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Statements on the Passing of Sen. John McCain

Statement of Senator Robert Dole and Senator Elizabeth Dole on the Passing of Senator John McCain
Elizabeth and I join the nation in mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague Senator John McCain. John lived his life with courage, commitment, and dedication to our nation. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Cindy and the entire McCain family.

Statement from Dole Institute director Bill Lacy
I met John McCain in 1981, when he had decided to run for an Arizona congressional seat and I worked at the GOP Congressional Committee.

I regarded McCain as a true American hero for his service in Vietnam and in particular for his time in the “Hanoi Hilton,” the prison camp where American POWs were held and tortured.

McCain seemed perfectly prepared to learn from women and men much younger and inexperienced in the ways of the world than he was. He seemed down to earth, even easygoing. That belied the steely determination he showed throughout his career as an aviator and a tremendous leader.

McCain was fundamentally conservative but always seemed to put doing what was right over everything else. I watched from very close by as he came back from the political graveyard in 2008 to win the GOP nomination for president, essentially by being the last man standing.

He lost that year due to a history-making Democratic nominee, but continued to be a strong member of the Senate, always dedicated to pursuit of truth and the best interests of America.

As in everything, he put his country first. America will be less due to his loss.

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