Though he voiced measured support of President Trump's tax reform bill, he was physically unable to participate in the Senate's 51-48 passage of the highly contentious measure in December.
FILE - In this October 25, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington. "Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate". John McCain just before lamenting the practical reality that he "needs more votes" in light of a confirmation fight with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He asked for a moment of silence "in memory of his outstanding life". Then McCain, scarred from brain surgery, swooped into the Senate chamber and, facing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, dramatically held up his hand.
"Sen McCain, thank you for your service", read a sign near the driveway of his home in a rural part of Sedona, Arizona, television footage showed, as a police escort accompanied the hearse that was to carry his body and local residents came bearing flowers for the late political titan.
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 US senator to visit Syrian rebels. In a send-up of Barack Obama's expensive 30-minute campaign ad, which ran on several broadcast and cable networks, McCain and Fey's Palin talked up their potential administration (and some quality products) for the QVC audience. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible - and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way. Bush, the son of a former president. Elaine and I join all Americans in mourning the passing of our dear friend and colleague Senator John McCain.
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They asked if I had sheet music and a song prepared. "And you know, I had a baby, I carried the baby". I will sing it a cappella.' I could see they didn't take me seriously.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) passed away at the age of 81. He lost the GOP nomination to George W. Bush during the 2000 election.
The Times cited McCain's "rocky relationship" with the president as the reason Trump was not on the invite list. The end, however inevitable, was hard for those who knew him. The Republican governor says McCain's "spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous".
"Prayer was the most important thing for him when he was a POW and he often mentions prayer in times of national crisis", said Mansfield.
President Donald Trump is offering his "deepest sympathies and respect" to McCain's family. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he shared.
Trump was furious about McCain's vote and frequently referred to it at rallies but without mentioning McCain by name.
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"Our country has lost a decorated war hero and statesman ... he was one of the most courageous men of the century", he said in a statement.
The flags at the Arizona Capitol were lowered to half staff in McCain's honor Saturday evening.
The aggressive brain cancer ultimately claimed the life of an American legend, who survived hellish years in captivity in Hanoi after his plane was shot down and he was taken into captivity by Northern Vietnamese troops.
He had spent more than three decades in the Senate, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation.
Mitt Romney, former MA governor and current candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, was first out of the gate with a comment on McCain's passing. He embodied a more moderate brand of conservatism - one that could separate politics and friendship - that now feels distant and very much missed.
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US presidents and lawmakers from both parties honoured Sen.