John McCain, senator and war hero, dies at 81

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As McCain pursued his own re-election to the Senate in 2016, he broke with his party's nominee after a video aired in which Trump could be heard bragging that when he saw attractive women he would sometimes "grab 'em by the pussy".

John McCain spent 30 years of his life in the Senate. CNN reminds us that in his memoir, published in May, McCain wrote that he "he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints". But I don't have a complaint.

"I've known great passions, seen unbelievable wonders, fought in a war and helped make peace".

"I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times". "That's been suggested and it would come through the Rules Committee, I would think", said Blunt, chairman of Rules Committee.

Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain listens to advice from his campaign staff onboard his bus as his wife, Cindy, looks on near Concord, New Hampshire, Jan. 25, 2000.

Notably just previous year, Mr McCain was the decisive "no" on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Like Goldwater, McCain would also unsuccessfully run for president.

News reports said both Obama and former President George W. Bush would speak at his funeral. McCain's loved ones during this trying time. That comment that drew widespread condemnation, including from several veterans groups.

Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, said on Twitter, "No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service, sacrifice and country first than Senator John McCain".

"The nation today said good-bye to one of its greatest heroes".

As he often did during Trump's presidency, McCain contended that the president's actions could harm US allies and undercut America's standing in the world.

"In prison, I fell in love with my country". As the son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals, McCain followed in their footsteps by attending the U.S. Naval Academy, where he continued to rebel against regulations and graduated near the bottom of his class.

In 1967, his plane was shot down on a bombing mission over North Vietnam. McCain's captors beat him until he confessed, an episode that first led to shame — and then discovery. But his recovery from that episode taught him to trust himself, he later wrote. "John McCain will cast a long shadow".

In 1981, he married Cindy Hensley, the daughter of a wealthy beer distributor in Arizona. I mean to be able to fly airplanes, to be part of an organization filled with people I loved and respected, the ability to serve in the House of Representatives and the Senate, their presidency. Their youngest was adopted from Bangladesh. He went on to win a seat in the House and in 1986, the Senate, where he served for the rest of his life. A conservative on most issues, he pushed for campaign finance reform and the effort to account for those missing in Vietnam.

"This slur should be withdrawn, this son of an admiral, USA pilot and senator deserves salutations for his life time of dedicated work". In numerous public appearances since, Trump has criticized McCain for his vote, often without naming him.