HRC President Issues Statement on the Passing of Sen. John McCain

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

John McCain, who died on Saturday, spent more than five years as a prisoner of war and more than three decades in the U.S. Senate representing Arizona, earning a reputation as a maverick who did not always follow the Republican Party line. John McCain following the senator's death.

McCain had been away from the Senate floor since last December, remaining at his Arizona home for treatment of glioblastoma - the same form of brain cancer that took the life of another Senate giant, Democrat Ted Kennedy, in 2009.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain", he said.

Cindy McCain says in a tweet that the family "is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world".

John McCain was one of Arizona's greatest Senators, one of our country's finest statesmen, and an American hero who risked his life to defend this great nation.

Republicans in the state have privately discussed a long list of potential appointees in recent months, including McCain's wife, Cindy; Ducey's chief of staff, Kirk Adams; State Treasurer Eileen Klein; former congressman John Shadegg; and former US senator Jon Kyl. The senator repeatedly made clear that he saw Trump and his America First ideology as a departure from the values and traditions of global leadership that he saw epitomized in the United States. As a leader of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, he was at the forefront of a group of senators who saw Putin's Russian Federation as a growing threat to America.

Joe Biden: "John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless".

McCain was a two-time presidential candidate, losing the GOP nomination in 2000 to George W. Bush and the general election to Barack Obama in 2008.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, Mr McCain was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

The life of the senator from Arizona marked the arc of this journey. From fighting for American values overseas as a U.S. Navy pilot and master of global relations, to standing up for Arizona's rights here at home in the United States Senate, John was a maverick in the best sense of the word, often working across the aisle to fight for what he believed was best for our state and all Americans. He served our country and endured years as a POW after his plane was shot down in Vietnam.

John McCain listens to a question during a press conference at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC US, on 13 February 2008. "John McCain will cast a long shadow".

The grim prognosis didn't appear to immediately slow down McCain who kept a robust schedule and didn't hold back his pointed criticism of President Donald Trump.

But even before his diagnosis, McCain, who served in the Senate since 1987 - he was reelected for a fifth time in 2016 - was viewed as a "maverick", someone who refused to heed to party orthodoxy.

McCain is survived by Cindy, his wife of 38 years, and his 5 children - Meghan, John, James, Bridget and Sidney. For as long as I can remember, Senator McCain struggled to raise his arms above his shoulder, a fact we'd forgotten when coming up with the Akubra as our gift.

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