McCain (full film) | FRONTLINE PBS Documentary on the life of Sen. John McCain

McCain (full film) | FRONTLINE PBS Documentary on the life of Sen. John McCain

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Tonight. Our deliberations. More partisan, than at any time that, I can remember as America, remembers John McCain John, McCain fused, together -, almost opposing. Concepts, he was all about duty and he was all about dissent, the. Life politics, and legacy, of a maverick in some ways McCain, is a pioneer. Of the politics I think we're gonna get and in, some ways I think he's the last of a breed of something we're losing tonight. On Frontline, McCain. You. This. Is a big, day can't, underestimate on, July 27th, 27, is scheduled. To vote on the latest version of the Builder they're gonna be there all night what's, called the bow to Rob Washington, was closely watching Senator John McCain's, anticipated. Vote on health care about, he, was the key vote on President Trump's, first major legislative, initiative, a repeal. Of Obamacare. Every. Time he saw him it was like do you know you're gonna vote do you know you're gonna vote and he was, grouchier. And grouchy as the day went on as he sometimes gets and. He, just. Said stay, tuned you know it's sort of like what he kind of was even saying like watch the vote it'll be a show he is expected, to return to capital, just over a week before McCain. Had been diagnosed, with a deadly form of brain cancer, everybody. Knew at that point it came down to all people John McCain the one who had been fighting, with the president who had been. America's, he portrayed. Himself all these years and, all. Eyes. Are on him today, senators, are voting on a repeal, only, plan but it. All came down to one vote on, one night at, 1:30 in the morning it. Was the most dramatic. Night, on the Senate floor I had, seen, in. All my years up there mr., Barasa the. Votes ticking away the boat's ticking away and McCain's on the floor, he's. Not voting, mr.. Blue it was perfect, manifestation, of John McCain's career that it would fall to him in the middle of the night to, render final judgment, on president, Tom's major legislative. Initiative. Fellow. Republican, senator Susan Collins had, been pushing McCain to vote against the bill Trump was back in, Lisa. Murkowski and, I knew, that he had reservations. We. Were talking, with him about, the bill and all. Of a sudden he pointed, to both of us and he said, you know you. Two are right. It. Then that, I felt, a tap on my shoulders. And I, turned around and, it. Was vice-president pence. Pence. Had come to pressure McCain to support the president, the. Vice president, stood toe-to-toe. With. John McCain and he, was in a space it was it was very close they went on for I, don't know it seemed like 15 or 20 minutes back and forth back and forth one. Of the things I most admire, about, John, McCain, is, he, cannot, be intimidated, by, anyone, or. Anything. He. Knew he had the power to enable Trump's, presidency, to give him a new lease on life or to, ensure a. Critical. Defeat early in his presidency. Vice. President pence turned on his heel and walked away. And. Then it was time for McCain, to vote. He. Saw Mitch McConnell, looking more and more unhappy his arms were closed and you. Could tell from the body language on the Republican, side that they were very worried. John. McCain walks up to where, the vote. Clerks are and he lists, his hand very dramatically. He. Knew that this was his one last chance to. Really take a stand, capture the nation's imagination in, the process, but. Also remind his party that they had to do things differently. McCain. With. A thumbs down gesture. Shocked. The chamber. You. Could hear, audible. Gasp, in, the chamber. And those, gasps the, surprise, came from both sides of the ice. This. Was John McCain as, people. Had come to know him over decades. In public service, and it sort of stood out as kind of this cinematic, culmination. Of the, career that he has had in Washington, in a shocking folks Senator, John McCain delivering, a deathblow. President. Trump was furious, he, tends. To lash out most bitterly, in those moments and with, John McCain's, thumbs, down no vote he, just watched six, months of his presidency kind, of evaporate.

Into Nothingness he had gotten nothing nothing. Done in that time, the. President used the weight of his office to try to punish McCain, president. Trump is holding, a make America, great again rally in Phoenix the occasion was a rally and McCain's home state campaign, style event tonight this is harmony here in McCain country, Trump. Took him on they. All said, please, mr., president don't. Mention, any, names. So. I won't. I won't. We. Were just one, vote. Away, from victory, after, seven, years of. Everybody. Proclaiming. Repeal. And, replace. One. Vote, he, criticizes John McCain who at this point has been diagnosed, with brain cancer, not by name but it's clear who's criticizing. Very. Presidential, is it very president. Trump. Had been targeting, McCain for years at. Senator, John McCain should be defeated in the primaries, graduated. Last in his class at Annapolis dummy. He, portrayed McCain as a symbol of the old Republican. Party retweet. McCain, epitomizes. The career politicians who, have gotten us into our 19, trillion dollar trainwreck, Trump. Attacked him as a failed presidential, candidate, John, McCain led, us down by, losing to Barack Obama in, his run for president, and Trump, expressed his personal disdain. Retweets. Sen, John McCain is, always, talking, talking. But nothing gets done. And. For his part McCain, made no secret of his distaste for Trump a kinder. More respectful. Debate not whether somebody's, a jerk or not, now on top is everything, John McCain doesn't like he's not somebody served in the military he's. Not somebody who had given to his country in any serious, way for, McCain as sort of I think a pretty sour moment, in politics because, they don't like losers, but, Trump even attacked McCain's record, as a Vietnam veteran is that war hero he's. A war, he's. A war hero because he was captured I like. People that weren't captured okay I hate to tell you she, was awarded that is a war hero because. He was captured. It. Was not the first time John McCain had clashed with a powerful political run. This. More than three decades career, defined. By, conflict, with his own point of course a frequent, critic of President Obama's, heart is this the best self-styled, maverick, nation in an increasingly, partisan, Washington. John. McCain had been a public figure since, that day he was captured in North Vietnam when he was 31 I was on a flight over. The city of, Hanoi and. I, was. Bombing. And, it was hit. By. Either missile, or, anti-aircraft fire, I'm, not sure which. He. Landed, in a lake, in hanoi. Went. Down somehow. Managed, with his teeth, because his arms, were like all screwed up to pull. The plug, that caused, life life vests to inflate. McCain. Wrote about it in his autobiography faith. Of my father's a crowd. Of several hundred Vietnamese. Gathered, around me as I, lay dazed before, them shouting. Wildly at me stripping, my clothes off spitting. On me kicking. And striking, me repeatedly, and. I was picked up by some North. Vietnamese, and. Taken. To the hospital. Where. I almost. Died, John, wouldn't go to sleep he's on I cast his, eyes a feverish. He's in bad bad shape I, thought he's gonna die what. Is your name Lieutenant. Commander John. The North Vietnamese had discovered, McCain, was not just any captain may I know who, is your father. Could. You name him and, tell me ways yes. His name is Admiral John. McCain and he's in London England, yeah. You're doing what he's, commander-in-chief, of, the u.s. naval, forces in Europe. McCain's. Father would soon be in charge of all forces in the Pacific. John. Was prize they, referred to him as the Prince we've got the Prince. They. Realized, that they have this. Exceptional. Public relations. Tool, and they. Say op to him a high your. The crown prince. The. Crown prince's grandfather. They called him Popeye was. A legendary, Admiral in World War two. Here. Posing with McCain's father in Japan on the day the Japanese surrendered. With. The family legacy of service, and Duty McCain. Reluctantly, had followed them to the Naval Academy I was. An arrogant undisciplined. Insolent. Midshipman, who, felt it necessary to, prove my mettle by, challenging. Authority he. Graduated from the bottoms class and he managed to accumulate as, he calls it a very impressive catalog, of demerits, he. May not have wanted to go to the Naval Academy but, he got in because of who his dad was he, didn't get thrown out because of whose dad was despite his best efforts and. Everything. In his life was because of what his last name was it's. Hard to grow up in a family with a military, legacy that his family has and, it goes back to George Washington, General Staff that stuff. Is there it's like osmosis so, John's got all this then he goes that could shut down and now he's almost dead and.

He. Fights to survive how, many lates have you done until, the last one at 23. McCain. Says he made a decision it. Would compromise with, his captors, cooperate. Was this interview and returned for medical attention and. A chance to send a message to his wife if you have anything to say to the people you love and the, people who loves you, please, tell it now this time is yours I. Would. Just like to tell. Like, what I. Don't. Get well I. Lover. Hope, to, see her. Appreciated, you tell her before long. The North Vietnamese wanted, even more her, confession, of war crimes. Something. McCain was duty-bound not, to give them he, refused, and. Was beaten, the. Prick came in with two other guards, lifted, me to my feet and gave me the worst beating I had yet experienced. They, left me lying on the floor moaning from the stabbing pain in my, refraction, arm. There. Was the sheer pain of it and the. Deprivation and, humiliation. It's, a horrible experience we had to endure it 24 hours a day seven days a week four five six, seven. Eight nine years. Fearing. He would break under torture McCain. Saw only one way to avoid dishonor. Suicide. Despairing. A mini relief from pain and further torture, and fearing the close approach, of my moment, of dishonor I tried. To take my life with. My right arm I pushed, my shirt through one of the upper shutters and back through a bottom shutter as I. Looping around my neck the prick saw the shirt through the window he. Pulled me off the bucket and beat, me we. Wanted, to take our lives. Because. We couldn't, take, the pain and, if. We couldn't take the pain we were scared to death would do something, to hurt our country. He. Had failed to kill himself they. Continued, to beat him. Eventually. John mccain gave up they. Would get their confession. Finally. They, had me signed the document, the. Next morning they ordered me to record my confession, on tape i, refused. And, was beaten until i consented, he, believed he had dishonored, his country and disgraced. His family. We. All feel guilty, because the code of conduct says you will give only name rank serial number and date of birth and john wayne of course could do that because, he was tough and he could spit in their ID and get away with it well, the real world is.

