U.S. Sen. John McCain says the Arizona Republican Party's censure of him over the weekend may just motivate him to run for a sixth term.

The censure vote came during a meeting of state committee members who cited McCain's voting record as being insufficiently conservative.

The members say McCain has campaigned as a conservative but has lent his support to immigration reform and funding President Barack Obama's national health care initiative.

In response Tuesday, McCain told The Associated Press he has a strong conservative voting record and led the fight in the Senate against Obama's health care plan. He said he blames the censure on uninformed "extremist" party elements.

While he hasn't decided on a run for a sixth term in 2016, McCain said he is now "more seriously" considering it.