John McCain’s death leads to outpouring from foes and allies

John McCain’s death leads to outpouring from foes and allies

"But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

They said he chose to stop his treatment "with his usual strength of will". "I think it's unfortunate that he had people around him - and they continued to be around him for a very long time - who weren't serving him well".

Prior to his death, McCain, said his current term would be his last and freely discussed the implications in his memoir, The Restless Wave, released in May.

"He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mould if it was the right thing to do". "Now, we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can".

Senator John McCain, left, with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on March 19, 2008.

Senator McCain quickly pivoted, noting the US-Australia alliance rests on more than nostalgia for our shared sacrifice, but animated by our hopes for the future, by the common belief that "our destinies are inseparable from the character of the broader world order".

He was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center in December after experiencing side effects from his therapy.

During his cancer treatment, McCain kept tabs on Washington from his Arizona home, where old friends and colleagues, including former Vice President Joe Biden, visited to check up on McCain and provide support.

On Saturday, McCain's wife tweeted, "My heart is broken.

Your dad took care of my Beau", Biden told a weeping Meghan as he held fast to her hand.

Known as a "maverick" by some, the senator was often at odds with his own party.

McCain had been a rare and outspoken Republican critic of Trump, accusing him of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats.

In the book, written in deepening recognition of his own mortality and at a polarized political moment, McCain wrote: "Before I leave, I'd like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations". He spent much of his time as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, aided by his faith and the friendships of his fellow POWs. For as long as I can remember, Senator McCain struggled to raise his arms above his shoulder, a fact we'd forgotten when coming up with the Akubra as our gift.

Consequently, his death - and the seat that is now open - has the potential to reshape both the U.S. Senate and Arizona politics.

US President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the family of John McCain, who died on Saturday.

Trump and McCain were at odds until the end.

He could also be volcanic, especially about causes dear to him: the armed forces, American exceptionalism and, in his later years, the threat posed by Russia's Vladimir Putin, whom he branded "a murderer and a thug".

But, ulitmately, even Donald Trump respected him. However, he lost the general election to former President Barack Obama.

He ran for the Republican nomination but lost to George W. Bush.

All living former United States presidents lined up to praise McCain's deep integrity.

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

On his 23rd combat mission over North Vietnam, McCain's plane was shot down with a surface-to-air missile. He landed in a lake in the corner of the capital of North Vietnam, he said in recalling the incident.

He was released in 1973 after the Paris Peace Accords, but the physical consequences of his deliberately ill-treated fractures - and torture in prison - would cost him his career as a pilot.

After Vietnam, he served in the nation's capital as a naval liaison to the U.S. Senate, a body in which he would later become a fixture. Elected to Congress in the early 1980s, he ran for Senate in 1986, succeeding Barry Goldwater.

Due to election deadlines, it is unlikely that there will be also an election for McCain's seat in 2018 - which means Ducey's appointment could serve through 2020.

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