In a time ripe with divisive partisan politics, American leaders came together late Saturday to honor the life of American hero John McCain, who passed away Saturday evening following a short battle with brain cancer.
Former President Barack Obama:
Former President George W. Bush:
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. 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. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain.
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump:
Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, former U.S. secretary of state, said:
Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day. He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honored to serve in the Senate. He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do. I will always be especially grateful for his leadership in our successful efforts to normalize relations with Vietnam. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Cindy, his mother, Roberta, his children, and his entire family.
Former Vice President Joe Biden:
House Speaker Paul Ryan said:
This is a sad day for the United States. Our country has lost a decorated war hero and statesman. John McCain was a giant of our time—not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life. John put principle before politics. He put country before self. He was one of the most courageous men of the century. He will always be listed among freedom’s most gallant and faithful servants. Our hearts are with his wife, Cindy, his children, and his grandchildren. This Congress, this country mourn with them.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R):
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D):
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), one of McCain's closest friends:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I):
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D):
Fellow Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R):
Obama and Bush will serve as eulogists at McCain's funeral.