Hawaii News Now: John McCain, 'maverick' senator, dead at 81

26 August, 2018, 17:45 | Author: Stuart Potter
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli politicians on Sunday hailed US Sen.

Former US presidents will likely be at McCain's funeral - but Trump probably won't.

Senator McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren. I believe he was told things about what America really wanted or really needed because he's been in that DC bubble for so many years.

"His support for Israel never wavered", he said. He spent years declaring his belief in global warming, pressing for political campaign finance reform, and was not afraid to make common cause with Democrats as an advocate for offering undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. Because of his injuries, McCain was permanently unable to raise his arms over his head. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.

US President Donald Trump, who once mocked McCain's war record, said he sent his "deepest sympathies and respect".

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

Democrat Bill Clinton (1993-2001) hailed McCain for having "frequently put partisanship aside", while Republican George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) praised him as "a public servant of the rarest courage".

With the White House within reach, he made an instinctive - and deeply controversial - call.

Domestic politics is often said to stop at the water's edge: that is, while overseas, politicians don't criticise the governments or leaders of their home countries. Barak added that McCain was "a huge friend to Israel, especially regarding its security".

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called McCain "a true statesman and an American hero".

"My father's passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters", said Meghan in a tweet.

Instead of fading away, McCain would go on to win two more terms in the Senate.

"Your dad is one of my best friends", he said.

"He loved his land with all his might and he recognized Israel's challenges". "I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning".

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"John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless".

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain said in a blistering statement.

A statement from his office on Saturday said Mr McCain died in Arizona surrounded by family members.

"My heart is broken. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman - and he showed me what it is to be a man".

McCain came up short, but solidified his stature and eventually seized the Republican torch from the unpopular president Bush. In 2008, he considered making independent Sen. But he and running mate Sarah Palin lost to Obama. He also appeared opposite Tina Fey, as Palin, during the 2008 election. He soon set his sights on politics and ran for an Arizona congressional seat in 1982, winning a tough primary and subsequently the general election.

In 2016, he called a UN Security Council resolution slamming Israel for West Bank settlements building, which passed after the USA withheld its veto, "another shameful chapter".

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". He cast a decisive vote past year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Barack Obama's health care reforms, something Trump never forgave.

"We are all in his debt", said Obama.

In this March 4, 2009 file photo, Sen.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain was taught the value of civic duty from an early age.

Now that the trio is missing its driving force, Graham wrote that "America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions".

On August 24, McCain's family announced that treatment for his illness would discontinue and a day later, announced his death. Earlier he served as a United States representative 1983-1987.

It was in July of this year that McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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