John McCain announces he’s ending medical treatment; friends, family and colleagues react

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John McCain’s family released a statement announcing that the Arizona Senator will be ending his medical treatment after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

ARLINGTON, VA – NOVEMBER 14: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) salutes to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley (R) after he was presented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal during a special Twilight Tattoo performance November 14, 2017 at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. McCain was honored for over 63 years of dedicated service to the nation and the U.S. Navy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious,” a statement from McCain’s family read. “In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”

Fox News reported:

McCain, 81, has served in the U.S. Senate for more than two decades and ran for president twice. He lost the GOP nomination to George W. Bush in 2000 and was the Republican nominee in 2008 before losing to Barack Obama in the general election.

McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. Injuries from being tortured left him unable to lift his arms above his head.

 

McCain has been an outspoken critic of President Trump. He surprised millions and angered many conservatives when he refused to vote for the repeal of Obamacare. But, in a refreshing reprieve of polarization, most were able to put politics aside as they sent prayers and best wishes for peaceful transition:

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