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August 27, 2018

Restoring America’s Regular Order: Remembering Senator John McCain

By Richard Fontaine

Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain passed away Saturday. The Arizona Republican was 81. He was suffering from a brain tumor, and last week, his family announced that he was discontinuing medical treatment.

Many considered McCain a maverick. He pursued campaign finance reform and criticized the use of torture, even when it went against the Republican Party platform. He also cast an influential vote that doomed a bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the summer of 2017.

McCain represented bipartisanship and fortitude in an era in which Congress has been criticized for perceived spinelessness.

Richard Fontaine, Julian Zelizer, and Molly Ball speak to NPR on the Senator's legacy.

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