US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

He was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in a contest he lost to President Barack Obama.

On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman - a trio dubbed the "Three Amigos". But McCain wasn't afraid of confronting illiberal regimes with facts and criticism - be it allies or foes - earning him respect in some places but tense relationships in others. "God bless and thank you all". "He showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks of an extraordinary life". "May my friend sense appreciation for his inspiration to serve something greater than self".

John McCain is pulled out of a Hanoi lake by a mix of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Vietnamese citizens in October, 1967.

He said the USA veteran "showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks or an extraordinary life". However, one person's Satanic rocker is another person's Republican small-business owner with strong conservative bona fides who, not for nothing, was friendly with McCain.

McCain visited the South-east Asian country several times after the restoration of diplomatic ties in 1995, even returning to the "Hanoi Hilton" - now a popular tourist attraction - for an emotional meeting with another former jailor.

"A life lived embodying those truths casts a long, long shadow. And I can vote my conscience without worry", McCain wrote. His impact on America hasn't ended. But that too is hardly unusual for a United States politician with a service background - and the price McCain paid during his years in the "Hanoi Hilton" was far higher than anything asked of most of his posturing colleagues.

He added: "America will miss John McCain".

"The target list was so restricted that we had to go back and hit the same targets over and over again", McCain wrote in the book". "First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do?" said Cooper.

One of Sen. John McCain's final wishes, as he struggled against a devastating brain cancer, could not have been more clear: He made it known that he did not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral. McCain selected then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a move criticized by some as having opened the floodgates for the Republican Party to be infiltrated by a number of far-right candidates who went on to be elected.

"His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character".

The Delaware Democrat called McCain "one of my best friends". I will remember the good times.

The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, said in a tweet, "My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year".

"He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honoured to serve in the Senate. He put country before self", Ryan said.

The house speaker said: "This is a sad day for the United States". But in a fresh sign of hostility, Trump, who once said he didn't consider McCain a war hero because he was captured, didn't even mention the Arizona senator's name. John McCain was a giant of our time not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life.

John McCain for his principled leadership and stalwart support of the Jewish state, following his death on Saturday. "Few sacrificed more for, or contributed more to, the welfare of his fellow citizens - and indeed freedom-loving peoples around the world", he said in a statement. McCain's 2011 prediction that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, whom Russian Federation backs militarily, would not survive long has proven untrue, Pushkov noted, adding that "Assad's overthrow and death did not wait for McCain". "This Congress, this country, mourn with them".

And thought they were on opposite sides of the aisle, "We're like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers or something because of our points of view", Biden said.

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