Senator John McCain has died

BREAKING Sen. John Mc Cain Has Died

His office said in a statement that he died Saturday at 4:28 p.m. local time at his ranch near Sedona, AZ.

Former vice president Al Gore - who served under Democrat Bill Clinton - said "I always admired and respected John from the opposite side of the aisle, because he thrived under pressure, and would work to find common ground, no matter how hard".

"John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order", said former president George W. Bush. "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment". But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend.

First lady Melania Trump: "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family". That often made him a critic of first Obama and then Trump, and placed him further out of step with the growing isolationism within the GOP.

In February past year he travelled to Munich to reassure anxious allies: "Make no mistake, my friends: These are risky times, but you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out".

McCain's daughter, Megan, said in a statement that now that her father had passed,"the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love".

Even brain cancer didn't seem to scare McCain so much as it sobered and saddened him.

Republicans, driven by Trump, were one vote away from advancing a repeal of Obama's health care law.

"I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different". We saw this country as a place where anything is possible - and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way. In a July 2015 tweet Trump bashed the Arizona senator.

McCain's wife, Cindy, thanked everyone saying, that their entire family "is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world". In 2014, he issued repeated warnings about a resurgent Russia under Putin after the Russian takeover of Crimea. McCain took some time off to fight the disease but continued chairing the influential Senate Armed Services Committee.

He frequently criticized other Trump administration policies, including the decision to prosecute all those who illegally crossed the border to enter the USA - a policy which resulted in children being separated from their parents at the border.

Biden faced off against McCain as Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPalin responds to McCain news: "May my friend sense appreciation for his inspiration" Mitt Romney: No man this century "better exemplifies honor" than McCain Changing nuclear oversight threatens security, tech edge MORE's running mate during the 2008 presidential election. McCain later said he regretted picking Palin.

John Sidney McCain III had served as the senior senator from Arizona since 1987 and ran unsuccessfully against Barack Obama in 2008 on an ill-fated GOP ticket with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. His son Doug flew jets in the Navy.

McCain entered the Naval Academy in 1954, soon after graduating from a prep school in Alexandria, VA.

McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for over five years. After landing in the lake, North Vietnamese beat him and took him to a prison.

The former presidential nominee, and once a prisoner of war, initially announced news of his cancer in July past year.

The force of the ejection was so violent, McCain broke his right leg and both arms.

He spent most of his time in solitary confinement and endured incessant torture. He was released on March 14, 1973, but was left with permanent infirmities.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said that McCain, as a U.S. Naval officer and a "defiant prisoner of war", was a man "who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country" and was "passionately committed" to the U.S.

McCain retired from the Navy in 1981.

John was elected to the US House of Representatives for Arizona in 1982, then joined the US Senate in 1986.

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