This You. Can get information from, people. The. Confession, was broadcast, as north vietnamese propaganda. I. Couldn't. Rationalize, away my confession, I was. Ashamed I felt, faithless, and couldn't, control my despair, I shook. As if my disgrace were a fever, it, was quite disconsolate, but, it was the guy in the cell next to him who told him he had done the best he could gather. A strength go, back at him the next day and I, think that, was that was the great moment of self-discovery, for, him, he. Realizes, what is, important, in life you. Really, have to count on yourself you. Have to to lean on the guy next to you and he has to be able to lean on you and depend on you some, very very basic, core. Fundamental. Things in life that some people go through their whole lives never learn he, learned at a relatively, early age and I think he went from being a probably. A real cocky, sob to. Being a fellow who's pretty well grounded what's, important in life McCain's. Fellow POWs point. To a key event in his detention. With. His father about to take charge of the Pacific Command including. The war in Vietnam. Mccain, was offered special treatment, an early. Release mccain. Believed, that. This was an effort. On the part of, the, north vietnamese. To. Embarrass, his father. To. Show the, son, of a high-ranking. Admiral, being, released, and having special, privileges, and you know so basically cane smelled a rat, this. Time mccain, did not give him but. He's got a family, legacy, and it's again, it's about honor, it's, about those. Obligations. Spoken, or sworn. To that. You just don't, do things like that. In. The end it would be nearly five more years before john, mccain was released, we. Today, have concluded, an agreement to, end the war and bring peace, with honor in vietnam, the. Effects, of the torture and his injuries would remain he'd. Never be able to raise his arms above his head he. Was, a former powr. Hero. A celebrity. So. The Navy put him right out front with the politicians, when, members of Congress travel they usually have a captain. Or colonel as escort officer and. John. Was our escort, officer on several trips he. Was just fun. To be with and he. Had a sense, of derring-do, and let's go do some things and let's hop on the plane let's go to such-and-such country. Rather. Quickly he becomes friends with, some. Of the younger Senators Gary. Hart bill, Cohen later, Secretary. Of Defense Eric. We would hit, a couple, of bars and have some beers together, it. Was mostly three relatively, young guys who, were having a good time together. After. A while mccain, decided, he wanted to join the club is, a bright, sharp guide i'm sure he looked around and said boy these, guys can do this I can do this. The. Congress John McCain wanted to join was very different from the one today. He. Got to know a young staffer, in bill Cohen's office Susan. Collins when. John, was the navy liaison. He. Saw. A Congress, that worked much, more collaboratively. That. Was far less partisan. And that, got more done. Republicans. And Democrats saw each other as colleagues, not enemies and. It would color his view it was shape his view of how Washington. Should work for the rest of his career but. Before getting into politics McCain, rearranged. His personal, life his. Wife Carol had dutifully, waited through the pows, years a. Former. Model she'd, been severely crippled, in a car accident while McCain was in Vietnam, but.

Soon The couple would divorce. My. Marriages, collapse was attributable, to my own selfishness, and immaturity, more. Than it was to Vietnam, and I, cannot escape blame by pointing a finger at the war the. Blame was entirely mine. He. Was known to have an eye for women, and a taste for the high life, one, night in Hawaii he. Found what he was looking for. Was. Love at first sight and that was it said I met a gal that you just got to meet and he said I think this is this is the gal I'm 11. That. Was him bill, Cohen and I were members, of his wedding party when in he and Cindy were, married in Arizona. Cindy's. Father owned, the lucrative beer distributorship, in Arizona he. Was rich and connected, soon. John, McCain would be - for. Me it was a natural saying, you're in love with this young, woman from Arizona. You're. Conservative. Arizona's. Conservative, state go. Run in Arizona you'll have your family there and that will be the basis will you start. His. Leadership, is giving us something precious. For. The future, Iran, is an old-fashioned, pragmatic. Small government conservative. He. Won a congressional, election and. Then. Barry Goldwater's, former seat in the Senate. Mccain. Adjusted, quickly to Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush's, Washington, where, Republicans, often worked with Democrats to pass legislation I, worked. Here in the Senate 40 years ago as a staff member if, you did a scatterplot of the voting records of the hundred senators, there, were at least 20 who overlapped. More. Liberal, Republicans. There's a term you don't hear much anymore and, conservative. Democrats in. That. Environment john mccain star was rising. But. Then his, career was nearly derailed never. Before have five senators, been accused of intervening, with federal rating, five for, democratic senator everything is going great and then BAM. This scandal hits and even by today's standards, it was a big scandal, involving. Five very, important members the United States Senate. At. The center of the scandal was, McCain's friend and contributor, Charles. Keating an. Arizona. High Roller of the owner of a failed Savings and Loan, McCain, understands. And he he'll admit that when his obituary is written the. Keating, scandal, will be somewhere high. In the obituary. And so he. Understands, the. Dark stain that that had on his career he understands, that McCain. And four other senators, were accused of pressuring, government, regulators, to back off of Keating, and his, and. It, got to the core of the, think John McCain cares about most his, personal, integrity his honesty, it got to the very core of what is most important, to him I seek a speedy and just resolution to this process and I will continue to cooperate and. Assist the committee in every way possible he, was angry, about it he, was hurt by it he. Felt guilty by. McCain. Decided, what he called Straight Talk was, called for and. He said so from this day forward he says we're gonna take every. Interview that we can take we're gonna prioritize. Arizona. Media over national media but we'll do them all. This. Man is a United. States Senator. And you are about to hear him say something that very few senators, have ever said before listen. Carefully, it, was a very serious mistake on my part the, appearance, of a meeting with five senators, was bad and wrong and I agonized, it over the time this, was, the beginning of a pattern that he has developed, at, moments, of crisis he'll. Stand there until the last reporter, sits down I think. It's worked, very well for him, the. Press backed off and, the Congress all but cleared him of wrongdoing Senator. McCain has violated, no law of the United States or specific. Rule of the United States Senate, they said he was guilty of poor, judgment, most, people said after having gone through what he went through the kt5 that's it his chances, of any national office are over are done with and by the way he's probably not gonna be very successful in the United States Senate he.

Proved Them wrong his life has been proving. People wrong in. The wake of the scandal McCain. Began to repair his political image he, will survive a Vietnamese. Prisoner of war camp he will survive political, scandal, and he is relentless. Nothing. Will stop him no, matter how many times he trips. Up. But, the Republican, Party was changing, around the cane in, one of the most contentious, election few, sweet moments, for the democratic, revolution of election, 94, Kappa. 94, elections, had fundamentally, changed, the nature of the Republican, Party so you had the Gingrich revolution, which. Had created, the idea of a party with a much harder edge than, it had been prior. To that whether it was George HW Bush, or or or Ronald Reagan would be a fundamental, shift. The. Leader of the party was now Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the. Republicans, were becoming more ideological, and, McCain didn't fit I. Think McCain, is, a really. Deep desperate. Sense of marching, to his own drum and what. That means that one level is that, it. Expresses, itself sometimes in a need to go kick people in the shins. And. And, he. Occasionally adopts, an idea which is. Abhorrent. To modern. Conservatism, McCain. Would chart his own course as, an independent-minded Republican, a, champion. Of campaign, finance, reform, a supporter. Of Environmental, Protection's, and. He wasn't afraid to take on the Religious Right, neither. Party, should, be defined, by pandering, to the outer reaches, of American, politics, and the agents of intolerance, whether, they be Louis, Farrakhan, or Al Sharpton, on the left or Pat Robertson, or Jerry Falwell, on the right. The. McCain had called leaders, of the Christian Right agents, of intolerance, this was a phrase never forgotten. McCain. Was willing, to go into battle with his base on, issue after issue he was still a conservative, Republican, but. He was more willing to break from the party mainstream. Than almost any other national, GOP leader this, morning the candidates, are already in, new hampshire caucuses. Behind, him the presidential, candidate by 2000, with a national reputation as, a maverick and reformer, John. McCain. Had decided to run for president John. Felt there might be a grassroots, populist. Rebellion. Brewing, about. Reforming. Government, performing. The campaign, system, so. He decided to do it look at John McCain on the trail and in himself him steadily win a bigger and bigger slice, of the, Republican, I ran an insurgent, campaign out of a bus he called the Straight Talk Express. Challenging. The establishment, favorite george. W bush would. You instruct the party not to take any money from the tobacco I wish our party, not to take any soft money and that's tobacco, steel. That. To beat george w bush in the republican primaries, in 2000, you had to make make a virtue of what was at your disposal. Was, at his disposal was this great personality, in this great sense of humor and this, true reformer, or maverick, spirit, and. The decision was to go out and put it on display. He. Put together a coalition of, moderates and, independents and, in. A key primary, he. Upset, george w bush, over. The favorite, done extraordinary. Political, day as the, voters of New Hampshire, have stated so overwhelming. The fact that he won in every demographic. The. Primary, night itself I think. He loved it I think, he loved the experience of New Hampshire.

