August 29, 2018

Manchin to Attend McCain Memorial Service in Arizona

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will attend a memorial service for the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday, August 30 at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Senator John McCain lived his life with the upmost integrity and he held the rest of us to that same standard. His commitment to our nation is unparalleled and we are all better for the example he set. John was a man of character and conviction. He was a traditionalist and held the belief that the United States Senate should operate the way our Founding Fathers intended. This conviction and his preference for bipartisanship led both Republicans and Democrats in times when political discourse grew ugly.

“When it came to dealing with dysfunction in Washington, John had been through much worse. Some of the challenges he faced in his life were insurmountable but nevertheless, he overcame them. So it was no surprise to me, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, that he stood up for what he believed in, no matter what the cost. John lived the lives of at least 10 people and throughout it all, he always came out stronger.

“Even in the face of cancer, he stood tall and fought bravely. For those us of who have been privileged enough to know John, we expected nothing less. He always fought for and believed in the bigger picture and lived his life serving something bigger than himself. And that is the example he set for all of us to live by and will be his legacy. My heart goes out to Cindy and the McCain children as they mourn this unimaginable loss. Gayle and I join a grateful and appreciative nation in praying for their comfort as they mourn the loss of this tremendous man, husband and father.”