Trump, Obama and Other Political Figures React to Sen. John McCain’s Death

BREAKING John McCain Vietnam War hero and longtime Arizona senator dies at 81

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain spent more than five years as a North Vietnamese prison of war after his Navy plane was shot down in 1967.

John McCain, a war hero and towering figure in American politics, known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. He was a courageous leader who served Arizona and the United States with tremendous pride, dignity and distinction.

"On behalf of myself, Jill, and the entire Biden family, our sincerest condolences go out to Cindy, Doug, Andy, Sidney, Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, Bridget, and the entire McCain family".

His wife, Cindy McCain tweeted, "My heart is broken".

President Trump took to Twitter to remember McCain saying his "deepest sympathies and respect" go out to family of John McCain after the senator's death. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he wrote on his personal account.

The grim prognosis didn't appear to immediately slow down McCain who kept a robust schedule and didn't hold back his pointed criticism of President Donald Trump. "But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own", he said in a statement.

However, even though he did say something, Trump left out any mention of McCain's military service. And for that, we are all in his debt. Some voices aer so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. "I like people who weren't captured".

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague, Senator John McCain. Few have served their country so well or so long.

In his family memoir, "Faith of My Fathers", he recounted how he "prayed more often and more fervently than I ever had as a free man".

Arizona Senator John McCain inspired the nation with his character, heroism, humility and public service.

McCain wrote that he had originally settled on Lieberman, Democrat Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 election, but was warned by Republican leaders that Lieberman's views on social issues, including support for abortion rights, would "fatally divide" the party.

McCain was married to Carol Shepp from 1965 until 1980, when the two divorced and he married his second wife, Cindy Hensley. Connie and I are thinking of them now.

The first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright also paid tribute: "I have not know anyone with greater courage, stronger convictions or more devotion to country than John McCain", she tweeted.

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.

At the time of that campaign, McCain biographer Paul Alexander told RNS that the senator's military and faith backgrounds were responsible for his religious reserve.

The six-term senator from Arizona had been absent from Washington since last December but remained outspoken to the end, railing against Donald Trump and urging defence of the post-war liberal democratic order. McCain had succeeded another GOP political legend and past presidential candidate-Barry Goldwater in 1986.

"John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word".

"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", Meghan wrote.

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