Secret Service: McCain is Not Protected

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Capitol Hill (AP) John McCain has said he doesn't want secret service protection. And now, the head of the agency confirms the Republican nominee-apparent isn't getting it.

Secret Service director Mark Sullivan has told a house appropriations subcommittee that the Arizona senator has not requested his agency's services. He notes that McCain is not required to accept protection.

A request from McCain seems unlikely anytime soon. McCain says he's concerned that a protective detail would interfere with his brand of intimate campaigning with the voters. McCain also has said he'll try to last as long as he can without it.

That contrasts with his democratic rivals.

Hillary Clinton travels with secret service agents due to her status as a former first lady, and Barack Obama requested and began receiving protection last year.