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Arizona Senator, War Hero And The Maverick - John McCain Dies at 81

Arizona Senator, War Hero And The Maverick - John McCain Dies at 81 Read Transcript

- Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle

are mourning the loss of theirdear friend and colleague,

Senator John McCain, who passed away

after battling braincancer at the age of 81.

- But I'll use all theknowledge I've acquired

from experience and allthe strength I have.

- [Abigail] Senator JohnMcCain served his country

with distinction for more than 60 years,

beginning in 1958.

That's when he graduatedfrom the US Naval Academy

and headed to the serviceas a naval aviator.

(bombs exploding)

During the Vietnam War,McCain's plane was shot down

in 1967, leading to hiscapture and lifelong

physical disabilities.

As a prisoner of war,McCain turned down a chance

at early release becauseof his father's rank.

He chose instead to remain in prison

with his fellow Americansoldiers until 1973.

McCain left the Navy topursue politics in 1981.

Arizona voters elected him to two terms

in the House of Representativesbefore sending him

to the Senate in 1986.

- I've been a member ofthe United States Senate

for 30 years.

I had another long, not as long career

before I arrived here.

Another profession thatwas profoundly rewarding

and in which I hadexperiences and friendships

that I revere, but make no mistake,

my service here is the most important job

I've had in my life.

- [Abigail] McCain ran forpresident twice in his lifetime.

He lost to George W. Bushin the 2000 primaries.

And eight years later, becamethe Republican nominee,

taking on fellow Senator, Barack Obama,

who won the White House.

- John McCain is not just an American hero

because of what he did inthe war back in Vietnam.

He's an American hero right there in the

49 state Senate as well.

- Is there any member ofthe United States Senate

that has read this?

- [Abigail] Throughouthis political career,

McCain earned a reputationof being a maverick

for voting against his own party.

His most recent stand camewhen he gave an infamous

thumbs down that killedthe Republican attempt

to repeal and replace Obamacare.

- He really did wannawork across the aisle

in a bipartisan way and that is a lost art

in Washington DC.

- [Abigail] In one of his final speeches

on the Senate floor, McCainimplored his fellow senators

to work together again to get things done

for the American people.

- Let's trust each other.

Let's return to regular order.

We've been spinning our wheels on too many

important issues because wekeep trying to find a way

to win without help from across the aisle.

That's an approach that'sbeen employed by both sides,

mandating legislation from the top down

without any support from the other side,

with all the parliamentaryremovers that requires.

We're getting nothing done, my friends.

We're getting nothing done.

- Senator McCain fought fora return to regular order

through his last days in the Senate.

His legacy will live on asan American hero and patriot

who faithfully served hiscountry until his final days

here on earth.

- I hope to impress on you again

that it is an honor toserve the American people

in your company.

Thank you, fellow Senators.

Mr. President, I yield the floor.



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