Sen. John McCain said if Republicans take over the Senate next year, he’ll be adding a new title to his resume: Armed Services Committee chairman.
“I would be so happy to be chairman of the Armed Services Committee,” the Arizona Republican said Tuesday, during an interview with Phoenix radio station KFYI. “I get along very well with Bob Corker, who would be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. We could work very, very closely together.”
Although the McCain is a member of the committee, he isn’t the current ranking member. That’s Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. McCain was the panel’s ranking member until the end of the 112th Congress, but he was term-limited under Senate Republicans’ rules. Overall, McCain has more seniority in the Senate.
Although the committee is currently controlled by Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan, a handful of red-state Democrats are up for reelection in November. Republicans need to pick up six seats to gain control of the upper chamber.
“We have a very good shot at 51 seats, which [means], by the way, I would be chairman of the Armed Services committee,” McCain said when asked about how to undo the nuclear option.
He also speculated that for the Democrats, New York’s Chuck Schumer or Illinois’s Dick Durbin could become minority leader, but he conceded that “Harry Reid may keep it, for all I know.”