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2 years after his death, John McCain honored by family, Arizona politicians


PHOENIX – Two years to the day from his death, longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was remembered Tuesday by family members and state political leaders from both parties.

McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, was in his sixth term and 31st year in the U.S. Senate when he died after a yearlong battle with brain cancer at age 81 on Aug. 25, 2018.

His widow, Cindy McCain, tweeted about missing him and maintaining his legacy.

Daughter Meghan McCain, co-host of “The View,” posted a photo of her and her dad sitting on a bench together in Arizona.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey honored McCain in a four-tweet thread, calling the former prisoner of war “a beloved statesman and American hero”

Both of Arizona’s current U.S. senators paid tribute to McCain.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who was elected to the Senate less than three months after McCain’s death, said she missed her friend “dearly.”

Republican Martha McSally said she was “humbled” to be serving in McCain’s seat.

Ducey appointed McSally to the position in December 2018, and she’s currently running against Democrat Mark Kelly to fill out McCain’s term, which runs through 2022.

Republican U.S. Rep. David Schweikert sent his thoughts to the McCain family.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton noted McCain’s historic thumbs down vote on the GOP’s 2017 plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare.

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