WASHINGTON — In the clearest indication yet that Sen. John McCain is gearing up to run for a sixth term, the Arizona Republican is holding a Washington fundraiser at the end of January.
McCain is not up for reelection until 2016, but appears to be kicking things off early. An invitation from "Friends of John McCain" bills a Jan. 28 fundraiser as the senator's "first DC re-elect reception" at Johnny's Half Shell in Washington. Requested donations range between $1,000 and $5,200.
In December, McCain hosted a New York fundraiser as he "[considered] running for re-election to the U.S. Senate." McCain said on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this past week he was "looking very seriously" at another run.
"I think there is a lot going on. I'm at the top of my game so I'm very happy to have the chance," McCain said.
McCain's Communications Director Brian Rogers told BuzzFeed in an email the senator had not yet made a firm decision about running.
"As he's said, Sen. McCain hasn't made a final decision," Rogers said.
Update: This post has been updated to include a comment from Sen. McCain's communications director.
Kate Nocera is the managing editor for BuzzFeed’s Washington, DC bureau. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
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