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John McCain Fundraiser Suggests He May Not Be Ready To Hang It Up Just Yet

01/10/2014 01:11 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will host a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., in late January, suggesting that he hasn't decided against a run for reelection in 2016.

An invitation from “Friends of John McCain” bills a Jan. 28 fundraiser at Johnny’s Half Shell in Washington as the senator’s “first DC re-elect reception." Requested donations range between $1,000 and $5,200, according to BuzzFeed.

During a recent interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," McCain said he is still "looking very seriously" at a sixth Senate 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 told Leno. In the same interview, he said he likes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) as candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

McCain communications director Brian Rogers told BuzzFeed the senator had not yet made a decision about running. “As he’s said, Sen. McCain hasn’t made a final decision,” Rogers said.

McCain held his seat in 2010 against Democrat challenger Rodney Glassman. He was challenged in the GOP primary by former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a talk-show radio host.

Hayworth accused McCain of not being a true conservative, driving McCain to move to the right on issues like immigration. He spent $21 million in the primary.

He will be 80 years old on Election Day in November 2016.

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