Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

How John McCain reached across the aisle and promoted bipartisanship

How John McCain reached across the aisle and promoted bipartisanship

Politicians, celebrities, and journalists paid tribute to John McCain, who died on Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer.

McCain had been away from the Senate floor since last December, 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.

On the eve of his death, his family announced that he was ending his treatment.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain", he said. "I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years", Cindy McCain wrote. John McCain and praising him for a lifetime of service and accomplishments.

"My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family".

Barack Obama, who beat Mr McCain in the 2008 presidential election, said the senator had shown what it meant "to put the greater good above our own".

The feud did not end there, John McCain was instrumental in taking down the republican bill to repeal Affordable Care Act. McCain was able to jump clear, but the accident ignited a conflagration that almost destroyed the USS Forrestal and killed 134 of her crew. McCain delivered the speech with a winning earnestness and subtle comic timing, proving once again that he understood the value of self-parody when it came to winning the hearts and minds of the American people.

She added: "A man who never sought accolades". One of his rescuers said many years later that McCain was well treated after being pulled from the lake by villagers. The family announced on Friday that McCain had chose to discontinue medical treatment.

McCain's life was punctuated by wild highs and lows, from the horrific conditions he endured for almost 2,000 days as a prisoner of war to subsequent professional successes that brought him to the forefront of American politics.

Presidents past and present joined members of Congress from both parties and world leaders in mourning Sen.

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"I would rather lose the campaign than lose the war and I stick by that statement, we will never surrender in Iraq", McCain said at the time. He ran again in 2008, this time with Sarah Palin as a running mate.

But it was McCain's fortitude after joining the Navy that would define him.

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He was shot down over Hanoi in October of 1967 while on his 23rd bombing mission inside a Skyhawk dive bomber. Fractures in both his arms and right leg are poorly treated, and McCain - whose father has risen to become commander of all USA forces in the Pacific, including Vietnam - is beaten and tortured throughout his detention.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, Mr McCain was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

Because his father was named commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam that same year, the North Vietnamese offered to release McCain early. McCain was one of five senators who received campaign contributions from Charles Keating Jr. and was later asked by Keating to prevent the government from seizing his Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. He ejects and is taken prisoner.

One day in November 2016, not long after Trump's surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Arizona senator exploded when journalists in the Capitol continued to pummel him with questions about the incoming president: "Do not ask me about Donald Trump".

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1986.

The future Republican presidential candidate spent more than five years there, enduring torture but refusing an expedited release on account of his background.

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.

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