John McCain lauded by presidents past and present, world leaders


John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator and one-time Republican presidential nominee, died Saturday, Aug. 25, at his home following a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Flake also said that he "admired" McCain's dramatic "no" vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act in July of past year despite voting the other way, as well as McCain's emphasis on senators working together across party lines.

He had recently announced his decision to discontinue treatment. "Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family". "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", McCain's office said in the statement. For as long as I can remember, Senator McCain struggled to raise his arms above his shoulder, a fact we'd forgotten when coming up with the Akubra as our gift. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman called McCain "an example of a principled politician".

"He was a man of great courage and conviction".

While such independence might make Cooper a spiritual (if unconventional) successor to McCain, his appointment could alienate Trump supporters.

McCain stopped receiving cancer treatment earlier this week, his family saying "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

Hillary Clinton said of the late senator: "He was a tough politician, a trusted colleague, and there will simply never be another like him" while Maxine Waters tweeted, "A true American patriot & hero has passed".

"Tonight I have a privilege given few Americans, the privilege of accepting our party's nomination for president of the United States", McCain said the night of his nomination. The episode led McCain to become a leader on campaign finance reform, which included the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act.

He was perhaps the Republican most critical of President Donald Trump, who lost McCain's support during the 2016 campaign for what McCain called "demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults". However, he lost the general election to former President Barack Obama.

But long before then, McCain was a Navy brat who had little interest in being studious. "God bless John McCain".

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"I am able to celebrate a wonderful life and I will be grateful for additional time that I have", the senator said at the time.

He will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. In the middle of it all, Mo would point to me and say, "I'd like to hear John's views". He developed a reputation for being the life of the party and misbehaved frequently, graduating fifth from the bottom of his class.

His first brush with death came during the war in July 1967 when a missile fired accidentally on board the aircraft carrier, USS Forrestal, sparked a series of explosions and fires that killed 134 sailors.

McCain's death marks the end of an extraordinary life in which the son and grandson of two Navy admirals rose from the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy to almost winning the presidency.

The scion of a decorated military family, McCain embraced his role as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, pushing for aggressive U.S. military intervention overseas and eager to contribute to "defeating the forces of radical Islam that want to destroy America".

"He's not a war hero".

In 2008, he spoke passionately about the patriotism he maintained while imprisoned in Hanoi.

"I am lucky to count myself among those privileged enough to have known him". He was elected to Congress in 1982 and to the Senate four years later, replacing the retired Barry Goldwater. In October, he reflected on his life in an interview with GQ Magazine.

"And all of a sudden, he pointed to the two of us and said, 'You two are right.' And that's when I knew he was going to vote no", she said. "So I spend my time in gratitude and work as hard as I can to get done what I can get done while I can".