03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Considers Resigning Senate Seat

The announcement this week that Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., won't seek re-election sparked a new round of speculation by local bloggers and state Capitol railbirds that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is aiming to resign his Senate seat....

...Here is McCain's answer:

"Look, if I have the nomination, then we will decide whether I would remain in the Senate until after I'm elected president, if I'm elected president, or not. And the time to begin that process of thinking is after I have the nomination of the party. But right now, I have no inclination to leave the United States Senate early. So that's my position at this time. But . . . if and when I win the nomination, I will then make that decision. But, right now, it is my intention to remain in the United States Senate."

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