Here's What Happens to John McCain's Senate Seat

Lynn Cook
August 26, 2018

After his election to the US Senate in 1987, representing the state of Arizona, McCain backed US military intervention from the first Gulf War to the later invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

November 2, 1982: Upon leaving the military, McCain, recently remarried after divorcing his first wife, is elected to an Arizona seat in the US House of Representatives.

In politics, he took a conservative line on many issues, including opposing abortion and advocating higher defence spending. "It helped that I had suffered physical punishment before", he told reporters.

"There is no reason for me to hold a grudge or anger", McCain said. "We're citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one".

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of John McCain, a great American patriot and a great supporter of Israel", Netanyahu tweeted in English Sunday morning. But I got up and learned and was introduced to the state'. Simply managing to stand uncomfortably close to Poehler without breaking for the entire length of this sketch would be a victory for most hosts, but McCain drove the jokey melodrama home with his creepy grin and weaselly line-readings.

'There's no way Mo could have been more wonderful, ' he said.

But it was McCain's fortitude after joining the Navy that would define him.

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The senator would always come with a stack of newspaper clips to read to his mentor, specifically selected to match Udall's favorite subjects.

Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote, "John McCain was many things - a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent".

Prior to his death, McCain, said his current term would be his last and freely discussed the implications in his memoir, The Restless Wave, released in May.

Eight years later, here was a man who openly professed his love of money, who had avoided military service because of a foot problem he later said had healed itself, a man who bragged about greasing the wheels for his NY real estate empire by donating to both Democrats and Republicans, a man who, in short, unapologetically flouted the long-established traditions of American politics and the presidency.

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain said in a blistering statement.

"At John's best, he showed us what that means".

'I will be grateful for that lesson every day of my life'.

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Ex-president Barack Obama, the Democrat to whom McCain lost the presidency in the 2008 elections, said "we are all in his debt".

'You have my respect and admiration, ' he said in a direct address to Obama at the Republican National Convention. More recently he supported USA intervention in Syria, and favoured an aggressive policy towards Iran and North Korea.

McCain's fellow Republicans occasionally mocked his interventionist reflexes, noting he could never say no to a war. In his final years he sparred with Mr Trump over the direction of the Republican Party and the principles it should embrace. "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake", he said in a statement.

John McCain was born on the eve of World War II, at the dawn of the "American Century" - a time when the United States was at the peak of its political, military and cultural power. McCain, however, fought for what he believed was right until the very end.

'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.

Maj John McCain being examined by a Vietnamese doctor.

Still reaching across the aisle and bringing two parties together, even from the afterlife.

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