'A hero, a leader': NZ politicians, dignitaries remember USA senator John McCain

Charlene Craig
August 28, 2018

But it is his first-person account of his harrowing ordeal, first published in U.S. News & World Reportin 1973, that moves me most as a clinician. McCain was cleared of all charges but found to have exercised "poor judgment".

McCain's body will then be flown to Maryland for "three days of celebration in Washington", Davis said.

John McCain was many things - a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent.

"People associate John with defense and national security, as well they should". Whoever wins the 2020 election will serve through the remainder of McCain's term, which ends in 2022. "John McCain will cast a long shadow". "He loved the birds".

Sources close to McCain previously said Trump would not be invited to the funeral. The bus was called the "Straight Talk Express", and that's what he promised to deliver at the town halls.

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In recent months, he was not completely quiet, however, blasting President Donald Trump in a series of tweets and statements that showed that while he was ailing he had lost none of his appetite for the political fight.

"The town halls were festivals of politics", Salter said. In 2008, he won the Republican nomination, only to see his hopes dashed by the phenomenon that was Barack Obama and a crumbling United States economy.

"He was a pretty great guy", Orr said as her voice quavered with emotion.

"No ma'am", McCain said, taking the microphone from her.

It was a defining moment for McCain as a leader, a reflection of his thinking that partisans should disagree without demonizing each other. In 2015, McCain - who had once led the charge to maintain Don't Ask, Don't Tell - made headlines when he took to the Senate floor to put his full support behind President Barack Obama's nomination of Eric Fanning, who is openly gay, to be the Secretary of the Army.

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McCain "was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word", Jimmy Carter wrote. The White House lowered flags to half-staff on Sunday (Aug 26) in honour of Mr McCain .

He is a long-term survivor of melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. Edward Kennedy, in 2009.

The vote came late at night not long after McCain's diagnosis and he still bore a black eye and scar from the surgery when he gave an emphatic thumbs-down gesture to scuttle the measure.

That's standard procedure when a member of the Senate passes away. I have loved my life, all of it.

Trump has frequently criticized McCain for voting against a 2017 plan in the Senate to replace the so-called Obamacare law. Gasps could be heard throughout the staid chamber.

In September a year ago, Cayetano recalled his meeting with McCain at the Capitol Hill where they discussed the challenges confronting Manila and Washington, and how the partnership can be further strengthened to address non-traditional security concerns, such as drug trafficking and violent extremism.

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More politicians remembered McCain including former Vice President Joe Biden, who wrote a statement on behalf of his family. "He was an inspirational leader and war hero; a man of integrity and bravery", Peters said. "But even when we disagreed, I always respected that his heart was focused on doing what he thought was best for the American people".

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