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Sen. John McCain dies at 81

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Sen. John McCain dies at 81

U.S. Senator John McCain speaking with supporters at a campaign rally, along with former Governor Mitt Romney, at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona.

U.S. Senator John McCain speaking with supporters at a campaign rally, along with former Governor Mitt Romney, at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona.

Courtesy of Creative Commons and Gage Skidmore

U.S. Senator John McCain speaking with supporters at a campaign rally, along with former Governor Mitt Romney, at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona.

Courtesy of Creative Commons and Gage Skidmore

Courtesy of Creative Commons and Gage Skidmore

U.S. Senator John McCain speaking with supporters at a campaign rally, along with former Governor Mitt Romney, at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona.

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This past Saturday, war hero and “maverick”, Sen. John McCain passed away after discontinuing treatment for his brain cancer.  

McCain had served in the U.S. Navy and later served in the Vietnam War. He participated in various missions such as the 1966 USS Forrestal Fire and Operation Rolling Thunder. The latter operation led to him becoming a prisoner of war until 1973, leaving him with lifelong physical disabilities. He retired from the Navy in 1981 moving to Arizona. 

Shortly after he moved to Arizona, McCain entered the political scene when he was elected into the House of Representatives. Following that, in 1987, he joined the Senate, winning re-election five times. McCain is praised for being a maverick since even as a known conservative he still disagrees with his party on some issues. He ran for presidential candidacy in 2000, but lost to George W. Busch in the primaries, he managed to secure the nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama in the general election.  

In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer, which limited his activities in the Senate, however, he still was very active in sharing his opinions on the current president.  

According to an interview with CNN, McCain hoped that he could be remembered as a man who “served his country, and not always right – made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors – served his country, and, I hope we could add, honorably.”  

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