Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle commended and sent best wishes for John McCain after his family announced Friday the longtime Republican senator from Arizona would end medical treatment for brain cancer.
McCain has battled glioblastoma since last summer, mostly back home in Arizona.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said his “thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family.”
My thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family. https://t.co/cqHXdjJntj— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 24, 2018
Arizona’s junior Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring at the end of this term, sent a simple note on Twitter, saying “God Bless and keep this wonderful man and his family”
God bless and keep this wonderful man and his family @SenJohnMcCain— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 24, 2018
Rep. Martha McSally, who is running for the Republican nomination for Flake’s seat, commended McCain for his life of service.
John McCain's life has been one of service and sacrifice. His strength and resolve enabled him to endure 5.5 years as a prisoner of war, and to continue to serve his country for decades.— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) August 24, 2018
I have been praying for Senator McCain and his family during this difficult time, and continue to ask for God's grace and comfort for him and his family.— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) August 24, 2018
McSally was criticized by some for not speaking out when President Donald Trump did not recognize McCain when signing the 2019 defense authorization bill named for him. McSally said it was a controversy created by the media.
Sen. Orrin Hatch also sent his prayers for McCain.
“Our prayers are with John and the wonderful McCain family today,” he said.
Our prayers are with John and the wonderful McCain family today. https://t.co/ufEuUkKhT3— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 24, 2018
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, sent her well wishes to the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
“We are praying for you every day, John,” she tweeted. “We love you. Thank you for your courage, and for your extraordinary service and leadership.”
We are praying for you every day, John. We love you. Thank you for your courage, and for your extraordinary service and leadership. https://t.co/zMsMg5gYJM— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 24, 2018
Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee who is running for Senate in Utah to replace Hatch, praised McCain’s service to the country.
“His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by our friendship,” Romney said. Romney and McCain ran against each for the Republican nomination in 2008.
No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service, sacrifice, and country first than Senator John McCain. His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by our friendship.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 24, 2018
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said McCain “personifies service to our country.”
John McCain personifies service to our country. The whole House is keeping John and his family in our prayers during this time.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 24, 2018