Farewell statement by John McCain

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A family spokesperson reads a farewell letter from John McCain

Former McCain campaign manager Rick Davis reads Senator John McCain, the last message to America: “I lived and died a proud American.’

The following farewell statement from the late Sen. John McCain read aloud Monday was at a press conference in Phoenix, his former campaign Manager Rick Davis:

“My fellow Americans, I served grateful, for sixty years, and especially to my fellow Arizonans,

“I thank you for the privilege to serve you and for the rewarding life of service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country with honor. I’ve made mistakes, but I hope that my love is weighed for America, – effective against them.

“I have often observed that I am the happiest man on earth. That’s how I feel now, as I prepare myself to the end of my life. I loved my life, everything. I had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten contented life, and I am so grateful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not make the trade a day in my life, in good or bad times, for the most beautiful day of someone.

“I owe that to the satisfaction, the love of my family. No man ever more in love with his wife or children, he was more proud than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. Be connected to America’s causes – freedom, equality, respect for the dignity of all people – brings happiness, more beautiful than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identity and sense of self-worth are not defined, but increased by the service of a good cause is greater than ourselves.

“‘Fellow Americans’ – Association has more meaning for me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world, the largest Republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing for humanity, if we are to maintain and advance these ideals both at home and in the world. We have helped more people get rid of the tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

“We weaken our size, if we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the world. We weaken him, if we hide behind walls rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust that you, the great force for change, which they always were.

“We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five millions of opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and fight and disparage and sometimes even each other in our noisy public debates. But we always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If we only remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these difficult times. We come through it, stronger than before. We always do.

“Ten years ago, I had the privilege of that defeat in the election for President. I would like to evening, therefore, my farewell to you with the sincere trust in the Americans, I felt so powerful. I feel it powerful still.

“Do not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable. The Americans never giving up. We never give up. We hide, you never run out of story. We are making history.

“Goodbye, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”

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