Just minutes after news of the death of Senator John McCain broke Saturday, tributes began pouring in from loved ones, longtime allies, and former political foes, as many sought to honor the senator who had built a bipartisan reputation over his decades in Congress.
McCain spent the past year undergoing cancer treatment, but his family said Friday that he would discontinue that treatment.
"No person this century better exemplifies the great qualities of patriotism than John McCain", said Mitt Romney, former MA governor and Republican candidate for Hatch's seat. Additionally, his courage, perseverance and ability to overcome adversity, in every facet of his life, will continue to inspire us all.
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"Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the past year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers".
McCain announced that he would instead vote for "some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president.". John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John McCain, his one-time political rival, a "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order".
In running for president in 2008, McCain tried to succeed an unpopular fellow Republican in Bush, who was leaving office with the country mired in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and stuck in a financial crisis. "God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey".
Whether you voted for him or not, there is one thing most can agree on - he loved his family, he loved his country and he loved Arizona. "I can't believe I'm freaking crying already", she said.
McCain's first brush with death came in July 1967 when, as a navy pilot in the Vietnam war, a missile exploded near his fuel tanks, causing a ship fire that killed 134 troops. And when the Supreme Court in 2010 overturned the campaign finance restrictions that he'd work so hard to enact, McCain seemed resigned.
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The secretary of defence said the U.S. had "lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country". After gambling on political neophyte Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, McCain lost in 2008 to Democrat Barack Obama, who became the first black United States president.
"In war and peace, John McCain dedicated himself to service & sacrifice for our country".
He has always been surrounded by strong women-his wife and my friend Cindy, his mom, and his daughters.
McCain has consistently spoken out anytime he thought the president was violating American democratic or national security norms, and continued to have his office put pressure on him as he was out of Washington receiving treatment this year. 'Our hearts and prayers are with you!'
John Sidney McCain III had served as the senior senator from Arizona since 1987 and ran unsuccessfully against Barack Obama in 2008 on an ill-fated GOP ticket with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
On July 25, 2017, McCain delivered a Senate floor speech not long after his cancer diagnosis that was widely seen as his farewell address. McCain later said he regretted picking Palin.
His wife, Cindy McCain tweeted, "My heart is broken".
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague, Senator John McCain.
His predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, also thanked McCain for his "courageous life" in a tweet.