Senator John MCcain Succumb To Cancer At 81


 Five Key Dates In The Life Of  Mccain
US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America and two time Republican presidential candidate, died Saturday after losing a battle to brain cancer, his office said. He was 81.

"Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family," his office said in a statement.
"At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years."
In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
One year of treatment failed to prevent his condition from worsening and on August 24 his family announced that he had chosen to discontinue medical care.


The vacancy created by McCain's death narrowed the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to 50 seats in the 100-member upper chamber, with Democrats controlling 49 seats. But Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is expected to appoint a member of his own party to succeed McCain.
That could also give Republicans a slight edge in the battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in the weeks ahead, as McCain had been too ill to cast any votes this year.

Alternatively affable and cantankerous, McCain had been in the public eye since the 1960s, when as a naval aviator he was shot down during the Vietnam War and tortured by his North Vietnamese communist captors during 5-1/2 years as a prisoner.
John McCain embraces his wife Cindy following his second presidential debate with Democrat Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign
He was edged out by George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, but became his party's White House candidate eight years later. After gambling on political neophyte Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, McCain lost in 2008 to Democrat Barack Obama, who became the first black US president.
McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was a frequent critic as well as a target of his fellow Republican, Trump, who was elected president in November 2016.
McCain denounced Trump for among other things his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders the senator described as foreign "tyrants."
"Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity," McCain said of Trump in his memoir, "The Restless Wave," which was released in May.
McCain in July had castigated Trump for his summit with Putin, issuing a statement that called their joint news conference in Helsinki "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
He said Trump was "not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin."
Sources close to McCain have said Trump would not be invited to the funeral.
McCain, a foreign policy hawk with a traditional Republican view of world affairs, was admired in both parties for championing civility and compromise during an era of acrid partisanship in US politics. But he also had a famous temper and rarely shied away from a fight. He had several with Trump.
He was the central figure in one of the most dramatic moments in Congress of Trump's presidency when he returned to Washington shortly after his brain cancer diagnosis for a middle-of-the-night Senate vote in July 2017.
Still bearing a black eye and scar from surgery, McCain gave a thumbs-down signal in a vote to scuttle a Trump-backed bill that would have repealed the Obamacare healthcare law and increased the number of Americans without health insurance by millions.
Trump was furious about McCain's vote and frequently referred to it at rallies but without mentioning McCain by name.

Five Key Dates In The Life Of  Mccain
August 29, 1936: John Sidney McCain III was born in the Panama Canal Zone. With his father a US Navy submarine commander and his grandfather an admiral, McCain followed their footsteps into a military career. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, and became a fighter pilot.
October 26, 1967: McCain’s A-4E Skyhawk was shot down over Hanoi by a surface-to-air missile. He ejected and was taken prisoner. Fractures in both his arms and right leg were poorly treated, and McCain — whose father had risen to become commander of all US forces in the Pacific, including Vietnam — was beaten and tortured throughout his detention. He was released on March 15, 1973, at the end of US involvement in the war.
November 2, 1982: Upon leaving the military, McCain, remarried after divorcing his first wife, was elected to an Arizona seat in the US House of Representatives. Four years later he was elected to the Senate, where he was re-elected five times and serviced until his death, although his final months were spent away from the Senate floor as he underwent treatment for brain cancer in his home state of Arizona. His term would have ended in January 2022.
September 4, 2008: Eight years after a stinging defeat in the 2000 Republican presidential primaries to George W. Bush, McCain formally became the party’s White House nominee against Democrat Barack Obama. He chose a virtually unknown governor as his running mate: Alaska’s Sarah Palin. The Republicans were defeated in November.
July 28, 2017: At around 1:30 am, McCain entered the Senate chamber and, with a dramatic thumbs down gesture, casts the deciding vote against the partial repeal of the Obamacare health law, torpedoing one of Trump’s central campaign promises. The American president was livid.
 



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