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Isakson Statement on Senator John McCain

August 26, 2018--4:30 p.m.

NEWS RELEASE

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson is remembering Arizona Senator John McCain.

McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 following a battle with cancer.
Isakson said of McCain.

"John McCain has left an example for all of us of what it takes to be an American patriot. His willingness to reach out to all to do what is right inspires us to work to find common ground. His life and work have left their indelible mark on history, and we all owe John a lot. May God bless John and his family.”

Isakson and McCain have served together in the U.S. Senate since 2005.

As chairmen of the Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services, Isakson and McCain have worked closely together to improve care for veterans and ensure a seamless transition for service members from the U.S. Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Isakson also endorsed McCain in the primary of his 2008 presidential election bid and campaigned with him in Georgia.

McCain began chemotherapy treatment in July 2017 and has been absent from Washington since December.

He spent the remaining time at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona.

McCain, known as a moderate conservative, was a retired Navy captain and POW during the Vietnam War.

He was the Republican nominee for President in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.

McCain will lie in state in both the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and the Arizona Capitol before his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.