US Senator John McCain dies after brain tumour battle

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Ms Palin's presence on the national stage - and the subsequent emboldening of similarly populist voices in American politics - must also be considered part of his legacy.

"He's an American hero to all of us", Kaites said. I've been as lonely as a person can be and I've enjoyed the company of heroes.

The support extended to Israel's numerous offensives against Palestinians, including the 2014 bombardment of Gaza, which killed more than 2,250 residents of the besieged territory, the vast majority of them civilians. McCain said. "Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn't the most inspiring work".

In a prepared speech that seemed directed at the president and his aides, McCain denounced the "spurious nationalism" of people who "would rather find scapegoats than solve problems". "I think go ahead criticize his politics, but you bring up that military service, you slam him as a vet, and I'll defend him as aggressively as I defend my own kids". John McCain was one of them.

After leaving the Navy, McCain ran for an open U.S. House seat in Arizona in 1982 and won.

The two men never pretended to like each other.

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. Scheduled the day after the second debate between McCain and then-Democratic candidate Sen.

"He will be remembered as an American hero but he was surrounded by disloyal people who didn't serve him well."

"He loved Israel and believed in its righteousness and always supported its security. I didn't vote the same way he did, but I admired him for doing what he did", Flake said. It was during that race that McCain became the first GOP nominee to select a woman to be a vice-presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"He loved his land with all his might and he recognized Israel's challenges".

"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", Meghan wrote. "The memory of John McCain will remain in our hearts forever".

McCain, who had served in the Senate since 1987, died Saturday at 81. On Saturday night, a black hearse accompanied by a police motorcade could be seen driving away from the ranch near Sedona where the Republican senator spent his final weeks.

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Eight years later, here was a man who openly professed his love of money, who had avoided military service because of a foot problem he later said had healed itself, a man who bragged about greasing the wheels for his NY real estate empire by donating to both Democrats and Republicans, a man who, in short, unapologetically flouted the long-established traditions of American politics and the presidency.

In December, Biden consoled Meghan McCain as she tearfully spoke of her father's illness on ABC's "The View".

In his 36 years of service in Congress, McCain had acquired a reputation as a maverick Republican who was not shy about throwing American troops in harm's way. In 2008, he considered making independent Sen.

In the 2008 election and later on, McCain was a vigorous advocate of using all means of pressure to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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

Following his 2008 presidential loss, McCain exercised his influence as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to support military intervention in the Syrian Civil War and in 2013 became the first USA senator to visit Syrian rebels.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

He was one of just three Republican senators to vote against - and thus defeat - a Trump-backed effort to repeal Barack Obama's signature health care law. Cooper, 70, moved to Phoenix when he was a child and is a fixture in the city, where he owned a restaurant for 18 years, regularly appears at Suns games and even founded a local Christian teen center. And for that, we are all in his debt. "At his death he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years", the statement read, noting his family, including wife Cindy, were with him when he died.

In this March 4, 2009 file photo, Sen.

US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama were among the first ones to react to the US veteran's passing. McCain's tough criticism of Russian Federation over the 2014 annexation of Crimea made the senator a key Western ally for Kiev.

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

Chuck Schumer, a top Senate Democrat, said he would seek to rename a Senate building in his honour. On Aug. 24, his family announced their patriarch was going to discontinue treatment for his cancer. Before joining the upper chamber, he served as a USA representative from 1983 to 1987.