In 2008, he won the Republican nomination, only to see his hopes dashed by the phenomenon that was Barack Obama and a crumbling U.S. economy.
Ducey said McCain was an American who will never be forgotten, and he was proud to call him a fellow Arizonan.
On Twitter, the U.S. first lady wrote: "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family".
Jeff Flake teared up Sunday morning when discussing his colleague Sen. "He showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks of an extraordinary life". His death is a great loss for this country, his family and friends.
John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936, to a prominent naval family steeped in patriotism.
Former president Bill Clinton hailed McCain for having "frequently put partisanship aside", while his former vice president Al Gore said he always admired how the senator "would work to find common ground, no matter how hard".
The former Alaska governor also downplayed the revelation in McCain's 2018 memoir, The Restless Wave, that he wished he had chosen Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his VP running mate instead of her. Palin, who previously attributed the "gut punch" line in the book to ghostwriters, revealed that McCain had never said such a thing to her and that the two had kept in touch over the years despite their differences and failed campaign.
Mr Obama said the two political opponents "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world".
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Trump with a sarcastic video posted on YouTube and other social media pages of its worldwide arm, China Global Television Network. Some commentators also struck a note of caution for China in taking tit-for-tat approach.
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'To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of global leadership and our duty to remain "the last best hope of Earth" for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other exhausted dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history, ' he said a year ago in Philadelphia.
Senator John McCain, left, with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on March 19, 2008. He will be remembered both in Europe and North America for his courage and character, and as a strong supporter of NATO.
"He is a war hero because he was captured", Trump said in 2015. In perhaps his last signature political moment, McCain cast a dramatic vote against his party to stop the repeal of Obamacare, coming to the floor in the middle of the vote before pausing and pointing his right thumb down. His impact on America hasn't ended. Cooper, 70, moved to Phoenix when he was a child and is a fixture in the city, where he owned a restaurant for 18 years, regularly appears at Suns games and even founded a local Christian teen center. "God bless John McCain".
"All that I am is thanks to him".
"A warrior of strength, a patriot of heart, and a man of conviction".
"He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country".
"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics".
"He's an American hero to all of us", Kaites said. John never took the easy path in life - and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self. Scheduled the day after the second debate between McCain and then-Democratic candidate Sen. "I'll remember the good times... and I won't re-hash the unusual times that happened after the campaign that some of his people orchestrated". "Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family".