Sen. John McCain: A Life in Photos

A six-term senator from Arizona and a Vietnam War veteran, Sen. John McCain was known for a long life of public service. He died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the age of 81, having been diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at podium, and Sen. Russell D. Feingold, D-Wis., Ann McBride, president of Common Cause, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., and representatives of the League of Women Voters and Public Citizen at a news conference urging support of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill.
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A file photo of John McCain from his time serving in the Vietnam War. The original caption read: "North Vietnamese claimed to have shot down and captured U.S. Navy flier Lt. Commander John Sydney McCain, shown in file photo, son of Adm. John S. McCain, Jr., Commander of American Naval Forces in Europe. He was said to have been aboard a two-man F4 Phantom fighter shot down by a surface to air missile over Hanoi."
LCdr. John S. McCain, USN, is shown in this undated photo lying injured in North Vietnam wearing an arm cast. He was a held prisoner during the Vietnam War.
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At a pre-dinner reception, US President Richard Nixon (1913 - 1994) shakes hands greets former North Vietnamese prisoner of war (and future US Senator) Captain John McCain, Washington DC, May 24,1973.
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U.S. Rep. John McCain III, R-Ariz., holds a photo of a marker in Hanoi at Truc Bach Lake where he parachuted after being shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War on Feb. 18, 1985.
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John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters Monday, July 12, 1988 at Capital Hill on President Ronald Reagan's decision to pay families of those killed in the U.S. downing of an Iranian airline. "As long as Americans remain held hostage, there will be resentment to any payment, to any Iranian, under any circumstances," McCain said.
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Senator John McCain, center, (R-AZ) speaking with a soldier from the Panamanian Defense Forces Sunday, May 7, 1989, in Panama City after he voted. McCain is a member of the official observer delegation sent from Washington for the country's presidential election. The Opposition has continued to accuse the government of electoral fraud. With them is an unidentified U.S. Embassy official.
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Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), and Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach, in a meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1990 look at a picture showing McCain standing near a lake after his aircraft was shot down during the Vietnam War. Thach is the first Hanoi official of his rank to visit Washington since Vietnam’s independence. Thach also met with Gen. John Vessey Jr. to discuss POW-MIA matters.
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during the Republican National Convention Thursday, August 20, 1992, at the Houston Astrodome. McCain praised President George Bush as a visionary and a war hero.
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In this June 24, 1992 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds up an article from the Washington Times on Capitol Hill during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. In 1990s, McCain shouldered the wrenching issue, the long effort to account for American soldiers still missing from the war and to normalize relations with Vietnam.
U.S. Senator John McCain, center, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, embraces Mai Van On, the man who saved him in 1967 after his bomber was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War. On pulled McCain's broken body from Hanoi's Truc Bach lake despite a jeering crowd that would sooner have let the American aviator die. Others are not identified.
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gets a haircut in his hotel prior to the start of the opening sessions of the Republican National Convention in San Diego, CA on Aug. 12, 1996.
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Senator John McCain gives the thumbs to his supporters telling them how important it is to get out the vote in Old Town, San Diego, on the last campaign stop before Super Tuesday of the 2000 presidential election.
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Sen John McCain hugged delegates and signed autographs after he released all of his delagates to George W. Bush in an emotional speech to his followers during the 2000 presidential election.
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Presidential candidate George W. Bush campaigns with Senator John McCain at a rally during the 2000 United States presidential election.
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Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. George W. Bush, left, listens to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the Des Moines Register Republican presidential candidates debate in this Jan. 15, 2000, file photo at the Iowa Public Television studios in Johnston, Iowa.
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Senator John McCain greets an enthusiastic crowd in front of the Federal Building on Wall Street in New York City, on Friday March 3, 2000. Traveling with him is his wife Cindy McCain, left, and Congressman Peter King on Long Island, New York.
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at podium, and Sen. Russell D. Feingold, D-Wis., Ann McBride, president of Common Cause, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., and representatives of the League of Women Voters and Public Citizen at a news conference urging support of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill.
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Then-Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (L) (D-IL) and Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shake hands at the beginning of the first of three presidential debates before the 2008 election September 26, 2008, in the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, left, and vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, acknowledge the crowd at the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. MN on Sep. 4, 2008.
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U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (L) attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona. Palin traveled to Arizona to stump for McCain, who faced a primary challenge in his bid for a fifth term in the Senate.
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Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during a hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. McCain said in a statement Thursday that he's decided to support the Senate tax bill.
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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley (R) presents Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal during a special Twilight Tattoo performance Nov. 14, 2017, at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Sen. McCain was honored for over 63 years of dedicated service to the nation and the U.S. Navy.
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Sen. John McCain (R-UT) talks with reporters on his way to a meeting with Republican Senators, September 27, 2017, in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, Republican leaders proposed cutting tax rates for the middle class, wealthy and businesses. Key questions remain on how they plan to offset the trillions of dollars in lost tax revenue.
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In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters following the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain's office said Monday, April 16, 2018, he is in stable condition at a Phoenix hospital after intestinal surgery needed to stem an infection.
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