John McCain, war hero and political maverick, dead at 81

John McCain, war hero and political maverick, dead at 81

In 1986, he would go on to win an Arizona Senate seat.

An upstart presidential bid in 2000 didn't last long. Barack Obama, a Democrat from IL. Barack Obama, D-Ill. McCain lost the general election to Obama in 2008.

McCain served alongside Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

But it would be another two years before McCain first emerged onto the national stage.

"Over a lifetime of selfless service, John came to embody the very pinnacle of American virtue", Hatch, said shortly after the news of McCain's death became public Saturday afternoon.

Asked how he wanted to be remembered, McCain said: "That I made a major contribution to the defense of the nation".

At a June rally in Duluth, Minnesota Trump referenced McCain's "no" vote on the Affordable Care Act by giving a thumbs-down gesture and eliciting boos from the crowd. But I don't have a complaint.

"I've known great passions, seen unbelievable wonders, fought in a war and helped make peace".

But it was just as notable when he held his sharp tongue, in service of a party or political gain. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who admitted "I had my differences with John", but like many other colleagues, they saw a Senator who cut a unique path through the Congress.

Denied the presidency, Mr. McCain expressed fantastic grace to Barack Obama, who defeated him in a bruising 2008 race.

His breaking point with Trump was the release a month before the election of a lewd audio in which Trump said he could kiss and grab women.

"Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs".

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"I'm not talking about President-Elect Trump", McCain said pointedly to reporters pursuing him in the Capitol, in November 2016.

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McCain died a day after announcing he was ending his medical treatment for the aggressive form of cancer. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. Her final words proved particularly moving. John McCain following the death of his 2008 presidential rival.

During the ceremony Trump praised Rep. Martha McSally as "terrific", but did not once mention McCain, even though the event was in his honor. John McCain a "giant", an "icon" and an "American hero".

Born in the Panama Canal Zone on August 29, 1936, McCain went on to follow in the footsteps of his Naval officer father and joined the Navy.

McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, taking his place at the Naval Academy in 1954. His family yawned at the performance. He was surrounded with the warmth and love of his family.

In 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, his A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over North Vietnam.

Explosions and fires from that incident killed more than 130 people aboard, but McCain managed to escape unscathed.

They also respected him mightily, even when they were irritated with him.

"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning". But after McCain refused to be released early, ahead of Americans who had been imprisoned longer - the brutal treatment resumed. "Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain".

Bush says in a statement that McCain was a "public servant in the finest traditions of our country" and is calling him a "friend whom I'll deeply miss". While political leaders of both parties paid tribute to McCain and offered prayers Friday, Trump and the White House remained silent. Supporting his fellow soldiers was a cause greater than himself. At his side are his first wife Carol and son Doug. The marriage to Shepp, who had been in a crippling auto accident while McCain was imprisoned, ended amiably.