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What John McCain Would Have Tweeted

The senator highlights an eventful life

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In honor of Twitter’s 10th birthday Monday, Arizona Sen. John McCain took us on a trip down memory lane of his life.  

The Republican posted images throughout his life with “tweets” that he would have posted at the time. He starts with a video to Twitter saying "Happy 10th Birthday" and showing off his 2 million followers.

His first message in 140 characters recalls his days as a midshipman: Then he jumps to October 1967, taking off of a historic Essex-class aircraft carrier. He includes videos from these events, including the January 1977 release of a song some of us only know from 'Mamma Mia'. A photograph of him in January 1968 shows his 72nd day as a prisoner of war: "Day 72 in the Hanoi Hilton #WorstHotelEver " #LoveTwitter pic.twitter.com/w4CKU52XUK He then showed a photograph of meeting President Ronald Reagan in July 1986. Jump ahead to February 2000 to his New Hampshire victory on the presidential campaign trail during his first run for the top job. As a primary challenger to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush, McCain won the state. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone.