McCain lauded by presidents past and present, world leaders

Grant Boone
August 26, 2018

"Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018".

"I have to look you in the eye and tell you that the United States of America can never allow a second Holocaust", he told Israel's Channel 2 during the campaign.

President Donald Trump, who clashed with McCain over Obama-care and dealings with Russian Federation, offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the Republican Senator's family. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

"He was a giant".

Obama, who triumphed over McCain in 2008, said that despite their differences, McCain and he shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

From overseas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said McCain's "lifetime of public service" was "an inspiration to millions", while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised him as "a great American patriot" whose "support for Israel never wavered".

Meghan's mom, Cindy McCain, also remembered her husband on Twitter.

"I am lucky to count myself among those privileged enough to have known him".

McCain was a respected leader in the Senate, despite being labeled a maverick. someone who broke from Republican ranks when he felt principle was more important than party.

McCain, a Republican who served in the US Senate for three decades and ran for president twice, made human rights and Israel centerpieces of his advocacy for a robust global American influence.

In November 2016, voters elected him to his sixth term in the Senate.

McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma back in July 2017. the same type of cancer that took the life of Senator Ted Kennedy back in 2009.

Though he voiced measured support of President Trump's tax reform bill, he was physically unable to participate in the Senate's 51-48 passage of the highly contentious measure in December.

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McCain was finally freed after five and a half years, two of which he spent in solitary confinement.

Eight years later, here was a man who openly professed his love of money, who had avoided military service because of a foot problem he later said had healed itself, a man who bragged about greasing the wheels for his NY real estate empire by donating to both Democrats and Republicans, a man who, in short, unapologetically flouted the long-established traditions of American politics and the presidency.

Following his 2008 presidential loss, McCain exercised his influence as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to support military intervention in the Syrian Civil War and in 2013 became the first US senator to visit Syrian rebels. He graduates from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, and becomes a fighter pilot.

But it would be another two years before McCain first emerged onto the national stage. McCain deployed his parachute and plunged into a lake, breaking his leg and both arms.

Some speculate that Cindy McCain could join their ranks. He ejects and is taken prisoner. At the end of his life he faced a cruel and relentless disease.

His captors offered him early release after learning his father was a notable naval officer.

McCain collaborated with a long-time adviser, Mark Salter, on a memoir, "The Restless Wave", that was released in May.

During the campaign, he overcame attacks that he was a carpetbagger and won a seat in Congress.

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"I hope I don't become a snob", McCain said after winning a seat in the upper chamber.

As a young politician he was tempted by the lure of power and money, caught up in an influence-peddling scandal that almost cost him his career.

In 1989, McCain found himself in the middle of the Keating Five scandal, named after wealthy Phoenix businessman Charles Keating.

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