Sen. John McCain’s (R., Ariz.) last Senate floor speech came on Nov. 7, 2017, when he called for a more comprehensive strategy to address the complexities of the Middle East.
McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, and his family announced in a statement Friday he would no longer seek medical treatment for the aggressive brain cancer he’s been fighting since last July.
McCain was the 2008 Republican nominee for president, losing to Barack Obama, and has served in the U.S. Senate representing Arizona since 1986. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, enduring torture and poor medical treatment that left him permanently unable to lift his arms over his head.
In office, he earned a reputation as being willing to occasionally buck the Republican Party, such as last summer when he cast the deciding vote against a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. He has been fiercely critical at times of President Donald Trump–who once remarked McCain wasn’t really a war hero because he was captured—and he has been a leading foreign policy voice throughout his career, consistently supporting the idea of engaged American leadership around the globe.
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