American war hero John McCain dies at the age of 81

John McCain Military Hero And Senate “Maverick,” Has Died At 81

John McCain Military Hero And Senate “Maverick,” Has Died At 81

McCain died at 4:28 p.m. local Arizona time Saturday afternoon, his office said in a statement. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", the statement said. Republican strategists and donors have also discussed former Sen.

McCain was the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2008.

Alternatively affable and cantankerous, McCain had been in the public eye since the 1960s, when as a naval aviator he was shot down during the Vietnam War and tortured by his North Vietnamese communist captors during 5-1/2 years as a prisoner.

He broke both arms and a leg in the crash.

In 1968, he was offered early release because his father was a high-ranking commander.

He had spent more than three decades in the Senate, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation.

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John McCain ran for president twice in 2000 and 2008.

He retired in 1981 as a captain, after receiving numerous decorations including the Silver Star, two Bronze Star medals, two Purple Hearts and a Prisoner of War commendation. "I like people who weren't captured". "He is irreplaceable, but his legacy will live wherever democracy is defended, human rights are protected, and USA leadership is exerted in defense of universal values". A conservative on most issues, he pushed for campaign finance reform and the effort to account for those missing in Vietnam.

When Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, suggesting that many Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists", McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies".

In his new book, McCain voiced regret for not choosing then-Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, as his running mate.

Ducey says McCain was an American who will never be forgotten, and he was proud to call him a fellow Arizonan. He was swept away by a wave of optimism that carried Obama into the Oval Office but delivered a memorably gracious concession speech.

As McCain said numerous times, "I'm the luckiest man I know". He contended for instance that Russian President Vladimir Putin's 2014 invasion of Crimea was a result of "a feckless foreign policy where nobody believes in America's strength anymore". And Australia has never had a stauncher American friend.

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McCain died a day after announcing he was ending his medical treatment for the aggressive form of cancer.

And former President Barack Obama tweeted a touching statement from him and Michelle. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible - and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.

Mr Obama went on claiming that "few of us have been tested John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did".

Former vice president Al Gore - who served under Democrat Bill Clinton - said "I always admired and respected John from the opposite side of the aisle, because he thrived under pressure, and would work to find common ground, no matter how hard". And for that, we are all in his debt. With his good-natured sales pitches for things like "McCain's Fine Gold" (featuring a cameo from Cindy McCain) and self-deprecating humor ("I'm a true maverick - a Republican without money"), the Senator held his own with comedy veteran Fey and generated plenty of laughs himself. Both politicians managed four shots of vodka; the rules were unclear, but Hillary - McCain's one-time political rival - was declared the victor, according to the restaurant proprietor (though in her own account, Clinton said they "agreed to withdraw in honorable fashion", rather than name a winner). He worked tirelessly to expand their access to health care. In response, Trump continues to use the bully pulpit berate the senator, though not by name.

Sen. McCain continued to fight for bipartisan support while being treated back home in Arizona.

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