John McCain was a Naval Academy graduate and pilot. After being nearly killed in the tragic fire on board the USS Forrestal in 1967, he continued to fly bombing missions over North Viet Nam. He was shot down in October 1967 on a mission over Hanoi. He was seriously injured and captured by the North Vietnamese and held as a prisoner of war until 1973. In 1983, he was elected to the House to represent Arizona’s 1st District. In 1987, he was elected to the Senate where he remains today. In 2008, he won the GOP nomination for president, but lost the election to Barack Obama. After having a blood clot removed from above his eye this week, it was discovered that McCain has brain cancer, the same type of cancer that took the life of former Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy.
President Trump, former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, members of Congress and other Washington officials put aside bickering and partisan gridlock to rally behind Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who announced he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” Trump said of the 80-year-old senator he once slammed for having been “captured” in Vietnam. “Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”
Obama, who contended with McCain during the 2008 presidential election, called him “an American hero and one off the bravest fighters I’ve known.” …
Early in McCain’s political career, he was known as being a staunch conservative. By the time of his 2008 run for the presidency, his political views more moderate than conservative, which may have contributed to his loss to Obama, that and Obama being black. Over the past few years, McCain has become more and more liberal on many issues, causing many of his long-time supporters to wonder what was happening to their war hero champion. Perhaps now we know why?