Sen. John McCain said he is still “looking very seriously” at a sixth Senate run in 2016 during an interview on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Monday night.
“I think there is a lot going on. I’m at the top of my game so I’m very happy to have the chance,” McCain said.
He will be 80 years old on Election Day in November 2016.
In October, he also said he was “seriously thinking” about running for another term.
The Arizona Republican easily held his seat in the 2010 election against Democrat challenger Rodney Glassman. He faced a more challenging contest leading up to that in the GOP primary against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
Hayworth accused McCain of not being a true conservative, driving McCain to move to the right on some issues. He was also forced to spend $20 million in the primary campaign.
McCain was asked by Leno if he would consider putting his hat in the ring again for another presidential run. McCain pointed to the advice of an “old beloved friend,” former Democratic Rep. Morris Udall, who ran for president in 1976.
“After he finally lost he stood up and said ‘The people have spoken the bastards,'” the 2010 GOP presidential nominee said. “So may I say, the people have spoken.”
McCain did indicate who he thinks might be a better fit to lead the Republican Party in the next presidential election.
“I think we have a lot of governors, a number of Republican governors. I like Chris Christie. I like Bobby Jindal,” he said. “I like a number of those people that succeeded in states with both Republicans and Democrats.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have long been thought to be contemplating 2016 presidential runs, but neither governor has confirmed those plans.