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May 22, 2008  After news breaks that McCain-backer Rev. John Hagee once gave a sermon that suggested Hitler and the Holocaust were part of God's will, McCain denounces the pastor's comments and rejects his endorsement. Hagee concurrently withdraws his endorsement of McCain. More

May 14, 2008  After coming under scrutiny for ties to lobbying groups and 527s, the McCain campaign introduces the "McCain Campaign Conflict Policy," which bars lobbyists who are currently registered with American companies or foreign governments or businesses from working on his campaign. As a result, five top McCain aides resign. More

April 21, 2008  McCain launches his week-long "It's Time for Action Tour," focusing on to traditionally Democratic parts of the country, and the people McCain calls "forgotten America." More

April 15, 2008  As oil prices soar, McCain proposes a summer-long suspension of the 18 cent federal gasoline tax, calling it a "gas tax holiday." More

April 1, 2008  McCain kicks off his "service to America" biography tour, making stops and giving speeches in various locations across the country that played important roles in his life.

March 21, 2008  The State Department reveals that employees breached McCain's passport files, as well as those of Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

March 18, 2008  Speaking to reporters in Amman, Jordan, McCain mistakenly remarks that predominantly Shiite Iran is supporting the mostly Sunni militant group, al-Qaida. McCain says it is "common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaida is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran…." McCain is corrected by Sen. Joe Lieberman, who steps forward and whispers in his ear. He then apologizes, "I'm sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaida."

March 16, 2008  McCain embarks on an overseas trip, with visits to Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Britain and France. More

March 5, 2008  President George W. Bush endorses McCain. More

March 4, 2008  With victories in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont, McCain officially surpasses the 1,191 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. It is the earliest a Republican candidate has ever clinched the party nomination. Huckabee withdraws from the race. More

Feb. 27, 2008  Outspoken and sometimes controversial Texas pastor Rev. John Hagee endorses McCain. The endorsement sparks an uproar among some who perceive Hagee as anti-Catholic.

Feb. 21, 2008  The New York Times publishes a story suggesting that McCain may have had an improper relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman. In the days that follow, the story, which relies almost entirely on anonymous sources, will come under heavy scrutiny, receiving harsh criticism from a wide range of sources. More

Feb. 18, 2008  Former President George H.W. Bush endorses McCain. "His commitment to America is beyond any doubt," says Bush, "but most importantly, he has the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment." More

Feb. 15, 2008  Turning his attention to a potential general election match-up, McCain challenges Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois to abide by a previous pledge to use public funding. More

Feb. 14, 2008  Romney endorses McCain, urging the 280 delegates he amassed over the course of the Republican primary season to follow him. More

Feb. 7, 2008  Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Romney announces he is suspending his campaign. Later, when McCain takes the stage at CPAC, he is booed loudly. More

Feb. 5, 2008  "Super Tuesday" victories in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois cement McCain's status as front-runner for the GOP nomination. McCain's chief rivals, Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, vow to remain in the race. More

Jan. 29, 2008  McCain wins the Florida Republican primary, effectively ending former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani's candidacy. Giuliani drops out the next morning, endorsing McCain. More

Jan. 26, 2008  Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorses McCain. "After thinking about it as much as I have, I don't think anybody would do better" than McCain, Crist says. More

Jan. 12, 2008  The State, a South Carolina newspaper, endorses McCain. One week later, McCain wins South Carolina's Republican primary. More

Jan. 8, 2008  McCain wins the New Hampshire primary with 37 percent of the vote, finishing five points ahead of Mitt Romney. More

Jan. 3, 2008  At a town meeting in Derry, N.H., McCain tells citizens that he believes U.S. victory in Iraq is essential to the future security of the nation, adding that he would be willing to spend "100 years in Iraq" if necessary to achieve U.S. victory. More

Jan. 1, 2008  McCain's campaign discloses that it has raised $9.6 million in the fourth quarter. Fellow GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announces he has raised $27.2 million over the same period of time.

Dec. 17, 2007  Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman endorses McCain. In his speech, the Democrat-turned-independent says that McCain's ability to lead the nation is more important than his political affiliation. More

Dec. 15, 2007  The Des Moines Register endorses McCain, writing that "McCain's tested leadership in matters foreign and domestic make him most ready to lead America and rebuild trust at home and abroad." More

Dec. 2, 2007  The Manchester, N.H., Union Leader endorses McCain, calling him "the most trustworthy, competent and conservative of all those seeking the nomination." More

Nov. 9, 2007  Facing questions about his ability to handle the physical rigors of the presidency, McCain and his 95-year-old mother, Roberta, appear on MSNBC's Hardball. "Any questions about my genes or my age certainly ought to be dispelled," McCain says.

Nov. 7, 2007  Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback endorses McCain, after ending his own bid for the Republican nomination. More

Oct. 21, 2007  At a Republican debate in Orlando, Fla., McCain quips, "In case you missed it, a few days ago, Sen. Clinton tried to spend $1 million on the Woodstock Concert Museum. Now, my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. … I was tied up at the time." A few days later, McCain's campaign begins using the remark in New Hampshire TV ads. More

Oct. 10, 2007  McCain presents his health care plan, aimed at controlling costs, increasing availability of health insurance, and restoring "personal responsibility."

Oct. 8, 2007  The "McCain Blogette" officially launches. The blog is written by McCain's 22-year-old daughter, Meghan, and her friends.

Sept. 27, 2007  McCain releases a campaign ad which contains never-before-seen footage of the senator as a P.O.W., lying in a hospital bed, smoking a cigarette. More

Aug. 11, 2007  McCain finishes 10th in the Republican Iowa Straw Poll, garnering just 101 of the more than 14,000 votes cast. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wins with 4,516 votes. More

July 10, 2007  Strapped for cash and struggling to raise funds, McCain's campaign begins a major reorganization, cutting staff in every department. Terry Nelson, McCain's campaign manager, and John Weaver, his senior adviser, resign. More

April 25, 2007  At a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., McCain formally announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential race. More

April 18, 2007  At a veteran's forum in South Carolina, McCain responds to a question about military strikes against Iran with a chorus of "Bomb Iran," sung to the tune of the Beach Boys classic "Barbara Ann." Within days, video of the incident posted on YouTube receives more than a million hits, making its way into spoofs and parodies, and becoming a staple for Internet-based anti-McCain ads. More

April 11, 2007  Speaking to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, McCain calls for a renewed commitment to the war in Iraq. "For my part," he says, "I would rather lose a campaign than a war." More

March 1, 2007  McCain apologizes for his remark that American lives were "wasted" in Iraq. "I should have said 'sacrificed,'" he says.

Feb. 28, 2007  Appearing on the Late Show With David Letterman, McCain confirms he will run for president, noting that a "formal" announcement will be made at a future date. Later in the interview, McCain says that Americans are frustrated with the war in Iraq because "we've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."

Nov. 12, 2006  Five days after the mid-term elections, Arizona Sen. John McCain tells Meet the Press host Tim Russert that he is taking steps towards a 2008 presidential bid, including the imminent formation of an exploratory committee. More