U.S. politician John McCain dead at 81

Minnie Murray
August 29, 2018

Tributes from former U.S. presidents, lawmakers, and world leaders poured in for U.S. Senator John McCain, a day after the veteran Republican politician, war hero, and former presidential candidate died of brain cancer.

It is reported by Ukrainian Pravda with reference to The Washington Post.

With profound sorrow, the Reagan Foundation mourns the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", his office said in a statement. He was elected to Congress in 1982 and the Senate in 1986.

Take a dive through his words over the years.

25, at age 81 of brain cancer, visited Hope College as a presidential candidate on January 14, 2008, at the invitation of the Hope College Republicans student organization, speaking before a standing-room-only audience in the Maas Center auditorium.

Mr Obama, who triumphed over Mr McCain in the 2008 election, 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".

He later returned to work. President Trump was not invited to attend McCain's funeral, but former rivals and Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had been asked to give eulogies, people close to both former presidents and a source close to the senator confirmed to CNN.

Like Goldwater, McCain would also unsuccessfully run for president. "But even when we disagreed, I always respected that his heart was focused on doing what he thought was best for the American people".

McCain, a longtime chairman of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, was considered an expert on defense and foreign-policy issues. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" the president tweeted.

A rare Republican critic of Trump, McCain accused the president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats. The vote came as a huge surprise, to say the least, and added another wrinkle to the testy relationship he had with Trump.

John McCain is greeted by President Richard Nixon after his release from a prisoner of war camp in North Vietnam.

McCain had not been on the Senate floor in months, remaining at his Arizona home for treatment of glioblastoma - the same form of brain cancer that took the life of another Senate giant, Democrat Ted Kennedy, in 2009.

When Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015, McCain embraced his new influence as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, pushing for aggressive US military intervention overseas and eager to contribute to "defeating the forces of radical Islam that want to destroy America". John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his daughter Meghan McCain, waves to supporters as he enters a campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio.

On Saturday, however, Palin said McCain was her friend and vowed to "remember the good times".

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