"So with a full heart, I ask Arizonans again for their support as I seek re-election to the United States Senate," said Sen. John McCain.
McCain was first elected to the Senate in 1986, when Ronald Reagan was President. There have been four Presidents in the intervening thirty years, but one constant: John McCain as the U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Now the 78-year-old has announced he wants term number six. He made it official Tuesday at a meeting of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
McCain was flanked by Arizona's Junior Senator Jeff Flake.
He declared that he is all about protecting America, and the country needs his contributions during a perilous period in many places around the world, especially the threat posed by ISIS in the Middle East.
There was an air of "I told you so" at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Event. As Sen. McCain was flanked by supporters, and said these days the world is a dangerous place, thanks to President Obama.
"I said Iraq would fall into chaos, I warned Syria would descend into a terrorist safe haven, I predicted Putin would invade Crimea," said McCain.
McCain held himself as a center-right lion of the Senate, so why should he retire?
"That is the joke, will he go to Cottonwood and make wine? No, this is his life's work, and I don't know what else he would do other than be President of the United States, so I am not surprised he is running, and I would be surprised if there is any opposition," said Stan Barnes.
The Arizona Democratic Party takes a dim view of John McCain.
"He is just an angry man, he is an angry man who talks a lot about what he does for Arizona, but he does very little for Arizona," said Barbara Lubin, spokesperson for the AZ Democratic Party.