Dinner with Senator John McCain

An evening with Senator John McCain

Dinner with Senator John McCain

John McCain, the Senior US Senator from Arizona, will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on March 20th about his views of America’s role in the world, based on his extensive international experience and frequent foreign travel.  McCain, who is on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Foreign Relations, has consistently argued for a strong US foreign policy.  He has been outspoken in calling for greater US involvement in Libya and Syria, in his support for opposition forces in Ukraine, and his backing for the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.  At home he has repeatedly campaigned for immigration reform.

The Republican Party candidate for the Presidency in 2008, McCain entered politics in 1982 as a Congressman from Arizona, and has been in the Senate since 1987.  He was a navy pilot during the Vietnam War, and after his plane was shot down in 1967 he was held as a prisoner of war in Hanoi until 1973.  He subsequently played a major role in helping to restore diplomatic relations between the US and Vietnam.

McCain keeps up a robust travel schedule – in 2011 he flew to Libya to meet anti-Gaddafi rebels while the civil war was ongoing, and last year he traveled inside Syria to meet  anti-government fighters, whom he thinks the US should be providing with heavy weapons in their fight with President Assad.  In December 2013 he visited anti-regime protesters in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev to support their campaign for stronger ties with Europe, not Russia.  We are confident that the Senator will not be shy in sharing his opinions about international issues--or domestic politics--with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

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