In the halls of Congress, John McCain cut a unique political path

Posted August 26, 2018

McCain is welcomed by US President Richard Nixon on May 24, 1973, in Washington, following his release from captivity.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who's one of McCain's closest friends, said on Twitter that Cindy McCain "remains steadfast and is traveling every step of the way on this hard journey", and the "love provided by Meghan and the McCain children to their father has been comforting to witness". In 2000, McCain ran for president, but lost the nomination to George W. Bush. His family and friends will be in our prayers. "We're citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one". McCain said that upon capture he was beaten by an angry mob and bayoneted in the groin.

Republicans, driven by Trump, were one vote away from advancing a repeal of Obama's health care law.

And in October, receiving the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, he issued what many saw as a repudiation of Trump's "America first" ethos: "To fear the world we have organised and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of worldwide leadership and our duty to remain "the last best hope of earth" for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other exhausted dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history".

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John McCain is escorted by Lt. Cmdr.

After a 2005 tape surfaced amid the 2016 presidential election of Trump talking about sexually assaulting women, McCain withdrew his support of the Republican nominee.

FILE - In this October 25, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington. He had battled brain cancer.

Senator John McCain was a humble hero and an American patriot.

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But what most scandalised the ageing senator was the new president's persistent refusal to acknowledge and confront Russian meddling in the U.S. political process.

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 lovely women he would sometimes "grab 'em by the pussy".

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain was taught the value of civic duty from an early age.

McCain would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on August 29. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 1958. He was pulled out of the water by a Vietnamese mob and was stabbed, beaten and taken to a prison commonly referred to as the "Hanoi Hilton". "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment". He spent two years in solitary confinement, and later gave a riveting account of his time in North Vietnam. Simply managing to stand uncomfortably close to Poehler without breaking for the entire length of this sketch would be a victory for most hosts, but McCain drove the jokey melodrama home with his creepy grin and weaselly line-readings. "Today, with the passing of John McCain, Congress and America have lost a leader and public servant of deep patriotism, outstanding bravery and undaunted spirit". He served in the Navy from 1958 until 1981, ending his career as a decorated captain with awards such as the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.

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The Vietnam War veteran represented Arizona in the Senate and House of Representatives for 35 years. If he should resign his seat or die soon, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would name a replacement to serve until the 2020 election.