John McCain, former USA presidential candidate, dies at 81

Simon Moss
August 26, 2018

The wife and daughter of Sen. Like his father and grandfather, John McCain served as US Navy fighter pilot and then as a lawmaker until his death.

"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds and competed at the highest level of politics", Obama said in a statement.

Cindy McCain, the senator's wife of 38 years, expressed her grief on Twitter.

"My heart is broken". "He passed the way he lived, on his own terms; surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best".

John McCain was busy helping run the country over the years as a Senator, but when he had a chance, he'd drop by a Cardinals' practice or game to see his favorite football team and see friends like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Bidwill. "He loved me, and I loved him". "And he showed me what it is to be a man". "But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth".

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"John McCain was my friend", she continued.

President Donald Trump, who once mocked McCain's war record, said he sent his "deepest sympathies and respect".

"Don't feel bad for me or for my family", she said on her show.

McCain had not been on the Senate floor in months, remaining at his Arizona home for treatment of glioblastoma - the same form of brain cancer that took the life of another Senate giant, Democrat Ted Kennedy, in 2009. "We know that his flame lives on, in each of us".

McCain was edged out by George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, but became his party's White House candidate eight years later.

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