Aggressiveness, determination, and persistence in taking a second chance at running for President. Ability to raise campaign funds. His first congressional campaigns were funded by his wife's family. Family connections.
Prisoner of War during Vietnam War who was tortured repeatedly but decided to stay with the other soldiers even after he was offered the opportunity of freedom. Although he was ranked low in his Naval Academy class, he became an elected official in 1981 in the U.S. House of Representative, Arizona due to his competitiveness, popularity among his peers and established connections created by his father and grandfather.
In Panama Canal Zone as the son of Admiral John Sydney McCain, Jr. Coming from a family of war veterans, he moved from place to place during his formative years and sought stability in his later years.
United States Naval Academy, 1958 and National War College, 1974.
1965, he married Carol Shepp, a model from Pennsylvania. They divorced in 1980 and he married Cindy Lou Hensley, school teacher and heiress to a brewery fortune.