John McCain

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John McCain
John McCain official portrait 2009 (cropped).jpg
United States Senator
from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1987 – August 25, 2018
Preceded by Barry Goldwater
Succeeded by Jon Kyl
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by John Jacob Rhodes
Succeeded by John Jacob Rhodes III
Personal details
Born John Sidney McCain III
(1936-08-29)August 29, 1936
Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone
Died August 25, 2018(2018-08-25) (aged 81)
Cornville, Arizona, U.S.
Cause of death Glioblastoma
Resting place United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Carol Shepp (m. 1965–1980)

Relations John S. McCain, Sr. (grandfather)
John S. McCain, Jr. (father)
Roberta McCain (mother)
Children 7; including Meghan
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Religion Southern Baptist congregant
(Brought up Episcopalian)[1]

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician. At the time of his death, he was a United States Senator from Arizona. McCain was the Republican Party's candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election. McCain had been married to businesswoman Cindy McCain since 1980.

McCain served as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. When his plane was shot down, he was captured by the North Vietnamese military. He was a prisoner of war with Colonel and future Washington State Senator Leo K. Thorsness for more than five years. During that time, he was tortured.

Presidential campaigns[change | change source]

In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He represented Arizona. In 1987, he became a U.S. Senator for Arizona. In 2000, McCain tried to be the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, but George W. Bush was chosen. In 2008, he was chosen as the Republican candidate. On November 4, 2008, he lost to Barack Obama. His running mate was Sarah Palin.

Other activities[change | change source]

McCain was popular for his support of the Arab Spring, protests and uprisings inside the Arab World, and protests outside those regions like many Russian protests. He said that the recent protests were worldwide.

Health[change | change source]

In July 2017, McCain under went surgery to remove a blood clot, causing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation act to replace Obamacare.[2] On July 19, 2017, it was announced McCain had glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.[3]

On April 15, 2018, he underwent surgery for an infection complicated by diverticulitis and the following day was reported to be in stable condition.[4]

On August 24, 2018, McCain's family announced that he was stopping treatment for his brain cancer.[5] McCain died the next day at his home in Cornville, Arizona at the age of 81.[6]

Legacy[change | change source]

After McCain's death, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he would introduce a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after McCain.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. McCain was christened and raised Episcopalian. See Nichols, Hans. "McCain Keeps His Faith to Himself, at Church and in Campaign", Bloomberg (2008-04-25). He now identifies as a Baptist, although he has not been baptized as an adult, and is not an official member of the church he attends. See Warner, Greg. "McCain’s faith: Pastor describes senator as devout, but low-key", Associated Baptist Press (2008-04-08). Retrieved 2008-09-06. Also see Hornick, Ed. "McCain and Obama cite moral failures", CNN, (2008-08-16): "McCain, who was raised an Episcopalian and now identifies himself as Baptist, rarely discusses his faith." Retrieved 2008-08-16. Also see Reston, Maeve and Mehta, Seema. "Barrack Obama and John McCain to Meet at Saddleback Church", Los Angeles Times, (2008-08-16): "McCain [is] an Episcopalian who attends a Baptist church in Phoenix..." Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  2. Mattingly, Phil et al. "McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery", CNN (July 16, 2017).
  3. Scutti, Susan (July 19, 2017). "Sen. John McCain had aggressive brain tumor surgically removed". CNN.
  4. Samuels, Brett (April 16, 2018). "McCain recovering after surgery for infection". The Hill. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. Wagner, John; Sullivan, Sean; Kane, Paul (August 24, 2018). "Sen. John McCain, battling brain cancer, is discontinuing medical treatment, family says". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  6. CNN, Stephen Collinson,. "John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81". CNN. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  7. Emily Tillett (August 26, 2018). "Schumer proposes renaming Russell Senate Office Building for John McCain". CBS News.