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John McCain: In his own words
Arizona Senator John McCain wowed the nation with his character, the heroism, the humility and the public service. Here’s a look talk back to some of the “Maverick” the most memorable and off-the-cuff remarks.
After the death of Sen. John McCain Saturday, tributes poured in from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the family for the war hero who survived five years as a prisoner of war, but finally succumbed to brain cancer.
The wife of sen. McCain, Cindy McCain, said on twitter “My heart is broken.”
“I’m so happy to have lived to love the adventure of this incredible man who for 38 years.” She said that he died at home, in the way that he lived his life “on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved.”
My heart is broken. I’m so happy to have lived to love the adventure of this incredible man who for 38 years. He died as he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@Cindy McCain) August 26, 2018
McCain’s daughter, Megan, said in a statement that now that her father had passed,”the purpose of my life is life, his example, his expectations, and his love.”
I love you for always, my beloved father @SenJohnMcCain pic.twitter.com/Y50tVQvlVe
— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) August 26, 2018
President Trump, who had a stormy relationship with the Republican senator, shared his “deepest sympathy” for the family McCain via twitter, added that his “heart and prayers are with you.”
My deepest sympathy and respect go to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., recalled the loss of “one of my dearest friends and mentor.”
“America and freedom lost one of its greatest Champions,” he said.
America and freedom have lost one of its greatest masters.
….And I lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 26, 2018
Graham said he will need “time to absorb”, but that the McCain-are family “in my prayers.”
President Barack Obama, who ran against McCain for the presidency in 2008, said that the Americans stay in the former senator’s fault, because everything he is for the country.
“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from very different backgrounds, and competed to the highest level of politics,” Obama said. “But we shared, for all our differences, a loyalty to something higher, – the ideal, for the generations of Americans and immigrants alike, have fought, destroyed and sacrificed.”
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
“A few have been tested by us, such as John once was, or to show required the kind of courage, which he has done,” Obama said. “But we can all aspire to the courage, the more good on our own. John best, he showed us what that means.”
Ex-President George W. Bush called McCain a friend, he would miss “very, very much.”
“John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a civil servant in the best traditions of our country.”
“Some lives are so vivid it is hard to imagine how they ended up. Some voices are so vivid, it’s hard to get you to think, to rest. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” […] The full statement of President George W. Bush https://t.co/FQVYWIUyGL pic.twitter.com/W8LCxJXRLi
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) August 26, 2018
President Jimmy Carter has also released a statement, calling McCain “a true patriot.”
“The Americans will always be grateful for his heroic military service and for his unwavering integrity as a member o the Senate of the United States.”
Speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan called it “a sad day for the United States.”
John McCain was a giant of our time—not only for the things he has accomplished, but who he was and what he fought for all his life. He will always be the most gallant and faithful servants listed below freedom.
— Paul Ryan (@Speaker Ryan) August 26, 2018
“Our country has lost a decorated war hero and state man … he was one of the most courageous men of the century,” he said in a statement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., McCain remembered as a “fearless spirit” to defend the “his life to America and the American idea dedicated.”
“He never forgot the great obligation he felt to care for our nation’s heroes, to ensure his soul and energy, which was no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield or once they have returned home,” she said, both in his military career and political career.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called McCain one of the few “really great people” that you encounter in life. He announced the introduction of a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building, after the late McCain.
The Senate of the United States and the world are smaller places, without John McCain.
Nothing can overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him, I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 26, 2018
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, said that McCain “a true American hero” who was “a lion of the Senate.”
“Our nation and the Congress will miss his wisom, to speak of devotion to duty and the willingness, the power of the truth,” Schiff tweeted.
John McCain was a true American hero. With a backbone of steel, a refreshing openness and rapier-like wit, he is a lion of the Senate.
Our nation and the Congress will miss, to speak his wisdom, devotion to duty and the willingness to take the truth to power. I thank you for your service to our country.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 26, 2018
Minister of defense James Mattis said that McCain, as a US Navy officer and a “skeptic prisoners of war,” was a man”, the steadfast, the best ideal in our country” and was “heart and soul” of the United States
Mattis said the Department of Defense “will remain eternally grateful for the life, the passion and the example of Senator John McCain.”
Sarah Palin, who ran alongside McCain as his Vice-President in the 2008 campaign, said that on Saturday, the world “lost an American original.”
Palin said McCain “was an exception and a fighter, to never be afraid of it, for his beliefs … and through sacrifice and suffering, which he inspired, to serve others, something that is bigger than themselves.”
“I’m going to added to remember the good times,” Palin.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.