McCain to Take Secret Service Protection
By Michael D. Shear
Sen. John McCain has decided to request Secret Service protection and will meet with officials from the agency in the next several days, a senior aide said today.
The move came after the head of the Secret Service openly discussed McCain's lack of protection at a congressional hearing on Thursday.
"Statutorily, he is not required to take protection," The Washington Post reported Sullivan saying when asked about McCain's security during a hearing on the agency's budget. "As far as an actual request, we have not gotten one. We have no involvement at this point."
Aides said no meeting had yet been scheduled. But they said the senator intended to accept protection for the remaining months of his campaign for the presidency.
Until now, McCain has said he does not want the security apparatus that comes with Secret Service protection. In November, campaigning in New Hampshire, he derided it as unnecessary and intrusive.
"It's the inconvenience. It's the inconvenience it causes people," he said at the time. "It's a waste of the taxpayers money. It's just everything I don't like."
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