John McCain, 'maverick' of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81

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"I didn't like it, but at the same time when you are in a war and you are captured by the enemy, you can't expect to have tea", McCain said.

During the 2008 election, McCain put in two appearances on Saturday Night Live, including one opposite Tina Fey, who played VP candidate Sarah Palin (watch it below).

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) and Sen. "Today, with the passing of John McCain, Congress and America have lost a leader and public servant of deep patriotism, outstanding bravery and undaunted spirit".

John McCain arrived in Washington ready to take on the town.

ABC News and other media outlets have reported that Sen. He asked for a moment of silence "in memory of his outstanding life".

"When Mr. Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company", the senator said.

However, even though he did say something, Trump left out any mention of McCain's military service.

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. "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". "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".

In New Hampshire that year, McCain defeated George W. Bush in an 18-point blowout, only to be pushed out of the race in SC.

"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics", Obama wrote. When Trump blamed him for the survival of the Affordable Care Act, McCain sniffed, "I've faced tougher adversaries". "John McCain lived a life full of courage with continued dedication to his country". "The Senate is keeping Cindy, the McCain family, all John's friends and staff, and the people of Arizona in our prayers at this tremendously hard time".

Ducey recalled that the senator always fought for what he thought was right, even when it wasn't popular.

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In his darkest hour in Vietnam, McCain's will had been broken and he signed a confession that said, "I am a black criminal and I have performed deeds of an air pirate".

McCain was a great American.

On Twitter, the United States first lady wrote: "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family".

McCain spoke truth to power.

That McCain displayed rare fortitude in the "Hanoi Hilton" was common cause - until Trump mocked him during the 2016 election campaign, telling a conference in Iowa: "He's not a war hero". The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, said in a tweet, "My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year".

John McCain, Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has died at the age of 81.

In running for president in 2008, McCain tried to succeed an unpopular fellow Republican in Bush, who was leaving office with the country mired in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and stuck in a financial crisis.

"No person this century better exemplifies the great qualities of patriotism than John McCain", said Mitt Romney, former MA governor and Republican candidate for Hatch's seat.

McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for over five years. He was severely injured and taken prisoner.

His entrance to national politics came in 1982, when he ran for an open seat in the House of Representatives. In the 1990s, McCain shouldered the long effort to account for American soldiers still missing from the war and to normalize relations with Vietnam.

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

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