John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE cleared up any doubts as to whether he will seek reelection to the Senate last night in an e-mail to supporters seeking donations and support for his 2010 campaign.

Sen. McCain's (R-Ariz.) fundraising committee, Friends of John McCain, has set up a website to raise money and build an e-mail distribution list for McCain's reelection bid; McCain directed recipients to the site in last night's e-mail.

"Some have wondered, after my hard fought presidential campaign, if I plan to run for re-election to the United States Senate," McCain wrote. "I want you to know that I do intend to seek re-election."

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McCain cited the economic crisis and Democrats' plans to spend around $800 billion in an attempt to stop it as reasons for seeking another term.

"The magnitude of the financial crisis that many American families are facing makes it clear to me that I want to continue to serve our country in the Senate," McCain wrote. "While the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama, has pledged to change business as usual in Washington and spoken of bipartisanship, I have been saddened to watch as Congressional Democrats try to use their majority to advocate more of the same failed policies and wasteful spending of the past. With so much at stake, now is not the time to step away from my work in the Senate."

McCain asked supporters to join his list of Senate reelection supporters and donate anywhere from $25 to $500 through the Friends of McCain website.

See the full text of the e-mail below:
Being the Republican nominee for President was one of the great honors of my life and an experience I will never forget. Some have wondered, after my hard fought presidential campaign, if I plan to run for re-election to the United States Senate.

I want you to know that I do intend to seek re-election. The magnitude of the financial crisis that many American families are facing makes it clear to me that I want to continue to serve our country in the Senate.

The economic challenges currently confronting our nation are immense and unfortunately, the Democrats in Congress propose addressing these challenges through increased spending that wastes billions of taxpayers dollars and saddles our children and grandchildren with a staggering debt. Their proposals will not stimulate economic growth or create jobs. While the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama, has pledged to change business as usual in Washington and spoken of bipartisanship, I have been saddened to watch as Congressional Democrats try to use their majority to advocate more of the same failed policies and wasteful spending of the past. With so much at stake, now is not the time to step away from my work in the Senate.

As always, I anticipate a tough re-election challenge. But with your help, we will counter those efforts and put forth an aggressive campaign by registering new voters, reaching out to Democrats, Independents and Republicans, and again earning the support of Hispanic and Native American voters in Arizona.

I am honored to serve the people of Arizona as their United States Senator. I would be most appreciative of your support of my re-election efforts and hope you will
click here to join my re-election team. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

John McCain

PS: I hope you will join "Friends of McCain" today by logging on to
www.FriendsofMcCain.com
and donating $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more to my re-election campaign.