‘An American Warrior.’ Texas Leaders React to John McCain’s Death

AUSTIN (KXAN) —Condolences came pouring in for the family of Sen. John McCain, who died after a battle with brain cancer Saturday at age 81, one day after the news broke he would be declining further treatment. Many Texas leaders were among those sharing memories.

McCain’s fellow Republican Sen. John Cornyn from Texas said McCain’s passing means he and all Americans are “called to be stronger patriots and better citizens,” as he was.

“Today the nation lost a proud veteran, seasoned lawmaker, and beloved father,” Cornyn wrote. “A true maverick and highly-effective statesman, John McCain’s career spanned the globe and was the envy of many. The firmness of his character, and unyielding love for this country, were unmatched.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted a statement outlining McCain’s years of service, both as a war hero who had been captured and tortured during the Vietnam War, and as a senator who was a “great public servant.”

“He was larger than life,” Cruz said. “Although he and I sometimes disagreed, I was privileged to serve with him and proud to call him a friend.”

Former President George W. Bush also said he considered McCain a friend, and thanked God for his life well lived.

“Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss,” Bush wrote.

Gov. Greg Abbott also offered his condolences, highlighting that McCain “was born to lead.”

“Though he often could have chosen the easier path in life, John McCain would never surrender his love of country,” Abbott said. “He was an American warrior.”

By: Kate Winkle
Read the full article on KXAN.com.

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