'SNL' cast member McCain dies at 76
War hero, former congressman found 'third act' as beloved comic performer
November 2012 — After his presidential bid suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of then-Senator Barack Obama four years ago, a number of pundits wondered what would become of John McCain, whose campaign had come under sharp criticism from members of both sides of the political aisle. After spending five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and serving for decades as an Arizona senator who had earned the respect of many fellow politicians in both parties, several commentators wondered whether McCain's once-distinguished reputation could ever be salvaged.
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