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Arizona Sen. John McCain dead at 81

26 August 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who served for years in the Senate with McCain said in a statement that "no one is more worthy of the word "hero" than John McCain".

John McCain in an interview on April 24, 1973, shortly after his release from a Vietnamese POW camp.

McCain left Washington for the final time to spend Christmas with his family.

President Trump phoned McCain's wife to offer his sympathies, but his call came after months of bitterness between the two politicians.

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President Donald Trump, who clashed with McCain over Obama-care and dealings with Russian Federation, offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the Republican Senator's family.

Clinton also sent out a tweet of her own, saying McCain "lived a life of service to his country, from his heroism in the Navy to 35 years in Congress". Rep. Martha McSally is the Washington-favored candidate, while former ER doctor Kelli Ward is the darling of the hard-right corner of the party that hates McCain.

Four years later, McCain would run and win a seat in the Senate, replacing iconic Arizona Sen. John was a constant advocate for his fellow veterans and those now serving in uniform, standing up for the benefits and care they so earned by defending our freedom.

During a very emotional time, McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, took to social media to pay tribute to her father.

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When Sen. McCain announced in September 1999 that he was running for the Republican nomination for president, it was yet another assault on the political establishment, which had put its chips on then-Texas Gov.

"America will miss John McCain".

Trump was furious about McCain's vote and frequently referred to it at rallies but without mentioning McCain by name. It included a call to fellow Republicans to stand up to Trump and for all lawmakers to work together to keep America as a "beacon of liberty" in the world. During a recent appearance by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is promoting his new book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and goal", the Democrat lauded Meghan's father and offered words of encouragement. McCain has been awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross medal and the Prisoner of War medal.

This is not the sentiment of the age, and the Trump era that Mr. McCain seethed about in private and deplored in public has produced little sentimentality. "But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth". He says McCain's "dogged patriotism and passion for country" made him an inspiration.

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McCain again bashed Trump in March when Trump congratulated Putin on re-election. John McCain talks with Air Force Lt. Col. Karl Weinbrecht at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on July 4, 2015.

Five senators were accused of improperly pressuring a regulatory agency on behalf of Keating, who was also a contributor to McCain's campaign.

'His lack of empathy for refugees, innocent, persecuted, desperate men, women, and children, is disturbing, ' the book read. "This Congress, this country, mourn with them".

Mr. McCain had one strain of intolerance: of Americans' current tendency to read and heed messages exclusively from those who agreed with them, and to construct a wall-metaphorical, not like Mr. Trump's dream-to prevent them from encountering opposing views.

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Arizona Sen. John McCain dead at 81