Tributes Pour As US Senator McCain Passes On

Arturo Kim
August 30, 2018

McCain, who was tortured during his five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, stopped treatment from an aggressive form of cancer on Friday, his family saying "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict". Obama praised his 2008 Republican presidential election opponent as a man who made sacrifices for the greater good.

McCain quickly snatched the microphone away and emphatically said, "No, ma'am". A statement from Duceys office said that "now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life".

"Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day".

Congressman Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio), the senior woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a statement that she extends her deepest sympathies and gratitude to Mr. McCain's family.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the late Arizona senator as "an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions".

A rare Republican critic of Trump, McCain had accused the president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathising with autocrats, especially after Trump's widely criticised appearance in Helsinki alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Barack Obama, who triumphed over Mr McCain in 2008, said that despite their differences, Mr McCain and he shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

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Former president George W Bush, who defeated Mr McCain for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, called Mr McCain a "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order" and a "friend whom I'll deeply miss".

McCain is also being lauded by foreign leaders. Our nation is better off because of his service. And Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, called McCain "a tireless fighter for a strong trans-Atlantic alliance".

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that Mr McCain "was a true American hero".

Across the Pacific, the China Daily referred to him as a "titan of American politics".

But he also earned respect from liberals for his steadfast opposition to torture and his push for immigration reform.

The Senate's top Democrat, New York's Chuck Schumer, said he wants to rename the Senate building that housed McCain's suite of offices after McCain. A private funeral is planned at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

As a student at the academy, he had a reputation as a rebel, but with a wit and charm that drew people to him. Few have served their country so well or so long.

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