With the election behind him and no transition to plan, John McCain is looking forward to getting back to work in the Senate after the bruising, two-year campaign.
McCain and his close friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have already begun talking about legislative initiatives they want to tackle, and they're planning a trip to Afghanistan, aides said.
“He's raring to go,” said campaign manager Rick Davis. “He is anxious to get back and go to work as a United States senator. He didn't even spend 24 hours lamenting the loss.”
McCain is never happier than when he is surrounded by friends. He left Phoenix Wednesday for his compound outside Sedona with his wife, Cindy, his children, Graham and advisers Davis, Charlie Black and Carla Eudy.
That the election didn't turn out as he had hoped, friends said, is not the worst thing McCain, a former prisoner of war, has ever suffered. In the final days of the race, even as polls showed him down, aides said McCain was the one working to keep up their spirits. On Election Night, said Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser, McCain was “steady, absolutely at peace.”
In his concession speech, McCain acknowledged that the campaign he ran was not always ideal, saying that it “at times seemed the most challenged campaign in modern times.”