SENATOR JOHN McCAIN- EVEN IN DEATH

August 29, 2018

Even in death, John McCain continues to bring political rivals together.
 

He also made one last dig at President Trump.

 

 

The maverick senator, who succumbed to brain cancer Saturday, requested former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral.

But McCain, who had famously feuded with Trump, reportedly asked as far back as May that he not be invited to his funeral. Vice President Pence is expected to attend.

Obama and Bush — both of whom campaigned against the 81-year-old Arizona statesman on their way to the White House — got a head start by leading a list of political giants in paying tribute to McCain over the weekend.

“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did,” Obama wrote in a statement honoring the GOP nominee he defeated to become President in 2008.

“But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.”

Bush, who beat McCain to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, also shared a statement praising the late Navy veteran as an American hero and a friend.

“Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled,” Bush wrote. “John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime friend who once referred to McCain as his brother “somehow raised by different fathers,” will speak at a separate service in Arizona, CBS News reported.

“John McCain’s life is proof that some truths are timeless. Character. Courage. Integrity. Honor,” Biden wrote in a statement. “A life lived embodying those truths casts a long, long shadow. John McCain will cast a long shadow. His impact on America hasn’t ended. Not even close.”

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton fondly remembered McCain Sunday in a phone interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I think that example that he set of working across the aisle, but more than that, working to bring people together here at home and around the world, is one we should remember,” Clinton said.

The former secretary of state wrapped her remembrance by urging Americans to keep in mind that if “we abandon the ideals that we have stood for…we will be giving up on what he fought for, what he was imprisoned for, what he stood for, in a long line of American patriots.”

 

Despite having insulted McCain on numerous occasions and insisting the former POW was “not a war hero,” President Trump offered his condolences, too.

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” tweeted the President, who spent his Sunday golfing in Sterling, Va.

Trump famously claimed in 2015 that being shot out of the sky and tortured for more than five years in a Vietnamese prison camp didn’t qualify McCain, a Navy pilot, as a hero.

Trump earlier this month signed The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act during a photo op in which he refused to say McCain’s name.

With McCain on his deathbed last week, Trump toured the nation lambasting the ailing senator for voting against an executive proposal to revamp the nation’s health care system.

McCain will be the 13th former senator to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. He will be buried Sunday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

 

 

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