[2008 Presidential Election]]
[[Category:Living people]]
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*[[John McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign]]
[[Category:McCain family]]
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[[Category:People from Muskogee, Oklahoma]]
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[[Category:Twin people]]
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Revision as of 07:42, 9 November 2008

John and Roberta McCain

Roberta Wright McCain (b. 7 February 1912, Oklahoma) is the mother of Senator John McCain, the Republican candidate for president in 2008, whom she has described as "a leader from the very beginning."[1]

In early 2008, despite John McCain having just won the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, Roberta McCain declared that she did not think her son "has any" support by the Republican base. CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger observed that "now we know where McCain gets all the straight talk from. We think it's his mother."[2]

She is shy around publicity and her son John largely omitted her from his best-selling book. She told Time Magazine in 2000, when John McCain first ran for president:

"I am so shy and so nervous that I couldn't tell you anything. I can't think on my feet. I would have a heart attack or jump out this five-story window. I'm worried that whatever I would tell you would be true."

She was 88 years old then; as of 2008 she is 96 years old. She has been presented to the media by John McCain as a way of defusing questions about his age of 72, which would make him the oldest person to be elected president for the first time.

In 2008, as it became apparent that John McCain would be the Republican nominee, his mother Roberta declared that conservatives would have to "hold their nose" while they vote for him. John was asked about this in an interview on the CBS Evening News:[3]

Katie Couric: They'll support you even if, as your 95 year old mom, Roberta, said, they have to hold their nose while they're doing it?
McCain: Well, you know, I mean ... in all due respect ... my 95-year-old mother, I think, is very much entitled, and has earned her right to her views. The fact is I am uniting the party. The conservatives are coming along -- in very large numbers.

Roberta McCain declared about her son John:

He's backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld. Have you heard other senators and congressmen backing Bush over eight years? Find me it--give me a name. I've not seen any public recognition of the work that he's done for the Republican party. [4]

Roberta McCain's husband, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., died in 1981.

References

  1. John McCain: Courageous Service. Interview with Roberta McCain. Accessed 5 March 2008
  2. CNN's Borger on McCain's mother
  3. One-On-One With John McCain
  4. McCain's Mom Pops Off The Bulletin. Philadelphia’s Family Newspaper.

See also