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Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Republican point man on tobacco

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Senator John McCain introduced a bill in April 1998 that Congress and the president felt they could support. It was tough on tobacco and eliminated most of the contentious immunity provisions of the original settlement. But the industry claimed this bill would bankrupt most of them and walked away. Now, McCain is in charge of the back room negotiations to get the industry back to the Congressional bargaining table.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
See also: Government Time Line | Interview Excerpt | The McCain Bill