Sen. John McCain dead at 81

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"Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious". As we reported. McCain's family said age was a factor in John's decision to cease treatment. The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, said in a tweet, "My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year". "He's a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with, " the senator said of his rival when, at a campaign event, a McCain supporter told the candidate she was anxious about an Obama presidency.

"I remember him screaming at me ringside after the [Pernell] Whitaker-[Oscar] De La Hoya fight [in 1997], saying, 'What a robbery!" John McCain, R-Ariz., leaves a closed-door session on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The secretary of defence said the United States had "lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country".

Just days after his brain cancer diagnosis, Senator McCain returned to the Senate to the applause and admiration of his fellow senators.

McCain was cleared of wrongdoing in 1991 but the Senate Ethics Committee rebuked him for poor judgment. Character. Courage. Integrity. Honor.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called McCain one of "few truly great people" you encounter in life. The world will miss John McCain. His impact on America hasn't ended.

McCain was a great American. "I heard people scream in his face, holding him responsible for the deaths of POWs". Bush said. "Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled". He was a piblic servant in the finest traditions of our country.

"I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different". "Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family". McCain was selected as the Republican party's nominee and chose former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Earlier this year, when John McCain crafted a memoir that was understood to be his final testament, he began a sentence with an ominous transition phrase: "Before I leave". After he was called out in a political money scandal, McCain wanted to try to clean up the system. "I won't be here forever and now is my opportunity to do good things or try to do good things so I seize every opportunity to do so".

McCain stumped for Love in her 2012 bid for the 4th Congressional District, a seat she has held since 2015.

"He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honoured to serve in the Senate. I will always be especially grateful for his leadership in our successful efforts to normalise relations with Vietnam". Our country has lost a decorated war hero and statesman. It was only natural for John to follow in their footsteps and join the Naval Academy at Annapolis as a young man.

In July, he issued a searing rebuke of Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it a "tragic mistake" and "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". "But it's usually the most we can expect from our system of government, operating in a country as diverse and quarrelsome and free as ours".

Most Republicans don't like to admit it, but McCain was a "Tea Party" Republican on wasteful spending well before many now in the Congress, as he routinely took to the Senate floor to verbally barbecue his colleagues on provisions they had stuffed in spending bills.

"I traveled the world with John, particularly to Iraq and Afghanistan, many times and the way he was respected around the world and among the U.S. military was always so inspirational", Chambliss said soon after word of McCain's death was announced.

"At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years".