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Senator John McCain Dead at 81: Twitter Reactions

Senator John McCain spent over six decades serving the United States of America.  From the Navy to the House of Representatives to nearly 30 years representing the State of Arizona in the Senate, it goes without saying many took to Twitter to pay tribute to Senator McCain when news broke of his passing from brain cancer at the age of 81.

Below is a collection of just some of the tributes to Senator McCain.

Cindy McCain on Twitter

My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.

Meghan McCain on Twitter

I love you forever - my beloved father @SenJohnMcCain

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

Barack Obama on Twitter

Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain:

Deadline White House on Twitter

Statement by President George W. Bush on Senator John McCain

Bill Clinton on Twitter

John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day. https://t.co/946T7PnG53

Joe Biden on Twitter

John McCain was many things - a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent. But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend. He will be missed dearly.

Sarah Palin on Twitter

Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life - and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.

Hillary Clinton on Twitter

@SenJohnMcCain lived a life of service to his country, from his heroism in the Navy to 35 years in Congress. He was a tough politician, a trusted colleague, and there will simply never be another like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and his entire family.


Lindsey Graham on Twitter

America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions. ....And I've lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.

Senator Gary Peters on Twitter

John McCain was an American hero, a dedicated public servant and a true statesman. John's love for America and our ideals were present in everything he did. His passing is an incredible loss for the U.S. Senate & the entire nation. My thoughts are with Cindy & the McCain family.

Senator Joe Manchin on Twitter

Senator John McCain lived his life with the upmost integrity and he held the rest of us to that same standard. His commitment to our nation is unparalleled and we are all better for the example he set.

John Lewis on Twitter

Senator John McCain was a warrior for peace. He will be deeply missed by people all around the world.

Senator Rand Paul on Twitter

Kelley and I send our prayers and condolences to the family of Senator John McCain, a man of great courage and conviction. May He Rest In Peace.

Paul Ryan on Twitter

John McCain was a giant of our time-not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life. He will always be listed among freedom's most gallant and faithful servants.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Twitter

John McCain's story is America's story. He served our nation with courage, compassion and civility. He will be missed dearly and our thoughts are with the entire McCain family.

Debbie Stabenow on Twitter

Senator John McCain was a true American hero in so many ways. His selflessness & service to his country will inspire future leaders for generations to come. I'm forever grateful to have served alongside John. Sending love and prayers to his family on this very sad day.

Chuck Schumer on Twitter

The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain. Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him.

Doug Ducey on Twitter

I have ordered all flags be lowered to half-staff in honor and remembrance of the incredible life of @SenJohnMcCain. May God rest his soul and look over his entire family. Our state and our nation mourn together. #JohnMcCain #CountryFirst https://t.co/Bj9pgsLIon

Rep. Eric Swalwell on Twitter

We remember Sen. #McCain as a selfless patriot who put family and country first. He honored his family's military service with not only words, but deeds, serving bravely in Vietnam. Sen. McCain's collaboration in Congress should be a model for all. We've lost a national treasure.

Kamala Harris on Twitter

My colleague John McCain will be remembered as a devoted father and husband, war hero and a conscience of the Senate. Sending my condolences and prayers to his friends and family, and to the American people who have lost a true patriot.

Leader McConnell on Twitter

Today, the nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot. My full statement on the passing of @SenJohnMcCain

Cory Booker on Twitter

John McCain so warmly welcomed me to the Senate in '13. Our later private meeting in his office remains 1 of my most inspiring moments as a Senator. Death may end a life but it can never end a love. John Loved America: his impact will forever endure. RIP https://t.co/c340f06GzB

Nancy Pelosi on Twitter

@SenJohnMcCain was a leader & public servant of deep patriotism, outstanding bravery & undaunted spirit. Throughout his career, we all saw his integrity, humility, courage & grace. May it be a comfort to his family to know that so many around the world mourn with them.

Senator Bob Casey on Twitter

Tonight, our grateful nation mourns the loss of Senator John McCain, a patriot who spent a lifetime honorably serving the country he loved. I'm praying for him and his family at this time

Senator Patty Murray on Twitter

We lost a giant tonight. Perhaps no figure in my lifetime better represents someone so dedicated to his country than John McCain, who redefined what it meant to serve & who will always be a role model for respect, courage, & the duty to something greater than oneself.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Twitter

He was a man of honor who put country and duty first. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, the people of Arizona and his colleagues in the Senate. 3/3

Rep. Mia Love on Twitter

As an American, I am very grateful for the life, service & sacrifice of Senator John McCain. 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 #utpol

Adam Schiff on Twitter

John McCain was a true American hero. With a spine of steel, refreshing candor and rapier-like wit, he was a lion of the Senate. Our nation and Congress will miss his wisdom, dedication to duty, and willingness to speak truth to power. Thank you for your service to our country.

Brenda Lawrence on Twitter

A man of extraordinary bravery, courage and relentless strength; Sen. John McCain embodied patriotism in the purest sense. Today, Congress and our nation has suffered a great loss; but his example and strong legacy will always been remembered and revered. https://t.co/CKMSlnBMmj

Nikki Haley on Twitter

Tonight we say goodbye to a true hero. A man who never sought accolades. A patriot who fought everyday for American freedom and dignity. A warrior of strength, a patriot of heart, and a man of conviction. There will never be another John McCain. May he rest in peace.

Jeb Bush on Twitter

John McCain's courageous and selfless lifetime of service is a profile in American exceptionalism. Prayers this evening for the Senator, Cindy and the entire McCain family.

Barbara Boxer on Twitter

RIP my 24-year colleague, John McCain, who was a force in our nation until the minute he left us. I will always treasure the times we worked together and even the times where we disagreed and duked it out.

Al Franken on Twitter

John McCain was a man of amazing courage, and a man who knew the meaning of honor and lived it. A true patriot. https://t.co/r7zQqMWtLD

Wes Clark on Twitter

Rest In Peace John McCain. He was a good and courageous man with strong values. He represented so much that is great about America.

Justin Trudeau on Twitter

Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.

Brit Hume on Twitter

Many journalists remember Sen. McCain from his "straight-talk-express" campaign for POTUS in 2000. I prefer to recall his "no surrender" tour that led to his nomination eight years later. He ran on the Iraq surge and he was right. Took guts. He had guts.

Bret Baier on Twitter

I had the honor of covering Senator McCain in 2000 - & in his 2008 Presidential run and ever since on Capitol Hill. He was an American hero - a maverick - and someone who could move the ball on both sides of the aisle. There should be more John McCains -there aren't yet.

Jim Acosta on Twitter

When I traveled to Vietnam last year, I was determined to visit the Hanoi Hilton where John McCain had been held prisoner for 5 1/2 years. He once wrote an account of his experience in captivity. Here is that amazing story of courage. https://t.co/TRu57vK253

Pete Souza on Twitter

John McCain greets President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 19, 2009 before a bi-partisan dinner on the eve of the inauguration. Respect runs both ways.

POLITICO on Twitter

John McCain's life was like something out of a Hollywood movie script - he was a naval officer and a jet pilot, a war hero and politician. He died today at 81 https://t.co/pdln1hAMyQ