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Sen. John McCain through the years

Photos of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who died of brain cancer on Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) leaves a closed-door session where Republican senators met on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. President Donald Trump says McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized over the side effects from his brain cancer treatment. The 81-year-old McCain has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.

Sen. John McCain receives the Liberty Medal from Chair of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees, former Vice President Joe Biden in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide.

Sen. John McCain speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2017. McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.


Sen. John McCain speaks on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McCain has unveiled his own strategy for Afghanistan after what he calls White House inaction.

Sen. John McCain waits to be introduced at his victory party prior to announcing his victory over Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix.

Sen. John McCain joins Sens. Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress .

On the seventh anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain arrive to pay their respects at the site of the former twin towers in New York September 11, 2008.

Democrat Barck Obama and Republican John McCain greet each other prior to their second presidential debate at Belmont University's Curb Event Center on Oct. 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain speaks at a campaign rally at Stabler Arena Wednesday October 8, 2008.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain have a moment of silence at the reflecting pool at the the 9/11 7th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony in New York, on Sept. 11, 2008.

Sen. John McCain accepts the nomination by the GOP for President of the United States during the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Sept. 4, 2008

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain speaks on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Sen. John McCain addresses his supporters at the Crown Plaza hotel in Nashua, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin speak on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.

Putting aside their squabble, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama testify on lobbying reform on Capitol Hill Feb. 8, 2006.

Presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain addresses the press at the Upper Brooksville home of real estate magnate, Mark Broxmeyer, left. David Knott, back, a member of McCain's finance committee, looks on.

Sen. John McCain accepts the nomination by the GOP for President of the United States during the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Sept. 4, 2008

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Midshipman Tyler Stutin, president of class 2007, presented the class gift -- an iPod -- to Sen. John McCain. McCain, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, was the commencement speaker.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) listen as senators speak about a compromise deal for an immigration bill at the U.S. Capitol on April, 6, 2006. The bipartisan group of senators announced a "breakthrough" on legislation, clearing the way for a compromise bill that would create a temporary worker program and offer legal status to many of the nation's 12 million immigrations.

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama shake hands after testifying on lobbying reform on Capitol Hill Feb. 8, 2006.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) speaks as U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) listens at a “Freedom Forum” town hall meeting, at the University of Central Florida, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006. Martinez hosted the forum on the 44th anniversary of his 1962 flight from communist Cuba. 

Sen. John McCain of Arizona speaks at the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 30, 2004 at Madison Square Garden.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona at the Republican National Convention Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004 at Madison Square Garden.

President George Bush, and Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) acknowledge the applause at the Pensacola Civic Center for a Bush rally, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, in Pensacola, Fla.

Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden, NYC. Sen. John McCain addresses the convention Monday, Aug. 30, 2004.

Sen. John McCain  and wife Cindy McCain appear at a luncheon in New York city honoring former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Aug. 30, 2004. 

A bandaged Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), takes part in a Washington news conference to discuss campaign finance reform, Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. McCain had a cancerous lesion removed from the left side of his nose which was diagnosed as the earliest form of melanoma and was removed.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on the site of the 911 terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2008 in lower Manhattan to mark the seventh anniversary of the attacks.

Sen. John McCain reaches out to supporters at a campaign rally in Portland, Maine on Saturday, March 4, 2000. He will go on from Maine back to the state of New York.

In this Aug. 10, 2000 file photo, a bandaged Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), is seen during a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush in Salinas, Calif. 

Sen. John McCain and Sen.  Barack Obama at the 63rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner.

Sen.  John McCain at the 63rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner.

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), holds up an article from the Washington Times on Capitol Hill, June 24, 1992, during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

In this June 24, 1992 file photo, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, chairman of the Senate POW/MIA Committee, left, gestures while talking to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, a former POW, prior to a hearing of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. After two unsuccessful presidential bids, the 78-year-old former Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war has rebounded as the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.

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. McCain, who was a POW for five and one half years in Hanoi, is in Bangkok, Thailand, on Feb. 18, 1985 en route to Hanoi to visit this site.

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), Friday, Jan. 11, 1985 in his Capitol Hill office with a photo of a monument that the Vietnamese have erected in Hanoi in regard to his capture there during the Vietnam War. McCain returned to Vietnam to take part in a special telecast for the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

Lt. Comdr. John McCain, a POW for over five years, waves to well wishers March 18, 1973, after arriving at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida. At left is his wife, and son Doug, who is on crutches after breaking his leg in a soccer game.

John McCain is escorted by Lt. Cmdr. Jay Coupe Jr., public relations officer, March 14, 1973, to Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport after the POW was released.

March 14, 1973; Clark Air Base, Philippines: Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain limps down ramp after the POW flight from Hanoi landed at Clark Air Base. 

John Mccain in a Hanoi hospital during his imprisonment as a POW in the Vietnam War, November, 1967.

A mug shot of Navy pilot POW John Mccain taken by the North Vietnamese sometime between 1967-73

U.S Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. John McCain, whose F-4 Phantom jet was downed by a surface-to-air missile over Hanoi on Oct. 26, 1967.

McCain Field, the U.S. Navy training base, was commissioned and named in honor of Adm. John S. McCain July 14, 1961. Standing before his plaque from left, grandson, Lt. John S. McCain III and his parents, Rear Adm. John S. McCain Jr. and Roberta Wright McCain.