John McCain Is Hoping for a New Job

The Arizona Republican said if his party grabs control of the Senate he’ll be the next Armed Services Committee Chairman.

McCain: Balks at "baked in" overruns.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Feb. 19, 2014, 8:22 a.m.

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.”

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