On Saturday, Aug. 25, the office of Sen.
John McCain announced his death and tweets paying tribute to him show just how much he meant to the country. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family," the statement said. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years." Just a day prior, McCain said he would no longer seek medical care for the aggressive glioblastoma he was diagnosed with in July 2017. The senator — who was elected to his sixth term in 2016 — hadn't been in Washington since December, according to CNN.
"In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment," the McCain family said in a statement about the 81-year-old's decision to halt treatment.
Even before McCain's death, he was lauded as a reliable conservative politician. The
word "honorable" frequently came up when describing McCain's career. Recently, McCain made headlines despite his absence from Washington by criticizing policies of President Donald Trump. McCain would later vote for most of Trump's policies and nominations. For example, McCain's endorsement of Trump's tax bill was seen as a tipping point for the bill's passage.
Here's how politicians, celebrities, and public figures from both sides of the aisle honored McCain's death and life.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz was quick to send his thoughts to McCain's family, calling his colleague both a "patriot" and a "war hero."
An "American Hero"
Bernie Sanders might be on the opposite side of the aisle, but he still agrees that McCain will be deeply missed.
The president and McCain have not been on the same page in the past, but after hearing the news, Trump sent out a short tweet, expressing his "deepest sympathies" to the senator's family.
Privileged To Work With Him
His colleague from the other side of the aisle praised his decades-long service to his country.
"Respect Runs Both Ways"
Former President Obama's White House photographer reminded everyone that respect goes both ways, regardless of whether you're a Democrat or Republican, with this throwback photo.
A "Devoted Father & Husband"
California Senator Kamala Harris remembered McCain not only as a war hero and politician, but also as a father and husband.
"A Fidelity To Something Higher"
Obama's statement about McCain came straight from the heart.
"Giant Of Our Time"
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan certainly won't forget McCain's contributions to the country anytime soon.
"Inspiration To Millions"
Even Canada's own leader commented on McCain and the legacy he left behind.
"Must Never Be Forgotten"
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel chimed in as well, urging the nation to remember McCain's sacrifices.
"Warrior Of Peace"
Rep. John Lewis called McCain a "warrior of peace," which especially resonates.
"A Life Of Honor"
Journalist Katie Couric began her statement with a definitive "I concur."
Whoopi Goldberg, who co-hosts
The View with McCain's daughter Meghan, sent his family all her love. "American Exceptionalism"
Jeb Bush, who also ran for president in 2016, sent his prayers as well.
Nancy Pelosi and McCain were most definitely on opposite sides of the political spectrum — but her respect for him and his work is clearly very strong.
"Lived By His Creed"
Bill and Hillary Clinton also released a longer statement on McCain's life.
"Rest In Peace"
McCain's replacement will eventually be announced by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (also a Republican), who according to Arizona law, must appoint someone from the same party as McCain. They'll hold the post until
voters can choose a new senator in a general election, which is November 2020, according to The Arizona Republic.