John McCain dies at 81 after battle with brain cancer

John McCain dies at 81 after battle with brain cancer

John McCain dies at 81 after battle with brain cancer

Past presidents, former political rivals and McCain's Senate colleagues, Republicans and Democrats hailed the late senator. Barack Obama, a Democrat from IL.

The former president signaled kinship with his former opponent in the 2008 presidential election, despite their differences in politics.

"Later on they did things like bind up my legs and break my arm one time". Trump did not mention McCain or the health care vote in a speech Friday night at a fundraising dinner in Ohio. But I don't have a complaint.

The secretary of defence said the United States had "lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country". "I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times". "John McCain spent his life serving our country with honor", said Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, in a tweet Saturday.

McCain was recently the subject of a critically acclaimed HBO documentary, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, which premiered over Memorial Day Weekend. John McCain is welcomed by U.S. President Richard Nixon on May 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., upon McCain's release from a POW camp during the Vietnam War.

Bush said in a statement that McCain was a "public servant in the finest traditions of our country" and is calling him a "friend whom I'll deeply miss".

Like Goldwater, McCain would also unsuccessfully run for president.

The grim prognosis didn't appear to immediately slow down McCain who kept a robust schedule and didn't hold back his pointed criticism of President Donald Trump. John McCain has lost his battle with brain cancer. John McCain following the death of his 2008 presidential rival.

Trump was furious about McCain's vote and frequently referred to it at rallies but without mentioning McCain by name. John McCain will cast a long shadow.

John Sidney McCain III was born August 29, 1936 on a naval base near the Panama Canal. He followed his father and grandfather, who were four-star admirals, into military service. His family yawned at the performance. "My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family".

In 1967, his plane was shot down over Hanoi, the North Vietnamese captial.

"I have found in my political career that everytime I have done things because it was the right thing to do, it has turned out alright in the end". But after McCain refused to be released early, ahead of Americans who had been imprisoned longer - the brutal treatment resumed. Later, his will broken by beatings, McCain signed a confession. Character. Courage. Integrity. Honor.

He once said he'd "never known a prisoner of war who felt he could fully explain the experience to anyone who had not shared it".

But it did not tame his wild side, and his first marriage, to Carol Shepp, was a casualty of what he called "my greatest moral failing".

In 1985, he visited the site of his imprisonment with then CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, even opening the door to his old prison cell. McCain admitted the breakup was caused by "my own selfishness and immaturity".

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, will appoint a temporary replacement to represent the state in the U.S. Senate until the next general election.

McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren. They also adopted Bridget, a girl Cindy brought home from Bangladesh for medical treatment.

In Congress, McCain built a generally conservative record, opposing abortion and advocating higher defence spending.

On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman - a trio dubbed the "Three Amigos".

At issue was a pair of 1987 meetings between McCain, four other senators and regulators to get the government to back off a key campaign donor. McCain was cited by the Senate Ethics Committee for "poor judgment". McCain declared the comment offensive to veterans.

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