Virginia politicians react to the death of John McCain


I will remember Senator John McCain as a champion for people around the world struggling for their right to be heard, and willing to risk everything for the freedoms and the democratic values that America represents to them. McCain, 81, died at his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

"Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

McCain's subsequent torture and false confession, which provoked him to attempt suicide twice, earned him special respect in the eyes of many Americans.

McCain distanced himself from the future-president saying in an interview that he disagreed with Trump's comment.

But McCain refused, sticking to the POW code of conduct that says troops must accept release in the order in which they are captured.

But his perfunctory response to his death attracted particular ire on social media and was in stark contrast to the traditional gracious statements issued by presidents on the death of notable Americans.

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McCain had been planning his funeral services over the past year and his family made clear that president Trump was not invited.

McCain denounced Trump for, among other things, his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders the senator described as foreign "tyrants". "John McCain was one of them", Schumer said.

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As tributes poured in, the president who said McCain was "not a war hero" spent much of Sunday at his golf course in Virginia and did not utter a word publicly.

President Donald Trump, who once criticized McCain for being taken prisoner during the Vietnam War, said his "deepest sympathies and respect" went out to McCain's family.

"Passionately committed to our country, Senator McCain always put service to the nation before self", Mattis wrote.

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A private burial service next Sunday will conclude almost a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender.

"We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life", the Vice President tweeted soon after McCain's death was announced. "And we just have a couple of people that stand up and say, 'This guy, he served his country, '" McCain said.

Arizona's primaries are Tuesday, and the race to replace Flake there has evolved into a contest over who can claim the mantle of the president - not that of the iconic war hero who got remarried to an Arizonan, settled in the state and frequently defied his own party over 35 years in Congress.

"At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy", Trump said.

Trump and McCain were at bitter odds until the end.

Still, Obama said he and the senator "shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

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