San Diego, CA.- Senator John McCain has passed away at the age of 81 years old.
His family was by his side as a day earlier they announced he had ended treatment for his brain cancer.
His daughter Meghan issued the following statement about her father’s life on twitter:
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018
President Trump and John McCain had their well publicized battles. President Trump issued the following sentiment following McCain’s death on twitter:
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
A Life Well Lived
An author, POW, U.S. Congressman and Presidential candidate, McCain was in the public spotlight for most of his life.
Politically, McCain was more nonpartisan and less ideological compared with many other national politicians. His stature and reputation largely stemmed from his service and capture during the Vietnam War.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has served alongside Sen. McCain for more than two decades, said this of her political rival:
I’ve gotten to know @SenJohnMcCain very well over the last 25 years, both as a person and a senator, and I can honestly say he’s a true American patriot. He has served with distinction, he knows the difference between right and wrong and he’s not afraid to speak truth to power.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 24, 2018
“We’re Getting Nothing Done”
McCain was largely lauded for his recent speech on the Senate floor following the failure to replace and repeal Obamacare. It was his vote that secured its demise.
McCain addressed the Senate last July for the final time. Sen. McCain said, “What have we to lose by trying to work together to find solutions for the American people. We’re not getting anything done, and I don’t think any of us feels very proud of our incapacity. Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn’t the most inspiring work.”
I hope to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the American people in your company.Sen. John McCain
He continued, “I’ve had so many people say such nice things about me recently that I think some of you must have me confused with someone else. I appreciate it though, every word, even if much of it isn’t deserved. I’ll be here for a few days, working on a bipartisan bill with the Senate armed services committee. After that, I’m going home for awhile to treat my illness, I have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. And I hope to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the American people in your company.”