Politicians From Both Sides Show Outpour Of Support For John McCain – Trump Fumes

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There are few members of Congress who have earned the respect, affection, and bipartisan admiration than war hero, former POW, and longtime Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Following his heartbreaking announcement about the decision to end treatment for his aggressive brain cancer, his family has been overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of support and love sent their way from both sides of the aisle.

Political leaders from House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and many others flooded social media following the announcement.

Twitter users shared some of their fondest memories of the uncompromising, principled, and heroic man who ran against President Obama in 2008 in the presidential elections. Few moments have stood out as an example of principled leadership than McCain’s response to an attendee who had internalized the fear that partisan hacks were spreading against the first black presidential nominee.

When the attendee said she feared Obama because he was an “Arab,” McCain responded:

‘No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.’

There is no moment that so exemplifies how vastly different politics have become than that town hall response.

His concession speech upon losing the election to Obama was poignant and respectful in tone, as well, and few concession speeches will be remembered quite so fondly.

‘This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight. I’ve always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too…Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country.’

From all of us at Bipartisan Report, and from citizens all across the country who vote both red and blue on Election Day, our hearts go out to Senator John McCain and his family.

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