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Reactions to the death of U.S. Senator John McCain

Reactions to the death of U.S. Senator John McCain

In his concession speech, Mr. McCain, citing the death of Mr. Obama's grandmother only 48 hours earlier, said, "Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country, and I applaud him for it and offer him his honest sympathy his beloved grandmother did not see him on this day". "Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate".

But his legacy will be keenly debated. McCain chose a little-known Alaska governor as his running mate in that race, and turned Sarah Palin into a national political figure.

On Oct. 26, 1967, his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down during a bombing run over Hanoi.

Both McCain's arms were broken, so was his shoulder, and his knee was shattered. He was held as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years during the Vietnam War. McCain was also reportedly instrumental in forcing Mark Green, the Trump-Pence administration's anti-LGBTQ nominee for Secretary of the Army, to withdraw earlier this year. One of his rescuers said many years later that McCain was well treated after being pulled from the lake by villagers. Perhaps the most striking example was when he challenged the George W. Bush administration and its "enhanced interrogation" of terrorism suspects. Barack Obama. "He's an Arab", she said, implying he was not an American.

According to one reviewer, the story of McCain's survival in Vietnamese captivity was the "kind of challenge that most of us can barely imagine". At one point in 1967, McCain was nearly killed after a wayward rocket from a nearby bomber hit his aircraft's fuel tank just before he was to take off from the USS Forrestal.

What might have been a gentle drift into retirement became instead a final, furious last stand as the elder statesman saw his beloved party shifting from under him.

"We're getting nothing done, my friends".

He was "one of the most principled people I've ever known", Brown said.

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Just days after his brain cancer diagnosis, Senator McCain returned to the Senate to the applause and admiration of his fellow senators.

In a statement Saturday night, a short time after McCain died, Schumer said, "Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him". Obama says despite their differences, they shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". "We're citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one".

He added: "But all of us can aspire to the course to put the greater good above our own". As we reported. McCain's family said age was a factor in John's decision to cease treatment. And for that, we are all in his debt. "I will need some time to absorb this, but I want Cindy -and the entire McCain family - to know they are in my prayers".

McCain was no liberal but he opposed both Trump's first attempt at a travel ban for six majority-Muslim nations, calling it potentially "a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism", and the confirmation of Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency because of her refusal to fully disown torture. He tussled with Donald Trump, and ultimately voted against the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. John McCain talks with Air Force Lt. Col. Karl Weinbrecht at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on July 4, 2015.

After retiring from the Navy, McCain settled down in Arizona where he met his second wife, Cindy Hensley, and eventually made a run for Congress in 1982. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a statement released via tweet.

Told by his Press Secretary that I was having trouble on the dating scene, McCain had a quick suggestion.

"Just as I released the bombs and started to pull back on the stick, a surface-to-air missile took the right wing off my airplane".


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