Despite cancer, McCain's maverick ways press on in tweets

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  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 18, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    Livin inalpine,
    Yes, probably all true, but McCain has always been a Democrat

  • LivinInAlpine Alpine, UT
    June 18, 2018 12:47 p.m.

    Bafafone said:

    "He will be remembered as the Democrat who was in mascarade as a Republican"

    "Trump registered as a Republican in Manhattan in 1987 and since that time has changed his party affiliation five times. In 1999, Trump changed his party affiliation to the Independence Party of New York. In August 2001, Trump changed his party affiliation to Democratic. In September 2009, Trump changed his party affiliation back to the Republican Party. In December 2011, Trump changed to "no party affiliation" (independent). In April 2012, Trump again returned to the Republican Party." (Politifact)

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    June 18, 2018 9:24 a.m.

    "But alas rational American voters and ever more Americans who support President Trump"

    But Thid.... most rational people read this article and realized it was about McCain. Not Trump. Not Obama. Not about the so called and now Hannity obsession "Deep State". Not about Hollywood, or the liberal media.

    It's about McCain. And that is the issue that worries many here. Somehow some now see the entire world as a referendum on Trump, either promoting and defending him, or an attack on those who don't agree with him.

    Most rational people don't see the world as this black and white world of either pro-Trump or anti-Trump. We can agree and disagree on many policies..... and it has nothing to do with Trump. He isn't the center of our world.

    McCain is an interesting issue for me. I've never been a supporter of his - with regards to politics and some of his personal life. I liked Romney over him previously. But that said, McCain has put actions behind his words. He actually served his nation. He stood behind what he believed. And I do respect him....

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 18, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    I have to give anyone with a military history their due, job well done. The rest of McCain's record, not so much. He will be remembered as the Democrat who was in mascarade as a Republican. If he wanted to be honest with the citizens of this country, he should have declared as a Democrat.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    June 17, 2018 10:48 p.m.

    I agree with the positive comments about Senator McCain. I'm honored to use his title when referring to him. He has served with integrity to his values and has always tried to do the right thing. Mr. Trump, whose title I find myself too nauseated by him to use for him, can't hold a candle to him. While I haven't always agreed with Senator McCain, I have always respected and admired him. He is a hero of mine because of his true patriotism, devotion, and dedication to the United States of America. God bless you, Senator McCain.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    June 17, 2018 10:21 p.m.

    John McCain was rightly nominated by the Republican Party because he is a hero and a patriot.

    Donald Trump who suggested McCain was a coward is embarrassing himself.

    Mr. Trump, you think you are making America great, sorry but that was John McCain and soldiers like him. Mr. Trump, you are no John McCain.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    June 17, 2018 6:38 p.m.

    I have never cared for McCain, but as he has aged, I find I care for him even less. Mitt Romney bowed out of his first run for president, and supported McCain, even raising money for him. Yet when Romney ran again, McCain said he supported Romney, but did absolutely nothing to show that "support". Furthermore, McCain fights with his own party, preventing them from getting anything done, unless it is done his way. He has no diplomacy, no tact, no ability to sway people to his positions, only a dogged determination to have his own way. In short, he is more like Trump than anyone else in Congress, just not aligned with Trump's agendas. In short, he is part of the problem in Washington.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 17, 2018 6:28 p.m.

    McCain is the last of a rare breed of true public servants. Arizona citizens are lucky to have had his service and leadership.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    June 17, 2018 5:46 p.m.

    Not only do liberals (fake news, Hollywood, FBI leadership and every Democrat) dispute the indisputable that the world and America are far better off since Donald Trump took office, they attempt to diminish and re-define all of his marvelous accomplishments.

    It’s not what he has done, it’s WHO did it! If Obama had accomplished anything half as good as President Trump, liberals would have his likeness carved on Mt. Rushmore! But Donald Trump, the deplorable one? Donald Trump the Washington DC outsider, the buffoon, the imposter, the one unlike us? Impossible, unacceptable, intolerable: We will impeach him!

    But alas rational American voters and ever more Americans who support President Trump will very likely elect him again and give even more seats in Congress to the majority party!

  • "Hakuna Matata" Vernal, UT
    June 17, 2018 4:39 p.m.

    I'm happy for him getting top-notch medical care. The best of luck to him.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    June 17, 2018 4:07 p.m.

    iceman96 and fellow enablers-

    “McCain hates Trump more than he loves America”.

