Former U.S. presidents honour McCain's life of service

26 August, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • John McCain Military Hero And Senate “Maverick,” Has Died At 81

Trump's brief Twitter statement said "hearts and prayers" are with the McCain family.

McCain was the son and grandson of admirals and followed them to the U.S. Naval Academy.

On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman - a trio dubbed the "Three Amigos". Here's what will happen to McCain's Senate seat.

"He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mould if it was the right thing to do".

The United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, remembered McCain as a "hero" and a "leader".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "Today is a deeply sad day for the Senate and for our nation".

"Sen McCain, thank you for your service", read a sign near the driveway of his home in a rural part of Sedona, Arizona, television footage showed, as a police escort accompanied the hearse that was to carry his body and local residents came bearing flowers for the late political titan. "He also had a wicked sense of humour and it made every tense moment come out better".

McCain was the Republican nominee for president in 2008, with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, but lost to President Barack Obama.

John McCain speaks at a 2008 campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio.

Obama writes that they "saw this country as a place where anything is possible - and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way". John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.

"I never met him personally, but from afar respected the man for what he stood for and who he was", Edwards said.

It was a stark contrast between McCain, then a 72-year-old veteran of the Washington establishment, and the 47-year-old Obama, who was offering a "Yes, we can" message of change.

When Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, suggesting that many Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists", McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies". Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a statement released via tweet.

John McCain would visit his mentor regularly, reading to him in the hopes that he could hear.

As time went on, McCain's resistance grew more direct and his words sharper. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who traveled to the ends of the earth with McCain - to the Arctic Circle in 2004 and Antarctica two years later - on fact-finding missions related to climate change. Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous. The McCain's later adopted her and named her Bridget. (D-Ga.). McCain's office was in the building.

US President Donald Trump led the tributes immediately after hearing the news, and wrote on Twitter: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he wrote on his personal account.

American Republican Senator John McCain, the Vietnam war hero turned senator and presidential candidate, has died aged 81. In a 2016 tweet Trump slammed the senator as "foul mouthed" and in a 2017 post he lashed out at McCain for voting against the Affordable Care Act. He had battled brain cancer. He was shot down and captured by North Vietnamese forces.

After transient early years spent mostly at military bases, he graduated in 1954 from a Virginia boarding school.

McCain started his Senate career in 1986, succeeding longtime Arizona fixture, Barry Goldwater.

Several Minnesota politicians expressed their grief Saturday over McCain's passing. Even as McCain's health ebbed, he missed few opportunities to lash out at the president.



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