John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician. At the time of his death, he was a United States Senator from Arizona. McCain was the Republican Party's candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election. McCain had been married to businesswoman Cindy McCain since 1980.
McCain's father and grandfather had been Admirals in the United States Navy. He served as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. When his plane was shot down, he was captured by the North Vietnamese military. He was a prisoner of war with Colonel and future Washington State Senator Leo K. Thorsness for more than five years. During that time, he was tortured.
In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He represented Arizona. In 1987, he became a U.S. Senator for Arizona. In 2000, McCain tried to be the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, but George W. Bush was chosen. In 2008, he was chosen as the Republican candidate. On November 4, 2008, he lost to Barack Obama. His running mate was Sarah Palin. He opposed several foreign policies of the Obama administration.
McCain was popular for his support of the Arab Spring, protests and uprisings inside the Arab World, and protests outside those regions like many Russian protests. He said that the recent protests were worldwide.
In July 2017, McCain under went surgery to remove a blood clot, causing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation act to replace Obamacare. On July 19, 2017, it was announced McCain had glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
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