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The sports world reacts to Senator John McCain's death
26 August 2018, 12:44 | Melissa Porter
"I felt compelled to come out here and bring some flowers", said Robert Gibb, an American in Hanoi who placed a bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums at the foot of the monument after hearing the news of McCain's death on Sunday morning.
John McCain, Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has died at the age of 81.
Trump's brief Twitter statement said "hearts and prayers" are with the McCain family. "Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation". Then in 2008, he won the Republican nomination, but ultimately lost the general election to now-former President Barack Obama. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. "John McCain lived a life full of courage with continued dedication to his country". "And for that, we are all in his debt".
During his cancer treatment, McCain kept tabs on Washington from his Arizona home, where old friends and colleagues, including former Vice President Joe Biden, visited to check up on McCain and provide support.
Barack and Michelle Obama: "John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics". He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. "He's a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with, " the senator said of his rival when, at a campaign event, a McCain supporter told the candidate she was anxious about an Obama presidency.
Former vice president Al Gore - who served under Democrat Bill Clinton - said "I always admired and respected John from the opposite side of the aisle, because he thrived under pressure, and would work to find common ground, no matter how hard". He says McCain's "dogged patriotism and passion for country" made him an inspiration. "I'm going to continue to serve as governor as long as the voters will let me", he said.
It follows a strained relationship between the pair, after Trump famously suggested in 2015 that the Vietnam veteran, who spent more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison after his Navy plane was shot down, was not a war hero.
Over the course of his career he rallied against pork-barrel spending and went against his own party's president, George W. Bush, on strategy for the Iraq war. Connie and I are thinking of them now.
"The entire Coyotes organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Senator John McCain today", the Coyotes wrote.
Now that the trio is missing its driving force, Graham wrote that "America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions. He will be missed".
When Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015, McCain embraced his new influence as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, pushing for aggressive USA military intervention overseas and eager to contribute to "defeating the forces of radical Islam that want to destroy America".
"His honor was being questioned and that's nothing that he takes lightly", said Mark Salter, McCain's biographer and co-author of his new memoir, "The Restless Wave".
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander released a statement Saturday night saying, "There is usually one United States Senator who stands above the rest and for the last several years that has been John McCain".
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US Senator John McCain dies aged 81
McCain Jr., and Roberta. "John was many things - a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent". Trump has frequently criticised McCain for voting against a 2017 plan in the Senate to replace the so-called Obamacare law.
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