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August 29, 2018 – “Today, on what would have been Senator John McCain’s 82nd birthday, the nation begins to mourn and pay its final respect to an exceptional American. In his farewell statement, John McCain reminded us, ‘To be connected to America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people — brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves,'” said Rep. Smith.

“Senator John McCain was an extraordinarily brave and noble man—a hero—a dedicated husband, father, fighter pilot, and an amazing lawmaker.  He endured and overcame unspeakable horrors as a POW,  and as a lawmaker never ceased working for members of our armed forces and veterans.   And on matters of principle and conviction, Senator McCain was fiercely independent, always willing—even eager—to bend into the wind and not with it.

“My wife Marie and I will always cherish and deeply respect the incomparable Senator John McCain.  Our prayers go out to Cindy, and to his entire family,” Smith said.