Presidents, lawmakers honor John McCain's life of service

US Senator John McCain

"Ben Jealous, Democratic nominee for Maryland governor: "I am incredibly saddened to hear that Senator John McCain has passed".

Mr McCain, a senator from Arizona, announced he had gioblastoma condition in July 2017, leading many to fear that he would not be around for much longer.

Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, also claimed the life of former senator Ted Kennedy.

According to a statement from McCain's office, he died Saturday at 4:28 PM, adding.

His family announced Mr McCain, who left Washington in December, had made a decision to stop treatment on Friday.

"In the year since (his diagnosis), John has surpassed expectations for his survival", the family said Friday. "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment". There was an outpouring of tributes and condolences from Ukraine on Sunday, a country that saw McCain as one of its strongest American supporters in its ongoing conflict with adversary Russian Federation.

The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, said in a tweet, "My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year".

A "spirt of service and civility" guided McCain's life, standing as a model for Americans regardless of political affiliation, Ducey said.

"I understand the discipline and the things that go along about being a service person and protecting our freedoms", Edwards said. "Now, we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can".

US partners in the region stressed McCain's long-time commitment in their responses Sunday.

In a post on Twitter, she said: 'My heart is broken.

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

From voting against the Bush tax cuts in the 1980s to helping save Obamacare a year ago, McCain made it clear that his beliefs would always trump party loyalty. The dramatic move shocked his fellow Republicans, who thought repeal was a done deal. "I'd like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different", he wrote.




In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints. "Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it".

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

McCain found Putin's growing influence on the world stage particularly worrisome.

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) called McCain "a war hero who continued to fight in public life for his beliefs with a clear and steady voice until his last days".

In Europe, some condolences also hinted at McCain's role as a vocal critic of the current administration. In 2008, he won the Republican nomination, only to see his hopes dashed by the phenomenon that was Barack Obama and a crumbling USA economy.

Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, remembered McCain as a courageous public servant.

Shaked lauded the veteran US Navy pilot for his refusal of an offer from the Vietcong to release him in 1968 when his father, John S. McCain Jr, was named commander of all USA forces in Vietnam.

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

The force of the ejection was so violent, McCain broke his right leg and both arms. He landed in a lake in the corner of the capital of North Vietnam, he said in recalling the incident.

McCain was widely celebrated as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in 1967, and a few months earlier, he, then a Navy pilot, had survived a deadly fire on the USS Forrestal, an aircraft carrier. As a presidential candidate, Trump had belittled the former prisoner of war's years spent in captivity. He was released in 1973.

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.

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

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