Trump, Obama and More Politicians Pay Their Respects to John McCain

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"Senator McCain was an American hero and a true patriot," Al Gore said.

After the news broke that John McCain had died on Saturday, fellow politicians from both sides of the aisle paid their respects to the 81-year-old Arizona senator and Vietnam War veteran on social media and in formal statements.

McCain died Saturday afternoon at his Arizona ranch, surrounded by family and aides, according to several reports. Just one day before, the senator had announced that he had stopped treatment for brain cancer. Though he had "surpassed expectations for survival," the family said Friday in a statement, "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict."

McCain stepped away from Washington in December to seek treatment. It is expected that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will name McCain's replacement in the Senate to serve out the rest of his term.  

In the aftermath of the news, President Donald Trump tweeted, "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

Former President Barack Obama, McCain's rival in the 2008 presidential election, said in part in a statement, "Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John's best, he showed us what that means."

Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, wrote in remembrance: "Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life - and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self. John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family."

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, tweeted, "He was a patriotic, courageous hero who served his country above all. You will be missed, Senator McCain. May you Rest In Peace."

Read these and other statements below.