McCain's. Victory sent shockwaves through, the Bush campaign and, the party establishment people. Don't realize how much the Republican establishment was. Nervous about John McCain they really, did not think they could control him and that's why we saw so. Much power. Wealth. And focus, go against him in South Carolina, it was incredible. Just. Over two weeks later in South Carolina the, establishment, and the bush team struck, back, things. Happen in South Carolina were pretty ugly South, Carolina's got a long tradition of being very tough I listen. Politics. Is a tough tough tough. And. There's. No tougher than South, Carolina, in America. Bush. Allies orchestrated. A bitter underground, attack designed, to appeal to the Republican base it. Was a series, of attacks. Personal. Life distorted, political, record distorted. It's. A real smear campaign, but it. Hurt. There. Were rumors all over the state that McCain. Had fathered, a black, child out of wedlock and, that, his wife Cindy, was a drug addict, McCain's. Daughter Bridget was adopted, from Bangladesh, and Cindy. McCain had been open about how she had overcome a prescription, drug addiction, it's. Just despicable what, they did was despicable I think, they were desperate, and if. You think about it had Bush lost South Carolina, it was over, for George Bush, and. It's wrong and, it's wrong my. Friends, this, is what's going on around here you saw more and more anger from Senator McCain himself. Who. Was openly, frustrated and angry, about the, ads against, him the attacks against his wife and, you. Could also sense it he wasn't sure what to do about it that he had a conflict within him over how how, hard he pushed back, some. McCain staff wanted to counter-attack to. Fight fire with fire, but. McCain wasn't, willing he, is a scrapper and a battler but he did not want to battle on those terms in South Carolina, at that point he wasn't going to do it in, the way that he felt it was being done to him he wasn't going to answer in kind John, McCain got his. Presidential. Campaign to, an end today with to lose by almost 12 ports. Before. Long he, shut down his presidential, campaign. George. W bush went, on to win the presidency. As. John. Mccain returned, to the senate to many republicans, it was an outsider they've been bad for him in the republican caucus he had been booed at one point when he walked in he really felt like these, are not the guys he was comfortable. With they didn't have that much in common he. Was really a bitter, man in those days, he. Was angry for the way he was treated, he was angry because his staff were not asked to be part of the new administration he, was angry because he thought George Bush was playing, to the most conservative, elements. Within his own party and, for, all those reasons he felt alienated. Became. Positioning, himself as, the voice of dissent in Bush's Republican, Party, McCain. Came out of the 2000, campaign drawn. To the idea that he had become a brand he. Represented. Something to, the American public of independence, pragmatism. Bipartisanship. And he, moved very aggressively, to maximize, a leverage, of that brand legislatively. McCain. Fought the Bush administration. As tax cuts as benefiting, the wealthy and. While he supported, the Iraq war he. Criticized, the president's, strategy as, inadequate. Demonstrators. Gathered, outside Iraq's. Abu, Ghraib but it was the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American, soldiers at Abu Ghraib that most enraged, the former POWs. It. Was incensed, I thought, was shameful, I'm gravely concerned. That. Many Americans, will have the, same impulse. As I did when I saw this picture and that's to turn away from and. We. Risk losing public. Support, for this conflict. As. Americans. Turned away from the, Vietnam War they. May turn away from this one and, with secretary I'd like to know what, were the instructions, to the guards. That. Is what the. Investigation. That I've indicated has, been undertaken. Determining. That's a very simple, straightforward question. Well. The mccain would insist the Bush administration, changed its policy, on the torture. They. Are that's. About who we, are and. These are values, that distinguish. Us from our, enemies. He'd. Been fighting with the Bush administration. For years but. As the 2008, election approached McCain. Still had ambitions, to be President takes, a while till he kind of comes around to the idea that for, his own interest, he needs to find a way to reconcile, with the president and reconcile with the party it is at this point George Bush's party first, he would make peace with george w bush if, he could forgive and, make, peace with.

The Leaders of North Vietnam, who. Tortured, him for six, years it wasn't that hard to get. Over it and make reconciliation. With, George Bush is. This the best the Republicans, can do because you nor any of you tempted to vote for t McCain more, challenging, McCain. Had to win over the Republican, voters who had rejected him last time. The. Best he decided that to become the nominee he had to make peace with the bush a wing. Of the party and with with people who are avid Bush supporters, and he set out to do so. He. Even embraced Reverend, Jerry Falwell, the. Founder, of the evangelical. Liberty University, a man. He had previously called, an agent, of intolerance. Reverend. Falwell came to see him said. You know put, our past differences. Behind us or acrimony, behind us or something and, then asked him on the spot if he would consider giving the commencement address at. Liberty. And he responded. On the spot sure. I. Heard. This crazy story, that, Senator John McCain, is giving. The commencement address at Jerry, Falwell University. Well. Before I bring on my two attorneys, I'd, like to. I. Love. You it cut against, you know everything, that McCain had done and said up to that point why. I did it is because of. The. Fact that my kids said why haven't you been on the stun jon stewart show lately, and i figured that was the best way to do that Senator. John. McCain is a politician, he's. Been elected to the Senate he's, involved in politics, he understands. That, yesterday's, battles, are yesterday's battles. And if you're gonna win tomorrow's you. Get may have to do things differently so you're freaking out on us because if you're freaking out just and you're just going into the crazy base world, are. You going into crazy base world I'm. A I'm. Afraid, so, McCain, has demonstrated both. Temperamental. Inclination, and, a real ability over the course of his political life, to. To. Do things that are politically, expedient and at, the same time signal, with a sense of irony and. Attachment, that. He doesn't really, like doing it that in a sense he's being forced by political, necessity to, do it. By. The first Republican, presidential primary in, New Hampshire it. Looked like McCain was on the right track my, friends you. Know I'm past. The age when, I can claim the noun kid, no. Matter what adjective, precedes, it. But. Tonight we. Sure showed them what a comeback looks like. McCain. Had positioned, himself as the heir apparent, to george w bush. But. There was a growing problem the, party was changing, the, president's. Support among the base deteriorating. No. Republican wants to be the third turn of doors IV bush he. Is a radioactive figure, at that point for the party and they, are divided over what the party should stand for at this point the key frankly. Has shown conservatives. Little, but contempt, over inside. The Republican Party, a rebellion, was underway and McCain. Now, the establishment. Candidate, was a target. They. Called him a RINO. Republican. In name of. Emma. Kratz how's, this guy gonna unite his party what's he gonna do Rush Limbaugh is out there on the radio every day telling people they'd be crazy to vote for this guy the. Opposition, to McCain came to a head here at the annual meeting of CPAC, the. Conservative, Political Action, Conference. They. Reluctantly, agreed to hear John McCain plead for their support. I've, never seen an instance where, somebody, in his position who. Is the. De facto leader of the. Party heading, into the next election walks, into an audience like that and gets. The kind of booze that he got I. Mean. It was extraordinary, to hear it now it's not as though everybody in the audience was booing but it, was loud. And, it. Was real it's. Been a little while since I've, had the honor of addressing, you, and. I appreciate very much your courtesy, to me today you, know we should do this more often. John. Wanted to make the case that here's, who I am on judges here's who I am on Texas, I believe, in limited government here's why I fight earmarking, earmarking. Is a corruption, of government I believe today is. I believe 25. Years ago in small government, fiscal.

Discipline. Low taxes a strong defense, judges, who inform, and not make our laws it's. Like if this thinnest balance, beam that's, probably existed. Because he started on one side he's trying to still retain them, I'm the independent, I'm the moderate I can, appeal I'm the Maverick on the other side is you can trust me I'm a good Republican I am pro-life and an advocate, for the rights of man everywhere, in the world, I will. Never waver in that conviction, I promise. You that. Day was a reminder that he still had a considerable, amount of work to do with the conservative. Base of the party. I think. What McCain did which almost killed him was, he tried to become mr. insider, and he tried to become mr. establishment. And, the truth was it didn't work I mean that nobody. Believed it on either side and. It made him look kind of foolish he's. Not an insider. Making. Things worse for McCain he, faced a formidable opponent in, the general election. Barack. Obama was, surging, in the polls. McCain. Is look at this campaign and he see that the energies on the other side that. The, momentum. Is on the other side that the freshness is on the other side. Because. Somebody stood up a few. All stood up. It. Was really, hard, for John. McCain. Especially. Having, worked. So hard to. Prove himself a, real conservative, to. Run against, the first, african-american. Candidate, this exciting. Young. Charismatic, figure. Who represented. Change just by getting up in the morning we will win this election we. Will change the, course of history. McCain. Was in trouble, and he knew it he needed. A dramatic, gesture by. The summer when McCain got ready to make a vice. Presidential, selection we, were behind and. We would have expected to go into the fall behind, so. John wanted to do something a little different, this. Is where John McCain will, appear with his. The, announcement, of his vice presidential, running mate was a closely, guarded secret, it's. Amazing, it was so amazing they were so, all the secrecy about it the secret, cars and secret names and the false airports. And it. Was the most wanted story, by any political court reporter, in this country everybody, wanted to find out who this wise. Thank. You thank you. You. Needed to find someone, an. African-american. Running, you, got to find a woman but. You have to find a woman who meets, some of the litmus tests in your own party. At. The time few. Realized that the decision was a turning, point for the Republican Party and the, history of American, politics, was. Probably the rascist, decision, that John McCain and the people around him ever made the truth is they didn't know enough about her other than the fact that she excited. The base McCain's. Advisers thought she, was, very. Different than what she turned out to be they didn't realize that she would. Be this. Populist. Crusader. And. Turn and turn into, a sort of right-wing grassroots. Populist. As. She, arrived at McCain's Republican, convention. Palin. Stole the show. Well. I'm, not a member of the permanent political. Establishment. Palin's. Arrival on the scene is, the opening chapter, in a way of the transformation, of the Republican Party into the Tea Party movement the. Idea that what we are going to reward are people who want to blow up the system who, are bomb throwers, who are fire, brands who appeal, to anger who appealed to grievance. I'm not going to Washington to, seek their good opinion I'm, going, to Washington to, serve the people of this. She. Electrified, the crowds with, her own brand of prairie populism. Attacks. On the Washington, establishment and, those, she labeled the elites. Quickly. These last few days that if, you're not a member in good standing of, the Washington, elite then. Some in the media consider, a candidate, unqualified. For that reason, alone. But. She. Didn't talk like politicians she, didn't she was careful with her words that she didn't. Make a lot of sense sometimes, I love those Hockey Moms you, know they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull, lipstick. Sarah. Palin was whatever, she, needed to be to. Get attention and, applause and, money, she. Was an entertainer and she. Was antithetical to everything john, mccain believed about politics.

