Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks with reporters at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast.
David Cook is Senior Editor and Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. He oversees the Monitor's 9-person bureau in the nation's capital, hosts the Monitor's newsmaker breakfasts, and writes for csmonitor.com.
For over 40 years, Monitor breakfasts have brought journalists together with key public officials to talk about the issues of the day in a candid, in-depth fashion. Since their start in 1966, four US presidents, five vice presidents, and countless cabinet and congressional officials have been guests at the 3,600 breakfasts the Monitor has hosted.
When Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006, Cook served as the Monitor's spokesperson and appeared on numerous national broadcasts including "Today," "Nightline," "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and "ABC World News Tonight."
From August 1994 through July 2001, Cook served as editor of The Christian Science Monitor. During his term, the Monitor's print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won numerous awards including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
Previously Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. He also served as managing editor of the Monitor's Emmy award-winning nightly television news program "World Monitor."
His current assignment is Cook's third tour in Washington. During two previous postings in the nation's capital he covered economic policy. He also has been a Detroit-based correspondent for Business Week.
Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's oldest journalistic organization, and the father of three grown sons.
John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954. He served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
At a Monitor Breakfast on April 6, Senator John McCain spoke with reporters about the role of the United States in the Middle East. "We are the ones with the assets, we are the ones with the military capabilities, we are the one that should be leading," McCain said. "The United States of America is NATO," he told the group.
At a Christian Science Monitor sponsored breakfast for reporters April 6, Senator John McCain, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was reluctant to cut defense spending until the conflict in the Middle East is resolved. He also expressed frustration with what he views as a wasteful defense procurement process.
At a Christian Science Monitor sponsored breakfast for reporters April 6, Senator John McCain said social media and networking is fundamentally restructuring the whole nature of information and how it's dispensed. McCain also indicated that he thinks the surge in social networking has leveled the playing field in campaign spending.