John McCain leaves the stage when we need him most

26 August, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Bruce West
  • US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

McCain died on Saturday in Arizona, more than a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

McCain - with his vice-presidential nominee, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, by his side - concedes victory during his election night rally on November 4, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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On Twitter, the USA first lady wrote: "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family". After subjecting McCain to torture and solitary confinement, his captors offered the injured McCain an early release as a propaganda ploy. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family", his office said in a statement. "He showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks of an extraordinary life". His family and friends will be in our prayers. "God bless John McCain". "He put country before self", Ryan said.

"On behalf of the people of Ireland, I extend my deepest sympathies on the death of Senator John McCain, a wise and remarkable statesman, US ally of Ireland and a proud Scots Irishman who was a champion for immigration reform in the US Senate".

Obama said they "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world". He will be remembered both in Europe and North America for his courage and character, and as a strong supporter of NATO. "A life lived embodying those truths casts a long, long shadow", the former vice president said. His impact on America hasn't ended.

After the 2008 campaign, McCain returned to the Senate, his stature even more prominent, leading on national security and military issues. McCain delivered the speech with a winning earnestness and subtle comic timing, proving once again that he understood the value of self-parody when it came to winning the hearts and minds of the American people.

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The US president was widely condemned for dismissing McCain's experiences in Vietnam, a war he had himself avoided with educational and medical deferments.

"It's tough. I'm going to miss him", Flake said, visibly emotional after CNN's Jake Tapper replayed footage on "State of the Union" of McCain praising Flake on the Senate floor after the then-junior Arizona senator announced his decision not to run for re-election.

"Some lives are so vivid, it is hard to imagine them ended".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the late Arizona senator as "an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions".

Senator McCain was also part of an "internationalist" bipartisan coalition in the Senate that would vote for free trade (the North American Free Trade Agreement chief among them) and to supporting and expanding NATO after the fall of the Soviet Union, with Joe Biden among the like-minded Democrats on these critical votes in the US Senate. "Senator John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs".

It was a beloved Democrat congressman who would help teach McCain the benefits of working together. "I'll remember the good times... and I won't re-hash the odd times that happened after the campaign that some of his people orchestrated".

In a joint statement, the former U.S. leader and ex-secretary of state said: "Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our constitution, and from his heroic service in the navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day".


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