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John McCain

U.S. Senator, Republican

John McCain has been a senator of Arizona since 1987, and was the Republican Presidential Candidate of 2008. He was a Vietnam War Hero, who spent over 5 years in a Prisoner of War camp.

John McCain's Opinions

I can't support the legalization of marijuana. Scientific evidence indicates that the moment that it enters your body, one, it does damage, and second, it can become addictive. It is a gateway drug.
29 Oct 1999    Source

Mostly Agree
I believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. That is my view and that's the view of the federal drug czar and other experts, although that is also a debatable question.
11 Aug 2007    Source

I can't support the legalization of marijuana. Scientific evidence indicates that the moment that it enters your body, one, it does damage, and second, it can become addictive. It is a gateway drug.
29 Oct 1999    Source

Mostly Disagree
The exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother are legitimate [to an outright ban on abortions].
31 Jan 2000    Source

Mostly Disagree
The exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother are legitimate [to an outright ban on abortions].
31 Jan 2000    Source

I think that the new technology of DNA would, I think, provoke a review, clearly, of cases that may be questionable, but I certainly wouldn't abandon the death penalty.
16 Feb 2000    Source

The issue [of affirmative action] in the early '90s was a little more complicated. I've never believed in quotas, and I don't. There's no doubt about my view on that issue. And that was the implication, at least, of that other vote.
06 Apr 2008    Source

I am very certain that this military engagement will not be very difficult. It may entail the risk of American lives and treasure, but Saddam Hussein is vastly weaker than he was in 1991. He does not have the support of his people. And I'd ask one question: What member of the Iraqi army is willing to die for Saddam Hussein when they know he's going to be taken out? So I don't think it's going to be nearly as difficult as some assume.
12 Sep 2002    Source

...what [would] such a summit with President Ahmadinejad would actually gain, except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds... [this] would harm Iranian moderates and dissidents, as the radicals and hardliners strengthen their position and suddenly acquire the appearance of respectability. [Instead] we must create the real-world pressures that will peacefully but decisively change the path they are on.
27 Jun 2008    Source


I think the president has embarked on a well planned effort to rid the world in this country of the threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein.
12 Sep 2002    Source

Mostly Agree
I fear the potential for genocide and ethnic cleansing in Iraq is even worse [than Rwanda]. The sectarian violence, the social divisions, the armaments, the weakened security apparatus of the state - all the ingredients are there. Unless we fight to prevent it, our withdrawal will be coupled with a genocide in which we are complicit.
11 Apr 2007    Source

In the face of Russian aggression, the very existence of independent Georgia and the survival of its democratically-elected government are at stake. ... Whatever tensions and hostilities might have existed between Georgians and Ossetians, they in no way justify Moscow's path of violent aggression. Russian actions, in clear violation of international law, have no place in 21st century Europe.
11 Aug 2008    Source

The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans... It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them.
14 Jul 2004    Source

I think that gay marriage should be allowed if there's a ceremony kind of thing if you want to call it that. I don't have a problem with that. ...[but] I don't believe that gay marriage should be legal.
11 Feb 2007    Source

If Congress does not act [by sponsoring the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005], American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
25 May 2006    Source

I happen to believe in evolution. ... I respect those who think the world was created in seven days. Should it be taught as a science class? Probably not.
02 Jul 2006    Source

Mostly Disagree
I happen to believe in evolution. ... I respect those who think the world was created in seven days. Should it be taught as a science class? Probably not.
02 Jul 2006    Source

The guy I really respect on this is Dr. Tom Coburn [who believes abstinence only education is effective]. ... I look to people like [him]. I’m not very wise on it.
16 Mar 2007    Source

I don’t think that there should be a mandate for every American to have health insurance. I think that one of our goals should be that every American own their own home, but I’m not going to mandate that every American own their own home. I think that every American should have, be available to, an affordable college education. But I’m not going to mandate that every American go to college. I feel the same way about health care.
31 Oct 2007    Source

I would close Guantanamo Bay. And I would move those prisoners to Fort Leavenworth. And I would proceed with the tribunals. ... Guantanamo Bay has become an image throughout the world which has hurt our reputation. Whether we deserve it or not, the reality is Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib have harmed our reputation in the world, thereby harming our ability to win the psychological part of the war against radical Islamic extremism.
08 Apr 2007    Source

It seems like every time there is a particularly violent crime, the anti-gun crowd comes up with a plan to capitalize on tragedy and limit Second Amendment rights for all Americans. I opposed the ban on so-called "assault weapons" which was first proposed after a California schoolyard shooting. I thought it made no sense to ban a class of firearms based on cosmetic features. I opposed waiting periods for gun purchases...
21 Sep 2007    Source


If we leave prematurely... this uncertain swirl of events could cause the region to explode and foreclose the opportunity for millions of Muslims and their children to achieve freedom... [and] the price of oil escalate dramatically and our economy decline...
11 Apr 2007    Source

Quite rightly, I believe, we confer a special status on some areas of our country that are best left undisturbed. When America set aside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we called it a "refuge" for a reason.
17 Jun 2008    Source

