By: Kym Grinnage - email
Senator John Sidney McCain III, was a politician, an American hero and a bridge builder. McCain is most notably known for surviving more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
McCain has noted that his time as a captive, where he was brutally tortured, helped shaped his world view and his moral center.
Some may know that in 1967, he also almost was killed in a fire aboard the USS Forrestal. When the senator was released in 1973, he embarked upon a career that led to captain in the Navy, the House of Representatives and ultimately election to the U.S. Senate in 1987.
You have heard that he was known as being a maverick, but one of his most notable strengths was his ability to reach across the aisle. McCain was a self-proclaimed conservative, but he not only met and negotiated with Democrats, liberals and Independents, but many of them were also his personal and lifelong friends.
Of course, no politician or individual is perfect, and Sen. McCain was the first to say he made many mistakes, but he was willing to stand alone for what he believed to be best for the country and its citizens.
He took the time to praise when praise was due, to criticize when criticism was needed, to apologize when he was wrong and use to the power of his vote and seniority when he felt it was needed most.
It takes unwavering courage to stand alone, when the entire country is watching and make tough decisions that are based on your convictions and not based just on your politics.