Tributes pour in for Senator John McCain, maverick statesman, war hero and presidential candidate. who died at the age of 81.
Senator John McCain was remembered as war hero, conservative statesman, and presidential candidate, as tributes and condolences poured in the wake of McCain’s death at the age of 81.
He passed away a day after his family announced that the Vietnam War hero would stop treatment for his stage-four brain cancer. America’s warrior politician Sen. John McCain died Saturday after a year-long fight with brain cancer.
His daughter Meghan McCain led a stream of online tributes saying: ‘I love you forever, my beloved father’.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018
The wife of Sen. McCain, Cindy McCain, said on Twitter “My heart is broken.”
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018
Despite his contentious relationship with McCain, Trump paid his respects Saturday evening sharing his ‘deepest sympathies’ to the senator’s family.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Former President Obama and McCain’s rival in the 2008 presidential election, remembered McCain in a lenghty statement saying that “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.”
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence commended the senator for his military service and public works.
Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life. His family and friends will be in our prayers. God bless John McCain.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 26, 2018
Senator Jeff Flake, who also represents Arizona, wrote on Twitter: “Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at John McCain’s passing. The world has lost a hero and a statesman.”
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at John McCain’s passing. The world has lost a hero and a statesman. Cindy and the McCain family have lost a loving husband and father. I have lost a wonderful friend.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 26, 2018
Former President George W. Bush called McCain a friend that he would “deeply miss.” He said “John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country.”
“Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” […] Full statement by President George W. Bush https://t.co/FQVYWIUyGL pic.twitter.com/W8LCxJXRLi
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) August 26, 2018
Former President Bill Clinton also issued a statement. “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,” Clinton wrote.
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. https://t.co/946T7PnG53
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 26, 2018
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was McCain’s running mate in 2008, said that on Saturday, the world “lost an American original.”
Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life – and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 26, 2018