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Remembering McCain: ‘may this maverick rest in peace’

August 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 after more than a year of battling brain cancer.

Late Saturday night, two Connecticut senators have reacted to the news of McCain’s death, both referring to his time as a prison of war in Vietnam.

“Our country lost an American hero and true public servant tonight,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. “John McCain was the epitome of grit and grace, and his selfless service will continue to inspire this nation to choose courage over cowardice, and country over party. From his tremendous bravery as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, to his spirited and steadfast leadership in Congress, Senator McCain will forever be remembered for his numerous contributions to our nation. I was honored to travel and work closely with him as a member of the Armed Services Committee, and count him as a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones as they grieve this loss. Let us honor his memory, and may this maverick rest in peace.”

Sen. Christopher Murphy took to Twitter to share a story about McCain.

“A few years ago, the whole Senate gathered to hear John tell, in spellbinding detail, his POW story,” Murphy said. “I remember he described how he developed a system of tapping out letters on the cell walls to talk to nearby POWs, (because) they would be beaten if they spoke.”

“When it was time for questions, Diane Feinstein asked John if he could still recall, 40 years later, how the system worked,” Murphy added. “He didn’t say a word. He just started a rhythmic, staccato tapping on the podium. ‘I just tapped out ‘Yes, Diane, I still can,’ he whispered into the mic.”

McCain’s family announced on Friday that he had stopped treatments for his brain cancer.

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