Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

John McCain Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (R-AZ)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“I am joined today by Senator Stevens in introducing the Clean Sports Act of 2005…

The purpose of this bill is to protect the integrity of professional sports and, more importantly, the health and safety of our Nation’s youth, who, for better or for worse, see professional athletes as role models. The legislation would achieve that goal by establishing minimum standards for the testing of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by major professional sports leagues. By adhering to – and hopefully exceeding – these minimum standards, the Nation’s major professional sports leagues would send a strong signal to the public that performance-enhancing drugs have no legitimate role in American sports.”

“Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions,” Congressional Record, May 24, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (R-AZ), 1987-2018
  • Republican Party Nominee for US President, 2008
  • Candidate, US President, 2000
  • National Security adviser, Dole/Kemp Presidential Campaign, 1996
  • US Representative (R-AZ), 1982-1986
  • Senate Navy Liaison, 1977-1981
  • Pilot, Captain, United States Navy, Vietnam, 1958-1981
  • Member, Environmental and Energy Study Conference
  • Member, National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Co-Chair, Porkbusters Coalition
  • Member, Senate Centrist Coalition
  • Member, Senate Committee for American Indian College Fund
  • Senate Co-Chair, National Security Caucus
  • Member, Senate Steering Committee
  • Member, Senate Wilderness and Public Lands Caucus
  • Member, Vietnam Veterans in Congress
Education:
  • National War College, 1973-1974
  • BS, United States Naval Academy, 1958
Other:
  • Sponsor, Clean Sports Act of 2005 (S. 1114), May 24, 2005
  • Born on Aug. 29, 1936 in Panama Canal Zone, Panama (US Territory)
  • Senator McCain died of brain cancer on Aug. 25, 2018
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Congress Be Involved in Setting Drug Policies for Professional Sports?