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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject: Arizona Senator John McCain passes away at 81 Reply with quote


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John McCain dead at 81

Alex Pappas By Alex Pappas | Fox News

John McCain dies at age 81

U.S. Senator John McCain has died after a battle with brain cancer. Here's a look back at the life and times of the Arizona Republican senator who was also known as a 'Maverick.'

U.S. Sen. John McCain, a war hero who survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, served three decades in Congress and went on to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008, died Saturday. He was 81 years old.

In his last hours, the Arizona Republican turned down further medical treatment, his family announced in a statement.

McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017. Doctors discovered the tumor during a medical procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. He remained upbeat after the diagnosis, flying back to Washington days after surgery with a large scar visible above his eye to partake in the Senate’s health care debate.

“I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!” McCain tweeted on July 20 after his diagnosis.

John S. McCain III is escorted by Lt. Cmdr. Jay Coupe Jr., public relations officer, March 14, 1973, to Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport after the POW was released. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

John McCain escorted to Hanoi airport on March 14, 1973 after being released from prison (AP Photo/ Horst Faas)

On Friday, his family issued a statement saying,“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict."

They added, "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment."

McCain's wife, Cindy, tweeted that her "heart is broken" following her husband's death.

"I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years," she said. "He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best."

The senator's daughter, Meghan, posted a heartfelt note online, in which she said the "task of [her] lifetime is to live up to [McCain's] example, his expectations, and his love."

"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can," she wrote. "He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lives in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad — but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us."

McCain was born in 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was stationed in the Navy. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1958, McCain went to Vietnam.

In 1967, his A4 Skyhawk was hit by a surface-to-air missile over Hanoi. McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese, who tortured and beat him for more than five years. He was in solitary confinement for several of those years.

Arizona Senator John McCain inspired the nation with his character, heroism, humility and public service. Here's a look back at some of the "Maverick's" most memorable speeches and off-the-cuff remarks.

“My room was fairly decent-sized - I’d say about 10 by 10,” McCain would later write. “The door was solid. There were no windows. The only ventilation came from two small holes at the top in the ceiling, about 6 inches by 4 inches. The roof was tin, and it got hot as hell in there.”

His captors offered him early release after learning his father was a notable naval officer. But McCain refused to leave before the other prisoners. He was released in 1973.

McCain’s injuries from his imprisonment were visible the rest of his life, most noticeably the restricted movement of his arms.

McCain got a taste of politics in 1976, when he served as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate.

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (R) is joined by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio October 31, 2008. McCain is on a two-day campaign bus tour through the state of Ohio. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA) - GM1E4B10JME01

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (R) is joined by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio October 31, 2008. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

In 1982, McCain was elected to the House of Representatives. Only a few years later, in 1986, he won the race to replace Arizona’s conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater.

He was implicated in what became known as the Keating Five Scandal in 1989, accused with several other lawmakers of helping the owner of the Lincoln Savings and Loan, who had donated to his campaign.

McCain ran twice for president. In 2000, he ran for the Republican nomination for president, winning New Hampshire’s primary but losing the nomination to George W. Bush.

In 2008, he defeated a host of Republican candidates to win the GOP nomination for president.

He was responsible for introducing then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to a national audience by tapping her as his running mate. The McCain-Palin ticket went on to lose the general election to Barack Obama, who became the country’s first black president.

For years, McCain declined to call his choice of Palin a mistake. But in his upcoming book, “The Restless Wave,” McCain reportedly writes that he regrets not choosing his friend, then-U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., as his running mate, calling it “another mistake that I made.” Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic nominee for vice president, was an independent who caucused with Democrats.

'Special Report' host reflects on the life and legacy of Senator John McCain.

After the 2008 loss, McCain returned to the Senate, embracing his role as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

During his last years in politics, he had a complicated relationship with President Trump, who infamously attacked McCain during the GOP primary. In May, the McCain family was offended when it was reported that Trump aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain's opposition to the president’s choice for CIA director by quipping during a private meeting, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."

