The life and legacy of Senator John McCain

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A final statement from Senator John McCain was read Monday by his spokesman, Rick Davis.

McCain passed away Saturday at age 81 after a 13-month battle against brain cancer.

Dr. Glen Duerr, Associate Professor of International Studies at Cedarville University, joined 2 NEWS to discuss the legacy and life of McCain.

He recalls traveling to Vietnam and seeing the facility where Senator McCain was imprisoned for five and a half years.

“It stuck with me in terms of what he [McCain] experienced there, just, to be tortured by a foreign government. They took basically everything away from him, yet he forgave, he tried to reconcile and visited Vietnam numerous times,” he said.

Even through medical complications, McCain was always first and foremost a loyal public servant.

Dr. Duerr says he remembers a time where he and his family caught a glimpse of Senator McCain in the Heart Senate Office Building.

“I remember watching him and he was really struggling from the glioblastoma and from the treatment and I remember seeing the public service of this man, here he is in the middle of his treatment, trying to struggle to hold on, yet really focused on trying to help public policy in the United States,” he said.

Senator McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Friday and will be buried in Annapolis on Sunday.

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