John. Mccain assured, an insurgent, somebody, coming in from the outside literally. From alaska, and then also in, every other way in terms of her background and, her regard, for a lead institutions. She's. Something else sarah. Palin's completely, transformed. Republican, Party and the next president. Which, seems to fine as, Palin, connected, to the party's base in, a way he never could I kidded. John about a costume one. Day a week they campaign, together and. He would always double, his crowds me she was there she had tremendous, appeal among, the conservative grassroots, and. Among the campaign's grassroots, supporters, the. Anger was boiling over. I remember. Going to John McCain rallies in 2008. And for the first time having members in the crowd start, to throw things at reporters, you. Know, that. Was new there, was so much anger that, you, know members, in the McCain audience, were wanted. To throw it somewhere. Much. Of the anger was directed at McCain's opponent. Barack, Obama. One. Thing that was observable. And yet ignored. Was, the degree to which there, was real. Hostility, toward, Barack Obama on. The right. The. Hostility, firsthand I can't trust Obama, I have. Read, about him and he's, not he's not he's a. He's. An Arab, he. Is not. No. No, no, ma'am no ma'am he's a he's. A he's, a decent family. Man citizen. That I just happened to have disagreements, with McCain, wouldn't take advantage of racial, prejudice they. Had a rule in the McCain campaign that, if you if. If. There was any, hint. That. That. That that the McCain campaign was. Going to use racial, animus, against, Barack Obama you. Would have been fired, and banned from Republican, politics, it was a red line that. Was, never crossed in 2008. My wife and I are expecting our first child in April second next next, year thank you and. Frankly. Worse, were scared we're. Scared of an obama presidency, McCain, tried to reassure his, supporters, I have, to tell you he is a decent, person and a person, that you, do not have to be scared, as president. United States now I just I, just. Now. Look I I, if. I didn't think I would he doesn't want to play into that and yet he has picked somebody's a vice president, who. Encourages. That kind, of politics. So he, has both tapped into this force that she is at that point. And. His wary of what, he is got, himself into. Barack. Obama is projected, to be the next president Senator, Barack Obama, of Illinois when John McCain's quest for the presidency, ended on, the conservative Airways they, blamed him campaign. Never had a prayer and everybody. Knew it from the get-go John McCain is, a disaster. A complete, unmitigated, disaster. Can campaign, was one of the biggest, ridiculous. Disasters. In the history of campus a little while ago I had. The honor of calling Senator, Barack Obama to congratulate. Him. Please. To. Congratulate. Him on being elected. The next president of the country that we both love. John. McCain's time as leader of the Republican, Party was ending I am, also of course, very. Thankful, to governor, Sarah Palin one, of the best values. But. McCain's decision, to choose Palin, would, go on to shape the future of, the Republican, Party. The. Flash of brilliance was, choosing Sarah Palin, and I know the people around him agretti and. He had not only given. A platform to. Someone who was very corrosive to the political process, and to the party but. Had very nearly put her you know within a few feet of the presidency, and I. Would be very surprised, if that didn't, haunt him from. Then after. Race. Relations, in the months that followed, it, down America's. Roads it's another the populist, anger Sarah, Palin had tapped into all half the country races was bloated into the Tea Party movement. The. Things that Obama's doing are the exact things, the.

Hitler Did the. Politics, of grievance, and resentment, that McCain, had resisted were, on the rise radical. Communist, and socialist this. Is a party that John McCain and most Republicans don't recognize, anymore and they didn't even have the vocabulary to talk to, the members of their party there is an ugliness, with these fringe people who are comparing the president to Hitler, from that point on he's a misfit, in the party and cleared everyone, watching. Involved, that he no longer speaks, for. Sort of the ascendant. Republican. Base. McCain. Could only watch as the changes, in the Republican, Party, culminated. In a crucial moment in 2016. Iowa, everybody. Wants to do as the woman McCain had anointed Sarah. Palin. Special. Special. Pursuers. Thank you a new memory. Blending. Our support, for the, next president, of our great United, States of America Donald J Trump Tom McCain sees Donald, Trump and in effect what he's seeing is the manifestation. Of what, he, brought. To the table in 2008, by picking Sarah Palin heads are spinning. This. Is gonna be so much, Sarah Palin, was something, Republican, voters loved in 2008. And you saw Donald Trump completely, take advantage, of it and take all those sort of Palin voters and add to them that, breaking news on the campaign trail Trump is picking, up the endorsement from Sarah Palin. As. The Republican, nominee Trump. Exploited, the forces that McCain would not we. Are led by, very. Stupid. People we're. Gonna drain the swamp, of Washington. It's, gonna drive the cars up of the illegals. Almost. Everything. Stylistically. And many things about Trump substantively. Were, anathema. To John McCain there is almost, nothing about Trump. That. Is in the same space as John McCain stunning. Upset Donald Trump is honest and on election day Trump. Did what McCain could not win. The president's. Election. After. Watching president. Trump's, inaugural, as Donald Trump took, office John, McCain began his third decade, in the Senate. It's. An uncomfortable Washington. For John McCain in, part because there's a president, with whom he is at. And there. Is, Senate. And House that are doing, things that are probably more. Conservative. Than he, thought was wise. Congress. Was now very different from the one that McCain had witnessed to all those years ago it was a different, sort of period. Of time when we both, for a sense of the Congress there were certain issues that were very divisive, but most of the issues there was a way forward on common ground and. That. Common. Ground was. Shrinking dramatically. And I think his reaction was that's you know it's not good for us not good for the country. An. Ideological. Purity. Replaced. Collaboration. For. McCain, Washington. Was an increasingly, difficult place, McCain. Is one, of the last the Giants in the Senate who has, an independent identity, that is separate from his party, and it's hard to imagine whether they can be another one these days the system doesn't. Encourage. Independent. Thinkers and maverick. See people. Will get punished for that sad and shocking news about Senator and former presidential candidate John in. The summer of 2017, even. As he was diagnosed, with brain cancer. McCain. Was again the center of attention. As. He voted against, the president's, attempt to repeal Obamacare. And. Stood. Up to deliver a message to his colleagues our, deliberations.

Today Are. More partisan, more tribal more, of the time than at any time that, I can remember. Right. Now they, aren't producing, much for the American, people it. Felt like it really was symbolic, of who he has. Wanted to be this. Is who John McCain thinks he is in his heart after. A scathing statement, from Senator John McCain critic, John McCain critical, of the president, both with some very harsh news, conference, in Helsinki, Finland okhane continued. To find Senator John McCain said the president's, performance, was disgraced, a low point in the history of the American, presidents, to the very end. John. McCain senator, presidential, candidate, and Vietnam, war hero has died. You. Go. To PBS. To. Explore extended, interviews with lindsey graham's a real smear campaign, but it. Hurt Orson swindle and if we couldn't take the pain we were scared to death we'd, do something to hurt our country and, others very impressive, catalog of demerits, visit. Our film's page where you can watch more than 200, frontline documentaries. Connect. To the frontline community, on Facebook, and Twitter then, sign up for our newsletter, at Slash. Frontline, the stock. Market, is down, 110, years after the Great Recession that, took a piece of our soul cities. Like Dickens are still struggling to come back I actually worked in this same exact plant or GM. I'd say it probably averaged down around 35, an hour have, Puyo you started out at $12, an hour Dana's, not unique in the problems, that we are facing well, what is unique is that Dane is still small enough to fix us left, behind America. Next. Time on Frontline. For. More on this and other frontline programs visit. Our website, at, slash. Frontline. Frontlines. Mccain, is available, on DVD, -. Where does, it shop PBS. Org, or call, 1-800. Play, PBS. Frontline. Is also available for download on iTunes.

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Why didn't the talk about "bomb bomb bomb Iran" and how he went around bombing the middle East? The middle east didn't look like the pictures you see on TV until warmongers destroyed it.

