‘A warrior in every sense of the word’: Politicians react to news McCain discontinuing treatment

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Aug. 25: Sen. John McCain died after a battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 81. McCain was a former prisoner of war who ran for U.S. president twice.

Friday’s news that Sen. John McCain was ending medical treatment for an aggressive brain cancer shook Capitol Hill, a place where McCain’s legacy looms large, and the larger political world, where the senior senator from Arizona is seen as an integral voice on everything from America’s defense posture to the future of immigration.

In recent months, even far away from Washington, McCain would weigh in on President Donald Trump’s foreign policy abroad and the future of the Senate.

Republicans and Democrats alike tweeted support for McCain and his family Friday, a reflection of just how far McCain’s influence reached and how his politics and style transcended party lines:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer House Speaker Paul Ryan Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sarah Palin Mitt Romney Former Secretary of State John Kerry Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Rep. Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia Sen. Susan Collins from Maine Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland Former Sen. Bob Dole