John McCain's family remembers the man they loved

John McCain

John McCain

"He is a war hero because he was captured", Trump said in 2015.

After leaving the Navy, McCain ran for an open U.S. House seat in Arizona in 1982 and won.

In his last hours, McCain turned down further treatment, his family announced in a statement. But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend.

"I hope I don't become a snob", McCain said after winning a seat in the upper chamber. "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom".

Praise for McCain however was not universal: comments on the far-right Breitbart website slammed him for voting against the Obamacare repeal. He was a man of great courage and conviction.

First lady Melania Trump thanked Mr McCain for his service to the nation, which included more than five years as a prisoner of war and six terms in the Senate.

"I never met him personally, but from afar respected the man for what he stood for and who he was", Edwards said. "God bless John McCain".

"John put principle before politics".

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It would be the high-water mark of his political career.

"Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III‏"Saddened to hear about the loss of a true American hero this evening. Sen. I had the privilege of working with him and will always remember the rare person he was", added Livni, who was foreign minister when McCain visited Israel in 2008".

"He loved his land with all his might and he recognized Israel's challenges".

"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", Meghan wrote. "And at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived".

The family of the six-term USA senator announced on Friday that he had made a decision to end treatment in his battle against brain cancer, which he had fought against for over a year. On Saturday night, a black hearse accompanied by a police motorcade could be seen driving away from the ranch near Sedona where the Republican senator spent his final weeks.

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"My heart is broken". I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. "Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service & his steadfast integrity". In 2008, he considered making independent Sen.

His choice of running mate, a little known Republican governor from Alaska named Sarah Palin, raised eyebrows within the party's mainstream.

In the 2008 election and later on, McCain was a vigorous advocate of using all means of pressure to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

The newly appointed senator would be in office until the next general election in November 2020.

In 2016, he called a UN Security Council resolution slamming Israel for West Bank settlements building, which passed after the United States withheld its veto, "another shameful chapter".

Donald Trump went after McCain in a manner which is now all-too-familiar to us.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". And for that, we are all in his debt.

"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".

He began life in 1936 at a US naval base located next to the Panama Canal; the grandson of a four-star US Navy admiral and the son of a naval officer, who would also become an admiral.

Palin went on to describe McCain as her friend, revealing the "good times" she had with McCain was when it was just the two of them or their families together.

Now that the trio is missing its driving force, Graham wrote that "America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions".

Chuck Schumer, a top Senate Democrat, said he would seek to rename a Senate building in his honour.

McCain stopped receiving cancer treatment earlier this week, his family saying "the progress of the disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

With his father the commander of all USA forces in the Pacific, McCain would remain a prisoner of war for more than five years.

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