McCain died Saturday, one day after his family announced that he had decided to stop treatment for the brain tumor he had been fighting for more than a year.
His death triggered a plethora of memories, including reckless stories of even his political enemies. Many called him a patriot and a politician who will be remembered for his integrity.
Former Republican Senator Bob Dole, a veteran like McCain, who served as a majority leader in the Senate for more than a decade, shared his favorite memory of McCain with anchor Ana Cabrera on "CNN Newsroom."
"I wore John's POW bracelet for a number of years," said Dole. "And one day in the Senate, I decided to let John know, so we went into a corner and I reached out my arm and there was a John McCain POW bracelet on my wrist, it was a kind of emotional thing for John."
McCain was a prisoner of war for more than five years after his plane was shot down in North Vietnam. The injuries he suffered in the war made him permanently unable to raise his arms over his shoulders.
"He was my friend," said Dole. "And, you know, what do you say about a man like John McCain?"
Funny in the Strangest Way
McCain's longtime friend, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, recalled McCain's humor in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash.
"You know, he's funny in the strangest way," Graham said. "You know, I'm not a big reader, it's him, but I might as well be reading the whole book."
When the South Carolina senator was asked if McCain was actually reading the books aloud, he replied, "Yes, I read it aloud … you know," What do you think of that? "I said," Well, I think if I had this book I would have bought it. "But John has a very sarcastic sense of humor that has taken him through some pretty dark times, but he's a funny guy."
"You know, he can be tough," Graham added. "He is a politician like the rest of us, but the one thing I always believed in John when I really needed him would be there, and when he joins the fight he will end up in the bitter end alternate pages
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McCain's Republican Senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, shared advice that McCain gave him after Flake had been elected to the House and in State was criticized for his views on reducing expenses and ear tags.
Flake recalled that the two traveled back to Arizona together when McCain approached Flake with "a stern look on his face."
"Me was like, "What did I do? What did I do? "" Flake said. "And he put his finger in my chest and said," Do not stay back. & # 39; He said, "Do not lie back, you're right, they'll come over. They come over. Stay tuned. "And that was … really nice of him to do. And I stayed with it. And they came around. "
" This joy for his work "
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said McCain's love for his country was" unequaled. "
" Although he never did Klobuchar said, "He went to every place," he declared No one else would go to ̵
" Doing vodka shots "
Hillary Clinton recalled the shared voyages of McCain and McCain – even as the two drank vodka shots together.
" Well, our most famous experience with vodka shots was in Tallinn, Estonia, and of course we were there because John understood that Estonia was at the front with Russia and we all hope that Russia would be a good country " Concern, "Clinton said to Bash. "So we spent an unforgettable night in a hotel right on the old place in Tallinn and made vodka shots."
Asked whose idea this was, Clinton said it was "a mutually agreed undertaking."
"We always said that what happens in Tallinn remains in Tallinn," she said. Devil's Horn "Revenge"
Media also shared their memories of their interactions with the Senator of Arizona.
CNN's Manu Raju tweeted about a case in which McCain's humor shone; while Raju was on television, McCain came after him and gave him horns with his fingers, later calling it "revenge" in a Twitter post.
"McCain loved that moment when he gave me the devil horns on live TV – he especially loved his tweet about this episode, which he said was perhaps his most retweeted tweet," Raju wrote on Twitter.
"A Gap in Public Places"
CNN's Jake Tapper, who had been occupying McCain for many years, also reflected the life of Senator and Vietnam War veterans in CNN's "State of the Union" ,
"Contrary to other politicians who never admit mistakes or even imperfections, McCain was very aware of it and was usually the first to raise them, and yet, with the senator, the reality of his past always stood defiantly. What he did as a prisoner of war, "said Tapper, a reference to McCain's refusal to be released by his North Vietnamese kidnappers, unless the soldiers captured before him were also released.
"[A] nd We're saying goodbye to Senator McCain this week, many of us feel we've lost something other than just a man," said Tapper. "That may not just be because he's been trying to encourage all of us to do something bigger than ourselves, maybe because he never stopped being a better man, he never stopped becoming a man he wanted to be. " We're all scared of something … "McCain wrote in his book" Why Courage Matters. "" Do not let the feeling of fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the chance for courage, not proof of cowardice. Nobody is born a coward. We should love. And we were meant to have the courage to be brave, the rest is easy. "
" Right now we are in a time of lying and fornication, of tribal thinking and wickedness, and in that time we lost someone who tried – tried – to embody the opposite of these vicious impulses, "said Tapper. His loss leaves a gap in the public square.
Danella Diaz and Kate Sullivan of CNN contributed to this report.