All Six Former and Current Presidents Pay Tribute to Senator John McCain

28 August, 2018, 13:51 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Obama, who ran against the Republican senator in the 2008 presidential election and won, noted how despite their different generations, backgrounds and politics, "we saw this country as a place where anything is possible".

McCain was a U.S. Congressmen from 1983-1987, representing Arizona's first district, and was a Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death.

The development came after McCain's family announced earlier in the week that he was discontinuing treatment. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Cindy, and all the McCain family during this time".

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Sunday (Aug 26) he was "deeply saddened" to learn about the death of U.S. senator John McCain.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain".

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Democrat Bill Clinton (1993-2001) praised McCain, saying he "frequently put partisanship aside", while Republican George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) hailed him as "a public servant of the rarest courage". John McCain, are back at full-staff.

Back in the Senate, McCain heard the call of war again, as American foreign policy was transformed after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, and he became a forceful proponent of the US use of force overseas. "And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss", he continued.

From overseas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said McCain's "lifetime of public service" was "an inspiration to millions", while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised him as "a great American patriot" whose "support for Israel never wavered".

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 08, 2000 GOP presidential hopeful US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) smiles as his wife, Cindy (L), waves, during a barbecue on the front yard of a supporter's house in Camden, South Carolina.

She says that is what McCain's entire life was about.

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As AFP reported, McCain made it clear that he did not want his memorial to include the president, and Trump didn't seem to make any overtures to change his mind.

It has been confirmed that former Vice President Joe Biden will speak at a separate service to be held in McCain's home state of Arizona, where McCain had served as US Senator since 1987.

Daughter Meghan McCain described her father as a "great fire who burned bright". I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. The Republican governor added that McCain's "spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous".

Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives also mourned McCain: "He was a patriotic, courageous hero who served his country above all".

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