John McCain, a Vietnam War hero who went on to become one of the most influential figures in modern American politics, died at home in Arizona on Saturday. He was 81. Known for his independence and willingness to break from the Republican party on key issues — which earned him the nickname "The Maverick" — McCain had served the state of Arizona as a U.S. Senator since 1987 and twice ran for the presidency, winning the GOP nomination in 2008. Widely respected by peers for his courage during the war, in which he spent more than five years as a prisoner in Vietnam, he was frequently praised (and sometimes derided) for his across-the-aisle votes through the years; in recent years he clashed frequently President Donald J. Trump over such policies as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. McCain often cited his dedication to doing whatever he felt was right for those he served: "I don't work for a party," he once said. "I don't work for a special interest. I don't work for myself. I work for you."Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images AS A BOY Interim Archives/Getty Images MILITARY MAN
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