Longtime Senator, veteran, and Presidential near miss John McCain died Saturday evening less than a day after his camp announced he would no longer be seeking treatment for terminal brain cancer.
The Republican senator from Arizona was born on a naval base in 1936 and served as a pilot during the Vietnam War where he was a prisoner of war for five and half years.
McCain won his first U.S. Senate seat in 1986 and first ran for president in 2000, launching a primary campaign against Texas governor George W. Bush. In the Senate he branded himself a “maverick” and a “reformer” for his reputation of working with Democrats and often against Republicans on issues such as immigration. In 2003, McCain supported the Iraq War and various troop surges after public opinion began to turn against the insurgence.
In 2007, McCain ran for president again, this time securing the Republican nomination with running mate Sarah Palin, the then-governor of Alaska and first female at the top of a Republican presidential ticket. After losing to Obama in the general election, McCain returned to the Senate and backed the $700 billion bailout known as TARP, to the ire of many conservatives. McCain recently said he regretting choosing Palin as his running mate and should instead have chosen Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. He will be remembered by most conservatives for his strong support for the military and his attacks on President Trump which began in 2015 and continued until his death. He said he did not want Trump at his funeral.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy McCain and seven children, many grandchildren, and his mother, Roberta, who is 106.
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