“Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,’ ” McCain told The Arizona Republic. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken — the bastards.’”
McCain publicly warned his fellow Republicans to avoid a government shutdown, which was ultimately brought about by a tea party-led campaign to defund the Affordable Care Act. Several days into the shutdown, McCain gave a memorable interview to Fox News during which he repeatedly blamed the GOP for the crisis.