“With the passing of Senator John McCain, our nation lost a hero and the world lost a champion for the dignity, freedom and rights of every person.
John’s principled drive to public service guided his life, first as a pilot in the Navy and then as an elected leader. He served with courage, strength, intellect, conviction, patriotism, and a deep understanding of the value of freedom.
John and I served together on the Armed Services Committee and in the Senate with a shared commitment to strengthen our military and give careful oversight to its use and determination to keep our nation safe.
John believed in the Senate. In recent months, he urged his colleagues to restore the Senate tradition of regular order, not only by using the Committee process for oversight and advancing legislation but also by tempering passion with civility, respect, and a willingness to compromise. This was a crucial message that John McCain left for his beloved Senate and our country.
Colleen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy McCain and the entire McCain family. Our nation shares in your loss and mourns with you.”