According to the New York Times, McCain has made clear to the White House he doesn’t want Trump to attend his funeral, and would instead prefer Vice President Mike Pence at a service.

McCain is survived by his wife Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.


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McCain's body arrives in Phoenix, crowd gathers to pay respects

By Bradford Betz | Fox News

John McCain's life, legacy remembered in Arizona

Flags lowered to honor Republican Senator John McCain, who died at age 81 after battling brain cancer for more than a year; Alicia Acuna reports from Phoenix, Arizona.

A hearse carrying the body of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, arrived in uptown Phoenix on Saturday evening.

At least two-dozen people stood near the freeway exit as the motorcade that carried the senator’s body from his Cornville home arrived at the mortuary after 8:30 p.m. local time, the Arizona Republic reported.

By late evening, about 200 people were gathered outside the A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary. Some could be heard shouting, “I love you, John,” while others waved flags or wore red, white and blue.

"We knew it was coming. It was expected," one onlooker told the Republic. "It happened so quickly. But he led a good life and I'm sure his family is proud of him. He left a legacy that will long be remembered."

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain.

“May God rest his soul and look over his entire family. Our state and our nation mourn together," the governor tweeted.

Meanwhile in Washington, the U.S. flag was seen at half-staff over the White House in honor of the fallen senator.

McCain is expected to lie in state in both Arizona and Washington, before being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md. His website states that more information will be available once funeral services are finalized.

Before he died, McCain requested that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama give eulogies at his funeral. Both men paid tribute to McCain on Twitter.

McCain, a Vietnam prisoner of war, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and U.S. Senate in 1986. He was the GOP nominee for president in 2008. During his time in office he earned a reputation for reaching across the aisle.

He died Saturday at age 81, four days shy of his birthday. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children, and five grandchildren, his website states.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He outlived his usefulness.

He was one of the reach-across-the-aisle figures that engineered Senate compromises, often with Senator Lieberman. McCain was really a liberal hawk, who had the trust of Republicans despite his liberalism. And, of course, liberalism hadn't reached the apex of its corruption at the time.

But his time has passed. There's no more of those senatorial compromises possible. Now the Democrat (particularly) are increasing welded together in a party discipline that is parliamentarian. Not the way the Congress is supposed to work, but that wasn't McCain's fault.

Trump's rise made him obsolete. He lived a bit too long. He got n a battle with his own vice presidential pick as the new spirit was appearing. He didn't understand Palin's appeal and was even repelled by it. He seemed almost pleased to lose the election to Obama because Obama was going to be the transcendent president ...

There's no doubt -- he was one of the towering figures in the Senate.

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Conservatives praise Jon Kyl, appointed to fill John McCain Senate seat

Rachel Leingang and Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona RepublicPublished 12:11 p.m. MT Sept. 4, 2018 | Updated 2:27 p.m. MT Sept. 4, 2018

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces that former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will replace John McCain in the U.S. Senate. Thomas Hawthorne, The Republic | azcentral.com

Sen. John McCain Senate appointment

(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement Tuesday of Jon Kyl to fill Sen. John McCain’s seat was met with praise from conservatives and mostly silence from Democrats, who were focused on a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Kyl served as a U.S. representative and then senator for Arizona for 18 years before he retired in 2013. He and Ducey are close, and the governor has called Kyl a mentor. Cindy McCain said Kyl was a "dear friend" to her and John.

Kyl, a prominent and popular Republican when he left Washington, will be returning to Capitol Hill at a fractured time in national politics. McCain spoke out against President Donald Trump regularly, and some want to see McCain's successor do the same.

The appointment was seen by many conservatives as a reliable vote in favor of GOP principles. They pointed to Kyl's guiding of Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, through the nomination process, as a plus.

Pundits called Kyl's appointment a safe choice for Ducey in a contentious election year for the governor since Kyl has experience in the role and is generally well-respected in Arizona and D.C.

Arizona delegation responds

Trump gave his approval of Kyl in a post on Twitter.

