John McCain dies at 81

Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Vietnam-era war hero and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, died Saturday, after a long battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain’s family announced on Friday that he had stopped treatment for the disease.

The 81-year-old McCain has surpassed expectations for survival, but ‘‘the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict,’’ the family said.

McCain was among the GOP’s most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump, who has steered the party away from positions opposing tariffs on trade, deficit spending and unilateral military action.

Trump and his staff responded to the venerated lawmaker by casting aspersions and hurling personal insults.
McCain authored bipartisan legislation that was designed to arrest the growing influence of money in politics but subsequent Supreme Court decisions have eradicated any progress that was made in the fight against corruption.

He spent five years as a prisoner of war at the detention facility known as the Hanoi Hilton, where he was mercilessly tortured after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam war.

McCain later led efforts to establish peaceful relations between the USA and its former enemy.

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