John McCain’s family remembers the man they loved

Charlene Craig
August 28, 2018

President Donald Trump is offering his "deepest sympathies and respect" to McCain's family.

"Sen. John McCain was one of those rare people who was never afraid to do what he believed was right".

"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics".

As AFP reported, McCain made it clear that he did not want his memorial to include the president, and Trump didn't seem to make any overtures to change his mind.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son Beau to glioblastoma and was helping the McCain family through the senator's illness, said McCain's "impact on America hasn't ended - not even close". Chen left Tsai's delegation when it made transit in Los Angeles on the way to visit Taiwan's allies - Paraguay and Belize - from August 12-20.

"I stood with John, the two of us alone, in the very cell in the Hanoi Hilton where years of his life were lived out in pain but always in honor".

Sarah Palin, who joined the McCain ticket as the potential vice president in the 2008 campaign, mourned her one-time running mate, calling him a friend, maverick and and an "American original". His life and work have left their indelible mark on history, and we all owe John a lot.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, announced plans to introduce a resolution to rename the Senate's Russell office building after McCain - a nod to the deep, bipartisan friendships McCain amassed throughout his career in the Senate.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said that, "We will never forget the unparalleled courage, heart and service of John McCain. John McCain, a true friend of the Philippines and one of our champions in the United States Congress", Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement. John McCain's decades of service to his country in the hours after his death today. "But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own". His wife Cindy tweeted that she is heartbroken, and that she is lucky to have been with him.

The 81-year-old senator had fought in the Vietnam War between the late 1960s and early 1970s, was captured by the Vietnamese troops and declared a "prisoner of war".

Following news of his death, wellwishers waving flags lined the street as a hearse brought Mr McCain's body from his ranch in Sedona, Arizona, to a funeral home in Phoenix.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, wrote on Twitter that "tonight we say goodbye to a true hero".

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