Tributes paid to former presidential candidate John McCain

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

On August 24, 2018, John's family announced that he made a decision to discontinue medical treatment.

McCain was the first sitting senator to ever host SNL, and while he played himself (and other politicians, like then-Attorney General John Ashcroft) in several sketches, he also fully committed to some sheer nonsense - with hilarious results. "I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years", Cindy tweeted.

The aggressive brain cancer ultimately claimed the life of an American legend, who survived hellish years in captivity in Hanoi after his plane was shot down and he was taken into captivity by Northern Vietnamese troops. 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.

"Senator McCain was a patriot and a hero, whose life was defined by his service and sacrifice on behalf of our country", said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

While in the custody of his captors, he suffered torture that left him with lasting disabilities.

In more than three decades in Congress, McCain became known as a political maverick willing to stick to his convictions rather than go along with party leaders - an independent streak that has drawn a mix of respect and ire. He dies at what could be considered that age's twilight, as the nation turns inward and contemplates walls, literal and metaphorical, to insulate itself from the rest of this world. Senator McCain led a long struggle to remove "earmarks" or pork-barrel amendments from the American legislative process, annoying Republican and Democrats alike.

He suffered, as the nation suffered, from the morass of Vietnam. But most of those appearances are dutiful at best (see: Barack Obama in 2013) and disastrous at worst (see, or rather, don't: Donald Trump in 2015). In his final years he sparred with Mr Trump over the direction of the Republican Party and the principles it should embrace.

The sad news was announced on Saturday night - just a day after it was revealed that the Senator had halted treatment for his diagnosis.

John Sidney McCain III had served as the senior senator from Arizona since 1987 and ran unsuccessfully against Barack Obama in 2008 on an ill-fated GOP ticket with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Trump says on Twitter, "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

Trump mocked McCain during his presidential campaign for being a prisoner of war. saying he liked war heroes who were not captured.

May his life and legacy continue to inspire us to build a future for this country, and a history for this country, that would make John McCain proud. He said "all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own". John McCain, R-Ariz., in tributes after his death on Saturday.

"Some lives are so vivid, it is hard to imagine them ended", Mr.

"In the year since (announcing the cancer), John has surpassed expectations for his survival".

McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at an American naval installation in the Panama Canal Zone - U.S. territory at the time - when his father was stationed there.

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