Former POW from Duluth recalls time with McCain

April FrancisAug 30, 2018

Even though they shared different political party views, Hart said McCain is a hero to him.

"Very keen sense of humor and a wonderful traveling companion and friend", former Colorado Sen.

McCain died on Saturday at 81 after a 13-month struggle with brain cancer.

Marc Short, Trump's former legislative director, said the president faced "a little bit of a situation of a Catch 22" when deciding how to respond to McCain's death.

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolences, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said McCain was "a great leader and real hero" who helped normalize relations between the former enemies. As noted, on the one hand from the Governor the need to find similar-minded McCain the candidate who is willing to speak out against the President.

And this morning, the White House flag was raised back to full-staff only hours after being lowered to honor McCain's passing. As chairmen of the Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs and Armed Services, Isakson and McCain have worked closely together to improve care for veterans and ensure a seamless transition for service members from the U.S. Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Senator McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, which is his 82nd birthday, prior to lying in state at the United States Capitol in Washington DC on Friday where the public is invited to attend and pay their respects.

Sen. John McCain dies at 81
It was during that race that McCain became the first GOP nominee to select a woman to be a vice-presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Navy during the Vietnam War, being shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, where he remained in captivity for almost six years.

His friendship with McCain began with a phone call.

MacKay said he first met McCain in 2004 and through his time as a cabinet minister, MacKay had ongoing interactions with McCain.

"Later on when he became a US senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Vietnam-US relations so I was very fond of him".

MacKay recalls one time in recent years visiting McCain at his office in Arizona.

The McCain funeral will take place in Annapolis, but the exact date is not reported. He went on to win a seat in the House and in 1986, the Senate, where he served for the rest of his life.

"He had a joy about politics and a love for his country that was unmatched", said Sen.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, on Sunday lauded Sen.

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