Latter-day Saint Life

"He Is a Hero": Latter-day Saint Politicians Share Tributes to Sen. John McCain After His Death


Senator John McCain, a Vietnam war hero and senator from Arizona, passed away on Saturday from a brain tumor.

While serving as a naval bomber pilot in the Vietnam war, Sen. McCain's plane was shot down. Though he survived, he broke both arms and shattered a leg and was eventually captured as a prisoner of war, where he spent five years enduring torture at the hands of his captures. 

Though the torture affected him for life, it was while he was a prisoner of war that Sen. McCain fell in love with his country like never before.

"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's," McCain said in his 2008 Republican National Convention speech. "I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again; I wasn't my own man anymore; I was my country's."

After his eventual release, John McCain began his 40 years in politics, serving the country he had come to love so much. 

And after his recent passing, many in politics have shared tributes to his political and military service and sacrifice. 

Here are just a few of these tributes from Latter-day Saint politicians.

Mitt Romney:

When Sen. McCain stopped treatment on Friday, Mitt Romney tweeted this message:

And after Sen. McCain's death, Romney also wrote:

"No person this century better exemplifies the great qualities of patriotism than John McCain. Ones like him don’t come along very often. Ann and I will miss him a great deal. He is a hero. He is a friend."

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch:

Sen. Orrin Hatch tweeted this message on Friday:

Our prayers are with John and the wonderful McCain family today. — Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 24, 2018

Sen. Hatch also sent out this statement following Sen. McCain's death:

"Today, I join millions in mourning the passing of Senator John McCain," Sen. Orrin Hatch said in a statement. "Over a lifetime of selfless service, John came to embody the very pinnacle of American virtue. Courage, commitment, integrity and sacrifice: these are the precepts he lived by and by which he will always be remembered. No one is more worthy of the word ‘hero’ than John McCain. The Senate—indeed, the nation—will miss the steady, guiding presence of a principled statesman."

Utah Sen. Mike Lee:

"My heart aches for Cindy, Meghan, and the rest of the McCain family. With John’s passing, they’ve lost a loving husband, father, and family member, and the country has lost a true American hero. It was an honor serving with him in the US Senate, and my wife Sharon and I will continue to pray for his family as they celebrate and reflect on a life well lived."

My statement on the passing of my colleague, @SenJohnMcCain, an American patriot — Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) August 26, 2018

Utah Rep. Mia Love:

"As an American, I am very grateful for the life, service & sacrifice of Senator John McCain," Love said in a statement. "His brave fight as a prisoner of war, a principled Senator and during his illness speak to his outstanding character. My thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends tonight."

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart:

"A patriot, war hero, true American and incredible Senator. John McCain lived a life full of courage with continued dedication to his country. My prayers are with the McCain family at this time," Stewart shared in a statement.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

I am so grateful for Sen. John McCain’s undaunting leadership and service to our country. Jeanette and I send our heartfelt condolences to his family. — Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) August 26, 2018

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake:

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at John McCain’s passing. The world has lost a hero and a statesman. Cindy and the McCain family have lost a loving husband and father. I have lost a wonderful friend. — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 26, 2018

Senator Harry Reid:

John and I both ended our final call a few weeks ago by telling each other, ‘I love you,’ and that was how we felt about one another. There will never be another John McCain. Landra and I join the country in mourning his passing and offer our condolences to Cindy and his family. — Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) August 26, 2018
John McCain was a war hero, a strong, independent fighter and my friend. Our country lost an iconic leader today, and I will miss him terribly. — Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) August 26, 2018

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