Tributes paid to former presidential candidate John McCain

Brittany Mendoza
August 26, 2018

This comes just one day after McCain made a decision to stop his brain cancer treatment. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family", his office said in a statement. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years".

The eternal comeback kid, in March 2008, John McCain clinched enough delegates to embark on the race for the White House.

His contentious choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska at the time, was also believed to have contributed to the loss, and is still seen by some as a tarnish on his reputation.

During a 1967 bombing run over Hanoi, McCain's plane was shot down, almost killing him. He limped off the plane that returned him to the USA gripping a handrail and with hair that had turned white, according to a New York Times report from 1973 on his release. His captors did not treat his injuries from the plane crash.

The death of John McCain caused mixed feelings and triggered a heated debate over the American values represented by the Republican.

First lady Melania Trump thanked Mr McCain for his service to the nation, which included more than five years as a prisoner of war and six terms in the Senate. They're encased in a room full of Vietnamese propaganda, including videos about the "kind treatment" of the POWs, and photos of American prisoners playing sports, Dillingham said. He was soon placed in solitary confinement, where he would remain for the next two years. The world will miss John McCain.

In 1986, he ran for the Senate seat vacated by longtime Republican Sen. McCain - a Naval Academy graduate who took tremendous pride in his "maverick" label - was captured in October 1967 after his bomber was hit by a missile.

McCain was re-elected to a sixth Senate term previous year.

As McCain pursued his own re-election to the Senate in 2016, he broke with his party's nominee after a video aired in which Trump could be heard bragging that when he saw handsome women he would sometimes "grab 'em by the p--".

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Over the course of his career, Senator McCain served as Chairman of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and most recently, Armed Services. He later returned the donations and admitted the appearance of it was wrong.

He offered reassurance to Australia after the famously brusque Trump-Turnbull phone call, openly criticising Mr Trump for an "unnecessary and frankly harmful open dispute" just weeks into Mr Trump's presidency, a remarkable act by a senior senator from the same party as the President.

In 2008, McCain fared far better.

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".

The sharp-tongued McCain had disagreements with many fellow politicians - including inside his own camp - but the Republican stalwart was widely recognized for his deep integrity, and condolences came swift from the highest reaches of American politics. He was 81 and had been battling brain cancer. He battled through it, returning to Congress this past summer. 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.

He missed a White House ceremony on December 12, 2017, in which President Donald Trump signed the annual defense bill into law - one of McCain's signature achievements. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, in 2017. On Aug. 24, his family announced their patriarch was going to discontinue treatment for his cancer. Our hearts are with his wife, Cindy, his children, and his grandchildren.

Meghan has openly discussed her father's cancer diagnosis, including on The View.

"I have daughters, I have friends".

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