The Death of John McCain

Just a Maverick: Senator John Mccain laid to rest.

Just a Maverick: Senator John Mccain laid to rest.

Maya Black and Kinsey Langley

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A longtime politician and military veteran John McCain passed away from brain cancer on Aug. 25, 2018, at age 81.

McCain dedicated his life to service to his country, beginning in 1958 when he graduated from the United States Naval Academy. He subsequently joined the United States Navy. in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were both four-star United States Navy Admirals. He served in the Vietnam war until 1967, when he was captured after his plane was shot down over Hanoi. While in captivity he refused a release offer made to him because of his father’s status until his comrades were also released. McCain remains a prisoner of war for five and half years. In 1977, McCain began to serve as the Navy’s liaison to the U.S. Senate and he said later in life he said that this was his “real entry into the world of politics and the beginning of my second career as a public servant.” He retired from the Navy four years later having received many awards for his service, including the Silver Star: the Armed Forces third highest personal decoration for valor in combat.

McCain then began a career in politics that would last the rest of his life. He first ran for office in 1983, securing the position of U.S. representative of Arizona. McCain then became a Senator in 1987 and was re-elected for three terms. In September of 1999, McCain announced his candidacy for president, saying it was “a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve.” He eventually lost the Republican party nomination to George W. Bush, who he later endorsed.

Not dissuaded, McCain ran against in 2008 this time securing the party nomination, and ultimately running against Democratic party nominee Barack Obama. Some at his rallies supported McCain out of a fear of African Americans and the belief that Obama was Muslim. McCain held a town hall before the election, at which a woman said she distrusted Obama because “he’s an Arab.” In one of the most lauded moments of his career, McCain responded “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” He ultimately lost the presidency and returned to his Senate duties where he became chairman of the Armed Service Committee and was one of the few powerful Republican voices to speak against President Donald Trump. He is survived by his wife, Cindy McCain, and his seven children.

“No just cause is futile, even if it’s lost, if it helps make the future better than the past,” McCain said.

 

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