The country is more polarised than it has been for decades, but John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of colleagues and constituents on both sides of the aisle. A model for bipartisanship and political integrity, in his forty years in politics McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever.
"I believe in Americans. We're capable of better. I've seen it. We're hopeful, compassionate people."
"Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the president's subordinates. We are his equal!"
"Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn't the most inspiring work."
"My friends, if you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them."