Navy pilot, war hero, United States Senator, 2008 Republican nominee for President, husband, father, and grandfather.
John McCain, who succumbed to brain cancer Saturday night, had deep ties to Florida. He became a Navy pilot at Pensacola Naval Air Station and was once stationed at Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville.
Here are the tributes to Senator McCain from around Florida.
Statement from Senator Marco Rubio:
John McCain was my friend and one of my heroes. He devoted his life to duty, honor, and country. He shall always be a role model for me.
— Bill Nelson (@NelsonForSenate) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was a true American hero. pic.twitter.com/od3LozZ8Gd
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 26, 2018
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.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 26, 2018
America lost one of her bravest defenders today. In a cockpit, an enemy prison, or the Senate chamber, John McCain fought for our nation’s values and freedoms, and sacrificed much in the journey. May God welcome him home and give comfort to his family.
— Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) August 26, 2018