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Longtime Arizona senator, one time Republican Presidential nominee and war hero John McCain passed away Saturday at the age of 81. 

McCain had been battling brain cancer and just last week announced he would no longer undergo treatment to try and fight the disease. 

The country has collectively mourned the loss of McCain, who earned the title of Maverick in the Senate for his willingness to buck his own party and cross the political isle in the interest of getting legislation passed.  

Senator Rounds statement on the passing of McCain:

“John McCain was a true American hero who spent his life serving our country,” said Rounds. “Our men and women in uniform had no better ally than John McCain, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served alongside him on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership we can all admire. Jean and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family during this difficult time.”

Senator Thune statement on the passing of McCain:

“Sen. McCain leaves behind a legacy as big as his personality,” said Thune. “As a son, midshipman, Navy captain, war hero, congressman, father, senator, and maverick, he’s filled his many roles with integrity and has always been driven by dedication to his country. John served the nation he loved until the very end, and he will be missed. Kimberley and I are praying for Cindy and the McCain family as they cope with the loss of their beloved husband and father.”

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