Hawaii News Now: John McCain, 'maverick' senator, dead at 81

Senator John Mc Cain speaks during a news conference

His office said in a statement that he died Saturday at 4:28 p.m. local time at his ranch near Sedona, AZ.

Shaked lauded the veteran US Navy pilot for his refusal of an offer from the Vietcong to release him in 1968 when his father, John S. McCain Jr, was named commander of all USA forces in Vietnam.

But in his address to the US Studies Centre a year ago, Senator McCain did not shy away from conceding that Mr Trump was "unsettling" American allies, or that there is a debate underway in the United States about its role in the world, its resolution uncertain.

Pence, in a tweet on McCain's death, said: "Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

"He was a giant".

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, wrote on Twitter that "tonight we say goodbye to a true hero". He passed the following day in the presence of his family at their home in Corneville, Arizona.

McCain's daughter Meghan shared her feelings on Twitter, as well.

"I never met him personally, but from afar respected the man for what he stood for and who he was", Edwards said.

The son of a US admiral, McCain became a Navy aviator and flew bombing missions during the Vietnam War. In 2000, McCain lost a GOP presidential primary to now-former President George W. Bush.

He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment.

McCain made it known that he did not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral, U.S. media reported.

Sources quoted by U.S. media said Mr Trump would not be invited to the funeral and the current administration would probably be represented by Vice President Mike Pence.

That moment appeared to cement McCain's reputation as a politician with a fierce independent streak, although his overall voting record shows he was more partisan than his public image.

Senator John McCain, left, with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on March 19, 2008.

As McCain said numerous times, "I'm the luckiest man I know".

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In Washington, flags on Capitol Hill and the White House were lowered to half mast in his honor.

As the son of a naval officer, McCain and the family were constantly on the move.

McCain entered the Naval Academy in 1954, soon after graduating from a prep school in Alexandria, VA. Along with Kyl, The Arizona Republic has listed McCain's widow, Cindy, Ducey's chief of staff, Kirk Adams, and the former US ambassador to Finland, Barbara Barrett, as potential appointees to replace the late lawmaker.

USA partners in the region stressed McCain's long-time commitment in their responses Sunday. He was captured in 1967 at a lake in Hanoi after his Navy jet was downed during the Vietnam war.

McCain broke both arms and one leg after ejecting from the plane.

In a prepared speech that seemed directed at the president and his aides, McCain denounced the "spurious nationalism" of people who "would rather find scapegoats than solve problems". At the end of his life he faced a cruel and relentless disease.

Cindy was McCain's first wife. In 1986, he was elected to the Senate to succeed Barry Goldwater, the failed Republican presidential hopeful.

'We traveled together to Vietnam and we found common ground in the improbable place, ' Kerry said on Saturday following McCain's death.

As a young politician he was tempted by the lure of power and money, caught up in an influence-peddling scandal that almost cost him his career.

In 1989, McCain found himself in the middle of the Keating Five scandal, named after wealthy Phoenix businessman Charles Keating.

But what most scandalized the aging senator was the new president's persistent refusal to acknowledge and confront Russian meddling in the USA political process.

During a 1967 bombing run over Hanoi, McCain's plane was shot down, almost killing him. We never give up. "Neither in Vietnam, nor at the peak of his political career in Washington".

McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 to face Democrat Barack Obama.

Once again, he would show his resolve. He won that election as well, and he has been reelected to the Senate for five additional terms - most recently in 2016.

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