"It is not my goal to run this race and be admired as the maverick that lost"

“If you had told me two years ago that John McCain would end his active national political life perceived by many as the candidate of the special interests tied to lobbyists; that many people considered his campaign dishonorable and focused on small things; that he wasn’t seen as presidential and the right person to have in a crisis; and that the broad center in American politics had turned against him, I would have laughed in your face,” said John Weaver, his longtime friend who resigned from the campaign in a power struggle last year.

“That’s not who he is,” Weaver said. “But that’s the campaign that he chose.”