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John McCain chose the United States Naval Academy Cemetery as a place to rest. He will be lying next to his former classmate and lifelong best friend.
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John McCain spent 30 years of his life in the Senate.

And during that time, the Arizona Republican wrote several books and made hundreds of speeches. McCain, who died on Saturday, was a two-time presidential candidate and lost the GOP nomination in 2000 to the then Texas Governor George W. Bush and the general election in 2008 to the then Senator. Barack Obama

McCain, 81, often referred to as an outsider, was a complicated personality and will be remembered as the most important political figure to emerge from Arizona over the last 50 years.

Immerse yourself through his words over the years

1. Finding His Love for His Country While Being Caught

In His Memoirs Faith of My Fathers :

"In prison I fell in love with my country, I had loved it then, but Like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges that most Americans enjoyed and took for granted, and it was not until I lost America for a while that I realized how much I loved them. 19659008] 2. "We Are Americans First"

During his speech in the 2004 Republican National Convention:

"We are Americans first, Americans last, Americans always. Let us argue our differences. But remember, we are not enemies, but comrades in a war against a real enemy and courage from the knowledge that our military superiority is achieved only by the superiority of our ideals and our insuperable love for them.

Defending Obama

When a woman at a town hall meeting said she did not dare back then – Sen. Barack Obama because "he's an Arab", McCain countered:

"No, Ma & # 39; ;at the. No, Ma'am. He is a decent family man, citizen, about whom I have disagreements on fundamental issues, and that's what This campaign is all about. He is not. Thank you.

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From his 2008 concession speech:

"I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president. And I call upon all Americans, as I have often done in this campaign, not to despair of our present difficulties, but always to believe, in the promise and grandeur of America, because nothing is unavoidable here.

Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee John McCain, R-Ariz., Is conducting a confirmation hearing for US Army Secretary in the Senks Office of the Dirksen House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on November 2 2017 in Washington, DC (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

5. The death of Osama bin Laden

In a 2011 post for the Washington Post after the al-Qaeda terrorist in one covert operation was ordered that was ordered by President Obama:

"I do not grieve over the loss of I grieve what we lose when we confuse or encourage by official politics or official neglect those who lead this war to this To forget the best feeling for ourselves, through the violence, the chaos and grief of war, through deprivation and cruelty and loss, we are always American and different, stronger and better than those that would destroy us.

7. Defense of the Release of the CIA Torture Report

In 2015, he spoke about the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation methods:

"I believe the American people have a right – yes, one Responsibility – knowing what was done in her name; how these practices served our interests or not; and how they fit in with our key values ​​… The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies to hurt us. But the American people are still entitled to it.

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7. And Responding to Donald Trump's Attitude to Torture

In November 2016:

"I do not care what the president of the United States want to do or what anyone else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not torture … We will not torture people … It does not work, my friends. It does not work.

8. His Defense of the Khan Family

After the then candidate Trump behaved with the Gold Star family speaking at the Democratic National Convention:

"It is time for Donald Trump to serve as a role model our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our party has given him the nomination, she is not accompanied by an unrestricted license to slander those who are the best among us … I would like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: Thank you for emigrating to America. We are a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; Your son was the best in America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation – and he will never be forgotten.

9. His call for return to normal order

Hours after rejecting Obamacare Repeal and replacement of legislation:

"I hope we can rely on humility again, on our need to cooperate our dependence on one another to learn to trust each other again and to better serve the people who have chosen us. Stop listening to the bombastic big mouths on radio and television and on the internet. To hell with them. They do not want anything done for the public good. Our inability is their livelihood.

10. His Attack on "False Nationalism"

An apparent blow to President Trump's "America First" policy:

"To fear the world, we have organized and led for three quarters of a century To renounce the ideals that we have developed around the globe, the commitments of international leadership and our duty to remain "the last best hope of the earth" for a half-baked, false nationalism brewed by people who prefer to find scapegoats solving problems is just as unpatriotic as an appendage to another tired dogma of the past that the Americans left to the ashes of history.

Post: Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic

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