Tributes pour in after death of U.S. senator John McCain

Elias Hubbard
August 27, 2018

Just hours before the death of US Senator John McCain, a onetime political rival suggested that his decision to end cancer treatment could have been a political move created to hurt her campaign.

For three decades in politics, since 1980, and many before as a navy serviceman, MCain served the United States in distinguished places, earning his votes each election cycle because the State of Arizona believed in his representation. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former vice president Joe Biden speaking. After that service, he will be taken to Washington, where he will lie in state in the Capitol, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

Former president George W. Bush, who defeated McCain for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, called his one-time political rival "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order" and a "friend whom I'll deeply miss".

A private funeral is planned for Sunday afternoon at the Naval Academy Chapel followed by a private burial at the academy cemetery.

The maverick and conservative who was, at times, willing to take on his own party died Saturday at a time when tumult and uncertainty looms in both the nation's capital and the Capitol and McCain's brand of straight-talking politics seems nearly to be slipping away.

US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama were among the first ones to react to the US veteran's passing. Flags flew at half-mast over the White House and US Capitol in honor of McCain, as organisers announced he will lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda. It is unclear whether the USA leader will attend the state funeral on Friday. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted Saturday.

President Trump had long-standing disagreements with McCain, but all that was put aside in his short, simple message.

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

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolences, U.S Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said McCain was "a great leader and real hero" who helped normalize relations between the former enemies.

John Sidney McCain III was born in 1936 in the Panama Canal zone, where his father was stationed in the military.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to fill McCain's seat until 2020, when a special election will determine the occupant until 2022, when McCain's term would have ended. French President Emmanuel Macron called McCain "a true American hero".

Tributes poured in from around the globe.

Critics on Saturday blasted for president for the seemingly superficial nature of his words for McCain. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "an inspiration to millions".

The son of an admiral...

That ship is now moored off of Manhattan's West Side, and earlier this year, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum honored McCain with its Intrepid Lifetime Achievement Award.

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