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Voters prefer older-looking presidents during wartime

 Voters prefer older-looking presidents during wartimeWashington, May 24 : Older-looking candidates running for president are preferred more than their younger-looking competitors in times of war, according to a new study.

Researcher Brian Spisak of VU University Amsterdam altered images of Barack Obama and John McCain to show that the older-looking version of each candidate was preferred in a war scenario.

Spisak suggested that these results might indicate an inherent advantage for older candidates running for office during wartime.

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US senator wants bilateral investment treaty with India

US senator wants bilateral investment treaty with IndiaWashington, May 15 - Former US Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested that, starting with India, Washington move forward with a bilateral trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific region as it rebalances its foreign policy.

"India is now negotiating an FTA (Free Trade Agreement) with the European Union," he said speaking on "US interests in Asia," at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think-tank, Monday.

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McCain slams ISI for alleged links with Haqqani network

McCain slams ISI for alleged links with Haqqani networkWashington, Apr 19 : US Republican Senator John McCain has slammed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for its alleged links with the Haqqani network, and added that it is responsible for American deaths in Afghanistan.

McCain said he had sympathy for Pakistan's military since the government is dysfunctional, but stressed that it remained a "source of never-ending frustration" that the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) had a continuous relationship with the Haqqani network, when the army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is responsible for appointing the ISI chief.

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Kashmir no excuse for Pakistan's Haqqani ties: Senator

Kashmir no excuse for Pakistan's Haqqani ties: SenatorWashington, April 19 - Former US Republican presidential candidate John McCain has said the Kashmir dispute was not an excuse for Pakistan to not break ties with the Haqqani network, held responsible for recent coordinated attacks across Afghanistan

"Pakistan should not take refuge behind Kashmir conflict for not taking action against terrorist groups that operate almost openly in Pakistan," he said speaking on the "Future of Afghanistan" at Carnegie Institute, a Washington think tank.

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Romney worried about winning against Obama: McCain

Romney worried about winning against Obama: McCainWashington, Mar 9 : Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged Wednesday that ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney''s six wins on Super Tuesday could possibly not be enough to nail the seat in the Oval Office.

"The longer this goes out, the worse our (Republicans) chances are," the Arizona senator told CBS during a discussion about the GOP primary.

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Contrary to Romney’s stance, McCain supports US-Taliban talks

Contrary to Romney’s stance, McCain supports US-Taliban talks Washington, Feb 20 : American senator John McCain has said he supports talks between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan, putting himself at loggerheads with Mitt Romney, who he is backing for Republican presidential nomination.

"I think it's important to have talks wherever you can," ABC News quoted McCain, as saying.

"We have to have an outcome on the battlefield. that would motivate a successful conclusion," he added.

Romney, who has McCain's backing, has opposed US involvement in Taliban talks.

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Gaddafi’s death a great “victory” for Obama: McCain

 Gaddafi’s death a great “victory” for Obama: McCain Washington, Oct 21 : Republican Senator John McCain (Arizona) has termed the death of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as a “victory” for US President Barack Obama.

“This is a victory for the president, the Obama administration but most importantly” for the Libyan people, the Politico quoted McCain, as saying.

In a statement released earlier in the day, he said that Gaddafi’s death “marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution”.

Senator Mark Kirk was another Republican senator who said that it is a ‘great win’ for

the Obama administration.

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ISI backing of Haqqani’s, Taliban making winning war against terrorism impossible: McCain

 ISI backing of Haqqani’s, Taliban making winning war against terrorism impossible: McCainWashington, Aug 8 : US Senator John McCain has said that the continuation of Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI) cooperation with the dreaded Haqqani network and the Taliban in Pakistan would make it difficult for the US win the war against terrorism.

"We have to have a realization that the present sanctuary situation in Pakistan cannot continue. Otherwise, it places enormous burdens on our ability to succeed," The Nation quoted McCain, as saying.

McCain said the fact that these networks are getting a safe hideout in Pakistan is making situations much more problematic.

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ISI links with Haqqani network, Taliban ‘a reality’: McCain

ISI links with Haqqani network, Taliban ‘a reality’: McCainWashington, July 4: US Senator John McCain has said that the ties between Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), and Afghan insurgents needed to be acknowledged.

"We have to deal with Pakistan on a basis of realism, that there are connections between the ISI and the Haqqani network and the Taliban," The News quoted McCain, as saying.

Earlier, an Afghan district governor had accused the Pakistan government of protecting Taliban insurgents fighting US troops and the government in Afghanistan.

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Gaddafi remains "direct threat" to US national security: McCain

Gaddafi remains "direct threat" to US national security: McCainWashington, July 4 : US Senator John McCain has warned that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi still remains a "direct threat" to American national security.

"This notion that we should fear who comes after or what comes after Gadhafi ignores that if Gadhafi stays in power, it is a direct threat to our national security," Politico quoted the Arizona Republican, as saying.

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Strained US relations with Afghan, Pak will hit support for Afghan war: McCain

 Strained US relations with Afghan, Pak will hit support for Afghan war: McCain Washington, May 30 : US Senator John McCain, who was President Barack Obama’s GOP opponent in the 2008 election, has said that new tensions in US-Pakistan relations were contributing to a rapid decline in American’s support for the Afghan war.

“Americans are war weary. They see the President of Afghanistan appearing ungrateful. They see the government of Pakistan in a very aggressive fashion in many ways towards us,” McCain told Fox News.

“Pakistan`s continued relations with the Haqqani network and others also worried the Americans,” he added.

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Palin can beat Obama in 2012 elections: McCain

 Palin can beat Obama in 2012 elections: McCainNew York, May 30: Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has said former Alaska governor Sarah Palin can defeat Obama in the 2012 elections.

"She can. Now, whether she will or not, whether she''ll even run or not, I don''t know," he said.

McCain comments came in the wake of Palin kickstarting a national bus tour from Washington, which has stoked speculation of her entering the bid.

He said that though Palin''s opponents attacked her mercilessly, she continue to inspire great passion among her supporters, particularly Republicans.

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McCain says waterboarding not a factor in tracking down bin Laden

McCain says waterboarding not a factor in tracking down bin LadenWashington, May 13: US Senator John McCain has said that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques were not a factor in tracking down al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

In an impassioned speech given on the Senate floor, McCain said people who supported those kind of measures were wrong to claim that waterboarding al-Qaeda’s No. 3, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, provided information that led to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

He said he asked CIA director Leon Panetta for the facts, and that the hunt for bin Laden did not begin with fresh information from Mohammed.

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Trump not a "serious" presidential candidate: Republican senator McCain

Trump not a Washington, May 2 : Arizona Senator John McCain has said that Donald Trump cannot be perceived as a "serious" Republican presidential contender.

He argued that while the business magnate seemed to be "having a lot of fun," the GOP had "very serious" candidates in the field who would be focusing on more serious issues.

"I think Mr. Trump is having a lot of fun. It''s "pretty clear he enjoys the limelight,” the CBS News quoted McCain, as saying.

"We have very serious candidates. I think that if Trump wants to run, he''s welcome to run," he added.

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McCain commends Obama on bin Laden killing

McCain commends Obama on bin Laden killingWashington, May 2 : Senator John McCain, who was President Barack Obama''s GOP opponent in the 2008 election, praised the president Sunday night for approving a military raid that took out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefed McCain on the news before Obama''s address.

“I am overjoyed that we finally got the world''s top terrorist," Politico quoted McCain, as saying in a statement.

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