John McCain, 'maverick' senator, dead at 81 - Hawaii News Now

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

After his election to the US Senate in 1987, representing the state of Arizona, McCain backed US military intervention from the first Gulf War to the later invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr McCain died on Saturday surrounded by his family, according to a short statement released by his office.

My heart is broken.

"I stood with John, the two of us alone, in the very cell in the Hanoi Hilton where years of his life were lived out in pain but always in honor".

In December, Biden consoled Meghan McCain as she tearfully spoke of her father's illness on ABC's "The View".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Mr McCain's lifetime of public service had been "an inspiration to millions". In 2008, he considered making independent Sen.

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.

McCain, who died Saturday at age 81, would not be president and would not take Pennsylvania in the 2008 general election. He was a courageous leader who served Arizona and the United States with tremendous pride, dignity and distinction. He, however, lost to Barrack Obama, in a defeat that many attributed to the growing unpopularity of then-incumbent George Bush and the collapse of the capital markets.

In 2016, he called a UN Security Council resolution slamming Israel for West Bank settlements building, which passed after the USA withheld its veto, "another shameful chapter".

"John McCain will be remembered, I think he should be remembered, as an American hero when you consider his military service".

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". He cast a decisive vote past year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Barack Obama's health care reforms, something Trump never forgave. Cooper, 70, moved to Phoenix when he was a child and is a fixture in the city, where he owned a restaurant for 18 years, regularly appears at Suns games and even founded a local Christian teen center.

"We are all in his debt", said Obama.

But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed.

Former president Bill Clinton said McCain "lived by his creed". "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", McCain's office said in the statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his predecessors, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, have paid tributes in memory of Sen. As a USA senator, McCain spoke out against its use against terrorism suspects during the US-declared "War on Terror", which followed the September 11 attacks.

Now that the trio is missing its driving force, Graham wrote that "America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions..."

"I have daughters, I have friends".

Hailing him as a "truth-teller" with "unsurpassed" dedication to the U.S. and its military, the top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would seek to rename a Senate building in his honor.

But on Friday his family announced he had chose to discontinue that treatment.

McCain spent more than three decades in the upper chamber of Congress, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation. Before joining the upper chamber, he served as a USA representative from 1983 to 1987.

The longtime Arizona politician and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed in July 2017 with glioblastoma after he'd undergone surgery for a blood clot.

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