When John McCain first ran for election in Arizona (after living in the state for less than two years), he was accused by his opponents of being a carpetbagger. His reply? While he would love to have spent more time in Arizona (as his rivals had), serving his country as an air force pilot and growing up as the son of a senior Naval officer had both entailed moving -- and living -- all over the world. Indeed, the longest he had ever lived in any single place, he explained, was about five years... as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, Vietnam!

[McCain's embarrassed opponents were quickly silenced and he won 60% of the vote (and election to the Senate).]

[As a politician's son, McCain was offered early release from the Hanoi Hilton. Because this would have contravened the Army code of honor, however, McCain refused to leave -- and was rewarded for his idealism with regular beatings.]

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