Northwest lawmakers remember Senator McCain

John McCain dies at 81 after battle with brain cancer

John McCain dies at 81 after battle with brain cancer

Davis also read aloud from McCain's farewell letter.

He described how the captured United States servicemen developed a code through which they tapped messages to each other between the walls of their cells.

McCain was finally released on March 14, 1973 but the effects of the crash and torture were evident in his everyday life from that day forward. with a visible limp when he walked and his inability to raise either arm above his shoulders.

"We are very sad with his passing, and grateful for his service and all he did for our country and the veterans we serve". She added, "John McCain and I disagreed on many things, and sometimes quite forcefully".

"To fear the world we have organized 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". I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life.

"I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family". And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss. "Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family". I will remember the good times.

McCain rebounded quickly, however, returning to Washington and entering the Senate in late July to a standing ovation from his colleagues. "Perhaps no figure in my lifetime better represents someone so dedicated to his country than John McCain, who redefined what it meant to serve & who will always be a role model for respect, courage, & the duty to something greater than oneself". Atop the desk sat a vase of white roses. Then McCain, scarred from brain surgery, swooped into the Senate chamber and, facing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, dramatically held up his hand.

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Cindy McCain, 64-years-old, was married to John McCain for 38 years. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" the president tweeted. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.

Tributes were also paid from the other side of the political spectrum.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will be responsible for choosing the caretaker of McCain's Senate seat. He had battled brain cancer. "But the nation he loved is still not done with him yet".

South Korea has called the USA decision to call off a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "unfortunate" but says it's most important for the allies to pursue "substantial progress" on denuclearization. He leaves behind a legacy of courage and conviction - I hope we all can reflect on these values as we work together to heal and advance America. Witnessed to our highest values even through bad torture.

Early in the 2016 election primary season, before he had secured the Republican nomination, Trump mocked McCain's time in captivity, asserting that he wasn't a war hero because he had been captured by the North Vietnamese. Georgia Democratic Sen. Richard Brevard Russell, whom the Senate building is now named for, was a segregationist who was opposed the Civil Rights Act. VA officials offered their sympathy to the McCain family. "And I think we should actually let at least this week pass before we start talking about how we're going to memorialize Sen". McCain refused to leave and said those captured before him should be the first to leave. Asked directly if he supports or opposes the idea, he declined to respond and walked silently into his office. And ultimately the events re-introduced McCain to voters as a candid and authentic, just a year after President Bill Clinton was acquitted of lying to Congress and obstruction.

The life of the senator from Arizona marked the arc of this journey.

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