John McCain-Assad must go! Assad-Who must go? From the fun book Brain Cancer and Me by John McCain's ghost available at all good bookstores in Satan's hell.

Frontline is masterful at creating a the illusion of authority. Frontline is 100% propaganda. Liberals think they cant be brainwashed. If beleve this glowing defense about mccain, you critical thinking skills are ziltch.

Fucking no good TRAITOR the rat sung to the N Viet-Nam jailers to save his murderous ass. He should have gotten a Dishonorable Discharge for killing all of those sailors on the Forrestal 134 dead. His daddy got him off ship asap to save his ass the fucking coward. Then he goes to Syria to meet rebels with the leader of Isis to support them with arms to kill our soldiers he should have been hung like all TRAITORS deserve in public.

Scumbag traitor Trump should now open up the war records of McCain

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John McShame suffered the same fate as the open borders killer Ted Kennedy. May you both burn in hell.

Torture works. Quickly. But is not a necessity. Time, sleep, temperature, pain, fear, so many tools. Know this; everyone breaks. Everyone. 1/ 25000 may not break, or cling to an alternate set of bs facts.

The prick took my shirt.... is “prick” an acronym? Or nick name? If yeah, what is its origin?

It's interesting the history will undoubtedly remember John McCain, but nobody will remember or give a .... about the banal and insignificant fools of this world whose only contribution to society is to cast aspersions on the deceased.


Palin was a prophetic sign of the Trump to come! That's why McCain hated Trump! If Palin and McCain had swapped position on the ticket, we may never have had to suffer through 8 years of Obama, and a woman might have beat a black man to the WH.

If you get a chance, watch 'Hanoi Hilton' (1987)

In the Carolinas, we don't like Frauds. McCain didn't fight back because he knew the establishment had the goods on him.

McCain was swiftboated in 2000 before swiftboating was a thing

Got 3-4 minutes? I would like to hear Your thoughts. Please post me a response. This is a brief summary of thoughts, brought on by the passing of John McCain. I have thought about his service and how he lived. This has very little to do with his actual politics. Truth I am a Canadian women

I pray the era of greasy politicians becoming rich selling out the American people comes to an end under Trump.

These are all Russian accounts people. All they want is to divide us and hate each other by party.

Man. McCain has done some terrible things like his wife and Sarah Palin. But he has done some good things as well. He’s not bad as a Republican but he had made mistakes. Rest in peace

Wish Kasich vs Bernie was the election. Cruz & Pence are just as dangerous to the working class, and to individual freedoms. I am worried about Americans inability, to vote for themselves & those worse off then themselves. When you stumble, will the system be there to help? Healthcare should be a human right for all, and without any, way to deny anyone, from medical treatment. 50% of every dollar is spent on military. That is crazy.Also why everyone in politics, owns massive stocks in companies like Halliburton! And munitions contractors with guaranteed contracts. Instead, @ 1/3 of every $ in the budget going to the military (which would still be the most in the world, by, a lot!). That 17% would solve, medicare for all, cut tuitions & college loans by 75%, Triple the social security/ old age income, for seniors. And pay down the National deficit, by 90%.... All with in 10 years. Total game changer for the average working family. It is the military spending, that stops America from being, the country it claims to be. Priorities are not morally nor ethically based in the American political system. They are based on power, influence, and wealth. And those who have it, pressure, politicians to ensure, they will retain theirs. Healthcare, and access to medicine, & treatment should be a human right. That you can never be denied, or striped of period. Why is America, the last one to the table on this issue? It would actually be cheeper to ensure everyone, than the current system, that fails so many. When people die of curable health issues, you assume this only happens in the 3rd world, in extreme poverty. Not the opposite end of the spectrum.

Saved 26 million Americans health insurance. Of which over 70% would affect red staters. tRumpf a 5 time draft dodger will be buried in a land fill, after he is hung on the DC Mall and left to rot for a decade or so as a reminder to all treasonous teabaggrz.

Teabaggrz, contact Medicaid, free penis pumps!

I’m not a McCain brasher, but choosing Sarah Palin was a terrible choice.

Falwell,newt,Rumsfeld,W,scumbag republicans Palin's still counting the money.

And this is why I stopped supporting PBS some time ago. They have become a part of the establishment; instead of educating, they are indoctrinating.

Sorry for  the McCain family and their loss. Prayers go out to them for their sorrows. He was never a  War Hero. 10th or maybe the 5th from the bottom of his class. Was a failure as a Navy Pilot. He has played the American voters as a hero for Decades. He and Horsehead Kerry were both players on the American voters. Oh...yep the fake news people too! Only people there to give favorable speeches today was his other crooked Political hacks that were in it for the money!Tired of hearing about the almost HERO, War Hawk.

Die, die, die Mccstain Don't utter a single word Die, die, die mccstain!!!!

When I was in Arizona a few years back I ran into that traitor Mccstain and beat his ass to within an inch of his life!

This presentation showed that McCain was increasingly finding himself out of place but outwardly, he made it difficult for President Trump and the GOP to the very end even as his death came close. McCain is mean.

This presentation showed that McCain had difficult relationship with Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump but not with Obama.Didn't say why.

Proud conservative recently retired Marine after 15 years. This mother fuckers is a piece of shit scum bag as bad as the Clinton's. He should have been sent to prison for treason. Go fuck your self McCain, hope to see more of you in the ground. Semper fi

Trump has the USA booming like never before in our history and he has to fight all!! Trump cares about and loves our country, it is obvious that the leftist don't give a shit about the USA!  You want to resist the USA doing the best it has ever done? You are anti American assholes blinded by your hate, fuck you and every person that thinks like you leftist! It is also so predictable the way you leftist give PHONY PRAISE for John.

There'll be war in hell very soon. He will start it.


Another Republican lieing and (LIBERAL DEMOCRATS) TRUMP ALL WAY

what bullshit . . . . didn't he run for president and lost ???. where were all these people that are now crying for him .??? like I said Bullshit !.

I feel bad for his family but good for America. His life's goal was to go to war with Russia, and he almost succeeded. He supported acts that violated our constitutional protected rights and liberties, such as the Patriot Act. He supported Operations Prism and Upstream and thought Snowden was a traitor. There are pictures of him selling weapons to Islamic terrorists. The man wanted nothing but war and death for all those that disagreed with his views. He was an extremely dangerous person for the safety of the citizens of this country and we are fortunate he was never able to achieve what he desired

Trump is a punk

If I had been tortured by the enemy of America came home, I wouldn't give a hoot n holler what the press said, Hell I'm here! I survived y'all! And that's why we loved John......he survived. Shucks he even survived tour GOP lambasting. Rest In Peace Son of America.

Everyone love's a man after he's dead.

FUCK John McCain. The smiling little BASTARD. Glad he's gone. Don't WEEP over this **piece of shit.** Because of McCain....we still have Obamacare. He was a no-good **piece of SHIT.**

that vote was mccain being true. the vindictive fuck that he is/was, he wanted to hold up trump at any cost


We miss you Senator.

McCain was a deranged and dangerous sociopath, who was constantly arguing for new wars and justifying horrific civilian casualties. A MIC puppet to the last breath. May he burn in hell for all eternity, without respite. Johnny 'wetstart' John 'songbird' McCain

Picking Sarah Palin was the mistake that doomed his campaign to failure.

I'm glad he's gone. The world of nice, huggable bipartisan republicans is over. we're in a cold civil war now, where half the country hates, despises, loathes the other half. It's Trump's party now, his style is the only one that can challenge the Democratics. The old GOP, the fatherly, kind GOP, the neocon loving GOP, the GOP of endless, pointless wars, of amnesty and mass immigration - THAT PARTY IS GONE. McCain's death couldn't have come sooner.

McCain = Bitter, petty, hateful, vengeful, resentful, self absorbed, RINO.

Traitor! He deserved to be hung.

"Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran." Hope this warmonger shit himself on his deathbed.

MAGA 45 ... dummy 》

He lost president run to Bush and Obama enough said

All this guy did is try to make both sides get along an people hate him I don't get it.

Watching those Chimpanzees at CPAC booing a bona fide hero is quite disturbing.

No one should Judge Senator McCain No one can say what he or she would do unless you're in his shose .He still served with Honors.Trump should be ashamed of himself he deferred 5 time from service.R.I.P. Sir.

Lost one of the greatest people in human history! A HERO!

Q1690 You are witnessing/watching the systematic destruction of the OLD GUARD. POWER WILL RETURN TO THE PEOPLE. Q

Duty and Dissent. So powerful.

He was a Man !!!

McCain was a piece of shit his whole life

John McCain was a war mongering terrorist.

People who say he was a Cock are bang out of order

This little tidbit (43:19) slipped by me when I first saw this program on PBS back in April.

Thanks this video

McCain was always willing to work with the “opposition”. It’s just that the opposition was corrupt. As was he.

Great Video of such a Great Man. I wish there was more people in Washington like Sen. Mccain and Sen Lindsay Graham.

War criminal neocon. Nothing else to say about this piece of garbage. I’m glad he’s dead and I know he’s burning in hell.

we need more trumps and less Mcains rip tho

He's a scumbag and shouldn't be allowed to call himself commander in chief.

