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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.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
.@SenJohnMcCain lived a life of service to his country, from his heroism in the Navy to 35 years in Congress. He was a tough politician, a trusted colleague, and there will simply never be another like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and his entire family.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2018
John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day. https://t.co/946T7PnG53
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 26, 2018
My statement on the passing of Senator John McCain. pic.twitter.com/ZuM18FUo31
— Al Gore (@algore) August 26, 2018
Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life. His family and friends will be in our prayers. God bless John McCain.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 26, 2018
My statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/iCT2n2VpRZ
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) August 26, 2018
He was a patriotic, courageous hero who served his country above all. You will be missed, Senator McCain. May you Rest In Peace.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) August 26, 2018
As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller – never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 26, 2018
John McCain was fiercely devoted to his family, his constituents, and his country. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. As a nation, we all share in the sense of emptiness his passing has left behind.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 26, 2018
America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions.
….And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 26, 2018
I have ordered all flags be lowered to half-staff in honor and remembrance of the incredible life of @SenJohnMcCain. May God rest his soul and look over his entire family. Our state and our nation mourn together. #JohnMcCain #CountryFirst https://t.co/Bj9pgsLIon
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 26, 2018
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at John McCain’s passing. The world has lost a hero and a statesman. Cindy and the McCain family have lost a loving husband and father. I have lost a wonderful friend.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was a patriot, and an extraordinary American war hero. Heidi and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Cindy, and to the entire McCain family, as they grieve the loss of a loving husband, father, and grandfather. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/PkOCPFVdf7
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 26, 2018
John McCain was an American hero, a man of decency and honor and a friend of mine. He will be missed not just in the U.S. Senate but by all Americans who respect integrity and independence. Jane and I send our deepest condolences to his family.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 26, 2018
John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.
– Sarah Palin and family pic.twitter.com/KRvcIQ99cA
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 26, 2018
John McCain’s sacrifices to his country are immeasurable. With his passing today, America has lost more than a leader and more than a senator. We have lost a true American hero. https://t.co/gen9pgewRC
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) August 26, 2018
John McCain was a giant of our time—not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life. He will always be listed among freedom’s most gallant and faithful servants.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 26, 2018
I have not know anyone with greater courage, stronger convictions or more devotion to country than John McCain. He is irreplaceable, but his legacy will live wherever democracy is defended, human rights are protected, and U.S. leadership is exerted in defense of universal values. pic.twitter.com/exnWGImiHQ
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) August 26, 2018
Tonight we say goodbye to a true hero. A man who never sought accolades. A patriot who fought everyday for American freedom and dignity. A warrior of strength, a patriot of heart, and a man of conviction. There will never be another John McCain. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/B3FjQnDToH
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 26, 2018
Sen McCain was a courageous warrior who served and suffered for the freedom we all enjoy. I lost the GOP nomination to him in 2008 but we never once had a cross word. After he beat me I campaigned vigorously for him. No regrets. My heart goes out to His family.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 26, 2018
John McCain’s courageous and selfless lifetime of service is a profile in American exceptionalism. Prayers this evening for the Senator, Cindy and the entire McCain family.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 26, 2018
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