7 Reactions to the Death of Senator John McCain

John McCain listens as he is introduced at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, October 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., passed away Saturday at age 81.

McCain had served in Congress since first winning election to the House in 1982, and then the Senate in 1986. He ran for president in 2000, then again in 2008, when he secured the Republican nomination, chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, and was bested by then-Senator Barack Obama in the general election.

McCain had the reputation of a bipartisan negotiator on domestic policy, having co-authored the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law, and a supporter of a strong and active military in foreign policy.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, he was a pilot during the Vietnam War, was shot down, and spent five years in a prison camp.

McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, and seven children. He will lie in state at the Arizona capital on Wednesday, the day he would have turned 82.

Here are reactions from various family members, and religious and political leaders.

Cindy McCain

“My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.”

Meghan McCain

“My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daugher can. but in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the Republic and to his little girls, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things: ‘The dream is ended: this is the morning.'”

Russell Moore

“John McCain was a hero. He was tortured for his country, and stood up to his captors with courage. Ever since, he’s stood up for the ideals of democracy and freedom at home and around the world.

“His death is an incalculable loss for our nation.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Napp Nazworth