REPUBLICAN presidential candidate John McCain has confirmed he will seek re-election to the US Senate in 2010
REPUBLICAN presidential candidate John McCain has confirmed he will seek re-election to the US Senate in 2010 and laughed off questions about an unlikely future bid for the White House.
Speaking in Phoenix in his first press conference since his election defeat to President-elect Barack Obama, the Arizona senator said he had no intention of ending his long political career.
"I intend to run again. We will make a formal announcement at the appropriate time," Senator McCain replied when asked if he would stand for re-election to the Senate in two years time.
But asked about running for president again, a laughing Senator McCain said: "I do not envision a scenario that would entail that."
Senator McCain meanwhile praised former running mate Sarah Palin, who has been accused by some critics of having a negative impact on the Republican ticket in the final stages of the election campaign.
"I think that Governor Palin's future is very bright in the Republican Party," Senator McCain said.
"I think she did a great job of energising our base, I'm very proud of her ... I think she has a very bright future in a leadership position of the Republican Party."
Senator McCain described a recent meeting he held with Mr Obama as "very good" and said he applauded many of his rival's cabinet appointments so far.
He also revealed plans to visit Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the near-future.