Lump or corporal bone spurs wouldn't know a real patriot if he tripped over him.

I did not agree with him but I salute him as a fellow vet and someone who had two brothers who survived Vietnam. I also admired the way he stood up to trump and saw what is happening to his party and wanted to change that but ran out of time.

Lmao, he's crying to his wife for the camera as a FAKE prisoner, and when he got home, he divorced her when she became disabled, just when she needed him the most...That's what he is, a disloyal, self serving , scum to the core, and every thinking, true, American KNOWS IT now.

And what is fake about being a POW???? As for his 1st Marriage, take a good long look at our current POTUS and his marriages and infidelities.


Oh god, now PBS is sodimizing his rigimorted ass. Do these libtards have no principals. Three yrs ago he was Satan, now they actually believe his bullshit story about being a hero lmao. This is all so damned funny, and PROVES, that they are as fake as can be. McCain is no hero people. We all know it.

Burn in hell McCain :) warmonger, traitor, zionist, scum.

It’s heartbreaking but glorious to have a hero such as McCain. In contrast. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree..... Trump’s real name is Drumpf, his grandfather changed the surname. This same grandfather was DEPORTED from Germany for being a draft dodger, like his grandson. Then the grandfather made his money by owning and running two different brothels. Let us remember the good, the depths of spirit that honour holds us up by our deeds thus who we are. Carry forward the true and decent.

Just for fun: Yesterday would have been John McCain's 82 birthday. It wasn't, because he's dead.

Rip. Senator McCain. I love that you were not scared to fight your battles. You are a true hero. The disgrace of the USA is the man who spoke poorly of you. He will burn in hell.

Marion Conly R.I.P Songbird McCain Trump 2020

One less war monger. Good riddance

God bless this great man .

High Powered420 R.I.P Songbird McCain Trump 2020

Obamacare saved my life. Thanks President Obama.

He left his disabled wife.cooperated with Viet.propagand.Betrayed his voters.A war heroe is a comedy.

I just never understood his run against Obama. He did not seem the Maverick he was known to be. A poorly run campaign is putting it mildly and then Palin? So if he died we would have her as President. I think that to me was inconceivable. He did not have to use race but could have brought forth much about Obama to make us aware of his real background. He knew and did nothing about it. Palin attacked Obama more efficiently than McCain. I saw him as weak. I knew some of Obama's early background and could not bring myself to vote for him. Most of America knew nothing about the man. He was good at speaking clan cut a family man promised CHANGE for the better which he did not deliver.

Weeell...,he could have some merit.But a war heroe is a joke



McCain was a loser he ran a failed campaign and he is sour because trump was way better than him

Meghan McCain looks so much like her mom when she was much younger. It's Ironic

AIPAC just lost its biggest stooge.

I don't know why everyone jumps on the 'McCain - the great American hero' bandwagon. lets not forget that McCain was not tortured in Arizona, he was shooting at Vietnamese on Vietnamese soil. now in my estimation that gives them the right to shoot back, it's called self defense. the fact is they had every right to protect their country from someone who had no business over there anyway. and I;m willing to bet that none of these conservatives who tout McCain;s war record could even tell you what Vietnam was about or who was even involved in it. all they know is the same thing McCain knew - kill goons before they kill us. sorry, I just don't see it.

Enjoy OBAMA Care in HELL, I guess socialized medicine did not save your life!!!!


How can you say low taxes and big military... how do you fund that?

God bless Obama, The greatest president of our lifetime.

Wholly Cow Cballin….you have been on YouTube for at least 8 years and have 18 subscribers? Yep, your input really matters to the masses. Why are you still here? Oh, I see, your brain really doesn't think that good.

Obama...the wolf in sheep's clothing.

An old man suffering the ravages of brain cancer should not have been an acting senator. He should have resigned when he was diagnosed.

Your right...doesn't matter who you are or what party you represent. The person needs to resign.

We are led by a very stupid person......Trump

Palin gave rise to Trump

He got in bed with the very agents of intolerance he so rightly decried in 2000. Just to get the 2008 nomination.....sad

Cheney Rumsfeld and Bush are war criminals

Yep and they are both McCain supporters. Make any sense there. GW's Dad was a War Criminal too.

Thank you for my freedom and the freedom of all of us too chicken shit to serve our country on excuses from doctor THE LAND OF THE FREE we look like idots trashing our veterans disrespecting all our troops

john songbird mcCain

Glad he is gone , what a pile of shit .

The funeral was about President Trump, winning!! McCain

I am a republican who grew up during the time of Gerald Ford, Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan. I have also been involved in politics in my state for many years.  And I was proud to support Senator McCain for president.  Eleanor Roosevelt once said of FDR that she believed his having contracted polio and all he suffered gave him the empathy needed to connect with those suffering during the great depression and to help others.  McCain was a POW who was tortured and exploited for years. He went to Washington during the time I was growing up with the people I mentioned. I think he would have made a great president as he suffered like FDR and I also think he could have brought some compromise to the Congress that is much needed. I felt a deep sense of loss when McCain died, because I felt that along with him, something else is also dying a little more in politics.  As Frontline said, the Republican Party is not like it was when McCain first went to Congress.  And its not the party I grew to love growing up.

Notice how the leftists at PBS once again tried to paint the Tea Party as racists and bigots. We are SMALL-GOV'T CONSTITUTIONALISTS and started our movement to oppose Bush's big-gov't spending, not because Obama became president, you LYIN' SCUMS!!!

McCain the giant fraud, new world order globalist sellout pedophile, and criminal puppet against the people burns in hell forever.

Mad bomber. Media eulogies like this are perverse.

Good riddance.....

He left his disabled wife. Treated bad his second wife. He is lying in his book. He is getting a story from another POW. He is a selfish man, really graduated last and just had privilege because of his last name.

McCain's great accomplish was a vindictive swipe at his own party at the expense of the American people. Did that outdo his singing in Vietnam or his capture? Not sure which of those the democrats like best.

Rot in hell traitor. You fucking chicken hawk.

I am glad he is gone! Bush told him in a debate that he Abandon Veterans. That is the fact.

He was NEVER President!

trump goes to david duke for racist advice . sad

the gop's are the lowest of the low, worse than ISIS. Mccain saw it

the worst mistake john made was palin

love Gary Hart

First off, to the Prlck below that says if you don’t think McCain was good, you are a Russian troll: you are a leftist who does not believe in respecting others differences - I thought the left believed in tolerance and diversity- I was wrong! Now, to the matter at hand: McCain deserved none of this. This man was only for himself. Vindictive, short sighted, a bad Senator and poor excuse of a human. So many who have already died deserved this kind of send off but not McCain. He used the IRS against political enemies and should have died in jail. Time to raise the flags. The world is a little better without him.

McCain is last of a kind. A true Maverick. A True American Hero that everyone can look up to. If you disagreed with his policies, you never doubted in his integrity to America.

His eager participation in the Keating Five scandal alone should have left him in total disgrace. But his career as a war-mongering puppet of Israel is surely his most disgusting and complete legacy.

He would have been an excellent president. Far better than Bush, Trump, and especially Obama.

Good night, McWarmonger.

It's good to see a documentary made about the Zionist, Communist and ISIS terrorist John McCain.


The bastard Songbird was NO WAR HERO! Good riddance you dog!

Rest In Peace Mr. McCain. Your presence in American politics raised it to a higher moral level, and the stories about your life coming forth now are inspiring millions.

and yet that feckless assclown Lindsay Graham who calls himself a "friend" of John McCain, keeps shamelessly sucking down Trump's microdick!


John McCain loved killing people by the thousands. He will not be missed.

bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb and then get shot down

international murderer ... so much blood on his hadnds.

John Mcain was a great man , ,

McCain was known as "THE SONG BIRD" by POWs

Maybe his Nazi buddies from Ukraine will come up to the funeral and give McCain a last " SEIG HEIL"

Do you not know how the deep state works? How it extends throughout all the government branches, bureaucracies, CEOs, Main stream Medea and other Elitist? It’s time to wake up and grow up people. You know something’s wrong. You’ve known it most your lives. If you don’t acknowledge it soon it’s going to be too late. Start with questioning silver spoons. Those without one don’t typically go far. It’s not what you know but who you know and that I’m sure you know. WAKE UP! This is NWO propaganda.

I wonder what dirtbags will show up to Trump's funeral.

Thanks to McCain insurance companies still can't discriminate against my preexisting conditions.

LOOK! Donald, That's how humanity, civilization and decency look like.

This is disgusting. He is no maverick...just a democrat masquerading as a republican.

fuck soros puppet mccain

Honorable Patriot

McCain was against the Trump who is was a draftdoger.

I understand this funeral was a horrible political hack attack on the POTUS. The shame is on them. Every single one of them. They protest and screech what really is of themselves. Exposing who they are. They desecrated their own memorial service. You let the rope out for the left demands it and is tugging away at it. So they get enough rope out to hang themselves with. Then they holler and cry that we lynched them. In which reality is they are the lynchers, but we are completely disgusted by it and always have been.

This might be considered offensive to some people, but I honestly don't believe that getting captured in a war automatically makes you a "war hero". The true heroes of war die in combat fighting for their country, not ending up in a POW camp enduring starvation, shameful interrogations and torture.

Guy was a scumbag.

