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Updated Aug 12, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Sen. John McCain passed over for Arizona jury duty

That guy who walked into the Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday morning, the one who looked like Sen. John McCain? It was McCain.

McCain excitedly tweeted about the task that more often than not other citizens find reasons to avoid. He was impaneled by late morning but wasn't chosen as a juror.

The senior U.S. senator from Phoenix kept his followers updated throughout the process.

He was selected for panel of prospective jurors for the re-trial of a man whose convictions in the 1991 killings of nine people at a Buddhist temple west of Phoenix were overturned on appeal. By late morning, he had proceeded to a courtroom, where he and the other prospective jurors were questioned by the judge and attorneys.

``Something told me you weren't going to make it on this one,'' Judge Joseph Kreamer told McCain after the other prospective jurors left the courtroom.

Potential jurors who believed they would be able to serve the whole six weeks were ordered to fill out questionnaires, and the rest were told to report back to be questioned by the judge on their hardship.

McCain said he showed up like other citizens because it is part of his civic duty.

``I thought it was important to be involved in the process,'' he said. ``I was impressed with their efficiency and the information that they give prospective jurors using technology. The videos I think explained to anyone the importance, frankly, of being a juror.''

McCain joked with other jurors who rode the elevator with him, including the woman sitting next to him in the jury box.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee said he would have served on a short trial if he had been selected.

``I would have had to cancel a few meetings, but I'm sure that the country would have survived without those,'' he said.

He was scheduled to meet with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce at 2 o'clock.

The senator spent the weekend in northern Arizona touring the Grand Canyon, and is set Tuesday for a Tucson town hall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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