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Sen. John McCain Passes Away at 81

During his time in the Senate, McCain became known for his independent thinking, which often put him at odds with fellow Republicans.

By NTK Staff | 08.26.2018 @9:52am
Sen. John McCain Passes Away at 81

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the former Republican presidential nominee, tragically passed away on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling an aggressive type of brain cancer for more than a year.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018,” McCain’s office announced on Saturday.

McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy and became a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. In “1967, McCain’s plane was shot down while he was flying a bombing mission over Hanoi in Northern Vietnam,” resulting in McCain becoming a prisoner of war.

For the next five and a half years, McCain was “interrogated and subjected to repeated beatings.” McCain passed up opportunities to be released early and was ultimately released on March 14, 1973.

But the injuries that McCain suffered in captivity prevented him from raising his arms above his head.

McCain was awarded the Silver Star, two Legions of Merits, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal, for his efforts in the Vietnam War.

In 1982, McCain was elected to the House of Representatives in Arizona and then four years later, was elected the United States Senate.

During his time in the Senate, McCain became known for his independent thinking, which often put him at odds with fellow Republicans. But that didn’t prevent McCain from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008.

However, McCain was ultimately defeated by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), who won the election in a landslide.

After returning to the Senate, McCain “took on the role of party statesman,” and was critical of the Obama administration for its “strategy with respect to renewed conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Libya.”

McCain became a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and cast the deciding vote against Trump’s efforts to repeal Obamacare in 2017. It was one of McCain’s last votes in the Senate.

Sen. McCain is survived by his wife Cindy McCain and his seven children.

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