Share this story...
Latest News

Family, politicians remember Arizona icon John McCain 1 year after death

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

PHOENIX — Family, Arizona politicians and former colleagues in the U.S. Senate paid tribute Sunday to the man most known for being a war hero, maverick and statesman.

John McCain died on Aug. 25 last year after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. His 83rd birthday would have been Wednesday.

The former Republican senator from Arizona’s widow, Cindy, was interviewed by CNN and explained what she missed most about her husband.

“There are so many things I miss about him right now,” Cindy McCain said. “I think most of all was his voice of reason and his common sense. He exhibited that not only in his daily work life, but at home.”

She tweeted a tribute as well, again calling for political civility just days after asking for it in honor of her husband in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

McCain’s daughter, Meghan, tweeted Saturday that she was temporarily taking a break from social media in honor of her father.

She called the day of his death the “worst day of my life.”

Arizona’s top politicians also paid tribute to McCain.

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally described McCain as a true patriot.

McSally’s likely challenger for Arizona’s open Senate spot in 2020, Democrat Mark Kelly, called McCain “a hero for young pilots like me.”

Gov. Doug Ducey posted a series of tweets honoring McCain.

He called Arizona without McCain “like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon.”

More Arizona politicians also offered their memories of McCain.

McCain, who spent 31 years as a senator and was known for his bipartisanship, received tributes from his former colleagues on his both sides of the aisle.

Joe Biden, the former senator from Delaware and a top Democratic candidate for president in 2020, spoke highly of McCain.

Biden was former President Barack Obama’s vice president when they defeated the Republican presidential nominee McCain in the 2008 election.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, also a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, called McCain a friend and an American hero.

Fellow Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said he would remember McCain for his courage and strength.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina commended McCain’s ability to work with politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Show Podcasts and Interviews

Reporter Stories