Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMeghan McCain fires back at Drudge over ‘obnoxious’ headline Ryan: Obama putting 'pet' projects above troops The Hill’s 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House.
Speaking to The Arizona Republic newspaper, McCain said he had received "a spate of emails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown.
But he said he's focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president.
McCain will turn 80 in 2016, and the two-time presidential contender insisted he has no plans to launch a third bid.
“I can assure you, I don’t see it,” McCain said. “It’s not on my radar.”
He still hasn't decided, however, on whether he'll run for reelection in 2016.
McCain's retirement would open up a contentious fight for his seat, which he's held since 1986.