Sen. John McCain, with his children Meghan and Jimmy, at a screening of Meghan McCain's new Pivot TV show.
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Arizona Sen. John McCain quickly sent word Friday that he hasn't decided yet on his future political plans, following a report in which he said this term could "probably" be his last.
"To clarify: I've long said I'll wait a few yrs before thinking about whether to seek reelection in 2016. Focused on our present challenges," McCain posted on his Twitter account, after The Wrappublished comments in which the Republican sounded like he was hinting at retirement.
McCain was being interviewed by the Hollywood-oriented website at the premiere of daughter Meghan's new Pivot TV show, Raising McCain. He was interrupted by supporters of President Obama, when he made the comment to them that "he's in his last term, I'm probably in mine."
When The Wrap followed up on the last-term remark, the senator said, "Nah, I don't know. I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years, so I don't have to make a decision. I don't want to be one of these old guys that should've shoved off."
McCain turned 77 last month and has been at the center of Capitol Hill fights on immigration and how to respond to Syria's civil war and use of chemical weapons. He was re-elected in 2010 with 59% of the vote, and beat back a spirited GOP primary challenge from former congressman J.D. Hayworth.
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