There are the first glimmers of progress under General Petraeus' political-military strategy. While these glimmers are no guarantee of success, and though they come early in the implementation of the new strategy, I believe they are cause for very cautious optimism.
11 Apr 2007    Source

Mostly Agree
[I hope that if I'm president, that] in 2013 the Iraq War has been won, Iraq is a functioning democracy, violence is much reduced, and America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure. The United States maintains a military presence in Iraq, but a much smaller one that does not play a direct combat role.
15 May 2008    Source

The world is already feeling the powerful effects of global warming, and far more dire consequences are predicted if we let the growing deluge of greenhouse gas emissions continue...
24 Apr 2007    Source

As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs [...] that do not involve the use of human embryos. Where federal funds are used for stem cell research, Senator McCain believes clear lines should be drawn that reflect a refusal to sacrifice moral values and ethical principles for the sake of scientific progress, and that any such research should be subject to strict federal guidelines.
01 Jan 2008    Source

Every time the United States has become projectionist [...] we could pay at a very heavy price. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Acts in the 1930s were direct contributors to World War II. It sounds like a lot of fun to bash Chinese and others, but free trade has been the engine of our economy in the last half of this year; it will continue to be. ... Free trade should be the continuing principle that guides this nation's economy.
09 Oct 2007    Source

My preference is that we store [nuclear waste]. I always thought that Yucca Mountain was the right place to do it... It's not a problem of technology. It's a problem of political will. We have now the worst of all worlds, because we have nuclear waste sites around every nuclear power plant in America, which provides us with the greatest challenge to our security so I would try and resolve it and I would try to go back and revisit the Yucca Mountain issue...
05 Dec 2007    Source

I come from a border state. I know how to fix those borders with walls, with UAVs, with sensors, with cameras, with vehicle barriers. They want the border secured first. And I will do that, and, as president...
27 Jan 2008    Source

I really didn't love America until I was deprived of her company [whilst in solitary confinement in a POW camp].
13 Mar 2008    Source

Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between John McCain and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on John McCain's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Old Testament
Bible for Jews and Christians
100% agreement / 3 opinions

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California 2003-2011
87% agreement / 2 opinions

Al Gore
Environmentalist, Former U.S. Vice President
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Sarah Palin
Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
61% agreement / 9 opinions

Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
65% agreement / 8 opinions

George W. Bush
United States President 2001-2009
65% agreement / 8 opinions

The Economist
Politics and Business Magazine
66% agreement / 6 opinions

Ron Paul
U.S. Politician, Libertarian
70% agreement / 5 opinions

Mitt Romney
Former Governor of Massachusetts
62% agreement / 4 opinions

Barack Obama
United States President
47% agreement / 21 opinions

Christian Encyclopedia
50% agreement / 7 opinions

The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
54% agreement / 6 opinions

Donald Trump
American Business Magnate
43% agreement / 4 opinions

Colin Powell
Former U.S. Secretary of State
58% agreement / 3 opinions

Kevin Rudd
Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010
41% agreement / 3 opinions

Mostly Disagree
American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) Lobbyist
33% agreement / 6 opinions

Joe Biden
US Vice President, Democrat
31% agreement / 4 opinions

Milton Friedman
Iconic Economist of 20th Century
33% agreement / 3 opinions

Roy Spencer
25% agreement / 3 opinions

Julia Gillard
Prime Minister, Australia
12% agreement / 2 opinions

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
12% agreement / 2 opinions

Ann Coulter
Political Commentator
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Conforming Opinions

John McCain's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers John McCain typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Agree Is global warming caused primarily by humans?
High Agree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
High Agree Is the death penalty acceptable?
Medium Disagree Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Medium Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Medium Agree Is abstinence-only sex education effective?
Low Agree Is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a huge risk to the economy?

Nonconforming Opinions

John McCain's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers John McCain typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Expert Answer Question
Medium Neutral Mostly Disagree Should abortion be legal?
Medium Mostly Agree Agree Should the US close Guantanamo Bay?
Low Mostly Agree Agree Should the US fence its border with Mexico?
Low Neutral Mostly Disagree Should Intelligent Design be taught in science class?
Low Disagree Mostly Disagree Is abortion morally acceptable?
Low Agree Neutral Should research on stem cells from human embryos be banned?
Low Mostly Agree Agree Is Yucca mountain the best place to store nuclear waste?
Low Mostly Disagree Disagree Should the United States have Universal health care?

Projected Opinions

John McCain's projected opinions are opinions John McCain is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Mostly Disagree Does God exist?
Medium Neutral Does Cap and Trade beat carbon tax for reducing emissions?
Medium Agree Is there a consensus on global warming amongst scientists?
Medium Disagree Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Low Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
Low Neutral Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy?
Low Disagree Is God just?
Low Mostly Disagree Should marijuana be decriminalized?
Low Mostly Disagree Was the US government's $700 billion bailout ultimately good for the taxpayer?
Low Neutral Does belief in God have a significant genetic component?
Low Agree Is capitalism good?
Low Agree Is self-deception a fault?
Low Mostly Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Low Neutral Is spanking children acceptable?
Low Mostly Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Low Agree Should religious institutions be separated from government?