'An American hero': Touching tributes flow for John McCain

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Former president Bill Clinton said McCain "lived by his creed". John McCain III, 30, right, shown in 1967, is a member of a famous U.S. Navy family and served as an aircraft carrier pilot. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. McCain was cited by the Senate Ethics Committee for "poor judgment". The world will miss John McCain.

McConnell noted that McCain's absence from the Senate has shrunk his majority to 50-49.

"Senator McCain was a man of principle who dedicated his life to the service of his country".

Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama issued a statement: "Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did".

According to Brown's office, he had delivered a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month honoring McCain's legacy following the passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. "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".

In New Hampshire that year, McCain defeated George W. Bush in an 18-point blowout, only to be pushed out of the race in SC.

"He never forgot the great duty he felt to care for our nation's heroes, dedicating his spirit and energy to ensuring that no man or woman in uniform was left behind on the battlefield or once they returned home", she said both of his military career and political career. I will remember the good times.

McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer for more than a year.

He stood unsuccessfully as US President in 2008 and had been a senator since 1984. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a statement released via tweet.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has met with McCain a number of times over his career.

And thought they were on opposite sides of the aisle, "We're like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers or something because of our points of view", Biden said. Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous. His dogged patriotism and passion for country made him an inspiration, and a model, for all of us.

Meghan continued "all that I am is thanks to him".

Donald Trump offered Senator McCain's family his blessing to the politician's family on Twitter. John McCain following the senator's death. "He was an inspirational leader and war hero; a man of integrity and bravery", Peters said. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he shared.

Sen. John McCain, the two-time presidential candidate, war hero and longtime senator from Arizona, has passed away at the age of 81 from brain cancer. McCain cast the deciding vote in the GOP's failed attempt at the so-called skinny repeal of Obamacare.

In running for president in 2008, McCain tried to succeed an unpopular fellow Republican in Bush, who was leaving office with the country mired in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and stuck in a financial crisis.

McCain's military pedigree and independent streak won respect during the race but his choice of the unqualified Palin as running mate - apparently created to appeal to Christian evangelicals who deserted him in 2000 - damaged his credibility.

John McCain lived most of his life in the public eye, surviving war, torture, scandal, political stardom and failure, the enmity of some colleagues and the election of President Donald Trump.

Less than a decade after his March 1973 release, McCain was elected to the House as a Republican from Arizona. A conservative on most issues, he pushed for campaign finance reform and the effort to account for those missing in Vietnam.

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