McCain's former colleague Kyl says late senator was ‘conscience of the Senate’

McCain's former colleague Kyl says late senator was ‘conscience of the Senate’

McCain's former colleague Kyl says late senator was ‘conscience of the Senate’

"It's tough to imagine politics without John McCain, but we need to go on".

John McCain, Vietnam War hero and longtime maverick Republican senator, has died at 81 following a battle with brain cancer.

The six-term senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed after doctors discovered his tumour during surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last July. I've known great passions, seen fantastic wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. The State Library of New South Wales made the Mitchell Library Reading Room available for the occasion, one of only a handful of times the magnificent room has been used for a public event in its 100-year history.

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence, who served with McCain in Congress, would be asked to attend the service, at the ceremony that would be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Near the driveway to his ranch in a rural part of Sedona, Arizona, a sign read "Sen McCain, thank you for your service".

Mr McCain is expected to be remembered in Arizona and Washington before being buried, likely this week, at the Naval Academy Cemetery on a peninsula overlooking the Severn River. Dates for the events have not yet been announced.

Trump has been criticised for his feud with McCain, which started after he underplayed the senator's renowned military service during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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

He made a decisive vote past year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Barack Obama's health care reforms, and Trump never forgave him. The world will miss John McCain.

"We are all in his debt", said Obama, the Democrat to whom McCain lost the presidency in 2008.

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Mr Obama said that despite being his Democratic rival, they shared the ideals "for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

McCain "was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order", said Republican George W. Bush (2001-2009).

The ticket failed to gain lasting traction in the face of an inspiring Obama campaign, especially following a financial crash in the fall of 2008 while George W. Bush was president. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where McCain would begin his political career and serve there for more than 30 years.

Arizona Gov. Ducey called McCain "an American hero" who always put his country before himself.

The future Republican presidential candidate spent more than five years there, enduring torture but refusing an expedited release on account of his background. Earlier he served as a United States representative 1983-1987.

McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor known as a glioblastoma in July 2017 and had recently made a decision to discontinue treatment.

Former vice-president, long-time friend and political opponent Joe Biden said Mr McCain's "impact on America hasn't ended".

Sarah Palin, whom McCain plucked from obscurity to become his 2008 White House running mate, described him as "an American original" and "a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs".

Hailing him as a "truth-teller" with "unsurpassed" dedication to the USA and its military, the top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would seek to rename a Senate building in his honor.

A police escort accompanied the hearse that carried his body, as a fiery sunset cast its last light over the countryside McCain loved so dearly. 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.

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