Face of the day

John McCain’s office announced his death on Sunday.

[…] “Senator McCain was a man of principle who dedicated his life to the service of his country. He was an inspirational leader and war hero; a man of integrity and bravery,” Peters said.

“It was an honour to meet with Senator McCain on several occasions over recent years. He was a strong supporter of New Zealand’s close partnership with the United States.

“The tributes to his record of service have rarely been more deserved. His leadership qualities will be missed by the people of the United States.”

Former prime minister Helen Clark tweeted calling McCain an American hero.

He had lived a life of public service, from the military to politics, and was “so often a voice of moderation and reason in a polarised country”, she said.

[…] McCain served in the US Navy?and spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

He then entered politics, and was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. In 1987, he entered the Senate, and won re-election five times.

In 2008, he ran against Barack Obama for the presidency but lost by a large margin.

He was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017 and his family had recently announced he had stopped receiving treatment.