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona. I look forward to working with him!" Trump wrote.

Sen. Jeff Flake praised Ducey's selection, calling Kyl "an excellent choice" to fill the seat and giving kudos to Kyl for coming out of retirement.

"There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served," Flake said in a post on Twitter.

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., the GOP Senate nominee for the seat now held by Kyl's replacement — namely, Flake — briefly worked on Kyl’s staff beginning in 1999 and now seeks her own Senate seat.

"Senator Jon Kyl is a brilliant man of integrity and a proven leader for Arizona and the entire country," she said. "His example inspired me to step up and serve in office myself. … I commend Gov. Ducey for his wise decision and look forward to working with Senator Kyl for Arizona."

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., also welcomed Kyl back to the Senate.

"Senator Kyl brings a wealth of experience to this job. His longtime devotion to our state and people will give Arizona a much-needed and honest voice for land, water, and military issues," Biggs said. "Senator Kyl has a pro-life track record and will work to increase America’s economic resurgence and prosperity. I commend him for his decision to return to public service; his leadership is greatly valued."

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., cast the pick as respectful of the man he replaces.

"I appreciate that Sen. Kyl will take the legacy of Senator John McCain with the utmost seriousness and respect, and I look forward to working with Sen. Kyl to help support Arizona and further the conservative agenda," he said.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., praised Kyl's past work in welcoming him back to the Senate.

"Governor Ducey today made an excellent choice in Jon Kyl to return to the U.S. Senate. Former Senator Kyl served alongside Senator McCain and has been a champion for Arizona on many important issues including critical water issues impacting our state. I look forward to working with Senator Kyl in Congress to advance conservative policies important to Arizonans," she said.

Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will succeed late Sen. John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Sept. 3, 2018. William Flannigan, azcentral

Lawmakers welcome Kyl back

Kyl's former colleagues welcomed him back to the chamber.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed Kyl back to the Senate, saying he was an excellent choice.

“We’ve had a productive summer passing legislation and confirming more judges and well-qualified nominees. We have a busy fall ahead of us and I look forward to working with Jon as we continue making progress for the American people,” McConnell said in a statement.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called Kyl a “great choice.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Kyl would "serve the state of Arizona admirably once again."

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said he was glad to see his friend Kyl return to the chamber and said he would be an "excellent voice" for Arizona.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain, said in a pair of Twitter posts that he was pleased with Kyl's appointment.

"For decades, John McCain and Jon Kyl were a terrific Senate duo for the people of Arizona and the country as a whole," Graham, R-South Carolina, wrote.

Kyl is a worthy replacement, he said.

"Over his many years of public service, he has established himself as a solid conservative who will do his best to solve hard problems and he will always have the back of the men and women in uniform – much like his dear friend, John McCain," Graham wrote.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Ducey replaced "one outstanding senator with another outstanding senator."

Conservatives delight

FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian organization with ties to the industrialist Koch brothers, praised the choice.

"Jon Kyl is a good choice by Gov. Ducey. During his previous tenure as a senator, Kyl proved to be a reliable conservative vote, which is reflected in his 88 percent lifetime score with FreedomWorks," said Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks. "His knowledge of the chamber is why he was picked to run Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. We look forward to seeing Kyl once again serve Arizona in the Senate."

Heavy-hitters in Arizona GOP circles also lauded Ducey's decision and praised Kyl's experience on major issues and support of conservative principles.

Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Kyl is the best person to represent Arizona's interests in Congress and honor McCain's legacy.

"Sen. Kyl is an expert in issues critical to Arizona including defense, water and judiciary matters. Past service on Finance Committee will be helpful on red hot issue of trade," Hamer wrote in a Twitter post.

The choice seemed well received among social conservatives as well. Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, called it a “wise choice.”

Political donors were also fans of Kyl's appointment.

Club for Growth PAC, a group aimed at small government, said Kyl has been "a strong voice and reliable vote for pro-growth policies." Senate Leadership Fund said Kyl was a "responsible and thoughtful conservative" and an "excellent choice."

