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Hawaii News Now: John McCain, 'maverick' senator, dead at 81

Hawaii News Now: John McCain, 'maverick' senator, dead at 81”

McCain was a prisoner of war for more than five years.

McCain's wife, Cindy, and his daughter, Meghan, both sent heartfelt messages on Twitter about his death.

John McCain once slammed Donald Trump as being an inauthentic, "reality show facsimile" of a politician who cared more about himself than anything else.

He was a giant. "He truly is an American hero, there's no doubt about it ..."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Senator McCain's family and friends in these turbulent times.

John McCain fought for America every day - from the Navy through Vietnam to the U.S. Senate. "I am blessed and humbled by our friendship". In a joint statement, Michelle and Barack Obama wrote, "Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. The firmness of his character, and unyielding love for this country, were unmatched". My heart is with them, and Arizona grieves with them. "May their memories of this great man sustain them". McCain delivered the speech with a winning earnestness and subtle comic timing, proving once again that he understood the value of self-parody when it came to winning the hearts and minds of the American people. He was one of the most courageous men of the century.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, will appoint a temporary replacement to represent the state in the U.S. Senate until the next general election.

She then went on to thank her father and called him a "hero to the republic and his little girl".

All of the powerful actions and influential words of Senator McCain's career boil down to a simple phrase: country first.

"I am lucky to count myself among those privileged enough to have known him".

McCain's wife, Cindy, thanked everyone saying, that their entire family "is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world".

At the same time, Arizona Sen. He taught me how to live. Ellen DeGeneres wrote, "I was honored to have met John McCain". Everyone knows launching and landing a jet aircraft from a ship in the middle of the ocean is famously hard. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. "John McCain's sacrifice and the sacrifices made by all our POWs and MIAs must never be forgotten".

McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at an American naval installation in the Panama Canal Zone - U.S. territory at the time - when his father was stationed there. As he endured in the Hanoi Hilton, he endured in Congress - he didn't comply or conform.

"John was many things - a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent". That he became a friend is one of the greatest privileges of my life. The world will miss John McCain.

"In an era filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain's life shone as a bright example".

Prior to his death, McCain, said his current term would be his last and freely discussed the implications in his memoir, The Restless Wave, released in May.

At the moment, Arizona is watching two conservative candidates vie for Flake's Senate seat.

"John McCain's legacy will continue for generations to come". And yet through it all he never lost sight of what he believed most: Country First.

Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, also claimed the life of former senator Ted Kennedy.

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