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Now that Hillary Clinton has at last formally withdrawn from the race for the White House, the eyes of America and the world will focus on Barack Obama and his Republican rival Senator John Mc Cain.
Through sheer hard work, Carol learned to walk again.
But when John Mc Cain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self.
Scroll down for more Forgotten woman: But despite all her problems Carol Mc Cain says she still adores he ex-husband Mc Cain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam.They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.Mc Cain was then earning little more than £25,000 a year as a naval officer, while his new father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a multi-millionaire who had impeccable political connections.He was assigned as a bomber pilot on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin. He was shot down over Hanoi in October 1967 on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam and was badly beaten by an angry mob when he was pulled, half-drowned from a lake.Over the next five-and-a-half years in the notorious Hoa Loa Prison he was regularly tortured and mistreated.