Gov. Doug Ducey announces the appointment of former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to the late Sen. John McCain's Senate seat as Kyl looks on at the state Capitol on Sept. 4, 2018.
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Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl speaks after Gov. Doug Ducey announces his appointment to the late Sen. John McCain's Senate seat during a press conference at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 4, 2018.

Former U.S. Senate Republican whip Jon Kyl, who did not seek re-election in 2012 after three terms and 26 years in Congress, is close to Gov. Doug Ducey and his team. He could be the governor's pick to take the late John McCain's Senate seat.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), right, pose for the media in Graham's Russell Senate office before meeting on Capitol Hill. Former Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), left, was escorting the nominee around Capitol Hill.

Former three-term Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is endorsing

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Republican Jon Kyl (center) celebrates a near victory

Retired Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., seated at far right,

Jon Kyl

“I wanted to be able to continue to work in public

Kavanaugh support could be lightning rod

Political predictor Larry Sabato of Sabato's Crystal Ball called Kyl a "safe choice" for Ducey, but said Kyl is a "placeholder" for the seat and a guaranteed vote for Senate Republican leadership on most things.

"Open seat battle in 2020 means Dems will have another Senate target in a presidential year," Sabato wrote on Twitter.

Before the appointment announcement, conservative commentator Ann Coulter had said Kyl should get the nod because he would vote in favor of Kavanaugh.

That vote "IS ALL THAT MATTERS," Coulter tweeted on Aug. 27.

Confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh began Tuesday, and Kyl was expected to head to D.C. and take part.

Kyl's support for Kavanaugh could serve as a lightning rod.

Conservatives wanted a reliable vote for the court nominee, which they found in Kyl. But Democrats could ding Kyl for his work helping Kavanaugh navigate the nominating process. While Ducey praised Kyl for his bipartisan nature, Democrats may see the appointment as anything but apolitical.

David Garcia, the Democrat who will face Ducey in the November election, disagreed with Ducey's choice. He would have chosen someone like Cindy McCain or Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, both of whom Garcia said have histories of independence and bipartisanship.

Garcia said Kyl's work as a sherpa for Kavanaugh meant he would undoubtedly vote to confirm the court pick, which would put reproductive, civil, voting, environmental and workers' rights at risk.

“It is important, now more than ever, to elect strong governors who will oppose a dangerous and reckless Trump Administration,” Garcia said in a statement.

But U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat running against McSally for Flake’s Senate seat, offered no criticism of Kyl. Instead, she said she looked forward to working with him on behalf of Arizona.

“While no one can ever replace Senator McCain in the U.S. Senate, I can only imagine that he’d be grateful to his good friend and colleague for stepping up to this challenge once again,” Sinema wrote on Twitter.

Democrats largely were silent on the appointment, but liberal activists were weighing in against Kyl.

Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care, a group fighting to preserve and improve the Affordable Care Act, said Kyl’s work as a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry suggests more problems for the public.

“By naming a Big Pharma lobbyist who repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and has continued to call for its repeal since his retirement to serve the remainder of Sen. McCain’s term, Gov. Ducey has assured we will have yet another Senator whose priorities lie with insurance and drug companies, not the health and well-being of the American people,” Woodhouse said.

Later Tuesday, the Arizona Democratic Party panned Ducey for choosing Kyl, saying Ducey had "doubled down on an anti-health care, anti-woman agenda" by picking the former senator.

"Doug Ducey could have chosen someone who would uphold Arizona values, but instead he chose a someone who voted against health care access for nearly 3 million Arizonans, against funding for public education and who perpetuated falsehoods about Planned Parenthood and the critical care it provides," Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini said in a statement.

On Twitter, liberals called attention to Kyl's opposition to abortion and a factually incorrect comment he made in 2011 that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's work was on abortions. (It's 3 percent.) His staff explained away the comment by saying it wasn't intended to be factual.

NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted that Kyl was "a man who blatantly lied about" Planned Parenthood who will now "get the chance to further his anti-woman agenda & vote on Brett Kavanaugh."

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