Alabama leaders comment on John McCain’s death

Alabama leaders comment on John McCain’s death

Alabama leaders comment on John McCain’s death

Government leaders released the following statements Saturday after the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain, who died after battling an aggressive brain cancer.

"Over a lifetime of selfless service, John came to embody the very pinnacle of American virtue", Hatch, said shortly after the news of McCain's death became public Saturday afternoon. He was 81 and had been battling brain cancer. "We are his equals", powerfully arguing for the USA system of checks and balances.

"Ben Jealous, Democratic nominee for Maryland governor: "I am incredibly saddened to hear that Senator John McCain has passed". John lived his life with courage, commitment, and dedication to our nation. "Barbara and I offer our prayers and condolences to his family during this hard time".

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said that McCain "always will be an American hero".

- Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) August 24, 2018Godspeed to my friend @SenJohnMcCain, who leaves behind a profound legacy of courage and conviction.

"At John's best, he showed us what that means". He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, being shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, where he remained in captivity for almost six years.

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First lady Melania Trump thanked Mr McCain for his service to the nation, which included more than five years as a prisoner of war and six terms in the Senate.

The Vietnam War veteran represented Arizona in the Senate and House of Representatives for 35 years. In 2015, McCain - who had once led the charge to maintain Don't Ask, Don't Tell - made headlines when he took to the Senate floor to put his full support behind President Barack Obama's nomination of Eric Fanning, who is openly gay, to be the Secretary of the Army. All of us at the Arizona Cardinals extend our deepest condolences to his wife Cindy and their entire family. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", his office said in a statement. "America will miss John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he wrote on his personal account.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who developed a friendship with Mr McCain while they served together in the Senate, said the Arizona politician will "cast a long shadow".

"God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey", Cindy McCain tweeted along with the statement.

Barack ObamaJohn McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics.

McCain was known as a conservative and a foreign policy hawk with a traditional Republican view of world affairs.

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