Why didn't the talk about "bomb bomb bomb Iran" and how he went around bombing the middle East? The middle east didn't look like the pictures you see on TV until warmongers destroyed it. Warmongering is the opposite of caring about the military. McCain would have left the world in rubble if he had his way. He also spent most of his time in prison fraternizing with the Vietcong and trying to stay on their good side.

It's interesting that history will undoubtedly remember John McCain, but nobody will remember or give a .... about the banal and insignificant fools of this world whose only contribution to society is to cast aspersions on the deceased.

None of Trump's tweets on McCain were disagreeable

Who cares


Admiral father and Grandfather groomed for McStain to be a senator. The first thing McStain did when he came back from Vietnam was to divorce his 1st wife with 3 kids, because he thought she was ugly because she had been in a car crash while he was a prisoner. Then the next thing he did when he became senator was to make sure no one was to be able to use military records to find the missing vets in Vietnam. He was ALWAYS against the vets every step of the way making sure to obstruct ANYONE from finding anyone who had gone missing in the military. The only thing that kept him from getting kicked out of the military was his daddy the admiral. It's easy to look up his record for being a senator and his record is straight out pathetic. He was more of a leech then a senator. I can say one thing for sure he was the democraps best senator that they ever had. He was NEVER a republican, maybe a transpublican, but never a republican...

He is burning in hell right now :)

The words "patriot" and "hero" are used to often these days they're practically meaningless. McCain was a seemingly decent person, he made mistakes, he achieved some good things, and he lived his life. That's it. FYI, I'm an army vet (20 years). I don't consider myself a patriot, a hero or anything else.... I was just a guy who signed up to do a job, and tried to do it well (most of the time).

I feel for his family, sad to lose someone who meant so much to you, but I am sorry I supported McCain when he ran for President against Obama, he was an embarrassment in the debates. I lost any respect for him not only for his vote against repealing Obamacare but also the way he did it. Showed his true colors. He couldn’t even have the decency to step down as a Senator when he was diagnosed with the brain cancer. I don’t see him as an honorable man

RIP Mr. McCain


Obama was what along with rapist Bill Clinton, oh that's right they were draft hooo

More Communist propaganda from Frontline and The Left . Frontline why did you leave out John McCain's meeting with Abu Bakr al Baghdadi ( the future leader of ISIS ) in Syria in 2013 ???

God bless John McCain

The name "McCain" means "son of ?"

You're a democrat. Nobody would bother to bring up FDR for any reason as he was against being in any war to help anyone. The only reason he went into WWII is because of Pearl Harbor and even then he was contemplating not going in, that's how much of a failure he was along with his "fireside chats" (propaganda) or as they would call it currently, "tweeting over the current available media"...

You're a certified retard...

McStain loved ISIS that's why he abandoned his 1st wife and kids...

McCain was against the Trump who is was a draftdodger in the Vietnam war.


isis is in mourning , al nusra is crying there leader is gone.


McCain was not a man of peace at a key time in his life. Don’t clash while fighting brain cancer when you need the peace of God.

Satan is on the way to hell. World is better place now. GOD planted tumor in his head and gave him a death sentence. Trump is the only Good thing that happened before i evi table happens. Trump bought us time. Hope Mccain roasts in hell and hopefully Clintons and Bidens will join him.

The biggest Rino of all times what a great disappointment swamp monster personified I’ve not had health care for my family since Obamacare your legacy McShame

Good riddance to the two most egotistical and holier-than-thou hypocrites the U.S. and our country has been cursed with - "Songbird-Keating Five McCain" and "Chappaquiddick Kennedy." I am a 26-year Navy veteran and I say that McCain is no hero but a self-entitled SOB who capitalized on being the son and grandson of admirals that were just as SOBs like him. Truly, the fruit never falls far from the tree! Being a POW at Hanoi is not a result of heroism but of circumstance. The true heroes are those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom. Our country is better off with McCain and his buddy Kennedy gone! It might be more than mere coincidence that these two were struck down by the same kind of affliction. Simply karma at its finest! I wouldn't be at all surprised if Iran- appeasing, middle-of-the-night planeload-cash-transferring Barack Hussein Obama, with his penchant for smoking cigarettes on the sly, is next.

All Russian trolls please raise your hands,we know why you lot are trying to tarnish the name of Mc Caine . Its Syria ,isnt it?

What a great video!

'Legend of Legends'. A true American Hero. May he rest in peace.

IN GOD WE TRUST,......And God saved the USA by taking MCain and sending him to burn in hell for the rest of eternity

Couldn't get through the 10 minute long trump bash at the beginning, and the repeated jabs at conservatives. I gave up 20 minutes in, even though I've always been interested in McCain's story. Unfortunately this is a propaganda film and it's pretty non-informative except to remind you that the corporate establisment are holy men of godliness, and anyone who doesn't agree with their beloved oligarchy is literally hitler. PBS has become a corporate establishmentarian mouthpiece.

The reason the left and liberals sing praises to McCain, is because he was one of them. A Rhino republican. No loss here...... Thank God he lost in 2008, at least with Obama there were no surprises. It’s always a bummer to see a so called “republican “ spewing left wing bull$hit!

PBS?? haha I'm rolling out my puppies homemade dog biscuits as I listened to this chit and had I not have my hands covered in dough I would have turned this BULLSHIT OFF!! This McCain creep, just didn't 'have what it takes' to become much of anything! His voice was always shaky and weak, his demeaner sneaky like a veiled demon, and he lived a life full of lies, trickery and deceit knowing it would be covered up by his daddy who didn't do him any favors!! Now, what were saying about McCain??

I disagreed with many of McCain's stances, particularly on Iraq, but as a navy veteran I salute his 60 years of service to our nation. Fair winds and following seas, RIP.

Yup, trolls who were probably smoking dope while McCain was getting his teeth bashed in in Hanoi

Please tell the damn truth!

now i am convinced that american people are 100% are brainwashed and stupid,stupid stupid....

he was an idiot who brainwashed its own people, thinking that somebody or someone is to get them,american people live now like a zombies

Another fraud,just like Reagan. But, the dumbed down USA loves their fake flag pin pseudo patriots.

Pioneer ? Are you kidding me. What he was and will remain is a RINO.  Also, He died  of KarMa AND Being a Traitor.

this video is pure fiction and left wing propaganda

mccain is no conservative.hes a liberal globalist american sellm out

liberalism is a mental disease , they spent the first ten minutes to take shots at trump . that all they want maccain for , thats all his life was to them . just another chance to take a shot at trump and conservatives .

John Mc Stain was a traitor who collaborated with ISIS and covered up his own dead.

John McCain is a world hero .we appreciate you guard American values.

maverick is also precious.

Though I'm from China.I know how the precious it is when I learn the American values.

McCains only support comes from a hand full of paid shills running a BOT algorithm.

You're right Geog. The lifelong Republican John McCain is and always has been an enemy to Republicans and the only recently Republican in name only Trump, who only a few years ago donated money to Hillary Clinton and spoke glowingly of both Clintons, that egomaniac who still hasn't got a clue how the American government works, that guy who contradicts himself before he finishes a sentence, that Putin cum swallower, he's the real hero. Kill yourself. Seriously. Not joking. Take one of the 67 guns you own that you jack off with and spray cum all over 5 times a day, put it in your mouth and pull the trigger.

The governor of Ohio, Kasich, said, "He was put to death." (It's on YouTube.)

Good we missed world war 3 Rest In Peace

.... bleah

John McWarmonger was a repugnant and despicable piece of shit

we don't have to worried about him anymore..... he was reworded for getting a permanent residence in hell~~~~ lol

He went to war for America, trump did not for 5 times......end of story.

Before even starting this doc, I bet PBS is going to blow McCain so f'n hard in this film. Oh god, I can't even.

Fuck you Front line! You are deep state traitors I campaigned for this asshole and for both bushes. The Lies will be exposed. We are awake now to Your treason.

MC nasty they should have stuffed him and put him as paid attraction at DNC headquarter.

Only good Rhino is a dead Rhino, rest in hell you warmongering fuck.

He was a piece of shit

Only in America do they bury Traitor scum with full honors and a 21 gun salute! What scum!!!!!!!!!!!

The amount of Trump Trolls commenting on this thread disparaging McCain is alarming and just shows you how they saw McCain as a threat, anytime Trump feels threatened he lashes out like a little bully girl he'll just say things to be hurtful. This is a well done piece and the Trump Trolls are lashing out just like their master.

The worship of a war criminal. Stop lying about warmonger's

+xblackcatx13 morons*

FakeNews moron

dayofhappiness yes speak the truth.

Well, mainly because he didn't meet him. Do some basic, reliable research.

Comment reader beware... Russian trolls are in force here.

So,John McCain has been stabbing the Republican party in the back his entire career,not just recently.

Not one hateful comment on here has merit. If you scorn someone after their death it speaks volumes of what kind of empty, miserable, frightened, weak soul you are. Don't bother responding, I won't read one worthless word you write.

Please defund PBS.

That's just not true. Not all Arab males are Baghdadi. From which Russian website did you get this (mis)information?


song bird globalist

The guards at Abu Ghaib (sP?) were not to blame.... Surely he should know is as a ex POW??? .... th'ts just amazing.... All we need to know about this guy was said then and there. Plus as a Senator he war one of the many who never voted for the rights of the Afro-Americans.

