John McCain Dead at 81

26 August, 2018, 17:45 | Author: Angelica Greene
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The View co-host took to Twitter to pay tribute to her dad. who died at his home in Arizona on Saturday after a longtime battle with brain cancer.

Mr McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July a year ago and had been undergoing treatment. On Aug. 24, his family announced their patriarch was going to discontinue treatment for his cancer.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain", the president wrote. "I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years", said Cindy McCain in a tweet.

A politician, servicemember, husband and father, McCain was known for his strength of character and service to the U.S.

It effectively closes a tumultuous Washington career that included two unsuccessful presidential runs and saw McCain emerge as a singular political figure, an icon of the Senate and latterly as a vehement critic of President Donald Trump.

The feud did not end there, John McCain was instrumental in taking down the republican bill to repeal Affordable Care Act.

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"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", McCain concluded.

Maj John McCain being examined by a Vietnamese doctor.

She added: "A man who never sought accolades". "No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", McCain said after the summit.

His death comes a day after his family announced he had stopped treatment for the aggressive illness.

Throughout his time in the Senate, McCain made campaign reform one of his signature efforts and fought to restore diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the 1990s. However, he lost the general election to former President Barack Obama.

Ten years later, McCain would once again seek the presidency, this time winning the GOP nomination in 2008 in what would turn out to be one of the most historic campaigns in USA history.

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But long before then, McCain was a Navy brat who had little interest in being studious. John McCain over the next couple of days. In the last weeks of his life, McCain opposed the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying". Graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1958, McCain became a naval aviator, and in 1967 he volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam.

The former Alaska governor reflects on her ups and downs with the late Senator, but says she will always defend his military service.

McCain narrowly avoided drowning, but his rescuers took him as a prisoner of war at the Hoa Lo Prison, which earned the infamously ironic nickname the "Hanoi Hilton". He narrowly escaped death in July of that year, when, while preparing for a routine bombing mission, an explosion on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal engulfed his plane in flames, killing 134 men on board. Fractures in both his arms and right leg are poorly treated, and McCain - whose father has risen to become commander of all United States forces in the Pacific, including Vietnam - is beaten and tortured throughout his detention.

He also advocated support of the country's Native American population and condemned torture and "enhanced interrogation" techniques such as waterboarding used in the War on Terror.

"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's", he said in accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Only a few years later, in 1986, he won the race to replace Arizona's conservative Sen. Four years later he was elected to the Senate, and he was re-elected five times.

According to the New York Times, McCain has made clear to the White House he doesn't want Trump to attend his funeral, and would instead prefer Vice President Mike Pence at a service. In October, he reflected on his life in an interview with GQ Magazine.

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