Sen. John McCain dead at 81

John McCain Dies: US Senator, Former Presidential Candidate Dead, 81

Liberman recalled that in a recent meeting with McCain, the senator showed him a photo of his time in captivity and told him that "even despite my awful suffering I never wavered in my commitment to the values of freedom and justice".

McCain, who died following a battle with brain cancer, will also lie in state at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, a Republican official who is involved with planning told the newspaper. He said the President, who once ridiculed Mr. McCain's wartime confinement in a withering comment that startled the political establishment and that the senator never forgave, "has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones, " adding, "Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity".

"As you go through life, you meet few truly great people". He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April of this year. "Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him".

He was a leader to senators from both parties, a touchstone on foreign and domestic issues.

Since the passing, President Donald Trump tweeted out his condolences from his official account.

Donald Trump went after McCain in a manner which is now all-too-familiar to us.

President Donald Trump, who clashed with McCain over Obama-care and dealings with Russian Federation, offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the Republican Senator's family. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

First Lady Melania Trump also expressed her condolences and thanked the Senator for his "service to the nation".

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His family had previously said he had ended medical treatment for the condition, revealing that "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

"John put principle before politics. I'd like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different", he wrote.

Former President George W. Bush, who defeated McCain for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, called his one-time political rival "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order" and a "friend whom I'll deeply miss". Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a statement released via tweet.

Obama writes that they "saw this country as a place where anything is possible - and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way". He was praised by the political establishment for his pathfinding work to overhaul the campaign system but criticized for the sloppiness of his preparation in selecting Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.

In May, after a White House aide mocked John McCain, who had cancer, by reportedly saying, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyways", Meghan McCain snapped back.

"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning", she wrote. "My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family".

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the "nation is in tears" and noted McCain's "deep patriotism, outstanding bravery and undaunted spirit".

McCain was re-elected to the Senate in 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016.

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