McCain, ex-POW and political maverick, dies at 81

McCain, ex-POW and political maverick, dies at 81

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US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008 as a maverick Republican and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday.

Hogan said in a statement that McCain "will forever remain one of most valiant heroes our country has ever known".

McCain was the son and grandson of admirals and followed them to the U.S. Naval Academy.

As the nation mourns the loss of McCain, who was 81, preparations for the war hero's funeral are under way - but one face sure to be missing from the crowd is Trump's.

McCain frequently criticized Trump for his behavior and policies, and he dramatically cast the deciding vote that helped foil the repeal of the Affordable Care Act a year ago, an act that drew a round of angry tweets from Trump.

"The fact that George W. Bush will be speaking at his funeral, or that he was asked to, a person that defeated him, and also Barack Obama, that says all that we need to know about John McCain, that his opponents love, admire and respect him", said Flake.

Ducey said on Twitter that McCain will lie in state in the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Wednesday, which would have been the senator's 82nd birthday.

"Chris Shays said of McCain, "[He was an] incredibly gracious man, incredibly interested in talking to anybody who would stop and talk to him".

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It's reported that before McCain's death, they requested both Presidents to give eulogies at his funeral.

Trump and McCain's bad blood stems back to June 2015 when Trump announced he was running for president and called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug runners during a speech. "I like people who weren't captured".

"As a Naval Officer and defiant prisoner of war, John McCain stood with his brothers-in-arms until they returned home together", Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in a statement, referring to McCain's refusal of early release by his North Vietnamese captors.

All five living former presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter - paid tribute to McCain's courage and character.

This will be the first time an Arizona governor has had to fill a senate seat in the state's 106 year history.

John McCain (R-AZ), who died Saturday of brain cancer, as McCain's body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, honoring his over 35 years of service in the U.S. House and Senate.

Trump's references to McCain in recent months were confined to contempt-filled moments at his political rallies when he would mimic the thumbs-down signal the senator had made when he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Trump and McCain were at bitter odds until the end.

"Passionately committed to our country, Senator McCain always put service to the nation before self", Mattis wrote. He has sought to bridge the divide between the devotees of Trump who dominate Republican primaries in the state and a broader electorate more favorably inclined to McCain's center-right politics.