    Years of service:

    United States Naval Academy (BS)

    Silver Star Medal
    Bronze Star Medal (3) with Combat "V"
    Purple Heart Medal
    Legion of Merit (2) with Combat "V"
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2) with Combat "V"

    How absolutely nauseating! Feel free to list your rÉsumÉ of military service. Country before party comrade!

  • Forizzle Ashton, ID
    June 17, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    Just so everyone knows, McCaindoes not speak for the vast majority of the veterans. I myself am Marine, and I don't recall all the times that other vets said the same thing Trump said. But I guess there is an appeal to authority in this case.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 17, 2018 10:38 a.m.

    For those who attack the GOP for being intolerant, take note. McCain is a "maverick" in the GOP while Joe Liberman was run out of the Democrat party on a rail for not walking lockstep there.

    Agree or disagree with McCain, one does havr to ask whether he is giving his constituents the representation they deserve and whether he can simultaneously give himself the care and attention he deserves.

    Where some see devoted service to the end, others might credibly see a refusal to give up power and prestige even when their health dictates they should have gracefully stepped aside. Thankfully, Utah has a convention system that allowed us to help Sen Bemnet keep his promise not to serve another term. Had be been re-elected, he would have still been in office as he became ill, was disabled, and passed. So much better for him, his family, and the State of Utah for him not to be in office at that time.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 17, 2018 9:02 a.m.

    I wish him all the best. While I often disagree with him, he has always maintained his positions with dignity, intelligence and respect, and avoided the vitriol and anger that now plagues his party.

  • slcman SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 17, 2018 8:35 a.m.

    People who say things like "McCain hates Trump more than he loves America" represent a huge portion of what is wrong with our country these days. It is not enough for them to disagree with another on a political issue, they must also question the motives an impune the patriotism of those who differ from them. This is usually done from afar, with no firsthand knowledge of the person they are maligning.

  • military mom Herriman, UT
    June 17, 2018 8:23 a.m.


    Respectfully, I think you have the names reversed in your comment. Trump, the draft dodger, cannot abide the presence of anyone who makes him look bad. The fact that McCain is a war hero and refused an early release from the Hanoi Hilton without his fellow inmates also being freed must continually grate on Trump. His disdain for McCain was evidenced, of course, in his odious comment about how McCain was a hero only because he was captured. Khizr Khan, a Muslim immigrant whose American soldier son was killed in Iraq, was correct in asserting that President Trump has sacrificed nothing and no one for this country. People may disagree with McCain's political style, but questioning his devotion to his country is ludicrous.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 17, 2018 8:00 a.m.

    @ iceman96

    "McCain hates Trump more than he loves America."

    It will be a sad day when McCain passes away. Even more sad, however, will be the glee of anti-establishment Trump supporters when reports come out about John McCain being in his final days. That glee will be tough to swallow but it won't be unexpected.

    We are supposed to be a country of compassion, decency, values, and laws. McCain has always echoed those sentiments. He has championed his independence. He isn't anyone's toady and he doesn't suck up to power. Those are disqualifying attributes for the Trump wing of the Republican party.

    Being ostracized and even hated is part of the risk of going into politics. When Trump mocked McCain's war hero status, he gave hatred a free pass. It's so much better to salute North Korean military generals, isn't it?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    June 17, 2018 7:43 a.m.

    McCain is a RINO and President Trump is the greatest threat to liberal mind/crowd control, therefore they hate him! The once great and noble party of JFK is lost, probably forever: Mired in socialism/communism, open borders, every kind of extremism but mostly, hatred of traditional American values! " I will fundamentally transform America"! Barack Obama
    This concludes the lesson for today!

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    June 17, 2018 7:14 a.m.

    100 years from now, when most of today's politicians will be at most single lines in dusty textbooks, children whose grandparents are not yet born will learn of the hero aviator who, though enduring years of torture after having been shot down, refused repatriation until all of his fellow prisoners were sent home.
    And through it all he has maintained a sunny disposition, a warmth of spirit, a sense of humor, and an unshakable dedication to this country he loves so much.
    Thank you, Senator McCain; you have blessed us with your presence in our land, and on this earth.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    June 17, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    McCain opposes Trump because he loves America.

    McCain served.

    Trump went to a posh prep school and wore a uniform too gaudy for a marching band and claimed it was like being in the military.

    McCain is like every patriotic American who opposes Trump.

  • iceman96 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2018 11:41 p.m.

    McCain hates Trump more than he loves America.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 16, 2018 8:41 p.m.

    It is a honor watching Senator McCain put this beloved country above his lost party.