Senator John McCain's Passing Brings a Wave of Emotion to Social Media

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

His campaign later issued a statement offering condolences and "urging all Americans to take the opportunity to remember Senator McCain and his family in their prayers on this sad occasion".

But in his address to the US Studies Centre previous year, Senator McCain did not shy away from conceding that Mr Trump was "unsettling" American allies, or that there is a debate underway in the United States about its role in the world, its resolution uncertain.

In New Hampshire that year, McCain defeated George W. Bush in an 18-point blowout, only to be pushed out of the race in SC. He served Arizona for more than 30 years on Capitol Hill.

Sen. McCain is remembered to have ran a fierce campaign for the USA presidency in 2008, was at one-time a former prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Barack and Michelle Obama: "John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. I'd like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different", he wrote.

Known for his combustible temper, he accused the 45th president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathising with autocrats.

Ed Henry opens up his memories of Senator John McCain.

"America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions", South Carolina Sen. When Trump blamed him for the survival of the Affordable Care Act, McCain sniffed, "I've faced tougher adversaries".

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump famously said that he didn't believe McCain should be viewed as war hero because he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese.

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He had spent more than three decades in the Senate, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation.

McCain underwent surgery in July 2017 to remove a blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called a glioblastoma. He was held as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years during the Vietnam War.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain was a former Navy pilot.

While McCain followed in his family's military footsteps, he did so with his own flair: When he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1958, he was ranked 894th of 899 graduates. Both of his arms and his knee were broken, and McCain was knocked unconscious and taken as a prisoner of war.

Bill and wife Hillary Clinton also released a joint statement thanking John for his years of service while also sending their love to John's wife Cindy and their family. "Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it".

According to McCain's website, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 before being elected to the United States Senate in 1986. His term would have ended in January 2022.

The politician faced off against fellow senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election as the Republican nominee. The Republicans are defeated in November.

Indeed, Mr. McCain, who cast the decisive Senate vote to preserve the Obamacare healthcare program, was especially critical of Donald J. Trump. The American president is livid.

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