Arizona sports teams, athletes react to death of Sen. John McCain

McCain underwent surgery in July 2017 to remove a blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called a glioblastoma.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said that McCain, as a U.S. Naval officer and a "defiant prisoner of war", was a man "who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country" and was "passionately committed" to the U.S.

That McCain displayed rare fortitude in the "Hanoi Hilton" was common cause - until Trump mocked him during the 2016 election campaign, telling a conference in Iowa: "He's not a war hero".

McCain is welcomed by US President Richard Nixon on May 24, 1973, in Washington, following his release from captivity. Additionally, his courage, perseverance and ability to overcome adversity, in every facet of his life, will continue to inspire us all.

"John McCain was my friend". John McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81. "John McCain's sacrifice and the sacrifices made by all our POWs and MIAs must never be forgotten". "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", the statement said. He was a man of great courage and conviction. But it reflected McCain's reckoning with the fear pervading his party of Obama, who would go on to become the nation's first black president. John McCain will cast a long shadow. We in the media loved to be assigned to him because he was frank and amusing, but he could also get really mad. "John McCain's undaunting leadership and service to our country", Utah Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted Saturday.

"Even when your dad got mad at me, said I should get the hell of the ticket, and remember what I said about your dad?" 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. At the time, it was unclear when or if McCain would ever return to Washington. "I'd like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different", he wrote.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who McCain controversially chose as his vice presidential running mate in the 2008 election, offered a heartfelt tribute to a man who made her a major player in GOP politics for a period at the end of the last decade.

Mr. McCain had one strain of intolerance: of Americans' current tendency to read and heed messages exclusively from those who agreed with them, and to construct a wall-metaphorical, not like Mr. Trump's dream-to prevent them from encountering opposing views. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers.

He spent four years in the House of Representatives before moving on to the Senate in 1987 where he remained until his death.

Arizona Senator and Republican presidential hopeful John McCain participates candidates debate via satellite from St. Louis, March 2, 2000. "One of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain tweeted. The pair ultimately lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

"No ma'am", McCain said, taking the microphone from her.

"Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain". With his good-natured sales pitches for things like "McCain's Fine Gold" (featuring a cameo from Cindy McCain) and self-deprecating humor ("I'm a true maverick - a Republican without money"), the Senator held his own with comedy veteran Fey and generated plenty of laughs himself. "We honour his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life".

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