U.S. Senator John McCain dead at 81 from brain cancer

Glen Norman
August 28, 2018

"I like people who weren't captured", as reported by the New York Times.

He spent the next 5-1/2 years in various prisons, including the notorious "Hanoi Hilton", where he was tortured and left with lasting disabilities. His wife, Cindy, and other members of his family were present.

President Donald Trump, who criticized McCain for being taken prisoner during the Vietnam War, says his "deepest sympathies and respect" went out to McCain's family. "He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best".

The president also says he's agreed to the McCain family's request for military transportation of McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington.

Throughout his long tenure in Congress, McCain played his role with trademark verve, at one hearing dismissing a protester by calling out, "Get out of here, you low-life scum".

The veteran U.S. Senator, whose most recent indelible mark was made with the silent downturn of his thumb on the Senate floor to signal his refusal to help repeal the Affordable Care Act, has died.

"Senator McCain was a man of principle who dedicated his life to the service of his country".

Years later, Flake would join McCain in the upper chamber where he jokingly embraced his unofficial title: "Well, I was simply known as the other senator from Arizona".

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a former senator and colleague to McCain, said, "John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless". In our time of sadness, it is good to know that tears of joy are being shed as Ron, Nancy, and John are together again.

After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for five days.

It's a likely indication that the war hero, onetime presidential nominee and longtime lawmaker is nearing the end of his life.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump had rejected the advice of top aides who advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a "hero".

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have both released statements after news broke of Senator John McCain's death.

Karen Travers tweeted "Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning they are back to full staff".

John Sidney McCain III is born in the Panama Canal Zone. I'm going to miss him a lot.

He said Trump was "not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin". "He loved me, and I loved him", she wrote. "In more than 30 years as a senator, he never failed to marshal a razor-sharp wit, a big heart and a fiery spirit", McConnell said. "Captured the country's imagination through national campaigns that spotlighted many of our highest values and became so integral to the United States Senate, where our nation airs and advances its great debates".

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