I like people that don't skip wars because of bone spurs and criticize others that served....I'm weird like that.

I forgot about the last in his class at Annapolis bullshit. Hahahaha, Drumpf calling anyone a dummy. Say anonymous for me, Donnie. You can do it!

Compare McCain to Louie Zamperini and you'll see what a joke it is to call McCain a hero. More like a zero.

at 13 years old Mr Rogers and Captain KANGAROO our American war heros shipped John McCain to our homeland pow camps for execution, he escaped with thousands of other nazi war criminals and they killed American citizens and took on their name house vehicle's etc., you lie too much here about a nazi war criminal who you won't look up his War criminal history and his name was Stalin. now look at the horrors in America and juvenile prisons is one big nazi horror in our face he made. he's dead ha

Andrew Rochlin With facts? Those don't mean anything anymore. If it's on the internet, it's true.

Draken fly  YOU need to study your history dude!  Have you ever heard of the Neutrality Acts? The Congress tied FDR's hands when it came to helping others! This is because the attitude among the people was that they did not want to be involved in another foreign war.  There was very little FDR could do.  But when he DID help, he actually outmaneuvered the Congress such as with the "lend lease" program. And the reason I brought up FDR was to show how, in the face of horrible tragedy, a person finds compassion and empathy for others.  For FDR it was polio.  For McCain, it was being a POW.

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, or Senate Joint Resolution No. 173, which he calls an “expression of the desire…to avoid any action which might involve [the U.S.] in war.” The signing came at a time when newly installed fascist governments in Europe were beginning to beat the drums of war. So NOW you know WHO signed that law into power which was FDR himself, he knew exactly what he was doing. McCain could've come home when he had the chance, BUT he wouldn't be able to come back a hero if he did because his dad and grandfather didn't have him set up to be a senator yet so he stayed. He was the only prisoner allowed communication with his father. You do know how many planes he crashed along with the number of U.S. military men that were killed in those reported "accidents" that he had, any other person would have been sent to Fort Leavenworth for life but since his daddy was a admiral he was given a pass...

I strongly disagreed with Senator John McCain’s foreign policy views, but he was a good man and an American patriot. May God rest his soul.

He now rots where his thumb pointed

yes, he was a war hero.........but he was also a traitor to his own party. He should have just ran as a democrat, as that is what he always was.

Not shielding anything, listened for 20 minutes and got a bunch of yellow journalism. It's badly exaggerated and poorly researched. Waste of time. Would have liked to know more about the man without so much interjected nonsense that's not even relevant to his story.

jane jan: shielding yourselves from outside facts and opinions is detrimental to forming a complete understanding on stuff.

dayofhappiness: supporting republican John McCain is communist propaganda

Dorcas Jose: were you there?

McCain was two faced. He said one thing in Arizona and D.C. did what ever he wanted.

These RINOs, after committing to ending Obama Care, stuck a knife in the back of the folks that sent them to office.

this man was a scumbag to the very end . . he don't give a shit about anybody but himself . bastard !!!

+Nathan Bruce You don't have to be. All it takes is time set aside to research these facts.

USS Forrestal. McCain was responsible.

According to the website "The Deathlist", the website added John McCain knowing that he might died this year.


I salute you John McCain

Typical PBS. I believe he will be remembered as a traitor, in the years to come.

McCane was a rat wo md proagnda vidod forthe noth vitnamese. He was afradto coe fot fer of being outarhialed.

i think you cannot really combine qualities from Politics and Military. in most cases, a military man would try several times to fit to be politicians by being sarcastic and fake several occasions but at the end he may not now how to judge how critical the situations are....the bottom line is,, if you want to be someone else, you either possessed a bloodline or you start as a virgin from everything...

Dorcas Jose plus he was one behind many decisions arming terrorist groups in different countries to fight their governments for American interest. He did that in Syria, in Libya, in Iraq and Afghanistan. This guy was a true evil. World is far safer without him today. This is what exactly proud Americans called.

John McCain

Great respect for John McCain. Rest in peace brother


He graduated 5th last.

He was a good man,very few like him anymore,well done Mr Mcain,you’ll be missed.

John McCain not a good person, not liked........

How's hell looking for ya mccain? Ah, can't hear me over his own screams.

Blaming Palin for McCain running against his party and losing... John McCain, a fake Republican, being lionized by FAKE NEWS!

Men were tortured TO DEATH, DENYING THE LIES McCain told... JOHN MCCAIN IS IN HELL! WHERE HE BELONGS! That Demonrats defend this man, shows America they are no better.... than him and deserve the same fate...

I am glad the bastard is gone. The story of the Forrestrel Fire was probably due to Johnny Wetstart. How much money did the taxpayer have to give this old fart over his lifetime? Military training, government salaries and benefits= millions of dollars, a bloodsucker. Not a team player, did not vote to repeal Obamacare, and he was a Republican. If you were a Vietnamese, how would you feel about this man bombing your civilian city, Hanoi, not a military target?

Trump is a douchebag. McCain did the right thing.

Much respect to this man that preferred to stand by his beliefs over political gain.

of course Mc Cain knew he was dying so Trump was going to be seen as a bully for criticizing him

Long live the Maverick!!!

He died doing what he loved, creating wars in arab countries.

Wawr criminal and he is where he belongs, hell.

The heroes never cying at front of the enemies ... John Maccain...

Dorcas Jose despite having differed opinions on what good or bad things he did during his career we shouldn’t say such hurtful demonizing comments towards a man who served this country and who has just recently passed away! I understand if you didn’t like what he did during his career but now that he’s passed away I think we should also remind ourselves of his sacrifices he made for us and this country and let him rest I. Peace! At the very least for his family who I would assume love and miss him!

I'm sorry for this loss. A sad day for the people of USA.

Dorcas Jose , You say fake things! You' re a dummy! If you live in America, you should be deported back to the shithole country you came from!

If there was ever anyone less deserving of a documentary it is John McCain, the guy was a royal piece of shit at every turn throughout his life.

Throw up.. .

trump is under investigation by his own government and he shits on and man who at least went to war.

He promised Arizona he would vote yes to repeal Obamacare during his re-election bid. He's a liar and died a liar.

Sad that Satan fold John McCain hell is no Joke you will never get out never and there will be no end to hell never

The American Traitor.

McCain is a joke and was a waste of life

I wonder how long people will shout "Russian Troll" to anyone who is skeptical of the American leadership. McCain was clearly a flawed individual who is only looking great because of the clearly moronic low-empathy Donald Trump. This is similar to the political rehabilitation of GW Bush.

More flowery propaganda of a man who was as duplicitous and pretentious as Clinton. Shame on you, Frontline! All I have to say about McCain is good riddance to bad rubbish. And good on Brave New Films for telling it like it is. watch?v=sw0ji4Hrl-E

Some of you people are SERIOUSLY sick in the head. What can be expected from Trump nation....

Dead as a Result of hist Conspiracy against the USA! Good Luck John! MORE FAKE NEWS!!!! HE WAS KILLED AND WAS NECESSARY TO DO SO!

i;m glad McCain is dead, he was an arrogant misguided prick, that produced arrogant, over weight daughter (period)

Dont like to speak ill of the dead... but here are the facts... He was a war criminal when he was bombing villages and towns in reality there was no actual war in Vietnam... Vietnam never threatened the US in any way, shape or form... US was committing all sorts of crimes in Vietnam... from war crimes to poisoning people and land with chemicals like Agent Orange... I dont understand how this guy was allowed to actually run for public office and then stayed there for DECADES... this guy OKd so many foreign interventions that the US was involved in over the last 4 decades that its unbelievable that he is considered a hero... This just tells you how screwed up US is and a large majority of the population is stupid and brainwashed to the point of no return...

When you have an outsize personality like Trump commanding the political landscape you could expect that someone like McCain would want to bring him down to human size. When you have someone like Trump pointedly denouncing anyone resisting his personal vision you could expect he would inspire McCain to put him in his place. McCain's combative response was basic human nature when dealing with belligerent bluster. Military people have no respect for draft-deferred civilians.

An imperfect American who confessed as such and refused a "special" release as POW -- when his father became the highest ranking Admiral in charge of the naval war in the Pacific -- UNLESS Mr. McCain's fellow POW's were ALSO released. Unlike the idol worshippers blind, deaf, and dumb to real life events, this Maverick through severe trial, earned the right to be called an American hero -- no mere silver-spooned draft dodger -- as any genuine patriot rather than fake American can see.

Russian bot

+Jamie feer you need to implement a test. You see, at the Battle of the Bulge American soldiers had to implement a test so that they could tell the Skorzeny commandos apart from the Americans they were imitating. This way you can tell the bots apart from the good ol' Muricans who never question the actions of their dear, dear Fuhrers. Man, wrong meeting. Ivan's blood makes the grass grow green. Am I right?

Fkn traitor

no wonder he lost to that kenyan marxist muslim obongo if he would have attacked him he would have won 100%

He was talented,he shld hav bn the president of US,RIP

I’m glad mcclame is deAd I shit on his bitch wife daughter And family fuck you mcclame!

I appreciate and applaud John McCain. A true American hero!

Thank you Frontline

McCain lost the election the day he picked Sarah Palin as VP candidate you racist piece of shit.

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