Getting to know U.S. Senator John McCain with this week's '10 questions'

TAMPA - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?

Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a well-known person.

We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Biggest regret? And who do they look up to?

This week we are thrilled to hear from an American war hero and certainly one of the most visible politicians in this country, U.S. Senator John McCain.

It is no surprise that McCain entered the military. Both McCain's father and paternal grandfather were four-star admirals.

Born at the Coco Solo Naval station in Panama, McCain spent much of his childhood living on naval bases in America and abroad.

McCain graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and also graduated from flight school.

He volunteered for combat duty during the Vietnam war. In 1967, during his 23rd mission McCain's plane was shot down over the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

He broke both his arms and one leg in the crash and was taken prisoner.

McCain spent five and half years in various prison camps. He was repeatedly beaten and tortured and even spent three and half years in solitary confinement.

And while his captor offered him early release after learning he was the son on a high ranking Naval officer, McCain refused. He said it violated the "military code of conduct" and feared that the North Vietnamese would use his freedom as a propaganda.

McCain along with fellow American POW's were released in 1973.

He earned numerous honors, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.

While McCain wanted to return to service, after months of rehab, it became clear he suffered to many injuries.

McCain then entered the political arena.

He moved to Arizona and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. McCain served two terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986.

He won re-election easily four times. McCain then set his eyes on the White House. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, but lost the primary contest to George W. Bush.

He did secure the Republican nomination in 2008 but lost to democratic candidate and current President Barak Obama.

He is currently the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona.

McCain is married to Cindy Lou Hensley, the daughter of a successful Arizona beer distributor. The couple have four children. McCain also adopted two children from his first marriage. He and his first wife, Carol Shepp, also had a child together.

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1. What's on your iPod?
Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, ABBA

2. What's the best gift you ever got?
Freedom from prison in Hanoi.

3. What do you consider your greatest success?
Managing to crash four Navy airplanes.

4. Did you ever have a nickname? If so, what was it and what did it mean.
Yes, "The Mac." It originated in New Hampshire when I won the primary there and people chanted "Mac is Back."

5. What is your favorite movie of all time?
Viva Zapata

6. If you could have dinner with any three people living or dead who would they be?
Ernest Hemingway, Teddy Roosevelt, and Aung San Suu Kyi.

7. What is in your fridge right now?
Not much.

8. What was the last book you read?
The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In By Hugh Kennedy

9. What do you consider your greatest regret?
Too many…

10. What's one of your most favorite things to do?
Hike around Sedona, Arizona with my family.

I would like to thank our sister station in Phoenix, Arizona KNXV-TV for reaching out to Senator John McCain and having him answer the 10 questions.

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