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To have brought someone on board or associated yourself with someone whose embarrassing behavior makes you look bad and brings your character/judgement into question. Ultimately the choice to include this person leads ridicule and failure. This is in reference to McCain bringing on Sarah Palin as a running mate in the 2008 elections.
Person 1: Last week I brought my friend along with me to hang out with the cool guy I just met. She acted so annoying and he never called me back.

Person 2: Man, you totally pulled a McCain.
by madgardener January 18, 2010
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To walk directly in front of or around a person when they are talking to someone or to a group of people, with a subtle demeanor, head down, totally distracting everyone involved. Based on the presidential debates of 2008, during which Senator McCain did this several times to now President Obama.
When Julian was talking to his parents about going to the party, I walked in and Pulled a McCain.
by Shaolin Masta January 30, 2009
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To throw a hail mary pass when three seconds are left on the clock.
John pulled a McCain when he selected a running mate no one has ever heard of solely based on the fact that she had a vagina and a Bible
by Welcome President Obama September 02, 2008
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To go and be a jerk to the people that helped you in the past.
Brad didn't give Heather the position he promised her on the student council, citing his reason as "She is a complete idiot". He pulled a McCain on her.
by starwar1 August 03, 2008
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